WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bad Boys
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Téa Leone, Tcheky Karyo.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 10716
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$44.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Bay
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Nari, Jim Mulholland & Doug Richardson
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Mancina
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Vallone
(Visual Effects): Cinema Research Corporation
(Costume Designer): Bobbie Read
(Editor): Christian Wagner
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Henderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Bruce S. Patton & Lucas Foster
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Smith and Lawrence team up as fast-talking, wisecracking buddy cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. They have just four days to catch a thief (Karyo), who stole $120 million in heroin from a government compound, before the FBI shuts them down. Their only lead is a hooker (Leoni) who witnessed the heist and her friend’s murder. To complicate matters, married man Burnett has to pretend to be his bachelor partner in order to win her confidence and protect her, while Lowrey goes home to Burnett’s wife and kids, maintaining the charade until the case is solved.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is a Sony High Definition transfer of good quality. Some inconsistencies in color fidelity are apparent in the picture, but otherwise fleshtones are balanced and blacks are deep and solid. The picture is always sharp and detailed with virtually no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound has been dubbed at below reference level and is essentially mono in character except for the music score which provides subtle surround envelopment.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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