Antwone Fisher in September

Fox Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Antwone Fisher for 29th September 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. Denzel Washington’s directorial debut will offer the following features on DVD...

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD5.1 Surround
  • Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
  • Audio Commentary by Denzel Washington & Producer Todd Black
  • Featurette: Meeting Antwone Fisher
  • Featurette: Making of Antwone Fisher
  • Featurette: Hollywood and the Navy
The real bonus here is that for a limited time only you will find Men Of Honor, the military drama based on the life of Navy Diver Carl Brashear and starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Robert De Niro will come free with Antwone Fisher.

From the PR:

Two time Academy Award ® winner Denzel Washington in his directorial debut brings to the screen the true story of ANTWONE FISHER, a troubled young sailor’s remarkable triumph over adversity. ANTWONE FISHER is out to rent and buy on DVD and video from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on 29th September 2003.

Antwone Fisher, commandingly played by Derek Luke in his feature film debut, is a bright, angry young man scarred by childhood rejection and abuse with a quick temper and a violent streak. His behaviour threatens to get him thrown out of the navy and lands him in the office of navy psychiatrist Dr Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington, Training Day) whose stiff upper lip and stubborn resolve find an unlikely match.

Fisher was born in prison two months after his father was murdered and when his mother fails to collect him on her release from jail, he spends his childhood in various foster homes, including the torturous home presided over by the extremely religious Mrs Tate (Novella Nelson, The Devil’s Advocate).

As Antwone’s weekly sessions with Dr Davenport continue he meets another young sailor Cheryl Smolley (Joy Bryant, Showtime). Their relationship is sweet and innocent and she sees that amidst his discontent is a good heart and one she wants to get closer to... if only he will let her.

The more time Fisher spends with Dr Davenport, he grows to trust the doctor and the normally strict boundaries of the doctor-patient relationship begin to relax. As Fisher struggles with his temper and with Davenport’s advice that he should deal with his past, he returns to Ohio to confront the family members that still haunt him. Antwone’s story is counterpointed with the story of Dr Davenport and his wife Berta (Salli Richardson, Biker Boyz) who have their own struggles with their inability to have children and a breakdown in communication between the couple. Davenport comes to realise that his relationship with Fisher is a two way street and they have in fact been therapy for each other.

From a screenplay by Antwone Quentin Fisher, this is a film of great, heartbreaking and joyous moments. The DVD contains fascinating extras including audio commentary from Denzel Washington and producer Todd Black and several featurettes including ‘Meeting Antwone Fisher’, ‘The Making Of…’ and ‘Hollywood and the Navy’.

ANTWONE FISHER is a story of hope, forgiveness, love and self-discovery that leaves you feeling released, enlightened and in deeper touch with humanity. Beautifully balanced performances convey an emotionally overpowering story of obstacles overcome.

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