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Black Hawk Down 2001

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State-of-the-art war movie from director Ridley Scott, based on the US military blunders which took place in Somalia in 1993. Following a series of attacks by warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid on a Red Cross distribution centre, a group of US Rangers are sent on a mission to capture two of Aidid's close associates in the capital city Mogadishu. However, after successfully apprehending their targets, the Americans come under heavy attack from the residents of the city. In the ensuing chaos, a US Black Hawk helicopter is shot down, and the surviving crew find themselves trapped in a confused and relentless shooting battle with the enemy.

Starring:
Sam Shepard, Hugh Dancy
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Sam Shepard, Hugh Dancy, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, Kim Coates, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Ewan McGregor, Gabriel Casseus, Josh Hartnett, Ioan Gruffudd, Ron Eldard
Director Ridley Scott
Studio COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO
Rental release 16 September 2002
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, English, Hindi
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Sam Shepard, Hugh Dancy, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, Kim Coates, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Ewan McGregor, Gabriel Casseus, Josh Hartnett, Ioan Gruffudd, Ron Eldard
Director Ridley Scott
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENT. UK
Rental release 30 April 2007
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, German, Arabic, Turkish, Hindi, Hungarian, Polish, French, Czech

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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
Well, the film has been reviewed a lot already. A full on action movie that disturbs as much as it gets the adrenaline pounding, the US charge in gung-ho and things rapidly go bad. From there it is a downward spiral into disaster. Worth watching but don't think you are going to come away from the film with a smile on your face.

As for the quality of the blu-ray disc. The audio is very good, though not DTS, only 5.1 (and also uncompressed 5.1 - for which I need an HDMI connector on my amp which I don't have unfortunately)

The visual quality is good. The way the film is shot means that many of the scenes (most of them) are grainy, so frankly you are not going to get the benefit of HD in many of them. I can recall only a couple of scenes where I knew I was watching BluRay, the rest of the film could just as well have been an upscaled DVD. Having said that the colour palette was very rich and vibrant. I am surprised at a few of the reviews saying that this is a film to show off HD. It is good but not the best for HD I have seen.

I have a Sony D3500 40inch TV playing from a PS3 and have been wowed by other Blu Ray films, notably Starship Troopers (in the digitally rendered scenes).

Overall, a good, exciting but depressing film, with a good Blu Ray transfer. Worth getting if you don't have the film on DVD already.
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Format: DVD
I'll start by saying that I enjoyed this movie. A lot. As an action film it is truly enthralling with amazing battle scenes and lots of stuff being blown up. For all the action fans, that's all you need to know. Watch this movie.
As a commentary on the politics of war I found this film incredibly depressing, especially when I thought about the fact that it was essentially real (some artistic licence, but not much). The men who died were not fictional characters. They were real people with families and loved ones. The soldiers did what all soldiers in the world do: their duty. Their duty is to follow orders. They followed orders. They went into a city to kidnap an official and that is what they did. It got very messy and they ended up fighting tooth and nail to survive, they watched their friends and comrades get shot, blown up, fall from helicopters and generally suffer, but they never gave up. They kept fighting and did their duty. Then the politicians came in and made pointless everything they had fought so hard to achieve: they were pulled out of Somalia without removing the oppressive regime they were there to depose, because it would have cost some politicians a few votes.
So as a commentary on war this film achieves what no other war movie (that I have seen) has achieved: it showed the soldiers lot. They follow orders and bleed and die to help a politician gain a bit of popularity. They suffer things others will never experience and all so that a man can gain a few points in the polls.
This movie is not patriotic. This movie is not about America. This movie has a plot. Anyone who says otherwise has missed the point.
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Format: DVD
I put off watching this film for a while because I was worried that the violence and death would be too graphic.
This is a violent and graphic film but with good reason.
Ridley Scott has fashioned a highly accurate film that shows how mistakes can be made, soldiers fight and die and also the difficulty faced with any army fighting in an urban envronment.
Best watched with the sound up amazing effects bring every moment to life. Excellent performances show how trully harrowing this real life event must have been. Expect to have an opinion by the end of the film
It can be difficult to follow, the characters all have matching uniforms, but the plot is clearly shown in the set pieces.
The film tries to end on a high note but simply shows the true cost or war.
Excellent extras but the best ones are Ridley scott explaining which part of the film is completely accurate and which is fiction. And really shows how ture to life this film is.
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