- Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ll Cool J, Josh Charles
- Directors: Clark Johnson
- Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French
- Dubbed: French
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
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- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Dec 30 2003
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00008EYA5
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,390 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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S.W.A.T. (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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Two wisecracking, battle-hardened veterans (Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell) team up with a pair of street-smart rookies (Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J) to form the most freewheeling - but effective - S.W.A.T. team ever. Their first assignment: transport an international drug kingpin into federal custody - after he's offered $100 million to anyone who will free him!
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"S.W.A.T." is based on the 1970s television show of the same name. Fans of the show will recognize the names of Hondo, Street, Deke, and T.J. McCabe. One of the team is now a woman and an additional officer has been added. And there you have the modernized movie version of "S.W.A.T.". Unfortunately, modernized doesn't mean improved. It takes an hour for the film's main action to start. The filmmakers try to spend that time developing the characters, but there isn't much to develop. An action film with little additional substance can't get away with nearly an hour's lull in the action. Even Samuel L. Jackson's imposing presence and Colin Farrell's cuteness aren't enough to overcome the stagnation. The level of script-writing in "S.W.A.T." is very much like television. Whenever the characters spoke, I got the feeling that I was watching a slightly cheesy prime-time cop drama. The film's dialogue has the hokey quality that the t.v. show did. This could be intentional, but a big-budget theatrical release doesn't seem worth the time or money if it can do no better than 30-year-old television. I'm giving "S.W.A.T." a marginal recommendation because the French crime kingpin, played by hunky Olivier Martinez, is kind of interesting -I wish he had more to do- and because, once the movie gets rolling, there is one -and only one- creative action sequence. "S.W.A.T." has an appealing cast and a smidgen of creativity, but it's best as a rental so you will have something else to entertain yourself with during the film's abundant dull moments. Not in any way groundbreaking, as the television show was.
The DVD: Bonus features include: 2 commentaries, one by director Clark Johnson and the cast and one by the screenwriters and technical consultant; "Anatomy of a Shootout" featurette that describes the making of the film's opening sequence.; a mini-documentary on the original "S.W.A.T." tv show.; a "making of " documentary; a featurette about creation of "6th Street Bridge" sequence; featurette on film's sound effects; bloopers; and cast filmographies. If you're really interested in the movie, this is a pretty good DVD package. If you only have time to watch one extra, try the "making of" documentary. Subtitles are available in English and French. Dubbing is available in French.
Unfortunately you can, as what could have been a kick-ass action flick dumbs-down yet again to be awarded the lucrative 12A (in the UK), resulting in what amounts to nothing more than a poor imitation of the A-Team on steroids. With the most pointless script of the year to boot there is little to redeem S.W.A.T. aside from some pacey set pieces & the ever watchable Samuel L. Jackson.
Standout Scene: Amongst the dirge of pointless popcorn moments comes a corny high when the team kick back, bond with a few drinks, & attempt to hum the theme to the original 70's S.W.A.T. TV series.
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