Bad Boys (DVD)
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|Contributor||Tea Leoni, Michael Bay, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Tcheky Karyo, Martin Lawrence, Theresa Randle|
|Runtime||1 hour and 59 minutes|
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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys
Fun Facts about Bad Boys:
- Directorial Debut of Michael Bay
- After the studio refused to fund the final action sequence, Michael Bay paid the studio 25,000 dollars to shoot the scene
- Téa Leoni was accidentally knocked out by Martin Lawrence's stunt double
- Michael Bay was so enamored by the city of Miami that he invested in some properties there. He would return to film there for Bad Boys II (2003) and Pain & Gain (2013)
- Ex basketball player John Salley, who makes a cameo in this film, was a member of the Detroit Pistons during the late 1980s, whose nickname was "Bad Boys"
- The car driven by Fouchet during the end car chase is an old AC Superblower, basically a Shelby Cobra with a modified V8 engine. It is considered to be one of the fastest muscle cars ever created.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in this action comedy from director Michael Bay. Detectives Lowrey (Smith) and Burnett (Lawrence) are tasked with catching a thief who stole $100 million worth of confiscated heroin from under their noses. When they are introduced to beautiful witness Julie (Téa Leoni) however, the partners struggle to focus on the job in hand and find themselves both falling for her. The cast also includes Tchéky Karyo, Therese Randle and Joe Pantoliano.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 9 x 15 x 12 cm; 32.66 Kilograms
- Director : Michael Bay
- Media Format : PAL, DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 59 minutes
- Release date : 4 June 2001
- Actors : Tea Leoni, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Theresa Randle, Tcheky Karyo
- Dubbed: : Arabic, Hindi, Finnish, Dutch, French, German
- Language : English (DTS 5.1)
- Studio : Sony
- ASIN : B000CCI3FU
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 27,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- 21,001 in Movies (Movies & TV)
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Bad Boys took ten years to get to the screen, starting out as an 80s buddy comedy called Bulletproof Hearts that was to star Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey. It was rewritten, chewn-up and thrown out by the studios before it ended up with Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, who, at the time, did not have a hit since Days of Thunder (which was mauled by critics). They rebranded the script Bad Boys and a phenomenon was born.
Does the movie deserve it's popularity? Not really.
The plot, for what it's worth, concerns screaming foreign crime boss Fuchet (Tchecky Kayro in an intimidating and effective performance) who slays an idiot member of his drug-dealing gang. Beautiful Julie Mott (Tea Leoni) witnesses the slaying and is marked for death . She calls the cops but for painfully contrived reasons will only talk to Mike Lowrey (the uber-obnoxious Will Smith). Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is the only person there who can take the call and assumes the role of Mike in order to take Julie into `in-home' protective custody. Why he doesn't just reveal to her right away that he told a little white lie only to get her out of harms way...I dunno. Perhaps it is because it's the only plot element that the legion of writers could abuse to inject the slightest amount of comedy and drag out an 85-minute premise to 2 hours. There are so many lulls in the action that the movie frequently threatens to keel over and die. Bay has a habit of making his movies overly long but even with his debut he couldn't recognise the dead weight that drags everything down.
The action scenes, when they do happen, are thrilling, and it's to Michael Bay's credit that he's managed to pull this off. Without him the movie would be long forgotten though he could have reigned in on Will Smith's complete inability to ad-lib and cut out the irritating screaming matches between the various cast members. No one has clever dialogue here, it's all anger and rage, and it's horrible.
Strangely, Martin Lawrence comes off the better actor of the two and is almost endearing.
Mark Mancina's fun score keeps the slow pace just about bearable and keeps the transitions between scenes ticking over nicely. The 90s soundtrack is a little dated and the entire plot is an 80s relic to the point where it's hard to ignore how unoriginal it is and appreciate it for its true merits, few as they might be.
Bay Boys was shot in standard 1.85:1 widescreen by Howard Atherton, famous for his work on Fatal Attraction and Black Rain (where he was usurped, somewhat unfairly, by Jan De Bont) and it looks gorgeous in 4K HDR. The compositions, set designs, and filtering techniques all have a Ridley Scott flavor to them which sets it apart from its wretched sequel. For all it's flaws, Bad Boys sure does have amazing cinematography which I believe helped give Michael Bay the edge he was looking for among the crop of hopeful action directors who were emerging at the time. Being a movie from 1995, it was shot and edited on 35mm so this 4K is the real deal. The Dolby Atmos sound is pretty good, but fails to beef up the shortcomings of the original sound mix.