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  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 16 2010
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (699 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00432QAMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,508 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on June 8 2003
Format: DVD
I owned the original release of this DVD and, thanks to this new release, I now own the deluxe version. Needless to say, this speaks volumes over how much I love this film. I'm not a particularly big fan of war films but this movie really hit an emotional chord with me and I consider it one of my favorite films ever. It is a truly powerful film.
However, this review isn't about the film itself. Hundreds of people before me have already done that. I am reviewing the DELUXE DVD version, which I must say was well worth the wait.
If you are a fan of any of actors of this film, then the special features will be a major treat. The main members of the cast (approx. 20 actors) - from Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Eric Bana and Jason Isaacs to up-and-comers Hugh Dancy, Matthew Marsden and Orlando Bloom get a major boost in this DVD. The 2 1/2 hour "Essence of Combat" documentary alone is worth the price of the dvd. It is packed with fabulous behind-the-scenes features, candid interviews and footage featuring the screenwriter (Ken Nolan), book author (Mark Bowden), director (Ridley Scott), special effects guys, composer (Hans Zimmer), military/technical consultants, cast members and even the actual soldiers who were involved in the mission. There are approx. 9 deleted scenes, most of which were a shame to not have been included in the final film. There are also photo galleries, loads of commentaries and many more!!!
If you are a fan of the film itself or want to know more about the events surrounding the Somalian conflict, there are two excellent TV documentaries from PBS and the History channel that would do just that.
I highly recommend this DELUXE DVD to fans of the film as well as fans of the actors involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PD Johnston on June 27 2013
Format: DVD
"Black Hawk Down" is a story of great nobility, moving sacrifice, and repulsive brutality. It's a story of the horrors of war, but also of the courage and dedication of men who heroically give all they had to accomplish their assigned task. The film is viscerally anti-war, and inspiringly pro-soldier. It's a moving and challenging story to watch.

Director Ridley Scott's goal was to convey what the soldiers endured on this ill-fated campaign, and he succeeds. Several of the one-star reviews here found the action unbelievable, yet the facts of the battle are well documented. The script is based on Mark Bowden's exhaustively researched book. The film's nearest cinematic cousin is "Saving Private Ryan." It has the same unflinching stare at the brutality of combat, the same realization that the fundamental loyalty of a soldier is to the man fighting next to him. The characters here are a true ensemble; there's no Tom Hanks figure standing at the centre. "Black Hawk Down" is about the men, not a man.

If you have an interest in owning "Black Hawk Down," this is the package to own, even more than a Blu-ray edition. The DVD presentation looks and sounds great. It's easy to see why this won Oscars for editing and sound.

Why prefer the 3-disk DVD over a hi-def Blu-ray? This set's extensive commentary and background supplements make the difference. Disk two features a comprehensive making-of feature full of fascinating information about things like how the actors learned to move like soldiers and how the crash scenes looked so very real. My respect for the film grew after seeing the craft that went into it. Disk three features *two* historical documentaries totalling more than two and a half hours detailing the reality behind the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Eisenhauer on Jan. 24 2004
Format: DVD
I give this movie three stars for the fact that it tries to give respect for that day. I acknowledge that and in turn share that respect for Ridley Scott.
I saw the movie before I read the book and being the adolecent that I was and still am, I based my knowledge of that day off the movie. After reading the book just recently, my feelings toward the movie have changed. Unlike Ridley Scott, Mark Bowden busted his ass going around the world and interviewing everyone who he could find that was there on the ground that day. Bowden also adds at the end of the book that he tried in his best to keep everything in the book as factual as possable, and that the parts in which he can't be for certain, he tried hard in getting as close to the context as he could.
In contrast and compare from the movie to the book, their are alot of things that happen in the movie... that didn't happen in the book which in turn didn't actually happen at all. Being a little more mature now then I was when this movie came out, I feel a little hurt seeing the movie and realizing that it's going to give everyone a misunderstanding of why and what we were there for. For example, Eversmann's chalk four left with the convoy. Chalk four never made it to Wolcott's crash site. Yet in the movie, the camera surrounds Matt Eversmann(Josh Hartnett) through out the whole movie. I don't have disrespect for Eversmann, I just have disrespect that I think the intent was giving Josh Hartnett good PR.
I have more to say but 1000 characters isn't enough. If you want an action film, this movie won't let you down; If you want a better understanding of what happened that day, books are your best option. Three stars.
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