Although Bad Boys has its fans, the film should be remembered for introducing the moviegoing world to the visual cinematic conceits of Michael Bay and for turning Will Smith and Martin Lawrence into movie stars. The sequel, unfortunately, is a bombastic retread of its predecessor times two, made worse by a story littered with several frustrating issues that have not aged well over time. The buddy-cop antics of Lawrence and Smith blow stuff up real good on Ultra HD Blu-ray with excellent 4K HDR10 presentations and satisfying-enough Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Porting over the same set of supplements, the attractive double-feature package is Recommended for fans and those hungry for more HDR goodness.
Of course, Bay occasionally pauses here and there with a few static shots, but even then, there is continuous movement in the background or as part of an actor's performance. And sadly, such scenes are often meaningless and without importance or impact to the rest of the story. However, I will admit the opening moments of Bad Boys are the massive rare exception. In the cold open, the hilariously and beautifully rhythmic banter between Martin Lawrence and Will Smith is memorable for two reasons. First, the camerawork is more tolerable and the editing seems to amusingly follow the back-and-forth beat by beat, slowing down momentarily when the two undercover cops are being carjacked before erupting into canted low-angles. Second, the exchange between Lawrence and Smith not only flows rapidly and naturally, but the foul-mouthed dialogue signals to the audience the actors graduating from family-friendly TV fare to the R-rated silver screen. And frankly, it's their performances that actually carry the movie and make it a memorable watch, still delivering the laughs nearly twenty-five years later. (Movie Rating: 3.5)
The script, which took four writers to complete, almost seems to suggest letting the anger loose into an unchecked rage and very public, bombastic spectacles of machismo, which apparently means pointlessly enormous, chest-thumping explosions, lots of car crashes and endless gunfire. In between the deafening chaos, director Michael Bay pauses to ogle the few women on screen, which are either a nagging wife (Theresa Randle) or a tenacious badass that looks good in a bikini (Gabrielle Union). And as in the first movie, when they are not objects of desire, they're forced into the damsel-in-distress trope, no matter how potentially capable the filmmakers had previously implied they were, as in the case of Union's tough-minded DEA agent Syd. Unfortunately, all this mind-numbingly, head-shaking awfulness also sabotages what worked in the first movie. In Bad Boys II, the hilarious banter between Lawrence and Smith falls flat and largely feels contrived, making this sequel, which is essentially Bay imitating \"Bayhem\" on overdrive, a disheartening chore to finish. (Movie Rating: 2)
The HDR10 presentation also delivers a marked improvement in contrast levels, making the overall video significantly brighter and more lively with crisp, dazzling whites throughout. Specular highlights are not always consistent or the strongest, but the brightest, most intensely luminous spots dazzle the screen with a radiant brilliance while maintaining good detailing in those areas. The same goes for Howard Atherton's heavily-stylized teal-orange cinematography, which appears more faithful to his creative intentions while still skewing the palette considerably to warm, balmy amber yellows in daylight sequences and vastly vivid blues at night. Richly-saturated primaries keep the picture energetic and popping while also bathed in a colorfully wide array of secondary hues to make the unique Florida architecture burst with life and give facial complexions a true-to-life rosiness that's accurate to the hot climate. The only other issue worth pointing out is the over-saturated, almost cartoonish-looking reds in the airport hangar explosion scene. (Video Rating: 4.5)
Although Bad Boys has its fans, the film should be remembered for introducing the moviegoing world to the visual cinematic conceits of Michael Bay and for turning Will Smith and Martin Lawrence into movie stars. The sequel, unfortunately, is a bombastic retread of its predecessor times two, made worse by a story littered with several frustrating issues that have not aged well over time. The buddy-cop antics of Lawrence and Smith blow stuff up real good on Ultra HD Blu-ray with excellent 4K HDR10 presentations and satisfying-enough Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Porting over the same set of supplements, the attractive double-feature package is recommended for fans and those hungry for more HDR goodness.
In the morning there were five boys stuck in the askfelt, and frightened'most to death. I got up early, and called father, and told him thatthere seemed to be something the matter with his new walk. When he cameout and saw five boys caught in the pavement, and an extra pair of shoesthat belonged to another boy who had wriggled out of them and gone awayand left them, he was the most astonished man you ever saw. I told himhow I had caught the boys stealing melons, and had played I was a ghostand frightened them away, and he said that if I'd help the coachman prythe boys out, he would overlook it. So he sat upon the piazza andoverlooked the coachman and me while we pried the boys out, and theycame out awfully hard, and the askfelt is full of pieces of trousers andthings. I don't believe it will ever be a handsome walk; but wheneverfather looks at it he will think what a good boy I have been, which willgive him more pleasure than a hundred new askfelt walks.
UFC Undisputed 2010 is the only mixed martial arts (MMA) videogame this year that delivers the action, intensity and prestige of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players navigate a roster of more than 100 prolific UFC fighters, each fully rendered to convey a photorealistic appearance. Prominent UFC personalities, including commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, veteran voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer, the Octagon Girls, referees, trainers and more, return to showcase an authentic and memorable UFC videogame experience. Enhanced combat offers players a new Sway System with full upper body and head movement that allows for the dodging of attacks. On the ground, a new Posture System enables players to deliver stronger, fight-ending strikes from every position. In addition, players manage Octagon control with new strikes, submissions, transitions and cage positions, as well as experience added realism with the introduction of Southpaw stance. Players also enjoy customizable freedom with created fighters by combining moves from numerous MMA disciplines, including new moves taken from Sambo, Karate and Greco-Roman Wrestling, to become true mixed martial artists. [THQ]
Red Faction: Guerrilla is a 3rd person, open-world action shooter set on Mars, 50 years after the events of the original Red Faction. Players assume the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Throughout their fight for freedom, players carve their own path, wreaking havoc across the vast, open-world environment of Mars, from the desolate mining outpost of Parker to the gleaming EDF capital city of Eos. Utilizing improvised weapons, explosives and re-purposed mining equipment and vehicles, Red Faction: Guerrilla allows players to tear through fully destructible environments in an unforgiving Martian landscape swarming with EDF forces, Red Faction resistance fighters, and the downtrodden settlers caught in the cross-fire. Red Faction: Guerrilla also features a robust multiplayer component, including several modes focused on destruction-based gameplay. [THQ]
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes place at the end of days. The Earth's alliance with the Heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow - darkness reins the world. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil roam free wreaking chaos and death upon the living. Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny - and hopefully salvation for the world... but at what cost Thus, Gabriel must travel the destroyed world, defeating the evil tyrants in order to use their powers to bring balance back to the world. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross - the world's last hope must encounter the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule. Mercury Steam has created a rich, open game world that traverses snowy mountain ranges, Gothic castles, and undead-strewn wastelands in a devastated Southern Europe during the Middle Ages. [Konami]
Civilization Revolution offers players a chance to experience the epic empire-building world of Civilization in an all new accessible, visually immersive, and action-packed world specifically designed for the console and handheld gamer. Delivering Civilization's renowned epic single-player campaigns featuring vast re-playability and unmatched addictive gameplay as well as revolutionary features like real-time interaction with leaders and advisors, extensive multiplayer capabilities and integrated video and voice chat, it transports the Civilization series to a level of gameplay that fans have never seen before. Some of the key features that resonate with fans of strategy games and the Civilization franchise include 16 civilizations to master and lead to victory, an array of famous historical leaders to play as or compete against, and accessible maps and streamlined ti