Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

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Director: Martin Brest

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Lisa Eilbacher

     
 

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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 newlySee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Following up on the successes of 1982's 48 Hrs. and 1983's Trading Places, Eddie Murphy returned to the screen a year later with Beverly Hills Cop, a rollicking action-comedy that firmly established him as one of the premier stars of the day. Mixing laughs, violence and strip clubs -- a recipe if ever there was one for a guy-movie -- Beverly Hills Cop succeeded to the tune of $316 million worldwide. Though future films would prove him all too fallible, Murphy is unstoppable here as the wise-cracking, fish-out-of-water Detroit cop Axel Foley. Other players add a lot here too, notably Judge Reinhold's dopey tagalong and Bronson Pinchot's cameo as an art gallery host. And talk about hindsight being 20/20: Axel was almost played by Mickey Rourke, then Sylvester Stallone -- both of them only after Clint Eastwood turned down an earlier, more serious conception of the role. It's worth paying attention to Beverly Hills Cop's admirable and strong-selling soundtrack as well -- if "The Heat Is On," "The Neutron Dance" and "Axel F."," the film's synthesizer-heavy theme song, don't bring you back to the mid-eighties, nothing will. The plot is not exactly ground-breaking cinema, and sometimes its violence is a little excessive and conventional. Nevertheless, Beverly Hills Cop is a highly entertaining film that proves there was a darn good reason why Eddie Murphy was once king of the box office.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
UPC:
0097360113440
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
7,148

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French stereo; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Commentary by director Martin Brest; Exclusive cast and crew interviews; Casting "Beverly Hills Cop"; Music of "Beverly Hills Cop"; Location map; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Axel Foley
Judge Reinhold Detective Billy Rosewood
Lisa Eilbacher Jenny Summers
John Ashton Sgt. Taggart
Ronny Cox Lt. Andrew Bogomil
Steven Berkoff Victor Maitland
Jonathan Banks Zack
Stephen Elliott Chief Hubbard
Gil Hill Inspector Todd
Art Kimbro Detective Foster
Joel Bailey Detective McCabe
Bronson Pinchot Serge
Paul Reiser Jeffrey
Margery Simkin Actor
Dennis Madden Detroit Cop
James Russo Mikey Tandino
Michael Champion Casey
Frank Pesce Cigarette Buyer
Gene Borkan Truck Driver
Michael Gregory Hotel Manager
Alice Cadogan Hotel Clerk
Philip Levien Donny
Karen Mayo-Chandler Maitland Receptionist
Gerald Berns 1st Beverly Hills Cop
William Wallace 2nd Beverly Hills Cop
Israel Juarbe Room Service Waiter
Randy Gallion Bell Hop
Damon Wayans Banana Man
Chuck Adamson 1st Crate Opener
Chip Heller 2nd Crate Opener
Rick Overton Bonded Warehouse Night Superintendant
Rex Ryon Bonded Warehouse Security Guard
Michael Pniewski 1st Bonded Warehouse Clerk
Douglas Warhit 2nd Bonded Warehouse Clerk
Paul Drake 1st Holdup Man
Tom Everett 2nd Holdup Man
Jack Heller Harrow Club Maitre D'
David Wells Dispatcher
Scott Murphy Detective Owenby
John Achorn 2nd Detroit Cop
John Pettis 3rd Detroit Cop
Nick Shields 2nd Detroit Cop
Carl Weintraub 2nd Detroit Cop
Thomas J. Hageboeck Maitland Body Guard
Darwyn Carson Barmaid

Technical Credits
Martin Brest Director
Danilo Bach Original Story
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Arthur Coburn Editor
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Harold Faltermeyer Score Composer
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Jack N. Green Camera Operator
Jeff Haley Set Decoration/Design
Linda Horner Associate Producer
Mike Moder Executive Producer
James Murakami Art Director
Ben Nye Makeup
Vincent Patrick Screenwriter
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Daniel Petrie Original Story,Screenwriter
Margery Simkin Casting
Sam Simon Screenwriter
Don Simpson Producer
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Billy Weber Editor
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
William D. Wittliff Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. The Heat Is On [:41]
2. Mikey [1:55]
3. Beverly Hills Cops [2:09]
4. Bananas [1:16]
5. Inspector Foley [2:08]
6. Super Cops [2:46]
7. Picnic [1:05]
8. Surprises [1:16]
9. Serious Trouble [1:04]
10. The Perfect Place [4:38]
11. End Credits [:28]

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