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Antwone Fisher
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington & Salli Richardson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director/actor Denzel Washington and producer Todd Black, a 14-minute Meeting Antwone Fisher featurette, a 22-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, and a five-minute segment on Hollywood & The Navy.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2007711
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence, language, and mature thematic material involving abuse
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/20/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Denzel Washington
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After assaulting a fellow sailor, "Antwone Fisher" (Luke) is ordered to see the naval psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Washington) about his explosive temper and bad attitude. The young man decides that he doesn't need any counseling, but Dr. Davenport won't be put off and drags Antwone in to talk. For weeks he refuses to say a word but the good doctor won't give in to him and eventually Antwone starts opening up. As he shares the secrets of his painful past, the angry young man discovers something about himself that he didn't understand and begins to search for the family he never knew. Denzel Washington makes his directorial debut in this film based on a true story. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that can be sharp and beautifully detailed, with excellent facial features and textures. Contrast and shadow delineation are very nicely balanced, though the picture can be a bit dim at times. While the color palette has an intentionally understated presence, hues can be nicely saturated, with rich blues and reds, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. The undesirable appearance of edge enhancement is noticed, especially in higher contrasted scenes. Some minor smearing is noticed and occasional scenes can appear slightly shaky. Minor flecks of dirt are inherent in the source element. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack has been nicely produced, projecting a generally subtle to moderate soundstage in terms of dimensional activity. The music score is a wonderful recording, serving as the prevalent multichannel element. But another substantial characteristic of the soundtrack is the peripheral or atmospheric sound effects, which, whether to render the sonic environment on the aircraft or in the vast outdoors, serve convincingly. Much of the audio is predominated by the dialogue. Voices sound amply natural, but also sound slightly forward. The soundtrack features a nice, articulate low-end presence at times with active LFE channel engagement. (Perry Sun)

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