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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better disc for a great movie
What can I say about this movie, but the fact that Bad boys is one of my all time favourite films. It stars Will Smith (the Frensh Prince of Bell Air) and Martin Lawerance (Martain/Blue Streak) as two Miami cops, both are two very funny actors who took to the action role very well (of course Will Smith as continued on so in this role in films like ID4 and Men in black)...
Published on April 27, 2000 by Dean Sullivan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lawrence and Smith Are The Bad Boys of Comedy"
Hilariously enjoyable as any black comedy and full of fast paced action, "Bad Boys," as a 'slick flick,' stars Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett and Will Smith as Mike Lowrey playing two cops who fall on to the trail of millions of dollars of Heroin stolen by a criminal mastermind named Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo) and try to recover it as well as rescue Julie Mott...
Published on June 10, 1999


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better disc for a great movie, April 27, 2000
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Dean Sullivan (Tredegar, Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
What can I say about this movie, but the fact that Bad boys is one of my all time favourite films. It stars Will Smith (the Frensh Prince of Bell Air) and Martin Lawerance (Martain/Blue Streak) as two Miami cops, both are two very funny actors who took to the action role very well (of course Will Smith as continued on so in this role in films like ID4 and Men in black). The film produces great action and boasting good soundtrack(songs such as Shy guy) from the talents of a great director(This film really started Michael Bay's carear and is still one of his best).I know its not everyones cup of tea, but if you like your movies fast, sexy, loud and action packed buy the DVD now! This special edition had loads of extras.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You..., March 13, 2006
This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
When it comes to action films there is one man that has come to be known as Hollywood's go-to-guy when producing high-octane action/adventure fare. That man is Jerry Bruckheimer, "Top Gun", "Days of Thunder", and "Con Air" are just a few of the outstanding action films Bruckheimer has produced throughout the last 20 years. In 1995, Bruckheimer teamed up with director Michael Bay to make a film that focuses on two hip, young cops in Miami, Florida. To bring the freshness needed for the roles of Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, Bay and Bruckheimer looked to the talents of two popular young actors made famous by two very big television shows. The actors chosen were Will Smith (TV's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") and Martin Lawrence (TV's "Martin").

"Bad Boys" story as stated above, focuses on two Miami Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who after confiscating one hundred million dollars worth of heroine come under fire when the drugs wind up stolen. With the drugs missing, the two lead detectives under investigation by Internal Affairs, it appears that this particular narcotics division of the Miami Police Department will be closed down for good. So, with no one on their side except for a young woman (Tea Leoni) who happened to witness a murder linked to the drugs, Mike and Marcus must strike out on their own to reaquire the drugs and bring down those responsible, if they succeed they can clear their names and keep their badges for another day, but if not it may just mean jail for the detectives.

Many critics were skeptical about whether or not two actors famous for doing comedy on network television shows could pull of being the leads in a high-profile action movie. Really many actors would probably have the problem with making the jump from TV to film, especially when their primary job had been comedy, with very little drama and no action, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence succeed brilliantly. The comedic timing between these two actors is outstanding, and both pull off the dramatic scenes very convincingly, and the action scenes are well played and laid out thanks to the adrenaline charged directing of Michael Bay and the athletic prowess of the actors. Jerry Bruckheimer's skill for picking projects and finding the right people to make them come together seems to never fail, and "Bad Boys" is no exception.

If you're a fan of action films and for some reason have yet to see "Bad Boys", do yourself a favor and watch this movie, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

"Bad Boys" is rated R for violence, language, and sexuality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable stuff!, August 10, 2006
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Akshay Singh (New York, NY, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay make an excellent team! When they work together, explosions rock the screen, profanity is spewed between characters, and corpses far outnumber the amount of lines spoken. This is one of Will Smith's early ventures in film, and to be honest, I think this is his breakthrough role as Mike Lowrey, a playboy cop with a taste for gritty gunfights. Martin Lawrence is hilarious as Mike's partner, Marcus Burnett, a family man whose gig constantly interferes with his family life. Tea Leoni is okay, but not great, and her role seems a bit weird, as though it was just randomly stuck in the plot. The bad guy is a typical villain, with few lines and a thick accent. The action scenes are, of course, Bruckheimer-worthy, and so you wont be disappointed. The cinematography adds to the film's good parts. Overall, a movie that is fun, brainless stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: The directorial debut of Michael Bay and the film that established Will Smith as an action star..., July 16, 2010
This review is from: Bad Boys [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
In 1995, director Michael Bay made his directorial debut with "Bad Boys". Featuring a story by George Gallo and a screenplay by late show writers Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland and Doug Richardson ("Die Hard II", "Money Train") and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, despite being shot on a very low budget ($19 million), the film was a huge box office success making over $141 million in the box office .

