Wisecracking Detroit cop Axel Foley begins his adventures in the action/comedy hit Beverly Hills Cop. Paramount has done a nice job of cleaning up this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen print. While some grain and imperfections abound, overall this is a good-looking transfer with minimal edge enhancement and bright-looking colors. The audio is presented in a newly mixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 in English and French. The new 5.1 soundtrack is passable, though it's mainly composer Harold Faultermeyer's techno-pop score that is filtered through the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are distortion free and very clear. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English. This is a "special collector's edition" of Beverly Hills Cop, and as such includes some interesting special features. To start with, there is a commentary track by director Martin Brest that is both informative and insightful (with only a few gaps of dead silence during the feature). "Beverly Hills Cop: The Phenomenon Begins" is a somewhat self-serving documentary that includes interviews with Martin Brest, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writer Daniel Petrie Jr., and actors Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, and in a limited fashion, Eddie Murphy. This retrospective is interesting, though many of the participants tend to dote on star Eddie Murphy a bit too much. "A Glimpse Into the Casting Process" is a short piece of how the film was cast, and "The Music of Beverly Hills Cop" takes a look at what it took to get both the music score and famous rock songs into the movie. Finally, there is a location map with production information by designer Angelo Graham, a limited still gallery with stills and photos from the movie, and a theatrical trailer for the film. This may not be the definitive DVD of Beverly Hills Cop, but it should please fans in general.
Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French stereo
Funny, entertaining, a perfect movie to see. Great actor Eddie Murphy, not a waste of money to have in your movie collection. Must see and have. Great price and quality. Will not be disappointed, if purchased.
Beverly Hills Cop is the film that made Eddie Murphy a mega star and a box office champ. Mr. Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a reckless Detroit detective who goes to Los Angeles to try and catch the people who murdered his childhood friend. Mr. Murphy commands the screen and the film perfectly combines action and comedy stylings into one explosive hybrid genre. The film was a monster at the box office and was the highest grossing R rated film for 25 years until The Hangover topped its mark. The soundtrack was a big hit as well hitting number one on the Billboard charts and spawning three top ten singles ("The Heat Is On", "Neutron Dance" and the ubiquitous instrumental "Axel F"). With some of the lousy movies Mr. Murphy makes these days, you should watch films like Beverly Hills Cop to remind you of how powerful and amazing an actor he can be.
Eddie Murphy is a comedic icon. This is, besides Coming to America, his best movie and most iconic role. Only wish the dvd had better bonus features about the background story of the movie.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Awesome Action & Adventure, Drama, Film!
What's that wisecracking young black guy (Eddie Murphy) in that beat-up Chevy Nova doing in lily-white Beverly Hills? He's Axel Foley, a Detroit detective who's been sent on involuntary vacation because he refuses to drop his intention of avenging his friend's murder. Warned by Beverly Hills police chief Ronny Cox to stay out of trouble, Foley nonetheless dogs the trail of above-the-law Steven Berkoff, the British crime czar who was responsible for the murder of Foley's friend.