Antwone Fisher (2002) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Biographical / Drama
Fox || PG13 - 120 minutes - $29.99 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-02-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Denzel Washington
Writer(s): Antwone Fisher (written by)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Malcolm David Kelley, Joy Bryant, Cory Hodges


Theatrical Release Date: January 10, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís pretty hard in the movie world to entertain me Iím not going to lie. Unless youíve got multiple fight scenes, cars exploding, or a suspenseful story to keep me enticed. While Antwone Fisher is missing two of those things, it more than makes up for it with a great story and an all-star cast, including the directorial debut of (now more famous) Denzel Washington.

Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) is currently serving in the Navy, but he has been getting into fights for quite some time. He is seen at the very start of the film fighting with another mate on the ship. His captain scolds him for the fight, which he lies about why the brawl happened in the first place. You donít understand why he lied until later in the movie, but it makes sense later on, trust me.

As punishment, he is demoted a rank and is forced to see Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington), the psychiatrist for that station. Fisher tries to act all bad and shrug off the fighting, which has been going on for a while, but Davenport sees through him and tries to help him recover his past.

Fisher is told no more fighting while on the ship, and after a few sessions with the psychiatrist he eyes Cheryl Smolley (Joy Brant) whom he likes from the start. They are both living near each other, so it makes it convenient to date. Which they end up doing after a few times of talking to one another, and Fisher just has to tell Davenport about how he kissed a woman so he rushes to his house where he meets Berta Davenport (Salli Richardson-Whitfield). Itís from this moment on we learn that the Davenportís have issues with themselves that need help, but Jerome just shrugs it off and is proud of Fisherís accomplishment.

In the next few sessions, we learn that Fisher is not only a virgin, but had childhood issues that need to be dealt with as well. His mother abused the living crap out of him, and another woman at the house who was much older treated him worse. His childhood friends who tried to protect him ended up in a bad place as well. Jerome tries to convince Fisher to head back to see his parent and confront them, and find out who is real father was, but he declines saying he doesnít want to bring up the past.

After talking it over though with Cheryl, the two decide to head out and find his father and confront his family about the abuse that happened to him and what he thinks about what they did. You also learn the results of his childhood friends, and more about his past and why he acts the way he does when confronted by his navy mates throughout the flick.

The acting here is amazing. Luke, Washington, and Bryant are all phenomenal in their roles here, and the way they speak their lines with proper affliction shows how great all three are at acting. The script is great as well, obviously, as is the pacing of the movie. It flows perfectly from start to finish, and it kept me gripped to the television wondering what was going to happen next. This isnít the typical Washington film with a lot of action, as though itís a dialogue movie for sure, but it still is a great one that should be seen. There are multiple scenes though that are a bit unwatchable just because of the abuse that happens, but besides that, great directorial debut from Washington.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Director Denzel Washington and Producer Todd Black: The highlight of the special feature package, as both Washington and Black are talkative throughout the movie. They point out how hard it was to make the film on a rather slim budget, and the effects of September 11th on the production of it. Probably one of the finest commentaries Iíve ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Meeting Antwone Fisher (14 minutes): A look at the life of Antwone Fisher, what he went through, and how it was portrayed in the film. Itís worth watching if you enjoyed the film, as itís rather insightful.

The Making of Antwone Fisher (22 minutes): Washington, Fisher, and others join in for interviews about how the movie was made as well as the script. A rather lengthy feature but it is worth a watch.

Hollywood and the Navy (5 minutes): A feature dedicated to how the Navy helped the movie crew with getting to know their roles.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer (** Blu-ray Exclusive **) is shown.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a strictly non-special effects movie, Antwone Fisher looks rather bad compared to recent releases from Fox. Colors are washed out, and whites take center stage and blur the image in multiple scenes for the film. There are also some contrast issues, mainly during the middle and end of the flick that are a bit distracting as well.

The audio side fares the same, as though the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track doesnít shine nor does it disappoint. Dialogue is crisp, clear, but not loud enough to be heard unless the sound is jacked up. There are little to no special effects in the film so itís not demo material by any means. For the most part though itís a fine audio track, youíve just got to crank the volume up farther than you would on most dialogue-centered movies.



.::OVERALL::.

For Denzel Washingtonís directorial debut, Antwone Fisher is a film to be remembered for a long time. Itís a fascinating and enticing story that keeps you glued to the television with an excellent cast and script. However the audio and video are rather disappointing, and the extras are identical to those found on the DVD release from years ago. Itís not worth an upgrade, but if you havenít seen it yet then by all means purchase it.