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Black Hawk Down (2001)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the "3-Disc Deluxe Edition" of Black Hawk Down. The original release of the movie did not have any commentaries.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ridley Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer Rating:7.8/10 (25 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on July 30th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
While I don't think the commentary deserves the "0" grade it got from someone here, it certainly don't regard it as remarkable, either. Scott is quite informative, but his dry and rather elliptical way of speaking makes the track quite boring; I find the commentaries by the maligned John McTiernan much more pleasant to listen to. Bruckheimer, with most of his separately-recorded participation edited out, tells some interesting stories about the making of the movie from the producer's point of view and pays a sincere tribute to the military in general and those depicted on the movie in particular, but also repeats information already told by Scott and excessively adulates the director, to the point of putting him in the same league as David Lean and John Ford.
Reviewed by grimjack on September 8th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
A little disappointing compared to many of the other Scott tracks out there. He talks about the film-making process mostly, when there are probably lots of good stories about how he came about wanting to make this, and the backstories, and what got changed for entertainment purposes, and how he chose which characters to focus on and feature.
Commentary 2: Mark Bowden (writer of source novel "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War")and screenwriter Ken Nolan Rating:7.7/10 (18 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 1st, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Much better than the Scott-Bruckheimer track. The two speakers on this one recorded together and were even polite enough to introduce themselves. Ken Nolan is very laid-back and sometimes even fun, but offers mostly random digressions and praise for the movie and the director. Mark Bowden's participation is unfortunately sidetracked and so he doesn't tell as much factual and historical information about the movie's subject as he could.
Reviewed by ipatrick on August 20th, 2016:Find all reviews by ipatrick
this is a very well balanced track for an author-screenwriter tandem. this and the Task Force tracks, both very good commentaries serve very different purposes, the latter being a historical commentary, this giving the filmmaking perspective. Nolan is very entertaining and he depicts an interesting narration of what working with Director Ridley Scott is like, as well as some of the struggles of the on-going writing process that happened during filming and the challenges of adapting fact to novel to script to moving image - very good.
Commentary 3: Task Force Ranger veterans Rating:7.9/10 (21 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by TommyT on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by TommyT
Anyone who's interested in the real story behind the Battle of Mogadishu MUST listen to this track. The soldiers are quite fair & constructive in their criticism of the film's production but they also let us know they admire Ridley's effort.
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 2nd, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Surprisingly, the best commentary in this DVD got the lowest average grade (again, I don't understand why it got "0" and "1" from someone). The veterans, recording together, talk in a very laid-back and unsystematic way about the (mostly minor) inaccuracies they found in the movie and also answer various questions that civil members of the audience either did or would ask them. Listeners won't miss anything if they pass the other two commentaries and stick with this one.
Reviewed by grimjack on September 8th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
Definitely a unique type of commentary, that almost feels like a marketing gimmick. A few commentaries might have the 'real' person that a film character is based on, but seldom do you have a room full of the real people basically explaining what was and wasn't true in a film.

A few times it is educational about how they do things, but maybe only about a dozen times is that interesting. They almost seemed to be defensive and apologetic whenever anything remotely critical of how it all went down is played out. I would have been less surprised had they admitted that mistakes were made at least in the planning.