Bad Boys - (Region A Import Blu-ray Disc)
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Jason, Bellville. 8 October 2010
The movie is as fresh and energetic as it was back in 1995 when I first saw it in the cinema. The action may seem a bit anaemic compared to Michael Bay's more recent action setpiece spectaculars, but this is from a time before he could dictate his own budget. And anyway, the action is still good and made even better by the interplay between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Thank God the producers chose not to go with the original choice of Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey!).
The blu-ray is a way off the best examples of the format. Certainly the picture is a marked improvement over that of the dvd, but it lacks some of the vividness to make it something special. Sound too lacks a measure of coherence; in the action setpieces either gunshots and explosions drown out the voices, or vice versa. So the DTS-HD MA soundtrack also finds itself wanting, despite being way better than the dvd's Dolby Digital soundtrack.
In conclusion, if like me you like Bad Boys a lot, you'll be watching this not for the killer AV quality, but for lines such as "FREEZE, MOTHERBITCHES!!".
Region A - Includes most North, Central and South American countries and South-east Asian countries including the Republic of China (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.