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Release Date: April 21st, 2020 Movie Release Year: 2020

Bad Boys For Life

Overview -

From Belgian filmmakers, Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Bad Boys for Life is a strong and wildly entertaining third chapter in the buddy-cop franchise, reuniting Will Smith & Martin Lawrence after a seventeen-year hiatus. The bad boy duo crashes into Blu-ray with an outstanding, reference-quality audio & video presentation but a small set of supplements. Nevertheless, the overall package comes recommended for fans of the series.

The original Bad Boys, Mike Lowry (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), are back. After a string of assassinations and an attempt on Mike’s life, he convinces a hesitant Marcus to hold off retirement and partner one last time. Together, they team up with AMMO, the new hotshot division of the Miami PD, to take down the merciless head of the Aretas Cartel. Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), Alexander Ludwig (TV’s “Vikings”), Charles Melton (TV’s “Riverdale”), Paola Nuñez (TV’s “The Purge”), Kate del Castillo (The Book of Life), award-winning recording artist Nicky Jam and Bad Boys franchise veteran Joe Pantoliano.

Rating Breakdown
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Two-Disc Combo Pack, BD-50 Dual-layer Disc / DVD-9 Dual-Layer Disc, Region Free
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s):
Audio Formats:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish
Special Features:
Digital Copy
Release Date:
April 21st, 2020

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take


You can read our full thoughts on Bad Boys for Life in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.


Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings Bad Boys for Life to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a Digital Copy code. A Region Free, BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD-9 copy and housed inside a blue, eco-elite keepcase. At startup, the disc starts with skippable trailers before switching to the standard menu screen with music and full-motion clips.

Video Review


Smith & Lawrence ride together one last time through the tough streets of Blu-ray with a phenomenally beautifully, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. Immediately bursting at the seams with a gloriously energetic and eccentric palette, the action is saturated in hot, vivid oranges and yellows, electrifying blues, lively greens and rich garnet reds. The city, itself, is soaked in lots of neon colors in the buildings and lights, from pinks, violets and lime greens to marigolds, sepias and soft arctic blues. The HD presentation also parades a radiant contrast balance animating every scene with intensely brilliant, pitch-perfect whites and crisply glowing highlights. Likewise, black levels are continuously inky-rich in the clothing, true in the various weapons and a satiny raven in the hair while shadow details maintain excellent visibility in the darkest corners of the frame. 

Presented in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, the freshly-minted transfer boasts razor-sharp definition from beginning to end, exposing every nook and cranny inside the AMMO office, Armando's dock hideout and in the damp, decaying Hidalgo Palace. Every hair in Rita and Kelly's hairdo is distinct, every whisker in the men discrete and every thread in the clothing clear-cut. The fast-paced action sequences even remain striking to behold where viewers can plainly make out the smallest scatch in the vehicles, the individual plumes of fiery explosions and the tiniest bit of debris littering the screen. Facial complexions appear healthy and accurately rendered to the hot southern climate while revealing every pore, wrinkle and negligible blemish in the entire cast. (Video Rating: 96/100)

Audio Review


Bad Boys shenanigans erupt on the screen equipped with an outstanding, demo-worthy DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack that'll have fans cheering with the heroes: "Ride together, die together." 

Without delay, the third installment opens with the chaotic insanity of Mike and Marcus racing through the streets of Maimi as the sirens are heard blaring all around the listening area. Those are joined by the echo of tires screeching in the surrounds, helicopters soaring from the sides to the fronts and finally, the racket of a busy hospital. When things are calmer, birds are chirping in the distance, the commotion of a bustling bar and street fill the room, and electronic noises from AMMO's high-tech gear enliven the on-screen action. However, the best demo moment, hands down, is the climactic shootout in the Hidalgo Palace where bullets ricochet in every direction, debris rains down everywhere, water discretely drips from every corner and a helicopter flies overhead, generating a convincingly immersive 360° soundfield. 

Meanwhile, the front channels are continuously busy with the hustle and commotion of the city. Whether it is birds flawlessly panning across the screen or the loud crash of property being destroyed, imaging maintains a wide, spacious feel while an extensive, dynamic and varied mid-range exhibits detailed clarity and excellent separation during the loudest, ear-piercing segments. Vocals remain distinct and precise amid the bonkers, deafening mayhem. The low-end is especially impressive and terrifically robust, sending of couch-shaking waves throughout the room with authoritative weight while also providing the music with a pounding presence. (Audio Rating: 96/100)

Special Features

  • Partners in Crime (HD, 17 min)
    • Bad Boys Meet Good Kids
    • The Bad Guys of Bad Boys
    • Behind the Lens with Directors Adil & Bilall
  • Ride or Die (HD, 14 min)
  • Epic Stunts (HD, 9 min)
  • It's About Damn Time (HD, 7 min)
  • Stephen A. Smith Audition (HD, 2 min)
  • Easter Eggs (HD, 7 min)
  • Outtakes & Bloopers (HD)
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 8 min)
    • Mike & Rita in Kitchen
    • Mike & Rita in Elevator
    • Spa Receptionist 
    • Rita in the Rain
    • Returning to the Police Station
    • Getting into Zillion
    • Armando & Isabel in Mirror
    • Terrace Showdown
  • Trailers (HD)

Final Thoughts

Bad Boys for Life, the third installment in the buddy-cop franchise, may not be as good as the first movie, but this next chapter in the Will Smith & Martin Lawrence action series comes pretty darn close and offers a step-up over its predecessor. Taking over directing duties from Micheal Bay, Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah gleefully ride into melodrama territory to give the detective duo some weight and heart, building some anticipation for a fourth episode. But whatever you're thoughts on the movie, the bad boy cops crash into Blu-ray with a demo-worthy video and a reference-quality DTS-HD soundtrack. With a small but decent set of supplements, the overall UHD package comes recommended.