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Training Day

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Director: Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn

Cast: Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn

     
 

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This gritty cop thriller gets a stellar DVD upgrade, courtesy of Warner Bros. home video. The picture is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, nicely capturing Mauro Fiore's cinematography. While a film as dialogue-driven as Training Day doesn't really call for Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, it is certainly welcome whenever director Antoine Fuqua

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This gritty cop thriller gets a stellar DVD upgrade, courtesy of Warner Bros. home video. The picture is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, nicely capturing Mauro Fiore's cinematography. While a film as dialogue-driven as Training Day doesn't really call for Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, it is certainly welcome whenever director Antoine Fuqua ratchets up the action. In the extras category, Training Day does not disappoint. Fuqua provides a solid commentary track, while HBO serves up a well put together behind-the-scenes documentary. Viewers can also peruse a handful of deleted scenes that offer much more of Denzel Washington's stellar performance. An alternate ending is also offered up. Music fans have a chance to watch two videos from the film's soundtrack as well. Per the DVD standards, there are also a number of cast and crew bios and the theatrical trailer. Training Day has been given a DVD treatment that's worthy of its status as the sleeper hit of late 2001.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Denzel Washington scored his second Oscar for his arresting portrayal of a corrupt narcotics officer in this electrifying urban thriller. He plays one of L.A.’s most flamboyant detectives, a departmental legend with whom young rookie Ethan Hawke is delighted to be teamed. Their first day together starts off with a major drug bust, and in the hours that follow, the rookie learns a lot more from, and about, his new partner. Washington's Alonzo Harris is soon revealed as a thoroughly corrupt cop who delights in preying on street thugs and competing drug dealers. In keeping with his character’s naïveté and reticence, Hawke’s performance is appropriately subdued, and it earned him an Academy Award nomination of his own (for Best Actor in a Supporting Role). Cast members Scott Glenn (especially fine as a retired cop caught up in Washington’s schemes), Tom Berenger, and Harris Yulin are equally well calibrated, and rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg also contribute effective turns. But Training Day belongs lock, stock, and barrel to Washington, and director Antoine Fuqua grants the star ample leeway to dominate every scene with his trademark intensity. Clearly relishing the opportunity to draw upon his dark side, Washington makes this rogue cop one of the most memorable characters he’s played over the course of a distinguished career. Fuqua supplies a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and two music videos.
All Movie Guide
In his most nefarious film role yet, Denzel Washington keeps the audience stumbling off balance, forcing them to ponder whether his unorthodox crime-fighting methods are justifiable radicalism or a deviant abuse of power. With bawdy humor and grudging praise providing counterpoint to his fierce stares and verbal intimidation, it's difficult to determine whether he's toughening a protégé through trial by fire, or laughing at a patsy he despises. Antoine Fuqua's Training Day is a violent, vigorous film sure to leave viewers uneasily processing their feelings about it. In that climate of renewed reverence for the police, the film's exaggerated portrayal of narcotics officers can't help but feel a bit uncharitable. Still, there's immediacy to the thesis that these undercover cops are so ornately jeweled, so hip to street culture, and so entrenched in their renegade philosophies that they become indistinguishable from the gangsters they're hunting. The film also understands how this world is governed by bravado, as Washington astutely and systematically manipulates Ethan Hawke's eagerness to prove he's man enough for the job. Washington alternates between visceral intensity and mere showiness in a role that's courageously unlikable, while Hawke makes the most of a soft, underwritten character. Even while including a handful of stylized camera tricks, Fuqua maintains a tense realism by filming in some of L.A.'s worst neighborhoods, using his own street credibility to convince real drug dealers and low-lifes to appear in the film. No less challenging for its flawed sensationalism, Training Day is bracing cinema.
Village Voice
Propulsive, elegantly written police thriller. Amy Taubin
Los Angeles Times
Even though Training Day doesn't resolve itself as well as it deserves and ends strictly cops-and-robbers style, it's given us some great acting and something to ponder. Kenneth Turan

