He may have a reputation for being a horrible boss on set, and he may have a love-it-or-hate-it Marmite style to his direction, but - credit where due - Bay's energy and involvement makes for some of the best Commentaries out there. With seemingly infinite knowledge of the production, his discussions on the budget, the original script (which he admitted to be distinctly weak), the casting of the two leads and their contributions to the dialogue (noting several of the high-point improvised scenes) are all immensely interesting, and he retains his status as one of the most accessible, engaging Commentators out there.
Putting the Boom & Bang in Bad Boys is the only other significant extra to have been ported over from the SD-DVD special edition, a 22 minute Featurette that delves into the effects side of this production. We get to look at everything from the arsenal of weapons on offer in this movie, to the explosive setpieces peppered throughout, with the crew offering up the bulk of the technical soundbites. Although this is quite an informative piece, and not your standard, fluffy, promotional extra, it does suffer from being restricted to one facet of the production.
Finally we get a bunch of Trailers (Legion, Bounty Hunter, The Karate Kid and Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy) and Music Videos, including ones for Diane King's Shy Guy and Warren G's So Many Ways. It's worth noting that the menu is pretty nifty as well.
Marking one hell of a kick-start to the film career of Will Smith, and a tremendous debut effort from the stylish, now over-the-top Director Michael Bay, it is a classic 90s action-comedy, taking a tried-and-tested buddy-buddy cop formula and throwing plenty of explosions, shootouts and car chases into the mix. Of course, the movie really stands out because of the excellent chemistry between Smith and his partner-in-crime Martin Lawrence, and it is really that facet that has won it its title as a classic. Through them, Bad Boys shifts from B-movie to A-grade, with enough style and enough insanely quotable dialogue to deserve a place in any action-movie-lovers collection. Finally on Blu-ray, Bay's glossy, heavily stylised imagery comes across remarkably well on the video front, even if its low budget and age does still show through, and the movie is noisy as hell, even if the audio track is not particularly nuanced, and is a bit lacking when it comes to bass. On the extras front, this one also does not quite include everything from the last SD-DVD release, but given the advantages of the High Def video, it still probably warrants an upgrade. Whatcha gonna do?
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