SWAT: Under Siege appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a generally positive presentation.
Sharpness looked solid. A few shots were slightly soft, but not to a substantial degree. Most of the movie seemed pretty accurate and concise. No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie stayed clean.
Like most modern action flicks, Under Siege favored a blue tint with a dollop of orange as well. The blue became a pretty heavy overtone and we didn’t get much room for other hues. Within their parameters, the colors appeared appropriate.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were decent. They could be slightly dense – mainly in nighttime scenes - but they remained positive for the most part. In the end, the transfer proved to be good, if not great.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Under Siege, it became a peppy mix. With all the action scenes, we got a lot of good material from all sides.
Gunfire and other elements zoomed around the spectrum and added a nice sense of activity to the film. Stereo music also worked well, and this turned into a pretty vivid soundscape.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns. Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. All of this was good enough for a “B+”.
The disc opens with ads for Kill ‘Em All, The Marine 5: Battleground, Resident Evil: Vendetta, Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars, Feed and Avenging the Zodiac. No trailer for Siege or any other extras appear on the Blu-ray.
At times, SWAT: Under Siege provides reasonable action excitement. However, the movie seems far too derivative and uninspired to become anything better than meh. The Blu-ray offers fairly positive picture and audio but lacks supplements. Under Siege winds up as mediocre action fodder.