SONY has released "BLACK HAWK DOWN:EXTENDED CUT". While there have been three versions of the film already released, "DELUXE EDITION", "SUPERBIT", and "Standard", none of them have offered the 8 minutes of newly inserted footage included here. Does it make a difference? This reviewer couldn't tell! Really! There's no markings to tell where new footage exists. It doesn't seem any different than the original film, which was pretty damned good on its own.
"BLACK HAWK DOWN", offered one of the most compelling, driver's seat versions of modern warfare, made so far. Of course, Director Ridley Scott has to include scenes of glossy, neon-inspired shots from time-to-time, where unnecessary, but generally, "BLACK HAWK DOWN" worked incredibly well as a gripping war film and a gripping drama. While the new footage(wherever it is)doesn't hurt the film, a few minutes of cuts surely couldn't hurt the film either. There are a few moments wherein the drama feels a little too forced, especially near the end.
SONY has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. It's a flawless transfer. Any grain present is exactly what Scott wanted to be present in the theatrical showing for the intended gritty effect. Detail is excellent throughout.
SONY has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While we're disappointed that the incredible DTS mix offered on the SUPERBIT version isn't here, the Dolby Digital 5.1 is aggressive and excellent. There are numerous scenes with detailed layered effects, wherein important dialogue is still perfectly intelligible. The score is well complimented throughout.
SONY has included the terrific "FRONTLINE" episode: Ambush in Mogadishu, unavailable elsewhere. It's a great documentary.