Antwone Fisher [WS] [DVD] [2002]

Denzel Washington's directorial debut, the emotionally stirring Antwone Fisher, comes to DVD; while it's a surprise this film didn't do better in theaters, it will now have it's chance on home video. Fox has done a fine job with this disc, producing an excellent transfer that mirrors the theatrical print. The 2.35:1 anamorphic image (yes, there is a severely cropped pan and scan version also available) shows fine detail and outstanding contrast. Colors are perfectly realized and very realistic. The English 5.1 Dolby Digital track is nothing to really get excited about, as it's based more in the front-center speaker, but the sound is clear throughout, and, for this dialogue-driven film, that's all that can be asked. A decent number of extras have been included here, such as a scene-specific commentary track from Washington and producer Todd Black. Each is enthusiastic and forthcoming, and contribute plenty to a fine track. Also included are three featurettes: "Meeting Antwone Fisher," as would be expected, is more interview-based information of the man who is not only the subject of the film but also wrote the screenplay; "Hollywood and the Navy," the shortest of the three, looks at the (especially post 9/11) relationship between the Navy and the filmmakers; and the last, and longest, is "The Making of Antwone Fisher," a fairly straightforward (and a tad fluffy) look at the overall production. Finally, although there isn't a theatrical trailer for this film, ones for Drumline, In America, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Le Divorce are included.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Special Features

    • Full-length audio commentary by director Denzel Washington and producer Todd Black
    • "Meeting Antwone Fisher" featurette
    • "The Making of Antwone Fisher" behind-the-scenes featurette
    • "Hollywood and the Navy" featurette
    • Closed Captioned


    Antwone Fisher
    The directorial debut of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher is an autobiographical drama written by the real-life Antwone Fisher. Played by newcomer Derek Luke, Antwone is a volatile young sailor in the Navy, getting into trouble for his constant fighting. When he gets appointed to see naval psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington), he begins to reveal the emotional problems behind his rage. Through an introduction to anger management, Antwone is able to confront some secrets of his past and eventually search out his family for a confrontation. Also starring model-turned-actress Joy Bryant as Antwone's girlfriend, Cheryl, and Salli Richardson as Davenport's wife. Antwone Fisher's memoir, Finding Fish, was released to book stores right before the film's theatrical release. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Derek Luke
      Derek Luke - Antwone Fisher
    • Joy Bryant
      Joy Bryant - Cheryl Smolley
    • Denzel Washington
      Denzel Washington - Dr. Jerome Davenport
    • Salli Richardson
      Salli Richardson - Berta
    • Earl Billings
      Earl Billings - James

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonnderful, heartfelt classic


      Its tale of how antwoine overcome through not having his real parents in his life can actually help alot of the people that were put into the system. I myself can relate and i know alot of friends who can to. This is a heartfelt movie that the family and older kids can enjoy and it brings a real calmness to loud world of today.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Addition To Our Movie Collection

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      This is a movie that we have not seen and we were delighted when I was able to purchase it from BestBuy at a good price so my wife and I can watch it anytime we want.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      He's even good as a director


      This is Denzel directorial debut and showed that not only is he great as an actor and also great as a director. Of course, for a movie to be great the actor and director must have chemistry, and Luke and Washington are great together

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good movie


      derek luke was fantastic in this movie. he was a fairly new actor but he nailed it, gave a very compelling performance. denzel's performance was good, but i found myself being kind of confused on the background of his character.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good movie with a great story


      I prefer wide screen DVD displays and thought that I had ordered "wide screen"...received the limited viewing screen version but still enjoyed the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      DVD was the one I was looking for.


      Had seen movie 1000 times, but had to buy it. The DVD has a lot of drama, exciment,and educationable. I was happy to pay anything to buy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellent movie about life obstacles & challenges

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      I saw this movie on a movie channel and I said to myself I have to add it to my personal collection. Great bargain for a great movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The movie was good I saw it in the movies years ago just never get the DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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