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Training Day [Blu-ray] (2006)

Denzel Washington , Ethan Hawke , Antoine Fuqua  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: David Ayer
  • Producers: Jeffrey Silver, Bobby Newmyer
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1RFKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Training Day [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington fuels this brutal urban police drama, in which a rookie narcotics cop learns the hard way that even good cops can go very, very bad. Washington plays veteran detective Alonzo Harris, a self-proclaimed "wolf among wolves," eager to teach his rookie partner Jake (Ethan Hawke) that normal rules don't apply on the mean streets of Los Angeles. Caught in a web of deception, Jake watches with escalating horror as Alonzo uses his badge (and the support of his superiors) to justify a self-righteous policy of corruption. In stark contrast to most of his previous work, Denzel unleashes his dark side with fearlessness and fury, and the result is excellence without compromise. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers) won't score any points for subtlety, but gritty details (including actual L.A. gang members as extras) and Hawke's finely tuned performance are perfectly matched to Washington's frightening volatility. --Jeff Shannon

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DVD Features:
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111 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for two extremely absorbing performances. March 19, 2002
By D. Mok
Format:DVD
I must say, my preconceptions about Training Day were all wrong. The trailer I saw in the theatres made it look like a belated ripoff of The Corruptor, while director Antoine Fuqua's disastrous fumble with The Replacement Killers several years ago did nothing to boost my confidence.
My doubts were dispelled the minute Denzel Washington looked up from his newspaper. It is indeed good to see Washington, one of the most gifted actors of our time, abandon the saintly martyrs he's been prone to playing for 10 years and sink his teeth into a role which allows him to show a mix of deep charisma and dangerous viciousness. That same alchemy had made his breakthrough performance in 1989's Glory amazingly compelling, and in Training Day, there isn't a single moment where Washington is less than completely absorbing. Ethan Hawke also gives the performance of his career as Jake Hoyt, an idealistic but easily swayed young cop who finds himself drawn into a web of corruption, violence, and twisted morals.
Fuqua's directing is still overly stylish at times, but after a hyperactive first act, the film begins to roar. David Ayer's script is dazzling, a combination of rat-a-tat street vernacular and relentless forward momentum, and after the midpoint of the movie, the intensity of the scenes would reach incredible levels. And that's when Fuqua's show-offy camerawork finds a raison d'etre. In this film, Fuqua even finds room for some comparatively simple scenes which are really like a breath of fresh air to his filmmaking -- for example, the "you're a leader" car scene, and that beautifully understated ending shot. I hope he makes this part of his regular style, because there's only so much virtuoso camera one can take before it gets tiring, as is the case in the opening of the film.
A white-knuckle thriller, well worthy of the accolades it received. I stand humbly corrected on my original predictions.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly Brilliant Performances by Washington & Hawke February 17, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
In all honesty, I had grown a bit tired of Denzel Washington's "goodie-two-shoes" roles in recent years, as great as they were. His performance in TRAINING DAY, however, has given me newfound respect for him as an actor. Not only does he play "the bad guy," but he milks it for all its worth - his Alonzo Harris would make Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY look like Barney Fife from "The Andy Griffith Show." The last time I walked out of a movie theater so rattled was after seeing DANTE'S PEAK in the early '90s - mainly for its special effects. In TRAINING DAY, it was Denzel Washington's performance alone that blew me away! The fact that he has recently received his fifth Oscar nomination - and third for Best Actor - should come as no surprise.
Kudos also to Ethan Hawke for a great performance and a well-deserved Supporting Actor Oscar nod this year. Any young actor who can hang with the likes of Denzel Washington in a film like this DESERVES recognition. Hawke proves that he has a stellar film career ahead of him.
The Academy Awards telecast is March 24, and my money is on both these tremendous performers to come away with well-deserved Oscar gold. TRAINING DAY is a film with no special effects, no colorful cinematography, and no Picasso-esque art direction - just a movie that slaps you upside the hide from start to finish, with two powerhouse performances that stay with you long after the closing credits.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few things. June 23, 2002
By Rock
Format:DVD
I've had many conversations with my friends about this movie. Conversations turned into debates. Debates turned into arguments. And there are many, many things to argue about concerning this particular movie, which I guess is part of its allure, at least for me. Whether it was realistic or not. Whether Denzel's performance, while indisputably good, was Oscar-worthy or not. Whether it was too violent, or simply a portrayal of the violence that goes on every day in a big city.
