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Training Day (Blu-ray)

Released on 20 November 2006

Featuring: Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington & Cliff Curtis

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 18 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed is the cop who will cross it...

A gripping drama set in the shadowy world of undercover police work, 'Training Day' tells the story of a veteran L.A.P.D. narcotics officer (Denzel Washington in an Oscar-winning role) who guides an idealistic rookie (Ethan Hawke) through his first day on the brutal inner-city beat.
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customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

| | See all DoneALewis's reviews (19)

This is a good film and far removed from the kind of "nicey-nicey" roles Denzel Washington has been cast to in the past. I enjoyed it but I can see there will be a lot of people out there who wouldn't.

I was impressed with the HD picture quality but disappointed that the BD only had a Dolby Digital soundtrack.

Anyway - four stars from me - if you like good cop gone bad type films and flicks with a hard-hitting drug/violent theme, go for it. Otherwise, stay clear.

 I've been planning this all week son!

| | See all MarkAvery's reviews (114)

Top 100 DVD Reviewer

How important can a leading star be?

HUGE.

This film lives or dies on the performance of one man, Denzel Washington and his performance is phenomenal and as a result the movie shines. It's great when an actor who is forever the good guy decides its time to be bad. You'll loath Alonzo Harris from the first moment you see him and Denzel knows it, he could cut you down with only a stare. The Best Actor Oscar was royally deserved.

This is a slow burner of a movie which pays huge respect to the power of character development. You will feel yourself getting slowly drawn in and by the start of the final act the tension is severely cranked up. Ethan Hawke plays it straight and you will sympathise him for the films entirety.

This film seems to get better and better with repeated viewing. I'm surprised this wasn't more of a hit when first released, I always recommend it and am yet to find anyone who isn't approving of it.

A few stars of the music scene arrive, Macey Gray, Dr Dre and Snoop Dog. It's as if the director called in some favours to give the movie some urban coolness, well it doesn't need it, they detract your attention slightly as you start wondering who will turn up next.

This film is all about Denzel and I believe this could well be the role and performance that he will forever be remembered for.

The transfer................

Warner Brothers have granted this movie with an MPEG-2 encoded, 2.36:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 25GB Blu-ray Disc of decent to good quality.

This is a very early Blu-ray transfer and would benefit from a more recent codec being used like an AVC or VC. That said it fairs pretty well. It's definitely worthy of a DVD upgrade. Clarity, detail and definition are greatly improved and the colour contrast is a big plus too.

Film grain is hardly noticeable. Textures and object detail are good but the overall image is softer than more recently processed transfers. Skin textures and tones appear very true and lifelike.

The daylight scenes, as always with HD, fare the best with only the darker scenes showing some signs of struggle. Darks and shadows could be richer and on occasion some do take on a more dark grey appearance.

Edge enhancement has been utilised but only on one or two moments and is barely a problem, I didn't detect any moments of compression or digital artifacting.

The print is immaculate with not a moment of damage anywhere.

All in all this is a good transfer which for most will be more than acceptable and when considering its only an MPEG-2 it's actually very good.

Film 5/5 Transfer 3.5/5

Highly recommended.

 I've been planning this all week son!

| | See all TMontanaSF's reviews (114)

Top 100 DVD Reviewer

How important can a leading star be?

HUGE.

This film lives or dies on the performance of one man, Denzel Washington and his performance is phenomenal and as a result the movie shines. It's great when an actor who is forever the good guy decides its time to be bad. You'll loath Alonzo Harris from the first moment you see him and Denzel knows it, he could cut you down with only a stare. The Best Actor Oscar was royally deserved.

This is a slow burner of a movie which pays huge respect to the power of character development. You will feel yourself getting slowly drawn in and by the start of the final act the tension is severely cranked up. Ethan Hawke plays it straight and you will sympathise him for the films entirety.

This film seems to get better and better with repeated viewing. I'm surprised this wasn't more of a hit when first released, I always recommend it and am yet to find anyone who isn't approving of it.

A few stars of the music scene arrive, Macey Gray, Dr Dre and Snoop Dog. It's as if the director called in some favours to give the movie some urban coolness, well it doesn't need it, they detract your attention slightly as you start wondering who will turn up next.

This film is all about Denzel and I believe this could well be the role and performance that he will forever be remembered for.

The transfer................

Warner Brothers have granted this movie with an MPEG-2 encoded, 2.36:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 25GB Blu-ray Disc of decent to good quality.

This is a very early Blu-ray transfer and would benefit from a more recent codec being used like an AVC or VC. That said it fairs pretty well. It's definitely worthy of a DVD upgrade. Clarity, detail and definition are greatly improved and the colour contrast is a big plus too.

Film grain is hardly noticeable. Textures and object detail are good but the overall image is softer than more recently processed transfers. Skin textures and tones appear very true and lifelike.

The daylight scenes, as always with HD, fare the best with only the darker scenes showing some signs of struggle. Darks and shadows could be richer and on occasion some do take on a more dark grey appearance.

Edge enhancement has been utilised but only on one or two moments and is barely a problem, I didn't detect any moments of compression or digital artifacting.

The print is immaculate with not a moment of damage anywhere.

All in all this is a good transfer which for most will be more than acceptable and when considering its only an MPEG-2 it's actually very good.

Film 5/5 Transfer 3.5/5

Highly recommended.

 Training Day (Blu-ray)

| | See all LloydThomas's reviews (55)

Still by far one of the best good cop - bad cop movies out there.

Story line keeps you totally gripped from start to finish.

AWESOME HD picture and sound

 Washington at his best

| | See all marty090168's reviews (4)

Excellent performance by Washington showing he is one of the best modern day actors.
Brilliant movie of good against evil, keeps you gripped from start to finish.
Excellent transfer to Blu Ray

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ActorsEthan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Cliff Curtis, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger & Macy Gray
DirectorAntoine Fuqua
Certificate18 years and over
Year2001
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 58 minutes (approx)