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0085392196227
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary "HBO First Look: The Making of Training Day"; Feature-length audio commentary by director Antoine Fuqua; Additional scenes; Alternate ending; 2 music videos: Nelly's "#1" and Pharoahe Monch's "Got You"; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español; DVD-ROM PC features: link to the original theatrical web site and other locations. Log in to future online events.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Alonzo Harris
Ethan Hawke Jake Hoyt
Scott Glenn Roger
Tom Berenger Stan Gursky
Harris Yulin Doug Rosselli
Raymond J. Barry Lou Jacobs
Cliff Curtis Smiley
Dr. Dre Paul
Snoop Dogg Blue
Macy Gray Sandman's Wife
Charlotte Ayanna Lisa
Nick Chinlund Tim
Jaime Gomez Mark
Ray Cruz Sniper
Noel Guglielmi Moreno
Eva Mendes Sara Harris
Sarah Danielle Madison Female Passenger

Technical Credits
Antoine Fuqua Director
David Ayer Co-producer,Screenwriter
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Davis Guggenheim Executive Producer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
David S. Lazan Art Director
Sue Lomino Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Michele Michel Costumes/Costume Designer
Bobby Newmyer Producer
Susan E. Novick Associate Producer
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Scott Strauss Co-producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Russell Williams Sound/Sound Designer
David Wisnievitz Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. It's Today. [3:54]
2. Tell Me a Story. [4:08]
3. Leave Family Out. [4:17]
4. Drug Roust. [3:17]
5. Narcotics in His Blood. [4:58]
6. Joking With Roger. [5:06]
7. Alley Incident. [6:31]
8. It Takes a Wolf. [3:58]
9. Collaring Sammy. [4:28]
10. Sandman's Wife. [4:39]
11. Firing Line. [1:54]
12. Wolf or Sheep? [2:08]
13. Mother and Son. [5:39]
14. LAPD's Finest. [4:29]
15. The Unit Punches In. [:25]
16. Roger out of His Misery. [2:56]
17. The Scenario. [7:00]
18. This Is the Game. [5:11]
19. Five-Card Draw. [5:20]
20. The Drop on the Cop. [4:06]
21. Smiley's Cousin. [4:50]
22. "I'm Here for Alonzo." [4:01]
23. Preserving Life. [3:53]
24. Rooftop Battle. [4:04]
25. What Jake Learned Today. [3:34]
26. "You Can't Kill Me." [3:43]
27. Going Home. [3:55]
28. End Credits. [3:02]

