Beverly Hills Cop
The 1988 sequel to one of the most successful movies of all time finds Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Detroit police detective Axel Foley, and once again playing a fish out of water as he tries to solve a series of heists in Beverly Hills that may be connected to the attempted murder of his friend, a Beverly Hills police captain (Ronny Cox). Constructed in a much flashier and faster-paced visual style than the first film, the song still remains the same as Foley tries to keep his job in Detroit while solving crimes for the Beverly Hills cops. Murphy again makes the most of culture shock for comic effect, and the easy rapport between Murphy and Billy (Judge Reinhold), now a cheerfully over the top Rambo-esque figure, is still the centerpiece of this series. While not the least bit original, director Tony Scott (Crimson Tide, Top Gun) puts his own stamp on this installment and keeps the action and the laughs coming. --Robert Lane
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The storyline has Murphy again leave Detroit to help solve a murder attempt of his BEVERLY HILLS COP friend, Captain Bogomil (Ronny Cox). He again teams with Taggart and Rosewood, but their characters have groan... errr... grown. Taggart now carries a "my wife is leaving me' subplot that is very tiresome and Rosewood has grown into a weapon happy Rambo wanna-be. None of this adds up to much other than a very slick, expensive sequel. Director Scott admits he is not a comedy director and it shows. He cut it all out.
Perhaps as a nod to Sylvester Stallone (who was cast and replaced in the original film), Sly shows up in not one but two movie posters and his then wife Brigette Nielsen portrays the villains Amazonian henchwoman. Watch for a young Chris Rock as a valet at the Hugh Hefner mansion where you will see one of the most exploitive scenes in the past 30 years.
This DVD is part of a new Special Edition release of the "COP" trilogy and has a nice audio/video transfer. Its supplemental features include a half hour cast and crew interview and some music videos. Followed up by another sub-standard sequel.
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I love all of Eddie Murphy movies Finally I got this one back into my DVD collection yippee :-)Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Cloutier
Awesome to see such a classic in perfect Blu-Ray quality, plus delivery was very fastPublished 16 months ago by Adam Trefry
Murphy should have held out. Not for more money but for a better script. BH2 is just dumb. Asinine plot and everything that was fresh and cool about the original is trotted out... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by J
THE SCREENPLAY HAS WRITTEN FOR THIS MOVIE BY LARRY FERGUSON WAS TOO SHALLOW. EVERYONE PLAYS THE PARTS IN A VERY SUPERFISCAL WAY. THERE IS NO HUMOR NOR STYLE TO THE JOKES. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by D.W. Smith
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