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Michael Bay
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jordi Mollŕ, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano
Writing Credits:
Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida.

Box Office:
$130 million.
Opening Weekend
$46,522,560 on 3,186 Screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated R

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 147 min.
Price: $26.99
Available Only As Part of 2-Movie “Bad Boys 20th Anniversary Collection”
Release Date: 11/10/2015

• Deleted Scenes
• Production Diaries
• Sequence Breakdown
• “Stunts” Featurette
• “Visual Effects” Featurette
• Jay-Z Music Video
• Theatrical Trailers


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Bad Boys 2 [Blu-Ray] (2003)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 19, 2015)

Director Michael Bay revisited his cinematic origins with 2003’s Bad Boys II. Actually, the Bad Boys franchise represented a couple of firsts for Bay. 1995’s Bad Boys was his debut as a film director, and the 2003 flick stands as his first attempt at a sequel.

For years, it looked like Boys II wouldn’t happen. Its lead actors became such big stars that a reunion seemed to be financially impractical. That also apparently slowed the progress of 2002’s Men In Black II, but Columbia-Tristar ultimately worked out the deals for both.

MIIB was a disappointment to me. I liked the 1997 original, but thought the sequel was little more than a pale imitation of it.

On the other hand, I never much cared for the original Bad Boys. I think Bay sometimes does what he does very well, but his debut flick remains one of his least interesting. Did he improve on that model with the sequel? Read on and see!

The film opens with a shipment of Ecstasy from Amsterdam to Miami. We meet drug lord Johnny Tapia (Jordi Molla), the head of this operation. We also see how the Miami police’s “TNT” Special Narcotics Team tries to halt the shipment. They use two undercover officers to infiltrate the operation and send them the sign to move in and deal with the drugs.

No prizes if you guess the identities of the officers. Yup, we find the first film’s Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) as they infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan rally and send the signal for the team to head in, but the transmitters don’t work. Much violence and mayhem ensue, but with little payoff as the officers discover they hit the wrong target.

We then encounter more of the folks involved in the drug side of things via club owner Alexei (Peter Stormare), a subordinate of Johnny’s. The film also introduces Syd (Gabrielle Union), Marcus’ sister in town from New York. We learn that she and Mike hooked up when he recently visited the Big Apple, but neither has spilled the beans to Marcus yet. In addition, a stressed-out Marcus plans to transfer out of the narcotics department and cease his role as Mike’s partner, but he has yet to inform Lowrey of that.

Matters complicate even more when Mike’s informant Icepick (Treva Etienne) lets him know where to go for the dope. When they get there, they find out that Syd’s working undercover and is involved with Alexei’s side of things as a money launderer. Additional mayhem occurs as Johnny continues to try to bring in the drugs and the cops attempt to deal with this.

At least I could chalk up the cheesiness and crudeness of the first Bad Boys to directorial inexperience. With three films between 1995 and 2003, Bay should have been able to produce something that looks like he’s developed additional skills over that span.

Unfortunately, Boys II comes across like the same old, same old. I figured I was in for a bad time when within the movie’s first ten minutes we’d heard a character refer to some women as “fucking bitches” and we’d encountered dopey caricatures via the Klan members. These all existed for little reason than to create very easy comedic opportunities that seemed both predictable and lame.

Matters don’t improve from there. Part of the problem stems from the flick’s radically excessive running time. The original flick seemed a little too long at 119 minutes, but Boys II fills almost an extra half an hour beyond that! That length seems acceptable for something more epic like Armageddon, as that film actually deals with the potential end of the world. Boys II just follows some criminal enterprises related to drugs – we need two and a half hours of that?

Bay pads the film with too many pointless action sequences and sad attempts at character development between the leads. I didn’t think the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence seemed great in 1995, and it didn’t improve over the years. It doesn’t help that they chose to turn the charming, suave Lowrey of the first flick into an angry renegade here who seems determined to shoot first, second and third and never ask questions.

Marcus remains something of a pathetic sad sack, and the movie attempts to derive humor from his stressed-out state. A theme about therapy runs through the film and provides many pathetic stabs at comedy. Marcus and some others incessantly spout “whoosah!” as their mantra. It isn’t funny the first time, and it doesn’t get better with additional repetitions.

It doesn’t help that Boys II suffers from a tremendously ordinary plot. Cops try to stop a narcotics shipment and they end up involved against an evil drug lord – that’s not exactly creative or original. Granted, stories don’t have to be innovative to become enjoyable, but it feels like the screenwriters thought up this one over a quick snack. The tale offers absolutely nothing to stand out, and it never seems like it becomes worthy of our time.

Some of these complaints may appear irrelevant given the status of the average Bay flick. After all, it’s not like his films ever provide rich and realistic personalities. We go to Bay offerings to see raucous and exciting action, right?

Yeah, but unfortunately, Bay fails to deliver the goods here. The action comes across as excessive and pointless. None of those sequences do anything new or inventive, and they lack the involvement and flair that I expect from Bay. He gives them the usual flashiness, but they never provoke a real reaction.

Over the years, I often defended the films of Michael Bay. Some criticize them for a lack of logic and an excessive emphasis on style over substance. I never had a problem with those issues because Bay’s flicks often achieved what they set out to do.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t occur in Bad Boys II, a weak attempt at an action effort. Virtually no parts of it seem compelling or effective, and it doesn’t even manage to match up to the sporadic successes of its predecessor.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A/ Audio A-/ Bonus B+

Bad Boys II appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image looked terrific.

