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UHD Review A few words about...™ Bad Boys I & II -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Sep 2, 2018.

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    Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist

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    As Michael Bay's initial directorial feature effort, Bad Boys wasn't a bad place to begin.

    Stylish, fast-paced, beautifully photographed (in Toronto dressed as Miami).

    The initial tale is led by two comic actors, who wise-crack their way through a couple of hours of violence and mayhem. They're cops (Martin Lawrence and Will Smith), and Tea Leoni falls in with them, and is there to aid and abet the plot lines.

    I've never been able to take a liking to these films, although more than a dozen, love them.

    Sony's new 4k Blu-rays, with HDR, make them look (and sound - Dolby Atmos) glorious.

    Toronto has never look more appealing - the water never bluer.

    Bad Boys, for which I'm presuming there was a return and new image harvest from the camera negative, looks quite extraordinary.

    Bad Boys II, which was a 2k DI, and for which I'm thinking there was no re-visit, less so.

    For fans of the film - bright, colorful, fast-paced, and loud - the new 4k release is a wonderful upgrade.

    There will be no going back.

    A word about packaging.

    While I could be wrong, I've always believe, that in cases carrying different technical levels of quality, that the higher (newer) disc would be on the right, and the lessor, on the left, usually beneath a slip of paper.

    With 3D, this becomes more problematic.

    But I've been finding that there is no continuity with the way that 4k / Blu-ray discs are being packaged - so one cannot presume, especially in a dimly lit room, that the 4k will be on the right.

    With Bad Boys, it was both ways.

    May have something to do with NAFTA.

    Image - Bad Boys - 5
    Bad Boys II - 4

    Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos) - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from Blu-ray - Definitely!


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  2. Billy Batson

    Billy Batson Producer

    Feb 19, 2008
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    It's funny what you like & what you don't like. Bad Boys does nothing for me (in fact I gave my copy away), but I love Bad Boys 2, & it's not normally my thing, but all those over-the -top chases & shootouts, & I think the Blu-ray looks stunning.
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  3. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    Yeah, that movie is like a $200 million exploitation picture. It's just crazy with not even the barest minimum of good taste.

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