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Training Day 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Good acting with tense moments. Good movie though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I had first heard of training day I said ''Ah, no big deal. Just another Denzel flick.'' Boy was I wrong. I'm not a great fan of Antonnie Fuqua since he's only made 2 movies(excluding this one). I only saw his Replacment Killers, which I highly enjoyed. I didn't see Bait, because well I heard it was s***. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke blew me away with their performances. Especially Denzel from always being a 'good' guy. I reccomend this to anyone that's looking for good action, good acting, and a good movie. By the way look out for that annoying Agent from Rush Hour 2, I heard he was in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen every one of Denzel Washington's movies and have liked all of them until this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He is the actor I see my life.grate and fantasy acting. absulutly get high score.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had honestly grown tired of all of Denzel Washington's ''goodie two shoes'' roles over the years, the great actor that he is. His performance in ''Training Day,'' however, has given me newfound respect for him as an actor unfraid to break from his usual mold and go against type. In this hard-hitting, in-your-face cop drama, not only does Washington play ''the bad guy,'' but he milks it for all its worth - and makes it look easy! His Alonzo Harris would make Dirty Harry look like Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. His Best Actor Oscar win at this year's Academy Awards was highly appropriate. Denzel Washington is arguably the best actor of his generation. Kudos as well to Ethane Hawke for holding his own against the likes of Washington, as well as snagging his first Oscar nomination. He shows that he has a long and stellar film career ahead of him. ''Training Day'' is a brutally realistic cop flick that will grab you by the throat and won't let go. The powerhouse performances of Denzel Washington and Ethane Hawke will stay with you long after the closing credits. Clearly, it is one of my ten all-time favorite films. Washington, Hawke, the supporting cast, director Antoine Fuqua, writer David Ayer, and Warner Bros. should all take a bow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Non stop action: will keep you at the edge of your seat. Denzel has finally broken all the rules in this picture.People, location, and Realty at its best. If you want to experance a ride into the hard realtys of one mans strugle to stay alive ; then hop on in and let Denzel do the driven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
nothing to tell abt it, its to c it. Denzel washington acted just great iand kept suspense lingering ahead of time...
Guest More than 1 year ago
denzel is one the greatest actors i have ever seen on the movie screen this is the first and only movie i had ever seen denel play the bad guy and boy did he play it he really knew what he was doing when he did this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is probably the best movie that Denzel has been in. The action and the betrayl is unreal in this flick. This movie is a must to own on DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was only a so,so,movie.All the good works that D.W. was in and the fools in hollywaste pick this dog to pass out the award on.Token all the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Training Day was a very good DVD to watch. It was on of the best movies I have seen all year,so far! Espically the soundtrack to it with Nelly and everone else on it. Denzil Washinton is a very good actor.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
incredible! this movie is just crazy. I haven't found anyone who hasn't seen this. this will make a great christmas gift for that guy or girl in your life! Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The headline summarizes the movie! Denzel gets the Oscar for this one. Forget Russel Crowe and his Beautiful Mind. Ethan was so brilliantly subtle. Denzel u r the best! U made Popoye Doyle look like a wimp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is sensational Denzel plays the ideal dirty cop determined to play everybody to get what he wants...their trust.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT PERFORMANCE...NON-STOP ACTION EXTREMELY REALISTIC....DENZEL AND ETHAN HAWKE PLAYED THEIR ROLES TO PERFECTION
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could a film be more real and down to earth than Training Day? The film was of course one of the best films of the year, the performances by Ethan and Washington were astonishing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
flawed and uneven, but at least one scene of such power it's worth owning just for the highlight reel in your head. get this one for the Denzel's astonishing and outrageous denouement
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listen up Denzel fans... If you haven't already seen this movie in the theaters, than don't hesitate to buy this movie and add it to your collection. This movie is off the meters. Denzel Washington plays the bad guy this time around in this flick and plays his part extremely well. A Must See!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that if any actor other than Denzel had played his part, this film would have gone largely unnoticed. Ethan hawke was decent as was Denzel, but the movie isn't really that good. People are just shocked that denzel could be an unlikable character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Training Day was a good movie. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke did a great job. It had lots of action, good story about a cop who pretends to be good but turns bad and Denzel's performace. I will give this movie an A+.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie showed itself a masterpiece of cinematography. You could actually feel the minutes and hours tick away as the day progressed. Denzel's performance, of course, was over the top. He is definetly one of the greatest actors ever to come out of Hollywood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Denzel Washington has always starred as the periennially good guy in a lot of his roles. It's refreshing to see that he can transition into such an easy corrupted narcotics cop. He really could be one of those prickish egomaniacal narcotics agents that it's almost frightening. His elaborate scheming into turns Ethan Hawke from a naive and idealistic "rookie" cop into an accessory to murder in one day, just like that. His one ruthless voto. The Russians get him in the end. I sympathize with Hawke as he is a youthful image of Washington that never turns sour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoa, i watched Training Day two days ago, and i loved it. Some part is pretty funny i guess. But i couldn't get the main point of the movie. But still, it was sweetass movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Denzel washington has once again proved what a great actor he is. I have followed Denzel's career since his television days (St. Elsewhere), and have loved him since then. Great job Denzel. Elaine Childs Phila,PA
Guest More than 1 year ago
ounce again denzel out does his self.i loved everything about this movies the story was good the acting was incredible and actually this is the first denzel movie i saw where you dislike his character as oppose to his other movies where he always a good guy.his acting had to be so goodand believable that you could dislike him for ounce because i never tought i could feel any negative feeling towards any denzel characters. keep up the good work denz!!