Blu-ray Review: Swiss Army Man
By John Corrado
When people talk about a lack of originality in film, Swiss Army Man now exists to prove them wrong as a glorious example of something admirably unique that’s literally never been done before. This is the story of Hank (Paul Dano), a depressed man stranded in the wilderness who finds an unlikely friend in a farting and often erect corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), who helps him relearn what it means to be alive.
The directors, collectively known as Daniels, have said they wanted to make the most beautiful farting corpse movie of all time, and they have succeeded. From the performances to the production design, Swiss Army Man is an enchanting and surprisingly moving film, that is both absurdly humourous and deeply human. This is exactly the sort of work that benefits from being available on the home entertainment market, where more people can see it, and it will hopefully develop the cult following that it deserves. My full starred review, where I went much more indepth on the film’s merits, can be found right here.
The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert joined by production designer Jason Kisvarnay and sound mixer Brent Kiser, as well as a selection of deleted scenes, a solid “behind the scenes” featurette and a brief but worthwhile look at the making of the dummy used in the film. The bulk of the bonuses is an hour-plus Q&A with the filmmakers at the Dolby Institute, from which the film received a grant for sound design.
Swiss Army Man is a D Films release. It’s 97 minutes and rated 14A.