Training Day appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. A release from Blu-ray’s early days, the image showed its age, though it held up better than expected.
For the most part, sharpness worked pretty well, though this came with issues, as edge haloes permeated much of the movie. These didn’t become egregious, but they created distractions and gave the film an artificially sharp feel.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects materialized. Some mild compression artifacts appeared, though these didn’t seem bad, and I saw no signs of print flaws.
Colors went with a stylized feel that emphasized heavy blues and ambers. The tones felt strong and became one of the best aspects of the image.
Blacks felt dark, though occasionally crushed, and shadows showed reasonably good clarity, albeit a little flat at times. Really, without the edge haloes and artifacts, this would’ve been a pretty good presentation. As it stood, it felt watchable but erratic.
As for the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, it showed the scope I expected from a cop movie. That meant a lot of street ambience and occasional bursts of action.
Music displayed appealing stereo presence, and the environmental information related to the police on patrol showed appropriate involvement and engagement. Occasional gunfights and car chases brought useful movement as well and they gave the mix some oomph.
Audio quality seemed fine, though the track lost points due to its lossy nature. Granted, lots of Blu-rays remained lossy in 2006, but I still dock BDs without lossless material.
Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded rich and full.
Effects offered appropriate fidelity and brought accurate tones. This became a perfectly solid track for a cop flick.
A few extras flesh out the disc, and we get an audio commentary from director Antoine Fuqua. He delivers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, sets and locations, influences, cast and performances, photography, music, and related domains.
For the most part, Fuqua brings us a decent commentary, as he touches on a good array of topics. However, he works a little too hard to convince us how authentic the movie is, and that gets old. Nonetheless, we learn a reasonable amount about the production.
The Making of Training Day runs 15 minutes, two seconds and provides notes from Fuqua, producers Jeffrey Silver and Bobby Newmyer, writer David Ayer, technical advisor Shiheed “Bone” Sloan, and actors Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Macy Gray.
“Making” looks at story/characters, cast and performances, shooting in LA, and Fuqua’s impact on the production. A few decent notes emerge, but “Making” mainly offers a promo piece.
Five Additional Scenes span a total of 12 minutes, 33 seconds. Most of these offer additional exposition for the two leads and show us more of their time together, though the last one comes late in the movie and helps develop a supporting role a bit more. All are interesting to see, though I’m not sure the movie needed any of them.
We also find a four-minute, 46-second Alternate Ending. It presents the same fate for Alonzo but adds follow-up for Jake. It feels too on the nose and unnecessary.
In addition to the movie’s trailer, we get music videos from Nelly’s “#1” and Ppharoahe Monch’s “Got You”. The former mostly mixes lip-synch footage with movie clips, while the latter tries a little harder to create its own story. Both songs seem dated but decent, and the videos are watchable but unexceptional as well.
20 years after its release, Training Day remains remembered due to Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning lead performance. I can’t find much else to keep the film in the public consciousness, as it mostly feels like a fairly generic “rogue cop” tale. The Blu-ray brings pretty decent picture and audio along with a good roster of bonus materials. Day becomes a watchable but not memorable effort.