Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Chris1
Black Hawk Down (2002, Blu Ray)
Everything I said about 2002's Black Hawk Down in my previous review still stands, including the words I used to describe it. F*cking intense. On Blu Ray? How about even more F'ing intense?
To recap, Black Hawk Down is the story of a routine mission gone totally FUBAR in Somalia. That's about the long and short of the plot summary.
But there is just so much more to it than that, which I outlined in the previous review.
On Blu Ray, though, everything is even more intense, lending mostly to the uncompressed audio. I don't recall the film sounding quite like *this* on DVD. The explosions rumble, the bullets zip through the surrounds clearer... its just that much better. The video, well, its not as crystal-clear as some newer Blu Ray releases, that's for sure. There is a noticable amount of grain going on, but it's not terrible, and actually (IMO) reflects a decent transfer... meaning that it looks exactly like it was meant to. I didn't notice any of that annoying digital noise in the dark spots, either. The blacks are black, but even in the dark scenes (like the "last stand") everything was brilliantly clear. I don't recall finding anything not-to-like about it. At all. It still gets a 9/10 from me.
Extras? I will admit to not checking them out, but the requisite commentary tracks are there, along with the "making of" feature. Not a whole lot, but enough.
So, if you've got that brand new Blu-Ray player and sound system, and are looking for a title to really show it off, then Black Hawk Down should really be on your list.
Here's a clip, enjoy!
Summary: Everything I said about 2002's Black Hawk Down in my previous review still stands, including the words I used to describe it. F*cking intense. On Blu Ray? How about even more F'ing intense?