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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner, Brian Van Holt & Olivier Martinez

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
There are two audio commentary tracks included: one with director Clark Johnson and actors Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Brian Van Holt, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner, and Michelle Rodriguez; and the other with screenwriters and technical consultants Ron Mita, John McClain, David Ayer, and David McKenna. Other bonus features include a nine-minute Anatomy Of A Shootout featurette, a seven-minute highlight on the original TV series, a 22-minute making-of featurette, eight deleted scenes, a five-minute breakdown of the jet landing on the 6th Street Bridge, a three minute-gag reel, filmographies, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00624
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, language and sexual references
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/30/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Clark Johnson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 (4:3) edition.

Story Synopsis:
Jim Street (Farrell) is a smart cop who is unfairly demoted to the gun cage by his captain. Patiently waiting for the chance to get back on S.W.A.T., he impresses Sgt. Dan

DVD Picture:
Visually complementing the high-octane storytelling, the anamorphically enhanced DVD picture -- framed in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio -- is stylized with cool blues in some scenes, warmly saturated in others, and often utilizes fast-paced, shaky camera panning. The filmmakers wanted many scenes to resemble news footage. Colors are often nicely balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Cop uniform blues and lightbar reds pop from the screen. Other stylizations call on different film formats to resemble

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