The two World Wars, Vietnam and Korea have been made into movies many times before but modern warfare is seen rarely but already in perfection in Black Hawk Down. Ridley Scott presents, with technical precision, yet also with minor inaccuracies in content, a movie about the military operation in 1993 in Mogadishu, that has become a disaster for the American troops and the best film about a modern military conflict.
So, how can the Extended version improve the film yet further? Well, it can't. Some scenes are well made and would have been nice to have in the Theatrical Version, but do not justify buying the movie a second time. Many of the extended scenes are on the other DVD releases as Deleted scenes anyway.
The few additional shootouts may be interesting for the action fans, but are somewhat useless since the Theatrical Version packs quite a punch already. The scene with the television thief might have been removed per request from the military - not an uncommon procedure if one wants to be provided with all the necessary military hardware for ones movie. The scene in the operation room might have been censorship but that's just a wild guess as well.
The chopper in which Blackburn arrives stirs up the sand on the beach next to the camp where some soldiers are lying in the sun and having a barbecue.
Blackburn asks Grimes whether he really is a Ranger. Grimes answers that he's been one for six years and is a veteran.
One of the Rangers shoots while running towrds the target.
The shot of Eversmann follows in the next cut in the Theatrical Version.
The Ranger continues to march towards the target while others are shooting around him.
Eversmann is grinning a bit longer in the TV while standing in front of Blackburn on the shooting range. see next cut
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Eversmann passes some sun lotion to Blackburn who proceeds to use the lotion.
Two Rangers are playing chess.
During the dialogue between McKnight and the two soldiers who are coordinating the mission from the air, various recuts have been used to make clear to the viewer that Eversmann too overhears that the mission will be anything but easy and that McKnight is anticipating problems. Then Eversmann is calmed with a friendly comment from one of his comrades without really having shown any sign of anxiety.
The Extended is 5 seconds longer.
One of the Ranger sees the doctor because he has injured himself while playing Ping Pong, and the doctor should do something so that the Ranger will be able to take part in the mission. The doctor touches the broken arm and convinces his patient that he will take no part in the mission today.
The soldiers are preparing for the mission.
Eversmann leaves the hangar after the briefing and recognizes Hooten who sits there smoking a cigarette.
Grimes writes his name on his helmet.
The Delta who has just landed with the helicopter walks off screen a bit longer. see next cut
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The Delta shoots an enemy on another roof.
Ranger are storming a building.
A Ranger is seen longer in the room with the prisoners. see next cut
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The Deltas in the prisoners room are suddenly under fire from their own comrades. However, they are able to order to to cease fire before anything can happen.
One of the soldiers talks to his colleague in the chopper before roping down.
Eversmann screams "Go, go!" a bit more.
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A soldier secures an alley when a local with a television set runs towards him, followed by another local with a Kalashnikov who shoots the assumed thief and is himself killed by the soldier right after. We do not get to know whether the man merely wanted to protect his property or posed a live threat for the soldier.
Eversmann is informed via radio that another Black Hawk has been shot down.
How Galentine calls for backup while two missiles hit the area next to his troop is shown in the Theatrical Version at 78:26. In exchange, a intercut to Nelson and Twombly wandering through the town is missing.
Nelson and Twombly are running alongside the wall of a house.
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No real censorship but a fine example for the effects of different picture quality and filters. The blood is much more visible in the Extended Version which makes the scene appear all the more gory.
On the left the Extended, on the right the Theatrical Version.
no time difference
More fighters are running towards the crashed helicopter.
Steele asks about the convoy while the many injured are seen in the background.
In the briefing room we see recordings of the helicopters and barricades being built.
Eversmann looks over the square in an additional shot before taking his helmet off. The following shot is a bit longer in the Theatrical Version. In addition, a part of the shot of another soldier is seen later at 92:23 in the Theatrical Version
3,5 seconds longer.
The siege team is shown. One is praying while the others are checking their weapons. Then we see Nelsons troop, advancing.
After the choppers have killed most of the fighters they fly away in the Theatrical Version. In the Extended, we see Steele standing in the sandstorm and asking about the convoy. Then the injured from the other roof are attacked with missiles so that the choppers habve to return from the other side and kill more enemies.
A few soldiers are trying to get their dead comrades out of the wreck of the Black Hawk. When McKnight asks how long this will take they answer "45 minutes.". He replies that they don't have that much time.
Garrison witnesses the explosion of the Black Hawk on the monitor.
Steele is shown in an additional shot as the soldiers are brought water.
Another soldier is drinking.
Hooten breathes deeply.
More soldiers are treated with water.
More soldiers are brought to the military hospital and the operation room. These scenes are at 124:43 in the Theatrical Version. A few scenes from the military hospital are missing.
For example, the first scene of soldiers being laid on and brought in on barrows. Blackburn is seen as well, just like Garrison later.
While the Theatrical Version too shows the operation room, a scene of a bullet being removed from a soldiers stomach with a huge gush of blood is missing. In the Theatrical Version we only see the blood on the floor and Garrison trying to wipe it away. The splattering itself is cut and might be the only censoring cut in the Theatrical Version.
We then see Steele looking for his men in the operation room before he enters the hall and finds his men there. The Theatrical Version shows him standing at the bed of one of his soldiers.
Eversmann leaves the hangar with he dead longer in the Theatrical Version.
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Right before the credits, Eversmann sees Garrison standing at the hangar. They look at each other.