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Swing State (Political Documentary/Morningstar DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Program: B-



Though the Barack Obama victory was not a close call that split the vote “right down the middle” but a decisive one that was obvious and inarguable, certain states still were key and made for decisive swing states that politicians have to put extra effort in and resources towards.  In 2000, it was Florida.  In 2008, it was Pennsylvania.  In 2004 and possibly 2008, it was Ohio and Swing State (co-directed by Jason Zone Fisher, John Intrater & H. Spencer Young) shows the uniquely wild and wound-up state of politics they offer is like nothing else anywhere.


The 93 always-interesting minutes show us all corners of the state, how fired up the electorate can get and it becomes a learning experience and microcosm of elections in the U.S. as so many big names show up and are even interviewed, including Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Al Gore, Madeline Albright, John Kerry, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and even Jerry Springer, once in power in Cincinnati before a scandal threw him out of office.  The makers might have hoped Ohio would be a hotbed of debate, but even with the decisive Obama/Biden win, is very much worth seeing for its ambitions and the portrait it paints of the 2006 election and how things started to change for the better in the U.S., but all starting here.


The 1.33 X 1 image (not widescreen like the case says) has been culled from analog and low def digital video footage old and new, so the result is uneven and often soft, though the editing helps.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is sometimes stereo, but also has location sound flaws and the new voiceovers and interviews are the best.  Extras include deleted scenes, tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and trailer showing samples of the interviews here.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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