"Bad Boys" would further the onscreen status of then-television show leads Will Smith and Martin Lawrence into movie stardom and would solidify Michael Bay's status as an action director.

VIDEO:

"Bad Boys" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). For the most part, the Blu-ray release definitely marks a much better looking version of the film. You can see the skin pores on the characters, more detail in the characters as you can see the freckles on Tea Leoni's face much more clearly. Blacks are nice and deep. Outdoor scenes are vibrant and colorful and for the most part, for a 15-year-old film, fans of the film will definitely enjoy the PQ. I didn't see any aliasing, edge enhancement or any artifacting.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Bad Boys" shines in the lossless department. With this film being an action-driven film, there are times where you hear explosions and gun shots whizzing from left to right via the surround channels. I also noticed some shots utilizing LFE. But there was one scene where I felt it nearly blew my eardrum off because I had my system pumped up quite loudly. But the film definitely sounds incredible via lossless. Dialogue and music is clear and understandable through the front and center channels but there is good use of surround for the action segments.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Bad Boys" comes with the following special features presented in standard definition, English Stereo with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles:

* movieIQ(tm)+sync (use logo) and BD-Live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
* Commentary with Director Michael Bay - Featured on the original DVD release, Michael Bay talks about the making of the film, working with the talent and the crew and how certain scenes were created. Also, talking about his directorial debut, the two main characters inprovising and working with a low budget.
* Putting the Boom & Bang in the Bad Boys Documentary - (23:54) A documentary on how the special effects were created for the film, the various weapons and how certain explosions were made.
* Three Music Videos - Featuring Dana King's "Shy Guy", 69 Boyz - "Five-O, Five-O" and Warren G's "So Many Ways".

EXTRAS:

"Bad Boys" comes with a cardboard protective slip case.

JUDGMENT CALL:

When "Bad Boys" came out in theaters in 1995, there were many critics who were not too thrilled by the film but the fact is that Martin Lawrence who had his own popular TV series "Martin" and Will Smith who had "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" were popular talents. Some may find the partnership between the two as just another cliche cop duo film and for the most part, I guess you can see it at that way but if you were a fan of these two, you were going to enjoy their interaction and their humor. And possible the smartest thing that Bay allowed (because he didn't like the script all that much) was to give Lawrence and Smith a chance to improvise their lines and have fun with it.

But if anything, "Bad Boys" was that film that lifted director Michael Bay and Will Smith's names to new heights. After this film, Will Smith was no longer the TV star but now a bonafide action star and followed up with "Independence Day" and "Men in Black", while Director Michael Bay would have a string of box office hits with "The Rock" and "Armageddon".

If this film proved anything, it was that Michael Bay knew what staff to work with because with such a low budget to work with, they accomplished a lot special effects-wise with very little (note: "Bad Boys" was budgeted at $19 million, Bay's next film "The Rock" was budgeted at $75 million).

"Bad Boys" was like your usual copy duo films. May it be "Lethal Weapon, "Beverly Hills Cop", "48 Hours" (two friends/partners who have their own problems with one another) but when you have two African American talent who can play off each other so well, it made the film very entertaining. The comedy and action was just right and I understand the critics feeling the film doesn't break any new ground but in 1995, I felt the timing was right for the film and for the most part, movie watchers agreed with the pairing as seen with the massive amount of money that "Bad Boys" had made.

As for the Blu-ray release, the Blu-ray definitely looks much better than the DVD and the lossless soundtrack is awesome. But if there is one thing where the special DVD slightly has an edge over the Blu-ray edition is that it does have the "Damage Control" which used angles to analyze special effects explosions and also an isolated music score which are not included on the Blu-ray. So, if you enjoy those special features, you may want to hang on to your special edition DVD version. But otherwise, the Blu-ray release of "Bad Boys" is much better than its DVD counterpart.

