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Black Hawk down [Blu-ray]
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Black Hawk Down
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
The Cast and Crew
As Matt Eversmann
As Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight
Cast and Crew
Black Hawk Down
No Man Left Behind
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (The Martian) and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) comes the gripping true story about bravery, camaradarie and the complex reality of war. BLACK HAWK DOWN stars an exceptional cast including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana. 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 led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of Somalis. When the mission goes quickly and terribly wrong, the men find themselves outnumbered and literally fighting for their lives.
Please note that the 4K UHD disc includes both the Extended and Theatrical versions of the film, while the included Blu-ray only features the Theatrical cut.
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On the technical side I absolutely loved the far better than average audio effects. Great use of overheads for those with a Dolby Atmos or near equivalent system. The ground floor effects are also quite above average.
The video does have some grain but the movie was not shot in 4K so not should be expected.
But there were a couple things that caused me not to rate this movie as a 5. The biggest problem I have is there were times when the video and audio lost sync. To correct this I had to reload the disc. This very much interrupted the flow of the movie. Perhaps the theatrical version does not have this issue. As I am using an OPPO 203 and have not had this experience with any other video I strongly feel the issue came from the disc. I hope this is unique to just my disc and doesn't affect others. But be aware.
In the end I don't regret purchasing the movie and would urge others to buy it. I hope the DVD manufacturers utilize better quality control in the future.
I read other people experienced audio issues with the 4K disc and I ignored their warnings
At the start of the film an American Delta team captures one of Aidid’s financiers. He talks to the U.S. commander General Garrison played by Sam Shepard. He tells the general that the U.S. has only been in the country for a few weeks and didn’t know anything. Somalia was in a civil war, and it was their affair meaning the Americans were not welcome and didn’t understand what was going on. That is the background to the battle that would unfold.
The heart of the movie is based upon a raid the U.S. makes in downtown Mogadishu to arrest some of Aidid’s main advisers. Aidid’s men were ready and shot down two Black Hawks. The Americans sent in wave after wave of men to get the crews out of those downed copters, which took two days of fighting. The film makes it seem like the whole city was coming down upon the U.S. troops as 100s of Somali militiamen were involved. In every window and from every rooftop gunmen could and did appear. The streets were blocked off with burning tires to block the American vehicles. Gun trucks with heavy machine guns would appear. Mobs of civilians and militiamen were walking the streets hunting down the Americans who were strung out along multiple blocks throughout the city trying to get to the crash sites. Things turned to hell within minutes. It turned out the Somalis not the Americans were the aggressors. Again, the U.S. didn’t understand Somali politics, and it didn’t plan for what befell it when it launched this raid. That’s what Black Hawk Down portrays in some of the most intense non-stop action scenes put to screen.
People are right about the A/V sync issues. I watched the extended cut and the added scenes had terrible sync issues. I trust that the theatrical version does not.
On the plus side, the price was right for the 4K version (~$13). The picture quality is really good, but I thought the audio lacked demo-level "punch". Movies like Blade Runner 2049, Dark Knight, Mad Max Fury Road, and Interstellar REALLY shake the house. BHD just didn't seem to have the LFE those movies do. Besides that, the movie sounded good. Much better than the DVD for sure.
Top international reviews
It covers not just the movie, but every single aspect. From making the movie with Ridley Scott and his team, training the actors, and Hans Zimmers awesome score and so much more...
All the way to containing full documentaries of the actual operations and true events in Mogadishu, Somalia. It was eye opening to say the least.
Overall an amazing DVD set and a must have.
Having read the book way before the movie was made, I was staggered that the images on screen were exactly how I had pictured them whilst reading the book. It really comes to like and Ridley Scott's direction keeps the viewer centred in the action. The pace is kept up throughout, the fighting is bloody and gritty. It is gripping stuff.
Thanks to the British director, there is not too much American over-sentimentality, these men are on a mission and they just get on with it. They are not gung-ho (mostly), they have been trained and they are just carrying out their job as best they can. Playing 'spot the Brit' in the cast is good fun too!
The extras included on the second disc round the package out nicely, with lots of commentaries and the like. But it's the movie that should be the primary focus here. It is simply one of the best of its kind.