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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: David Ayer
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, David Ayer, David Wisnievitz, Davis Guggenheim, Jeffrey Silver
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068C33
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features
The 3 worlds of Gulliver Featurette
Earth vs.the Flying Saucers Featurette
Mysterious Island Featurette
Photo Gallery
Filmographies
Theatrical Trailer

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A powerhouse performance by Denzel Washington fuels Training Day, a 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, Washington 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 LA gang members as extras) and Hawke's finely tuned performance are perfectly matched to Washington's frightening volatility. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: Training Day's special features include an HBO documentary which actually provides some insight into the structure of the film rather than simply adding glitz and glamour. Antoine Fuqua's feature commentary is intimate, suggesting his heart and soul went into this movie. The extra scenes also add to the enjoyment of the movie, the only disappointment being that there is no additional commentary to explain the cuts. The alternative ending ties up a few of the loose ends which are left at the close of the theatrical release. Out of the two music videos it is Pharoahe Monch's "Got You" that fits in best with the style of the film, having a much bassier street-level feel than Nelly's "#1" chart-friendly hip-hop. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack allows you to feel like you're pumping out the beats from your BMW and the 2.35:1 widescreen is a slick as Denzel Washington's gun moves. --Nikki Disney

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Figroll on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: DVD
Sitting down to watch this film, i had no idea what to expect, i hadnt read any reviews and didnt know any of the plot details but I quickly began to enjoy the ride. Training day tells the story of Ethan hawk (a young cop who wants to climb the ranks) who teams up with seasoned cop (washington) who wants to get the freshfaced cop a feel of life on the streets.
From the very early scenes, washington makes an impact, creating a character who is believable but at the same time a little on the edge. Hawk also turns in a very good performance, playing a "scared of the consequences" role similar to the one he played in (gattaca). This film isnt scared to deal with strong issues and the film is all the better for it.
Training day has many twist and turns to keeps you guessing until the very end, and although the ending isnt quite up to the standard of the rest of the film, this is still a very well made and well constructed film in which washington gives one of his finest performances.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Taylor on 21 July 2002
Format: DVD
After all the post-Oscar hype, its hard to watch this movie without a teensie bit of expectation. But after 10 minutes of the feature running, any doubts you have will be blown away. And to think this was helmed by the same guy who brought us the dire `Replacement Killers`. Denzel is absolutely superb as the corrupt narcotics cop, without a doubt deserving the best actor Oscar. If you can ignore a decidedly dodgy ending, then this will be the best cop thriller you will have seen for years. As for the DVD, its a case of good , but not great! The commentary by director Antoine Fuqua (its pronounced differently than its spelled fortunately) is average at best, never really bringing any interesting facts or anecdotes up. How cool would a Denzel commentary track have been (especially in light of his Oscar triumph). Definitely a missed opportunity. The rest of the DVD extras are your standard HBO making of` featurette, trailers and rap music videos. Not really exciting stuff. So, on the whole a fantastic movie, let down by an average DVD. Hopefully Warner will release an `Oscar Special Edition` soon that will do the fab film justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rutwij on 23 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this film on the telly and immediately decided that it needed to be included in my library!
The film is a stunning combination of splendid performances from the leading and supporting actors, great direction and slick production values.
Ethan Hawke (who was so brilliant in Gattaca) plays rookie narcotics cop and this film takes us through his first day in his new role. His superior Denzel Washington is a multi-decorated street-wise cop who has a seemingly unorthodox work style which constantly pushes and tests Hawke.
Hawke slowly learns about the dark side of the city streets and the police system.
The performances are absolutely stellar, and Washington deservedly won an Academy Award for his role. Hawke is very good as rookie Hoyt. The rest of the cast appear in small supporting roles, but help construct a very believable picture of LA.
If you haven't already seen this film, get it on DVD - it is one you'll like to view a few times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Fault VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Training Day came recommended to me by a friend of mine but he doesn't have a very good track record when it comes to recommending films. Maybe it's just me being fussy because I can be critical of films more often than not. However, not so with Training Day. This movie is an absolute gem - it's gripping, fast paced, has a wonderful script and some truly fantastic performances by both Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Training Day is a tense and gritty thriller that may lack subtlety but more than makes up for it in all other areas. I enjoyed this film from start to finish and it has cemented itself as one of my most favourite films and one of the best films I have seen in recent years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Henshaw on 20 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a brilliantly shot film, superbly directed, and of course...
Washington is superb; immensely intimidating!

There's no unrealistic plot, chases, or characters, and that's what makes the film, in my opinion, so brilliant.

Also, great performances from Snoop Dogg and Dre.
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By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Denzel Washington turns in a power house performance as Alonzo, a corrupt and arrogant cop on the narcotics squad of the LAPD, who dispenses his own version of justice to those he comes into contact with. He is a self appointed judge, jury and executioner (in Alonzo's case literally the executioner), who educates his partner, the rookie cop Jake during his training day in how to clean up the streets of LA and to line his own pockets at the same time. Not for Alonzo is the conventional, textbook methods of the average cop. He has a quicker way of dealing with certain criminals. After all, what does it matter if Alonzo ignores the finer points of the law because he is dealing with the scum of the earth, the dregs of humanity? They don't play by the rules, so why should he? The world is a better place without these animals, isn't it?

We are happy for the Alonzo's of the world to do their own thing, so long as we don't know about it. The trouble is that bystanders get hurt or killed, like his own wife and son and the system of justice becomes the second casualty. Jake looks on in awe of Alonzo, starts to admire him and begins to feel he is being drawn into Alonzo's world and realises he is becoming just like him but then Jake becomes increasingly shocked and disillusioned as he realises that Alonzo's type of "justice" is the road to anarchy and chaos.

Antoine Fuqua's direction is gripping and his dark recreation of the frightening world of LA criminality is stunning. It is a brutal and uncompromising portryal of the underbelly of a big city but it is an ultimately highly moral story as Alonzo's fate is a classic example of the truth that those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

David Rowland
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