Sharpness was always tight and well defined. I noticed virtually no instances of softness in this accurate and detailed presentation. I saw no concerns with jagged edges or shimmering, and print flaws seemed totally absent. Edge haloes also failed to create distractions.

As expected, Bay infused Bad Boys II with a highly stylized palette. We got Bay Standard Teal and Orange, and the disc demonstrated solid reproduction of those tones.

Black levels were dark and rich, and shadow detail came across as concise and well developed. The latter marked an improvement from the first film; at that time, we saw iffy lighting for the dark-skinned actors, but no such concerns appeared here. This became an impressive transfer.

I also liked the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as it gave us the kind of slam-bang mix that one would anticipate from a loud action flick like this. The soundfield used all five channels to great effect. Since the film poured on the raucous set pieces, the track got more than a few opportunities to shine, and it lived up to expectations. Elements always seemed accurately placed and they meshed together smoothly.

The surrounds contributed good ambience during the rare quiet scenes, and they kicked into overdrive during the many loud ones. Check out the extended car chase at around the half an hour mark to find some vivid and involving audio. Cars zoomed all over the spectrum, bullets flew, and the piece created a great sense of action.

Audio quality also seemed positive. Speech was always natural and distinctive, and I noticed no concerns connected to edginess or intelligibility. Music often got subsumed to the action pieces, but the score and songs nonetheless came across as lively and well reproduced, with a good presentation of dynamics.

Effects were accurate and detailed. They seemed firmly displayed and showed great punch. All those elements were tight and concise, and they never suffered from any distortion. Overall, Bad Boys II gave us an excellent soundtrack.

How did the Blu-ray compare to the original DVD? Audio appeared warmer and more dynamic, while visuals seemed tighter, clearer and smoother. Especially in terms of picture quality, this turned into a notable improvement over the DVD.

The Blu-ray replicates most of the DVD’s extras, and we open with seven deleted scenes. These fill a total of seven minutes, 19 seconds. Given the movie’s bloated length, I’m shocked they left anything on the cutting room floor. None of the deleted sequences add anything; they’re forgettable.

Next we find two featurettes. Stunts runs nine minutes, 29 seconds and offers comments from director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, stunt coordinators Andy Gill and Steve Picerni, and special effects supervisor John Frazier. This quick show basically offers an overview of various stunt topics that I expect will receive greater coverage later. It stands as an effective sampler, though, as we get a nice feel for some of the film’s challenges.

The second featurette concentrates on Visual Effects. It lasts 18 minutes, 38 seconds as we hear from Bay and visual effects supervisor Rob Legato. Another good sampler, this one moves through situations like car chases and special bullet effects to give us a nice demonstration of various computer-created techniques. We go through the steps well in this useful program.

After this we get three trailers and a music video for Jay-Z’s “La-La-La”. Mostly just the usual combination of movie bits and lip-syncing, neither the song nor the video offers anything particularly compelling.

In the Sequence Breakdown area we focus on six different segments. With a total running time of 45 minutes, 21 seconds, these present raw footage from the set – very raw much of the time, as you’ll hear quite a lot of profanity when things go wrong.

Releases for Bay flicks often include material like this, and these segments remain a breath of fresh air. Whereas most productions try to make out everything to be happy happy, joy joy, Bay’s not afraid to let us see the rougher side of things. Indeed, he comes across like a pushy prick on occasion as he shouts things like “keep fuckin’ moving, guys – keep fuckin’ moving!” The presentation also adds text to explain things when necessary, which helps make the pieces more educational. Overall, we find lots of great images from the production and get a fine feel for how things went on the set.

The final domain presents 19 Production Diaries. These segments last a total of one hour, seven minutes and 10 seconds.

The components mostly show footage from the set, but we also get a fair number of interview snippets as well. These include comments from Bay, Bruckheimer, actors Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Yul Vazquez, Joe Pantoliano, Jordi Molla, Gabrielle Union, Dan Marino, and Peter Stormare, law enforcement advisor Bill Erfurth, military and technical advisor Harry Humphries, stunt coordinators Andy Gill and Steve Picerni, property owner Eric Cherry, and special effects supervisor John Frazier.

The programs start with a diary that reflects on the first movie, and they then trace various elements of the production. We watch the actors’ training for the TNT team and examine behind the scenes elements of many other components. We also check out lots of raw dailies, which let us see multiple outtakes. As with the prior “Breakdowns”, these remain nicely fresh and honest. Actually, a little bit of fluffiness emerges on occasion, but much less than usual, and the segments generally seem informative and enjoyable. You’ll learn a lot about the making of the film in these entertaining and well-made clips.

Too bad Bad Boys II itself isn’t as interesting. The movie pours on the high-priced mayhem but never delivers a compelling story, intriguing characters, or anything else that would turn it into a stimulating action flick. The Blu-ray offers excellent picture and audio along with an interesting set of supplements. While I don’t like the film, I can’t complain about this high-quality Blu-ray.

Note that as of November 2015, Bad Boys II can be purchased only as part of a two-movie “20th Anniversary Collection”. This pairs Bad Boys II with a 4K remaster of the original Bad Boys.

To rate this film, visit the original review of BAD BOYS 2