When a brilliant thief steals 120 million worth of confiscated heroin out from under their noses, Miami's top cops have to solve the case before the FBI shuts them down. High-energy action and rapid-fire comedy made this a #1 theatrical hit (65 million box office) from America's newest "dream team"-- Rolling Stone.
Trailers: Bad Boys, Men in Black, Blue Streak / Audio Commentary by Director Michael Bay / "Damage Control" Featurette Uses Angles Feature to Analyze Special Effects Explosions / "Making the Boom & Bang in Bad Boys" Documentary / Music Videos / "Shy Guy" by Diana King / "So Many Ways" by Warren G / "Five O Five O" by 69 Boyz / Isolated Music Score / Production Notes / Talent Files
Reviewers: Aaron Hinde and John Kaemmerling
Edited By: Marc Flemming
ross Martin Lawrence and Will Smith with a Porsche, plenty of weapons, explosions, and a heroin heist. What do you get? A couple of Bad Boys. They are Miami’s finest ... be that at creating disaster! Their career bust of $200 million in heroin has been stolen right from under the Miami police Department’s nose. If Detectives Mike Lowrey [Will Smith, Independence Day, Men In Black] and Marcus Burnett [Martin Lawrence, Big Momma’s House, Nothing to Lose] don’t get it all back within four days, Internal Affairs is going to get nasty and shut them down. They only have one witness and very little time to solve the case, so things are undoubtedly pretty hot and frustrating in Miami during their frantic search for the missing drugs. Michael Bay [The Rock, Armageddon] turns out a fast-action fun-fest with his directorial debut. ‘Action’ overtones are readily present with bursts of fury around every corner, and a good amount of comical relief plays in segments throughout thanks to Martin Lawrence. The catchy score goes very well with this movie as does the cinematography that offers original and clever glimpses at the events that unfold with a bang. The aerial photography and camera movements during the action scenes are literally eye-candy for the typical action fan. We thoroughly enjoyed the visual aspects of this film and we think most people would tend to agree with us on that point.
Columbia Tristar revisits this film that has already seen a release to DVD. Bad Boys was much more deserving of additional materials than the first delivered. A new Special Edition of the action caper has arrived and it certainly spells out quality. The transfers from film to the original and now this release - have both been excellent. There were no apparent signs of artifacting with a strong and accurate representation of the orange-ish hues used throughout this film. There was only a slight pause for the layer change that has been relatively standard amongst dual layered releases. The vibrant use of color in certain scenes really made the explosions/special effects exciting by offering a sense of uniqueness. The level of clarity of this disc was just short of superb. It had us getting up for popcorn and soda half way through (only for us to discover we had none). If anything, the at-home viewing experience surpassed that of the theaters. It looks really good.
We viewed this DVD in conjunction with our Yamaha receiver tuned using the Ultimate DVD: Platinum disc. Utilizing the volume control in abundant amounts had our NHT speakers rocking the house in Dolby Digital 5.1 (surround sound - the only way to watch/listen to any DVD with emphasis on action). Of course, to recreate the true environment of Miami crime scenes, We turned this one up really loud to make sure we didn’t miss any explosions along the way. Although this DVD had an excellent score, the voices, at times, seemed a tad loud for the front soundstage mix. Other than these areas of concern, the audio was produced very clearly on all channels leaning towards good usage of the surround channels. The sound effects correlated well to the actions onscreen: check out the jets in the beginning.
Here’s where this disc truly sets itself apart from the earlier version. The opening menu is a little slow to start, but has a unique look to it - and the utilization of creativity in this industry needs its share of motivational support. When looking around the features of this DVD, navigation grew slightly troublesome for two reasons. 1.) The Good: There is a lot of cool stuff, and 2.) The Bad: It isn’t clearly marked as to which icon is which feature when you want to go back to a previous portion. Really just a minor gripe. When We finally figured out how to navigate through the features, we stumbled across two particularly cool sections fairly unique to this DVD. The “Damage Control” section and “The Boom And The Bang Of Bad Boys” section give insight about what every guy wants to know more about … explosions and guns (no, I’m really a kind hearted soul who caters to the loving care of puppies and kittens, so relax). But for those who have been deprived of their carnal instincts, Columbia even included a section where you could choose your weapon and see how it wreaks havoc on televisions, 5-gallon water jugs, etc. One section, however, consists of those isolated still shots of the actors/producer in action ... while entertaining for a matter of about 10 seconds, the silent depression begins to set in as the viewer skips out in search for something saturated with more carnage. Of course, killer action shots would’ve done much better under the circumstances of this disc. Michael Bay’s commentary was fairly interesting to listen to. He gives the listener all sorts of insight about how much it costs to do certain scenes and how they skirted around the budget. He also tells about the chemistry of the actors and even mentions the holes in the plot (for those of you who were unable to pinpoint them for yourselves)! But, wait - there are even more features that we liked. Information on the actors is always good and so are the included trailers. We think that they are instrumental in helping you find other movies that you might be interested in. Truly a good marketing tool for the studio to utilize. And last, we also get a few music videos to top it all off. Certainly not a bad list of features to play around with - in fact, it beats “nothing” - which is about all the old version of this DVD offered. We spent quite a bit of time looking around and we must say that the time was well spent.
In my opinion, Colombia Tristar has put out another winner which is seemingly typical of the products they put out in terms of DVD. Very visually appealing, sounds great, and an all around joy to watch. And of course, now that they were present - we also had fun with many of the special features. We would recommend this as a good addition to just about anyone’s DVD collection (including those old Fresh Prince fans - no, not the show - the music). To give you an idea of my sincere commitment and interest, We’ve only had the disc for a day and we’ve already watched it twice (movie + commentary =2). Good stuff!