Reposting this in the new forum cause I still think it's cool!
Ok, this is something I've wanted to do since I first saw the film. Don't get me wrong, I thought Bad Boys II was awesome, and while the score from Trevor Rabin was pretty good, it just didn't compare to that of the first.
I remember watching the trailer for the film with what I believe is part of Mark Mancina's score for the film. His name is still in the credits at the end of this one.
I'm not really sure what happened, but something went down and Mancina left the project like 3 months before the release and they got Trevor Rabin and Steve Jablonsky to rescore the film. They also had Dr. Dre do some of the horrible sounding parts of it.
In the end I feel the score sounded very rushed and underproduced. Had this film had Mancina's original score I feel the film would have been totally different. There wasn't even a "theme" in this score, well not unless you count Nelly's "Shake Ya Tail feather." Puke. The Soundtrack was in my opinion the weakest part of the film. And it's not really something that Bay could control, given the situation and time constraint.
Since first seeing the film I always wondered what Bad Boys II would have been like if they used Mancina's score. So I've finally taken it upon myself to take a shot at getting it done.
I've demuxed the DVD and was able to separate all the separate audio channels and edit all of them as seen fit. Most of the vocals and sound effects are on separate channels from each other, so eliminating the music wasn't too difficult. You can hear it bleed through at times but it's still a work in progress. I'll have to do some more filtering. I then took bits and pieces from the score to the first film and put them into the second. I'm not removing all of the music completely, but more like giving the key scenes of the film that classic Bad Boys sound that many of us have grown to love. Some of the music really blends well. It really gives you a glimpse of what the film might have been like. After working on this I've had trouble remembering what this film used to sound like. I'll be making a DVD of this for myself when I finish. Since I'm not messing around with the video, the quality will remain the same, only now I'll have my own custom audio track, in 5.1 Dolby Digital as well.
Here are a couple clips I've thrown together from parts that I'm almost done with. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy these, in any case I know I do.
Intro - 11.4MB
Opening Scene - 21.9MB
Calling Icepick - 5.1MB
Car Carrier Chase - 41.6MB
Final scene - 39MB