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Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray] (2002)

Josh Hartnett , Ewan McGregor , Ridley Scott  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G0O5N2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Hawk Down [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with Director Ridley Scott, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Author Mark Bowden, Screenwriter Ken Nolan and United States Special Forces veterans.
  • The Essence of Combat featurettes

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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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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Hannibal) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon) comes a gripping true story about bravery, camaradarie and the complex reality of war. Black Hawk Down stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Eric Bana (Chopper), William Fichtner (The Perfect Storm), Ewen Bremner (Snatch) and Sam Shepard (All The Pretty Horses). In 1993, an elite group of American Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are sent to Somalia on a critical mission to capture a violent warlord whose corrupt regime has lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.

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355 of 363 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done! January 2, 2002
I have to say that they nailed this movie pretty good.
Basically all it does is tell the story of what happened in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. They didn't focus on character detail that much which to me is a good thing. There are just too many people involved to go into detail with them all. Going into too much detail on certain characters and not others would take away what some did and would lessen their sacrifice. So, they stuck to just the story. Good move.
They compressed the story some, changed a few names, and merged some characters into one character This was done to get the story down to a movie time frame and to protect certain characters identities as they are still serving.
No movie based on a book is as detailed as the book. Don't expect it to be. You should read the book as well.
Some critics have said that it is way too violent of a film. Did they know they were going to see a movie about combat? Hello!!?!! It's about time that film makers have started making movies to show the American public what really happens in combat. Combat is not one guy running around killing people by the hundreds with a head band on. They made it a real as you could get it on the screen. Saving Private Ryan started it off and now Black Hawk Down. To Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott, Bravo! Well Done!
It's very accurate as far as weapons, equipment, uniforms, etc. They used the exact helicopters that were used in the original mission in 1993 with the 160th SOAR.
The whole movie I was searching for inaccuracies. Want to know what I came up with? They had their names written in marker on their Kevlar helmets (this was done so the audience could quickly tell who's who) we wrote our names on the helmet band.
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219 of 248 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "No one gets left behind..." January 19, 2002
This is a phenominal film. I'm sad to say that I was fairly oblivious to the conflict in Somalia... I was working 3rd shift and sleeping during the day in 1993 when this incedent took place. This film could not have been more timely in its release... when long dormant patriotism has been brought to the forefront of every American's thoughts.
Now that we've been attacked on our own soil, conflicts overseas seem that much more real to us.
In 1993, the Islamic leader and warlord of Somalia, Muhammad Farrah Aidid, led with fear and tyranny. His henchmen were equipped with what appeared to be limitless weapons -- large machine guns, shoulder rockets, pistols, and many automatic and semi-automatic weapons. They enlist even the youngest and most innocent of their populace to help them spy and keep in constant contact via cell phone. Aidid stopped international aid from reaching his own people, killing 300,000 by starvation and the onslaught of civil war.
Washington sent in their military forces to remove Aidid from power and to prevent the Somali people from having to endure more suffering under Aidid's iron grasp. Sadly, Washington didn't want to "look too dramatic" and denied military requests for C130 gun ships and other heavy artillery that certainly would have made a big difference on the outcome of this event.
Army Rangers, pilots, medics, the famous Delta Force, the pride of America was there, fighting for the freedom of a people they did not know.
This film is the realistic portrayal of the events that led to the deaths of 19 U.S. servicemen... but it's not just a shoot 'em up movie. You feel like you're there, with them.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best war movies ever made! May 5, 2002
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Black Hawk Down starts out with a brief introduction into the U.S. involvement in Somalia, and then takes us on a journey through hell!
This movie tells the true story of Task Force Ranger, who were sent to Somalia to put an end to the clan warfare and capture the most powerful warlord in the impoverished African nation. What was supposed to be a routine mission, turned into a fierce 18 hour battle that claimed the lives of 18 American servicemen and resulted in another 73 being wounded.
This movie does not "Hollywood" the story at all because it simply did not need to. The story itself was shocking, tragic, and in many senses triumphant. It was an event that very few people in this country knew about at the time. Mark Bowden's book was exceptionally written and the movie follows it extremely well.
Be aware...This movie is not for the faint of heart! It depicts the battle in graphic detail and contains scenes of some very gruesome injuries sustained by the men involved. There is one scene where a medic is fighting to save the life of a wounded soldier who has a severed artery in his leg. This is one of the most graphic sequences you will see in a film, so be prepared.
Ridley Scott turned in another brilliant job of directing. He successfully puts the audience into the fight and allows us to feel the hopelessness and despair that was felt by these brave men. He tells the story of this battle with exceptional detail and realism. You will be left with a mix of emotions after watching this film, but you will also feel a deep sense of thanks and gratitude for the men and women who are serving our country today.
Black Hawk Down is one of the best films in recent years and should not be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, a Nail-Biter even though you know what happened, a true...
Chilling, extraordinary close to documentary of the infamous event. Truthful to Mark Bowden's book, great performances by an all star cast. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Howard D Lippin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Modern War Movie Ever!
An Amazing Movie! A huge collection of great well-known actors and spot-on casting filling other roles. Based on a true story - by how much I don't know/remember. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars great flick
Good enough for me to puchase the blu ray.
Published 7 days ago by Joe C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Hawk Down Twice
This is NOT my type of movie as many loyal readers know. This was purchased for my man-thing. I personally love the talent, but I hate the film. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Product
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Published 10 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome film about the brave, tough men of our military in a no win fight.
Published 11 days ago by Joe Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best depiction ever.
Published 12 days ago by A. Zadeiks
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
One of the best "war"/"conflict" movies ever made. What was happening then, well explained in the movie, is the same stuff that is happening now in that dark side... Read more
Published 22 days ago by BlueBonneville
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies
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...so what does the extra 8 minutes of footage add?
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I work for movie-censorship.com and my current assignment is to translate the censorship report of "Black Hawk Down" into English. This report will give a detailed list of all differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Cut. Once i've done that the report will be... Read More
Aug 13, 2009 by A. Düser |  See all 2 posts
double dipped
Triple Dipped!
(if you have the DVD also)
lol
Dec 27, 2010 by Marty |  See all 2 posts
Superbit
Superbit is great, and it really shows if you get a high def DVD player that does upconverting.
Jun 14, 2008 by Clarence Sparrow |  See all 2 posts
8 minutes?
Thanks, but anybody care to comment on the actual 8-minutes in question here?

What is it exactly and does it improve the film?

Cheers,
Apr 3, 2008 by R. C. Harris Jr. |  See all 8 posts
which one is the best?
Thanks but that doesnt really help us. Has anyone seen the extended version? Is the Extended Cut included on the 3 disc edtion??
Oct 18, 2007 by J. Alessandro |  See all 7 posts
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