Every couple of months, a new 4k UHD release arrives, that is of such superior quality, in its reproduction of the look of cinema, that it needs to be highlighted.
Black Hawk Down, the 2001 Ridley Scott production, concerning U.S. forces in Somalia, under attack by a local war lord is such a release.
A film needs to be photographed in a style, and of high enough resolution, to be a candidate for 4k release.
Most are not.
Black Hawk Down is however, one of the poster children for the format, that once seen, can send home theater enthusiasts on the fence about moving up to 4k, to pull the trigger (no pun intended).
Photographed in S35 by Slawomir Idziak, in stark, realistic terms, this is perfect 4k fodder.
The film holds up beautifully, and two versions are available on the 4k disc – 144 and 152 minutes.
The track, originally in 8-channel SDDS, is beautifully rendered in Dolby Atmos, with some startling effects.
As an aside, as you inventory the actors, and faces, it might be the perfect time to do a bit of research on casting director supreme, Bonnie Timmermann.
Unlike the majority of 4k releases, Black Hawk Down is the real thing, and deserves to be in any serious library.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely