The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
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( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 120 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson, Novella Nelson
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Music by: Mychael Danna
Written by: Antwone Fisher
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 20, 2009
"Who will cry for the little boy? "
Denzel Washington makes his powerful directorial debut with a film inspired by the extraordinary true story of Antwone Fisher, who penned the poignant screenplay. Magnificently portrayed by newcomer Derek Luke, Fisher struggles as a sailor in the U.S. Navy with his deep-seated psychological issues from childhood until a compassionate Navy psychiatrist, played by the incomparable Washington, helps him find the courage to heal.
Antwone Fisher is a gripping and poignant story of the true life experiences of a troubled young man who endured a loveless childhood filled with physical/mental abuse, rejection and loss. In his heart he felt abandoned, first by his mother, and then by the only other person who meant anything to him during his childhood. He longed for a family that he could turn to for love, friendship, and support. He would have to wait until he was an adult, in the U.S Navy, and on the brink of self destructive anger. This lead Antwone to Naval psychologist Jerome Davenport, a man who shows him that there is someone he can depend on and that in order to truly silence the deep rooted anger inside him he needs to first find himself and then seek out his real family. While helping Antwone Jerome discovers that he needs to confront his own inner struggles. His relationship with Antwone Fisher sheds light on them and in turn helps him become a better man.
This is an inspiring film that I enjoy revisiting every now and then. Derek Luke is simply marvelous in the title role and I think that Denzel Washington's directorial debut is a solid one. Seeing the life that Fisher had to endure as a child is saddening. It's easy to understand the anger/frustration/rejection he felt as a foster care child who suffers varying levels of abuse at the hands of the Tate family. He was born in a correctional institution and never really knew his mother. His father died (violently) before he was born. This left him with no ties or knowledge of his real family. He often dreamt of being surrounded by a loving family who welcomed him with open arms. Something that most of us have and sometimes take for granted. After a significant event in his already turbulent life, Antwone joined the Navy. Little did he know that this would put him on road to understanding his inner pain and meeting the man who would forever change his life. I enjoy success stories and Antwone Fisher's is a good one. He overcame difficult adversity, abandonment and abuse to become an example for others to follow. I am glad to see this wonderful film released in high definition and am happy to add it to my collection.
The rating is for violence, language and mature thematic material involving abuse.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Antwone Fisher comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 mbps.
This is a high bitrate encode that looks solid throughout. High definition detail is notable as images are firmly resolute, with defining sharpness and two dimensional depth during long range camera pans. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation and tonal warmth. This is especially apparent during the Thanksgiving dinner sequence at Jerome's residence. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Grain is visibly moderate and appears to be well preserved.
The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack rendered clear, articulated dialogue that maintained a position of prominence across the front three channels. Sound effects had good dynamic energy so that they sounded full bodied and authoritative. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere from time to time. The mix excelled at reproducing sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately in the sound field's acoustic environment. Detail was rendered with aplomb which attenuated slight environmental cues and augmented the subtle texture of voices and sound effects. There was no real deep bass associated with the sound track but its good dynamic quality gave it impact where appropriate.
- Filmmakers audio commentary
- Meeting Antwone Fisher - 14 minute featurette
- The making of Antwone Fisher - 22 minute featurette
- Hollywood and the Navy - 4 minute documentary
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
Antwone Fisher is an inspiring true story that brings a smile to my face and puts a lump in my throat each time I watch it. I am very pleased with its audio/video presentation. All of the bonus content from the 2003 DVD release is included which makes it easily worth an upgrade for fans. If you have never seen this movie I can think of no better way to experience it than this. Kudos to Fox for bringing it to High definition Blu-ray Disc.
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