- Actors: Samuel L. Jackson|Colin Farrell|Michelle Rodrigues
- Directors: Clarke Johnson
- Format: PAL
- Language: Italian, English
- Subtitles: Slovene, Arabic, Icelandic, Italian, Finnish, Croatian, Greek, Romanian, Hebrew, Swedish, Danish, English, Hindi, Bulgarian, Norwegian, Serbian
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Columbia Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000UI2RS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
S.W.A.T [DVD] 
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They're the best of the best, the elite of law enforcement. And they've been recruited for their most dangerous mission ever. From the Producers of The Fast and the Furious and xXx, this explosive action thriller stars Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (1995, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Pulp Fiction), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Minority Report), Michelle Rodriguez (Blue Crush, The Fast and the Furious), and LL Cool J (Charlie's Angels, Deep Blue Sea). Harrelson (Jackson) is assigned to recruit and train five top-notch cops for a new Special Weapons and Tactics unit (S.W.A.T.). After weeks of demanding physical training the new S.W.A.T. team is quickly thrown into action after the notorious drug lord Alex Montel (Oliver Martinez), audaciously offers a $100 million bounty to anyone who can free him from police custody. But as they escort the kingpin out of Los Angeles and into the hands of the Feds, their mission is compromised by a ruthless, heavily armed band of mercenaries.
Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrell swagger through S.W.A.T., a guns-and-big-trucks macho extravaganza based on the 1970s TV show of the same name, in which police teams are brought in to take care of extremely dangerous situations. Jackson plays a sergeant brought out of retirement to form a new squad, which includes rebellious Farrell and tough babe Michelle Rodriguez.
After a lot of training and head-butting with a smarmy police captain, the squad gets assigned to transfer the head of a European crime cartel (Olivier Martinez) who's declared on television that he'll give $100 million to anyone who gets him out. Every scumbag in Los Angeles descends to claim the money, turning a routine transfer into a bullet-filled gauntlet. Despite some gaps in logic and a generic flavour, S.W.A.T. will satisfy most action-movie junkies. --Bret Fetzer
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I watched the original series when I was a child, it was shown late at night and I can vividly remember waking to the sound of the siren at the start of the show and by the time the theme music stopped I was dangling over the edge of the banister on the stairs, looking through the open door at the tv screen. Ah bliss.
Samuel L Jackson plays Lt (now Sgt) Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson (previously played by Steve Forrest, who makes a special guest appearance at the end of the film as the SWAT driver);
Colin Farrell plays Jim Street (who was played by the late great Robert Urich in the series);
Rod Perry makes a special guest appearance in the bar after the team successfully pass the course, his part of David Deacon 'Deke' Kay is played by LL Cool J aka James Todd Smith;
TJ McCabe (previously played by James Coleman) is now played by the very underrated Josh Charles;
The character of Dominic Luca (played by Mark Shera) has been made into 2 separate characters - Michael Boxer (played by Brian Van Holt) and Chris Sanchez (played by Michael Rodriguez). I found the Sanchez character unnecessary to the story.
For some strange reason Coleman and Shera are the only survivors from the original SWAT team not to be asked to appear in a blink and you'll miss them moment guest star moments. In fact Coleman comments on this on the review for the series box set on the amazon.com site. The series (for anyone who is interested is only available in the US on region 1, but it is not embedded so will play on my hp computer).
The plot is split into two main parts - Street's fall from grace when he follows friend and partner Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) into a hostage situation where orders are not followed and Gamble ends up shooting a hostage on live tv. Then there is Harrelson - Harrelson is old school and is brought in to set up his own SWAT team as a bit of good publicity for the LA police department. The trouble is that Harrelson and his boss (Capt Thomas Fuller - Larry Poindexter) have a past. It is this team development that takes up the first part of the film.
The second part of the film involves the discovery that the police have been holding the wanted head of a crime cartel called Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez). Harrelson and his newly formed SWAT team are assigned to transport the wanted man to Federal holdup add to this the fact that Alex offers 100 million dollars to anyone who can help him escape and so the fun starts.
I'll admit now that I am not a fan of either Farrell or Jackson but this is a film that I completely enjoyed, and I've watched it a number of times without tiring of it. A 5 star piece of escapism that may make me change my mind about Farrell and Jackson.
It's nice to see that we have a mass of extras with this dvd which makes a nice change.
I found SWAT Firefight to be better than the first.
The first was a waste of the talent to be honest. And you want it to be good, but it's just not, really. The second is actually good for what it is. I admit I enjoyed Firefight, it's not perfect, but it is more interesting and a lot less predictable. Firefight probably had a lower budget than the first, but I think they made it work harder.
It's a nice package of films for when you want to watch some light entertainment action films. Which is what the 3 stars are for, if you're looking for films you would compare amongst the best, then this package is going to score much further down the scale.
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It is a very competent action thriller, with a team being assembled, going through...Read more