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Michael Ritchie directed Eddie Murphy in the fantasy-adventure The Golden Child, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the orignal theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to theatrical trailers. The picture and sound quality on this ...
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Michael Ritchie directed Eddie Murphy in the fantasy-adventure The Golden Child, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the orignal theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no subtitles, but both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to theatrical trailers. The picture and sound quality on this Paramount release are both quite good, but the lack of extras make it difficult to swallow the high list price.
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The Golden Child earned itself a sympathetic following, but that's largely because audiences, so receptive to Eddie Murphy after Beverly Hills Cop, agreed to look past its gaping flaws for another opportunity to see the young motormouth in action. Murphy himself does not disappoint, complaining about the bizarre scenarios thrust upon him with an indignant frustration that's above the fray. Cleverly, Murphy aligns himself with the audience, shaking his head alongside them at this uneven, genre-straddling action comedy adventure that dabbles in mystical special effects. If it sounds like there's too much going on in The Golden Child, just try watching it. Murphy is the only constant as the film jumps locations and switches tones, by the end producing so many misplaced effects that it resembles some of the most notorious big-budget duds before (Howard the Duck) and after (Hudson Hawk) its release. Veteran comedy director Michael Ritchie, fresh from the hit Fletch, seems in over his head, unable to reign in this unwieldy production. It's Murphy who saves things enough for the film to serve as a step forward in his charmed career. He wrings quotable lines from the scattershot screenplay and leaves a lasting impression of reluctant heroism, most notably when he must jump through an impossible obstacle course without spilling a single drop of water. Murphy just winks at the absurdity of it all, sharing enough fun with the audience to overcome their most serious doubts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • UPC: 097360193077
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Chandler Jarrell
Charles Dance Sardo Numspa
Charlotte Lewis Kee Nang
Victor Wong The Old Man
J.L. Reate The Golden Child
Randall "Tex" Cobb Til
James Hong Dr. Hong
Shakti Kala
Tau Logo Yu
Tiger Chung Lee Khan
Pons Maar Fu
Peter Kwong Tommy Tong
Kenneth "Fruity" Frith Jr. Friend at Pink's
Wally Taylor Det. Boggs
Eric Douglas Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin TV Host
Bennett Ohta Herb Shop Clerk
Chantara Nop Security Man #1
Bob Tzudiker Businessman Customer
Marilyn Schreffler Voice Only
Frank Welker Voice Only
Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Judy Cammer Set Decoration/Design
Ken Chase Makeup
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Dennis Feldman Co-producer, Screenwriter
Ed Feldman Producer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Gershman Camera Operator
Rob Hahn Camera Operator
Richard A. Harris Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Charles R. Meeker Executive Producer
Lynda Paradise Art Director
Virginia Randolph Set Decoration/Design
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Richard Tienken Executive Producer
Robert D. Wachs Producer
Gordon A. Webb Associate Producer
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. Kidnapped [5:50]
2. Lost children [4:52]
3. He's no angel [2:23]
4. Already on the case [:52]
5. The chosen one [3:09]
6. You will eat [4:52]
7. A vision of the child [3:07]
8. The yellow dragons [1:57]
9. Tommy Tong's [6:52]
10. The Ajanti dagger [3:14]
11. An attractive offer [1:51]
12. A dagger for a child [5:40]
13. Tibet [2:57]
14. Stay on the path [7:50]
15. So little understanding [8:22]
16. Viva Nepal! [3:51]
17. My brother Numspa [3:11]
18. A pure heart [2:32]
19. Freeing the child [4:42]
20. Sundown [7:39]
21. End credits [:18]
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Theatrical Trailer
   Menu Group #1 with 22 chapter(s) covering 01:33:22
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedy

    Eddie Murphy has always been one of my favorite actors, though he has overdone himself in a few, but not this one.

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