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Black Hawk Down - Special Edition [DVD] [2004]

Josh Hartnett , Ewan McGregor , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Ken Nolan, Mark Bowden
  • Producers: Branko Lustig, Chad Oman, Harry Humphries, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Somali
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Hindi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020JQG2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down conveys the raw, chaotic urgency of ground-force battle in a worst-case scenario. With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare. Helicopter-borne U.S. Rangers were assigned to capture key lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aidid, but when two Black Hawk choppers were felled by rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. soldiers were forced to fend for themselves in the battle-torn streets of Mogadishu, attacked from all sides by armed Aidid supporters. Based on author Mark Bowden's bestselling account of the battle, Scott's riveting, action-packed film follows a sharp ensemble cast in some of the most authentic battle sequences ever filmed. The loss of 18 soldiers turned American opinion against further involvement in Somalia, but Black Hawk Down makes it clear that the men involved were undeniably heroic. --Jeff Shannon

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Black Hawk Down is the action packed true harrowing account of US Military action in Mogadishu, Somalia. As part of a UN Peacekeeping force, a group of elite US soldiers undertake a mission to abduct several top lieutenants of a Somalian warlord to stop the civil war that has been tearing the country apart. The carefully planned mission goes terribly wrong, resulting in the US military's single biggest firefight since Vietnam. From famed action producer Jerry Bruckheimer and acclaimed action director Ridley Scott.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Its about the man next to you". 19 Dec 2002
As everybody now knows, Black Hawk Down is the true story of the Battle of Mogadishu, which took place in October 1993, when an American elite force carried out their mission (to abduct two lieutenants of the notorious Somalian warlord Mohammad Aidid) and ended up in the longest post Vietnam land battle involving American soldiers. During this ferocious gun battle 18 American soldiers were killed and 73 injured, whilst over 500 Somali gunmen also lost their lives.
Ridley Scott, hot off the heels of Gladiator, pulls no punches in his direction of this tragic fiasco, as he provides us with 135 minutes of ear shattering, stomach-churning, war is hell, all out action. There to the story is that American troops are on a peace-keeping mission trying to support the supply of food to the people of Somalia, who are being starved as a result of the local warlords commandeering all the Red Cross relief efforts. However, as is usually the case, their efforts are compromised by politics and they have to watch on helplessly as the Somalian guerrillas turn their guns own their own starving people. As a result, a plan is formulated by the army to enter the hostile capital of Mogidishu in broad daylight to abduct two of Mohammad Aidid's most senior aides. However, even before the mission can begin, the plan is hamstrung by Washington politicians who limit the mission's aerial support and firepower. And so the mission begins with the Delta Force and Rangers but everything starts to unravel when one of the helicopters involved in the mission, the said Black Hawk of the title, gets shot down in the middle of the city and the whole mission begins to tragically unravel.
Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer have provided a 135 minute deafening assault on the senses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty War Film 26 May 2003
By A Customer
If you're looking for a TRUE battle film then BHD is amongst the best! This film gives an account of one battle in Mogadishu, Somalia...if you're looking for more then you will be disappointed. It is extremely well made, with good soundtrack and fantastic cinematography. I enjoyed it immenseley.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Hawk Brilliant 4 May 2006
Where does one begin to praise this film's strengths???

Firstly, the action is exciting, and brutally realistic. It employs computer technology to increase the intensity and realism, not to make it look spectacular and over-the-top (Pearl Harbor, anyone?). Also, the soldiers and their personalities are well displayed. It shows them as not being invincible, but being human, and prone to fear, and making mistakes. Check out the 'snafu' cut-scene.

Also, despite those claiming it is only partly accurate, I think it is almost totally accurate. That is, apart from the composite characters shown in the film. Some may complain that it shows too little of the Somali side of things, and the events that caused the hatred of the Somalis. Also, that it doesn't pay enough attention to Mike Durant's ordeal. My answer is that the film-makers are only interested in the single day of the battle. The other stuff is filled in by the text at the beginning and end of the film.

Then, of course, there is the military side of things. Always interesting to observe and learn about. And the Black Hawk is such an impressive machine. Those miniguns are awesome to behold. Terrible in their devastation, but awesome nonetheless. Also, the little birds are such brilliant machines for their versatility and the aerial photography is impressive as well.

Then there are elements like the score. It is very innovative and very different from other Hans Zimmer scores, but this film deserved something special and unique. Shows once again Zimmer's awesome talent. Also the song Gortoz A'ran J'Attends which is sung at the end provides a real emotional side to the picture, and makes the film that much more touching. I like to be moved by a film, and this one does just that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Assault on the Senses 30 Sep 2008
By Eddie
Ridley Scott has frequently come under fire from critics as a director whose visual style overrides any attempt at characterisation, Blade Runner being a case in point. Of course we now know that this simply was not the case: that film has far more depth than it was initially given credit for. Scott began his career in advertising, producing that well known TV bread advertisement all those years ago and he still works in that field, so it's fair to say that visual style will indeed be strong. Those kinds of critisisms are unfair and unfounded.

I did get the feeling that Scott saw Saving Private Ryan and as a result thought, "I could do that". Private Ryan of course spawned several films which attempted to "show battle as it really is" by putting you into the heart of the action, at least as much as is possible on a screen and Black Hawk Down certainly does that. The story is simple: US forces enter Mogadishu to capture some bad guys and it goes wrong. Although it is nearly forty five minutes before the first helicopter goes down, once the action starts it does not let up and you are thrown headlong into the noise, fear and bloodiness of battle, with results which are likely to leave you with concussion.

It's often confusing but using the device of a spotter plane relaying infra red images to the commanding officers as well as to us allows us keep a reasonably clear picture of what is happening on the ground. This is no big star vehicle but some of the faces will be familiar, although it is often difficult to tell who is who. Scott helps us out by having the soldier's names written on their helmets. The cast do a stout job and characters are rounded enough to allow us to identify with them so that our own fear and horror is maximized.
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