Bad Boys (1995)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Filmographies-Cast
Theatrical Trailer
Featurette-Making Of
Music Video-2 (Shy Guy, So Many Ways)
DVD Teaser Trailer-#2
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 114:02
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (64:04) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Michael Bay
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Martin Lawrence
Will Smith
Tea Leoni
Tcheky Karyo
Theresa Randle
Joe Pantoliano
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $36.95 Music Mark Mancina


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
French
Dutch
Spanish
Italian
Portuguese
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Miami narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) have made the drugs bust of their careers - $100,000,000 worth. Only problem is that thanks to information from an ex-cop Eddie Dominguez, mysterious French drug dealer Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo) has managed to steal the whole lot from police security. With Internal Affairs and the FBI wanting to close down the narcotics division, Lowrey and Burnett have four days to locate and recover the drugs. Meantime, a professional lady friend of Lowrey's, Max, and her friend Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) agree to attend a little party involving them and a couple of kilos of the nasty stuff, hosted by Eddie, during which Mott watches the murder of both Max and Eddie. What follows is a rather interesting if convoluted coming together of Lowrey, Burnett and Mott to locate Fouchet and his stooges, during which all sorts of mayhem occurs.

    From the legendary production team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, whose pedigree in this sort of film is unexcelled (start with "Top Gun", "Beverley Hills Cop" and keep on listing) , and directed by Michael Bay ("The Rock" and "Armageddon"), this is one high octane ride with fair doses of comedy thrown in for good measure. This whole thing works really well because no one takes it seriously, especially Tea Leoni who is superb as the scared witness. The whole story is pretty preposterous, but that never stopped a good, fun film, and it surprises that this did so comparatively poorly at the box office. Whilst many would probably miss it, check out the cameo of John Spider Salley as Fletcher; if I am not mistaken, John Salley was one of the original "Bad Boys", the name the Detroit Pistons gave themselves in the era when they won two NBA championships.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The overall quality of the video transfer is very good indeed.

    The video transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    In general, the transfer is very sharp; indeed perhaps a little too sharp as it looks like edge enhancement was used here. Shadow detail was in general very good, although given the recent vintage of the film some of the back lit scenes I would have expected to be better than they are. That is probably being very picky though, and reflects upon the original film rather than the mastering of the disc.

    Colours are in general very well rendered, within the context of the film. The colours during the earlier part of the film are very yellow in an attempt to create the mood of early morning which works well. At times the vibrancy of the colour is exceptional. Indeed, some of the sunrise/sunset shots are especially vibrant, really capturing the feel of Miami.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen and video artefacts were restricted to some very minor aliasing which probably would not be noticed unless you were looking for it. Some may argue that the opening night time motion pan of Miami is poorly done, but I believe that this is an inherent problem with the film, and not a mastering problem. Film artefacts were apparent especially early in the film, but these were very minor and in no way detracted from the film.

    The disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change at 64:04. Whilst it is quite noticeable, and is a little disruptive to the film, I would rather this than having to get up and turn the disc over.

Audio

    This is a really good audio transfer, on a par with the video.

    There are six soundtracks on the DVD. The default track is English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, whilst the rest are all Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. I listened to both the default English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times in both soundtracks.

    There did not seem to be any audio sync problems at all with the transfers.

    The music score by Mark Mancina was pretty much unremarkable and a stock effort in my view. Action sequences were accompanied by the obligatory, aggressive music and overall the soundtrack did little to enhance the film.

    The surround channels were well used and the overall sound picture created was very well balanced with some great detail; the ringing of the beeper during one scene for instance is very clear out of the rear speakers. Overall you were nicely put into the action.

    The subwoofer was heavily used during the action sequences, and in my view this was far too aggressive in the 5.1 soundtrack. However, if you love to annoy the neighbours, crank this one up a few notches!

Extras

    For their recent releases, Columbia TriStar have been doing a much better job with extras and we have here a pretty decent selection.

Menu

    A fairly standard Columbia TriStar menu, lacking any animation or audio. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer

   This is of good quality, presented in full frame with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. It is presented with a choice of German, French, Dutch, Spanish or Italian subtitles (which also apply to the featurette). It nicely summarizes the film in a couple of minutes, although it does include some short scenes that were removed from the final film.

Featurette - Making Of

    This is a mildly interesting 6 minute extended promotional video, with some behinds the scenes action. Presented in full frame with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, it is a useful addition if not mind-blowing.

Music videos - "Shy Guy" by Diana King and "So Many Way's" by Warren G.

    Not exactly my style of music, but suits the film quite well. Both are presented in Dolby Digital 4.0 sound, "Shy Guy" being presented in 1.78:1 ratio and "So Many Way's" being presented full frame. Remarkable to me only for the censorship of the film extracts used in "Shy Guy" so that all guns are rendered inconspicuous: this from a country where gun ownership is taken as a right not a privilege?

Filmographies

   Unremarkable filmographies for Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and Tea Leoni round out the extras package.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

      The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     Unless you desperately need a Pan & Scan version of the film in NTSC, Region 4 is definitely the way to go. More extras, and sharper picture thanks to the PAL format. I think that my Region 1 version will be on the scrap heap now.

Summary

    Overall, another great entertaining film from the Simpson/Bruckheimer stable.

    A very good quality video transfer, well up to the usual standards of Columbia TriStar.

    A very good quality audio transfer that aids the film no end.

    A decent if not especially spectacular collection of extras that adds much to the overall pleasure of the disc.

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© Ian Morris (Biological imperfection run amok)
Sunday, August 29, 1999
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-515, using S-Video output
DisplaySony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha RXV-795
SpeakersEnergy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL

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