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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Denzel's Best Role

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    JokerSnk
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    Before seeing this movie, my impression of Denzil Washington as an actor wasn't especially high. Not to say that he isn't talented, just that ever since Crimson Tide he appeared to be slotted neatly into every stern hero in every serious political thriller to be trotted off the studio assembly line for years. But then came Training Day and his role as Alonzo Harris and all that changed. Shrugging off the overly serious good guy image once and for all, Washington here is a revelation; a barking, ranting maelstrom of police brutality who believes that maintaining order on the crime ridden streets of LA means being even more ruthless than the drug dealers he faces on a day to day basis. His performance elevates the film from standard thriller fare into an exemplary story that has quite rightly become one of my favourite films of all time. Set over the course of twenty four hours, the film whisks Ethan Hawke's naive young police officer onto an introductory day of Narcotics work under Alonzo's tutelage. As the hours go by, Hawke is subjected to more and more violence as the heat and paranoia of suburban Los Angeles combined with his loose cannon superior officer play a heavy toll on his nerves. Consequently, the film is very much a two man story with Hawke and Washington playing off against each other expertly as polar opposites. One young, inexperienced and a firm believer in the rule book, the other older, more cynical and twisted by all his years on the streets into a bull-headed monster. The story itself is fraught with tension. Alonzo forcing his young protégé to smoke PCP at gunpoint is just the start and from there on the pulse pounding never stops. The execution scene where Hawke realises just how far gone his partner is for example is one of nail-biting pressure and shortly after, his encounter with a trio of Mexican gang members is jaw dropping, working as the exact moment you realise how much hot water he has found himself in. The end result is nothing less than a brilliant thriller. Hawke and Washington make for a phenomenal double act and the pace only occasionally lets up to allow the characters time to breathe and establish the depth that makes you care for them more. Highly, highly recommended so long as you're prepared to be absolutely terrified of Denzel Washington for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Cop,Bad Cop

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    Slimdwiz

    Before Denzel played Frank Lucas in American Gangster(2008) he was Alonzo Harris,an undercover narc who's meaner than any of L.A.'s mean streets.Denzel Washinton is the perfect actor for this role,he's a man you'll love,and hate at the same time because he takes advantage of his rookie partner Jake Hoyt played by Ethan Hawke.Denzel is so ruthless he knows how to push the rookies buttons.Some of the scenes where actually shot in some of L.A.'s most dangerous neighborhoods.If you check out the dvd extras it also has an alternate ending along with two music videos,additional scenes,cast and crew commentary.Guest appearances in the film by music stars Snoop Dogg,Macy Gray,and rap producer Dr.Dre.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A tale of good and evil. But not as you know it.

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    Hushvinyl
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    Denzel’s Oscar winning performance in this film has been considered a consolation for losing the year prior. I don’t agree. Washington’s performance is not only against type, it’s also convincing. And beyond that - the film represents a commentary on culture and community that has been overlooked by both audiences and the Academy. It was the beginning of change to tell complex stories about people honestly (no matter the race). And that, in and of itself, helps this film stand the test of time as an important film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fascinating look at good intentions gone awry

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    6StringBass
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    A great movie that shows the life of an ambitious police officer (Ethan Hawke) trying to become a detective. He unknowingly hooks up with the wrong training officer (Denzel Washington) in a covert police program that nearly costs him his life. The acting is superb and it's easy to see how Washington's character has become corrupted but yet has those vestiges of humanity that reveals themselves periodically. However, this also makes him very deceptive and manipulative and Ethan Hawke almost finds out too late just how dangerous his training officer is if her doesn't follow the program.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie

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    mad10jen
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    This is an excellent movie. It has a great story, acting and excellent cast. Denzel definitely deserved the Oscar for best actor he is fantastic in this movie. I believe Ethan Hawke should have won for supporting actor as well. I have never seen these two actors play such great characters in a drama that is truly believable. It is very well written and entertaining from start to finish. This is a great price for a blu-ray that you will watch numerous times. The picture and sound are superb. I am glad I finally upgraded from my DVD to Blu-ray on this fantastic film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great and gritty American film!