Overall, if you are a fan of "Bad Boys", definitely give this Blu-ray release a chance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty fun action, July 5, 2006
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E. Belsey "cinephile" (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
This movie is very fun and full of action. If you can get past the cursing, it's well worth it. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are almost too much fun as cop partners who go deep undercover to recover stolen police evidence (drugs). Tea Leoni is also hilarious in the film and serves as a great counterpoint to the cocky buddy cops.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Action!, January 28, 2001
This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
Yeah, Bad Boys is a really sweet action film--as are all of Michael Bay's movies--but I think the cars deserve most of the credit. I mean, at the end, we've got a Porsche 911--black, of course--chasing down the badguy in the most perfect car ever to be shown in a movie: an AC Shelby Cobra 427 with white racing stripes. That is the best scene in the movie, where Lawrence and Smith are chasing down the badguy (what's his name?) on an airport runway. Easily the saddest part of the movie is when the Cobra hits a brick wall and is mangled (*tear*). Well, anyway, it should be easy to see that, having Will Smith *and* Martin Lawrence, it is a funny movie, too. Don't get me wrong, it's not really an action comedy like Money Talks or Blue Streak, but it does have some hilarious parts. I guess the comedy is a little stronger than in The Rock, which, if you've seen it, you'll know has some funny scenes, too. Anyone that likes any of the movies I described should see this movie...and if you've already seen it...see it again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lawrence and Smith Are The Bad Boys of Comedy", June 10, 1999
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This review is from: Bad Boys (DVD)
Hilariously enjoyable as any black comedy and full of fast paced action, "Bad Boys," as a 'slick flick,' stars Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett and Will Smith as Mike Lowrey playing two cops who fall on to the trail of millions of dollars of Heroin stolen by a criminal mastermind named Fouchet (Tcheky Karyo) and try to recover it as well as rescue Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) who is also involved. Personal matters appear to Marcus Burnett who is obsessed with getting "quality time" with his wife Theresa (Theresa Randle) and almost loses his marriage when he is forced to switch names and use Mike Lowrey in front of Julie. The comedy works unmistakeably well, however, the only mistakes I find in here are the heavy profanity and the violence used. But I keep saying this to myself, how can you pardon the profanity if it works well with the script? Oh well. Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer Films/Columbia Pictures, 1995, Rated R for intense violent action and persuasive strong language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, November 5, 2004
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This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
Will & Martin (Mike & Marcus) get together for one of the finest action adventures up until its time (not to mention very funny). I remember I was almost 13 when I snuck in the movies to see this and it's been one of my favorites since. The two are working in the TNT unit in Miami PD when tons (literally) of heroin is stolen form their station one night. Having only 4 days to recover it and one witness on the loose they must find her and find out who the people are who stole it and how they got the info. When Mike's (Will Smith's) girlfriend get's killed trying to help it goes personal. On the verge of solving it they get shut down by IA but they continue the investigation to a very high explosive and good ending. That's all I'll say you have to watch it to get the full story and satisfaction. A funny, action packed and Great movie I'd recommend for everyone.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence + Smith = Action Packed Thriller, May 24, 2001
This review is from: Bad Boys [VHS] (VHS Tape)
All that I can say about this movie is "Wow." I have seen this movie several times and has earned the number one spot in my favorite list of movies. The special effects and camera views for 1995 are immaculate. Especially during the last scene where the car chase was taking place. The camera view that sticks in my minds is where is shows the tire spinning, and you hear the outrageously loud whine of the engine, which compares to the beginning where Mike Lowry was driving the car right before they got jacked. This all out great movie will definetly not stay laying on the shelf, it will constantly be played guarunteed. Joey
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, But Tristar Needs to 'SUPERBIT' this title!, December 30, 2002
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This review is from: Bad Boys - Special Edition (DVD)
Though the film is extremely entertaining and the documentary is also enjoyable, the studio needs to release a 'SUPERBIT' version (higher quality video standard that utilizes space on the disc normally reserved for special features for picture quality instead) of this title like they have for 'Vertical Limit', 'Dracula', and 'Johnny Neumonic' to truly earn the 5th star.
Unfortunately, Bad Boys looks grainy on a 65" rear projection Widescreen TV when compared to high quality mastered titles like Star Wars, LOTR, and The Rock: The Critereon Edition and Superbit titles, which still looks razor sharp at this size.
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