PictureSWAT continues the excellent reputation that new superbit titles are gaining for enhanced picture quality with this superb print. Looking fresh, clean and crystal clear, only my recent encounters with HD have been better than this. The movie is fast paced and gritty with a raw, documentary edge to it, but the picture is far from raw with sublime deep saturated colours, bottomless blacks and an exemplary contrast range that only occasionally looks a little grey, hence the loss of a single point, as Underworld, which was almost totally shot in the shadows, managed to keep that wide contrast range throughout. There is no picture damage to spoil the show as we have a pristine print with no added digital corruption.
SoundThis superbit disc allows you to select from either a superb Dolby Digital 5.1 track or a stunning DTS 5.1 track. Differences between the tracks are trivial with a little extra volume in the DTS encoding and a more forceful front soundstage that infrequently, borders on the overpowering. Despite this you get fast dynamics that hit you in the chest with their power. The opening scenes of a SWAT team taking on armed bank robbers while TV helicopters buzz the scene is a truly amazing set piece. Indeed it is just about the best 10 minutes of audio encoding I have listened to all year. There is lively dialogue, and zipping of gunfire with the “thwock..thwock..thwock” of a variety of helicopters hovering all around your viewing room. The only downside is that the rest of the movie, while very good by any standards, never reaches these audio heights again.
ExtrasNil, nada, zip, nothing.
VerdictSWAT is a clichéd action yarn, but nonetheless enjoyable for that. Superbit continues to enhance its reputation by producing another top quality disc. Demo quality.
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