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    solarwnz
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    There are certain actors whose movies always entertain. I've never seen a bad Denzel Washington movie. Training Day is such a powerhouse of a film with Denzel as the duplicitous and sinister heavy - he won an Oscar for this role! However, the direction, cinematography, editing, screenplay and sound design are all superb! And this Bluray is a fine presentation of all those efforts. I highly recommend this movie! But it is not an easy ride...

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent but with extreme language!

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    SUFan
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    Great movie and excellent acting but for me over the top on language. "F" this and "F" that and the "N" word to the extreme. I mean come on, can't someone tell a story without an extreme amount of this type of talk. Sure wouldn't want someone under 18 to see this believing society deems the language appropriate!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie to add to a DVD library

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    warrior
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    Denzel is as usual, excellent. Ethan Hawke in one of his better appearances. Fast paced and interesting. Plot suffers a little in it:s entirety but the characters and the actor portrayals of them compensate for that. The ending holds true today as in the past and, probably, the future that loyalty and personal integrity are ancient history.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie but picture not as great

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    mofokris
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    I have seen this movie before blu Ray and I enjoy the movie seeing Denzel not so hero for a change. I thought purchasing it blu Ray would make the movie much better in picture quality but not really. Either way between blu Ray and dvd I would choose blu Ray since it isn't rather expensive. Just don't expect a top notch HD experience.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie...lots of action and good story line

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    1oldman
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    I enjoyed the movie except for the language. One of the things that made the movie so interesting is its connection to the television program of the same name. The movie helps fill in some of the questions about the history of the story we enjoy on television of the same name. Good Movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Denzel Movie for Adults

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    Catzlife
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    I own most every movie that Denzel Washington has been in - this movie is gritty! Intense scenes with lots of profanity, drugs, violence, so it's absolutely not for children but it's a really good movie. Watched it many times. Good quality Blu-Ray, great plot twists and acting by all.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Only movie in which Denzel won Academy Award

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    nosonly95111
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    Added to collection because it is only movie Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for. Since movie is 15 years old had to watch again to regain an appreciation for acting by Denzel and Ethan Hawk. Movie has action,violence and challenges our moral compass. It is definitely a movie classic.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply a classic.

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    EMan
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    This is Denzel at his best. Ethan Hawke does a really good job in here too. Just watching their interactions throughout this movie makes it worth it. If you like movies about corrupt cops then it just doesn't get much better than this classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Denzel delivers in Training Day!

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    Kaptainkosh

    This was a great movie where Denzel Washington delivers one of his best acting performances. The music soundtrack is great. The movie keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout and a really cool action movie. The one thing I would say if it is still listed at 4.99 you better buy it before it changes! Buy now!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best!

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    MRDUB
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    In my top three of all time. Denzel at his best and a performance for the ages! The Oscar he won says it all! Grab it for your collection because Training Day is a must see!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best cop movies ever!!!

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    speedmon1986
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    Denzel plays an awesome corrupt cop with his own unit and tries to set the rookie (Hawke) up. Tons of good lines, very fluent movie and an awesome story line. Can't go wrong with having this movie in your collection. Subtitles are way off from what they actually say.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, Looks Great in HD

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    zagman23

    By now most of you have seen the movie, so I'll spare you the details of how great Denzel Washington was here. The movie looks great in blu-ray, with a crystal clear picture it is very sharp with little in the way of noise. I would definitely recommend this version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great old movie at a Great price !

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    DennyDSB
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    I found the movie I was looking for at Best Buy. Training Day Staring Denzel Washington. Not a new movie (2001) but I had to have it in my library.I got it for a Great price .Paid only $ 5.99 on blu-ray. Go get your today !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dramatic Police Officer Movie.

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    Runner8878
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    I enjoyed the movie. Very intense in how a "Crocked" cop can manipulate the system. Shows us that a "Rookie" officer knows right from wrong. You feel what he is up against. Strong intense situations but very close to real life experiences.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of his best movies

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    JBROWN52
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    Denzel Washington hits gold in just about every movie he makes. He is a great bad cop while Ethan Hawke does a great job playing a straight cop trying to do the right thing out of all crooked things happening

    I would recommend this to a friend