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BAD BOYS ($30) is intended to be an action/comedy, but a lot of the jokes fall flat. Fortunately, BAD BOYS does work as a straight, if somewhat by-the-numbers cop-buddy movie. The film stars the overbearing Martin Lawrence and ever-likable Will Smith. To BAD BOYS credit, Martin Lawrence isn’t as annoying as he was on his television series. The screenplay calls for Lawrence to play a family man, and this somewhat restrained character goes a long way to help Lawrence’s screen persona. Will Smith has always had a boyish charm, and he does tend to neutralize Lawrence on those occasions when he goes over the top.

Lawrence and Smith portray two police detectives, who have four days to solve the theft of 120 million dollars worth of heroin from the police evidence room, before the FBI and internal affairs close the station down. Téa Leoni is the troublesome witness who can identify the criminals, but doesn’t trust cops and absolutely refuses to go to the police station. Leoni’s character winds up under the private supervision of Lawrence and Smith, but somehow she manages to find her way into dangerous situations, dragging her protectors along with her. The cast of BAD BOYS also features Tchéky Karyo, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano and Marg Helgenberger.

Columbia TriStar has issued BAD BOYS in the Letterboxed format only on DVD. The Letterboxed transfer tries to recreate the 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio, but falls noticeably short on a number of occasions. Aside from the problem with the framing, the transfer is very slick looking with a detailed, glossy image and well saturated colors. Digital artifacts remained in check throughout the DVD.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel mix is certainly potent and will put your system through its paces. In typical action movie fashion, the mix uses the discrete channels to good effect, with sounds exploding from every direction. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround soundtrack as well as Spanish and French language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean.


Bad Boys


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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