Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2011

"Bad Boys" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements



Mick O'Brien (Sean Penn) is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy).  But Mick's heist of a local drug dealer, Paco (Esai Morales), ends in a massive shootout.  Mick, in making his escape from the scene, runs over and kills Paco's little brother and gets sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a rite of passage and respect is measured by vengeance.  The rest of the story unfolds behind the prison walls.  Can a bad boy on the edge of salvation find the heart to survive manhood on the verge of murder?


  • Lionsgate
  • 1983, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 3 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Starring: Sean Penn, Reni Santoni, Ally Sheedy and Esai Morales
  • Director: Rick Rosenthal
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad


This movie is dark, violent and a little unsettling and will not appeal to all audiences.  It will alllow you to appreciate the kind of animal magnetism that defined the early work of Sean Penn.  His brooding, enraged performance here is the standout performance of the movie.  But most of the rest of the cast delivers worthwhile performances as well, with honorable mention going to Ally Sheedy who plays Mick O'Brien's girlfriend.  She is only in a few scenes, but does a remarkable acting job when on screen.  This movie is a little on the long side by today's standards, at just over 2 hours.  Still, the pace is reasonably engaging for the first half of the film.  It slows a bit after the point where Paco gets sent to jail.  The special effects, both visual and audible, show their age.  I thoroughly enjoyed the musical score by Bill Conti which helps to set the tone of the film.  All in all, a solid rental choice; or one for the libraries of Sean Penn fans.


This movie was originally released in 1983.  It has been restored to it's original 1.85:1 theatrical format for this Blu Ray release.  The results of the restoration and transfer are variable, with some scenes looking much sharper than others.  The print used was clean and generally free of scratches. There is a significant amount of film grain which is to be expected.  The colors are muted, with natural looking skin tones.   The audio is presented in DTS HD Master 2.0 and is very dated.  Voices are clear and intelligible, but the sound effects lack a modern dynamic edge.


There is an entertaining and informative audio commentary track by Director Rick Rosenthal. The only other extra is the original theatrical trailer.