It is Eddie Murphy around here all the time. A bunch of his films from the 80s have been rereleased all at once. Remastered versions all looking as good as they ever have.
This film is where we learned about the charisma which Eddie Murphy truly possessed. Enough of it that often it did not matter the calibre of the film he was in. Fans still flocked to the theatre to see it. That is not to say that Murphy did not have talent because he did. His sense of comedic timing was second to none. Though many of his films were not up to snuff.
Beverly Hills Cop was one of the better ones. The usual mix of comedy and action. Nothing groundbreaking though if you throw in Eddie Murphy it certainly makes it all the more watchable. Actually most of what is good about the film is due to its star.
The character Murphy plays is really just an extension of himself. A wisecracking smart ass. He manages to pull it back from disaster several times just with a smile or a one liner. Though the story is rather ordinary due to the leading man it feels totally organic
Detroit cop Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy) is good at his job but his way of doing it often rubbed his superiors the wrong way. As such, he was often on the edge of being suspended. He gets more into the bad books when his childhood friend, who was visiting him from California, is murdered and Axel insists, against his boss’s orders, on getting to the bottom of the murder.
Taking time off he travels to Beverly Hills to look up his old friend Jenny Summers (played by Lisa Eilbacher), who works in an art gallery. Axel makes a link between his buddy’s death and art dealer Victor Maitland (played by Steven Berkoff).
Like his boss back home, the Beverly Hills lieutenant (played by Ronny Cox) does not approve of Axel’s methods. He puts some roadblocks in Axel’s way. But he is like a dog with a bone and will not stop until he finds who murdered his friend.
- Audio Commentary by director Martin Brest
- Beverly Hills Cop—The Phenomenon Begins (SD)
- A Glimpse Inside the Casting Process (SD)
- The Music of Beverly Hills Cop (SD)
- Deleted scenes (HD)
- Behind-the-scenes featurettes incorporating vintage 1984 interviews (HD)
- An isolated audio track of the original score by Harold Faltermeyer
- “BHC Mixtape ’84”, which allows viewers to go directly to the scenes featuring the hit songs “The Heat Is On,” “Neutron Dance,” “New Attitude,” “Stir It Up,” “Do You Really,” and “Nasty Girl.”
- Location Map
- Theatrical Trailer (HD)