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Black Hawk Down [DVD] [2001]

Release Date:06/11/2002
Ridley Scott directs the gripping war film Black Hawk Down. Columbia's work on this 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is nothing short of perfect. Sporting solid black levels, even colors, and no defects or imperfections, fans should be very pleased with this Academy Award-winning film's transfer. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French. The 5.1 mix ends up being an assault on the viewer's senses; featuring hard-hitting directional effects and crystal-clear sound, this is an excellent soundtrack that should give home theaters a hefty workout. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, French, Chinese, and Thai. Unfortunately, the supplements on this disc are close to the bare minimum, including a short on-the-set featurette that runs about 20 minutes and gives little insight into the making of the film, a few filmographies on the cast and crew, and theatrical trailers for the movies Spider-Man and The One (yet curiously nothing for Black Hawk Down).
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (143 out of 145)

    Special Features

    • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Mastered in high definition
    • Widescreen presentation
    • Audio: English 5.1, French
    • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, Thai
    • "Black Hawk Down: On the Set" featurette
    • Animated menus
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Filmographies
    • Scene selections
    • Production notes


    Black Hawk Down
    A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. Among the team: Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett), Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore), the resourceful Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner), and Ranger Spec. Grimes (Ewan McGregor), a desk-bound clerk getting his first taste of live combat. When two of the mission's Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by enemy forces, the Americans -- committed to recovering every man, dead or alive -- stay in the area too long and are quickly surrounded. The ensuing firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. In the end, 70 soldiers are injured and 18 are dead, along with hundreds of Somalians. Black Hawk Down was voted one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review prior to its limited Oscar-qualifying release. On the basis of his work in this film, co-star Eric Bana, a relatively unknown Australian actor playing Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson, won the lead in director Ang Lee's version of The Hulk (2003). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Josh Hartnett
      Josh Hartnett - Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann
    • Ewan McGregor
      Ewan McGregor - Ranger Spec. Grimes
    • Jason Isaacs
      Jason Isaacs - Steele
    • Tom Sizemore
      Tom Sizemore - Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight
    • Eric Bana
      Eric Bana - Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson

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