One at a time.
I believe this movie is realistic in all aspects dealing with the situations on the street. There are vicious people who's kill you just as soon as look at you. People who are out to get your money and your livelihood. People out to take your heart, sometimes literally. I believe that there are no clear-cut right or wrong answers out on the street. You just have to stick to some basic code of conduct and hope everything works itself out. I believe that not all cops are the knights-in-shining-armor people would like them to be in this post-September 11th world. That's probably not the most fashionable thing to say right now, but that's what I believe. I believe that mostly good and decent men can be corrupted by that sense of power and authority. And since my father was a cop in West Philly for 20 years, I have a pretty fair basis for my beliefs.
Whether Denzel's performance was Oscar-worthy or not... I don't put much stock in the Academy Awards myself. Usually, the Academy's criteria and mine differ a great deal. But they are supposed to reward people for excellence in film, and on that basis, Denzel certainly did deserve it. You could see the subtle shifts in Alonzo's character from scene to scene. Now, I didn't believe the character was stereotypical.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GROUNDBREAKING RACIAL BARRIERS ARE SCALED February 7, 2009
Format:DVD
Back in the "go go" 1980s, during the heady era of Wall Street "greed," I read an article about a black stock broker indicted by the SEC for insider trading. It struck me that, in an odd way, this was indicative of progress for African-Americans. They had to have access to the inside in order to be indicted for it. In the old days, they never would have had those doors opened in the first place.
Which brings me to "Training Day", in which Denzel Washington delivers an astonishingly good performance as a totally corrupt and evil L.A. cop. The fact that an African-American leading man is portrayed as the "bad guy" is truly groundbreaking, and just another reason to look at this film and be in awe of it. In the same strange twist as the stock broker, here we see a black cop who has all the doors of sin open to him. Like the white cops of the Jim Crow South, he takes to corruption in a way that has no skin color. It is the story of humanity, temptation and power.
Blacks on film have for a number of years now been shown either one way or the other. There is no shortage of depictions of black drug dealers, gangbangers and "homies." Hollywood then tries to make up for it by portraying blacks as doctors, lawyers, voices of conscience or reason, and the most frequent stereotype, the "tough but fair police commander."
The negative portrayals of blacks, however, were never played by big name actors. Washington himself has built a career as a guy more or less saving the world in "Crimson Tide" and "Fallen". His flaws in "Ricochet" are brought out only by a vindictive white man (John Lithgow). In "Training Day", Denzel is all on his charismatic own, a product of a world that he is convinced revolves around him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Denzel Is Dynamite
This is easily one of my favorite films of the aughts. It would probably be in my Top Ten of All Time list, if I had one, for the simple reason that it is one of the most... Read more
Published 3 days ago by M. Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
This was a good movie Denzel was AWESOME. If you are a fan of Denzel you really should watch this.
Published 9 days ago by scorpio
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome performance
Its a great movie. Shows corruption all the way to the good in people to how the system is flawed. Its been a favorite since I first saw it.
Published 12 days ago by Enlightner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats
This is easily one of the best action films ever. The cast was awesome, the acting was perfect, and the story was entertaining. Denzel was at his best in this role, imo.
Published 22 days ago by M. Ivey
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby did a bad, bad thing.
Training Day (Antione Fuqua, 2001)
[originally posted 5Nov2001]

Fuqua, who has directed scores of music videos and made his big-screen debut with the impressive... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars denzel at his best
in my opinion this is one of denzels best action/drama movies this is an older movie at this point but i could see it coming from the movie market today,it is very entertaining and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dakota J. Doerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great urban thriller
In "Training Day" Ethan Hawke plays Hoyt, a rookie cop on his first 24-hour training day with the L.A.P.D. narcotics division. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars Zel!
Denzel Washington is a BAD ASS in this movie. If you are looking for John Q or Coach Boone, don't stop here. Zel is F'in hard in this flick
Published 1 month ago by Crookman11
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love the movie, it is one of Mr Washington best movies. Own it, you won't regret it great buy & price.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars action
I like the plot and the action. intelligent plot with some twists and more actions. very good and interesting. good.
Published 1 month ago by Gil M. Limtengco
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