Samuel L. Jackson
LL Cool J
There's not much there in terms of performances either. Jackson mails in a performance in exchange for an undoubtedly healthy paycheck and Farrell scrunches up his eyebrows a lot and tries to look real "deep". Am I the only one who's totally over the initial high on this guy and who's staring to think he's the most manufactured thing to come out of Hollywood since Cher's face? The only element that saves this from being a total disaster is the relatively cool action dispersed here and there. Plenty of gunfights, car chases and helicopters to pump up the noise level and much of it very well coordinated. There's also the fact that S.W.A.T. teams are inherently cool and even these screenwriters couldn't wipe all of that away. As far as bad guys go, Martinez plays his over-the-top, but in a way that keeps him entertaining rather than ridiculous. There's also a revised version of the 1975 S.W.A.T. TV show theme, the latter having supposedly inspired this lame effort.
The first full feature is Anatomy of a Shootout (9 mins.) which documents the making of the opening sequence: a recreation of a powerhouse shootout in the streets of LA. It's actually quite cool since the scene itself was alright. It's also fairly standard and since features are usually only as interesting as the film they're about, it's give or take on that one.
Next up is a 7-minute long clip discussing the film's TV inspiration. S.W.A.T. - TV's Original Super Cops is a small tribute to a hit series which was undoubtedly better than this movie. It's quick and easy to watch, although not really relevant. Following that, you can move to The Making of S.W.A.T. (20 mins.) which is the usual fluff piece with comments from the actors, the crew and an explanation of some of the key scenes from the film. You can get more detail on one of those key scenes in 6th Street Bridge: Achieving the Improbable (5 mins.), which relates the making of one of the more spectacular scenes in which a small plane lands on an L.A. area bridge.
Following that, you'll get a 3-minute Gag and Blooper Reel and a set of Eight Deleted Scenes. I can't remember a more irrelevant set of deleted scenes than on this DVD, since none of them would even have been remotely interesting had they been in the movie to begin with. I hardly see a reason to see them on their own.
The coolest feature though is Sound & Fury: The Sounds of S.W.A.T. (40 mins.). It begins with a quick explanation on the sounds captured to be mixed into the film and proceeds to a quick explanation and demonstration of some of the different guns used by the S.W.A.T. team members. You can then watch the scenes with isolated sound element.