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Product Details

  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Eddie Murphy, Daniel Petrie Jr., Danilo Bach, David Giler, Dennis Klein
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: July 17 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000003KDD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,495 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
After the gargantuan success of "Beverly Hills Cop" it was inevitable that the executives at Paramount demand a sequel. So here you have it: "Beverly Hills Cop II," an unquestionably inferior sequel that still manages to be fun by rehashing some of the original's formula. The main problem with "Beverly Hills Cop II" is the fact that Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is now friendly with at least half of the Beverly Hills police force. Not so the case the first time around, since it was the very fact that he was unwelcome to begin with that made his tearing up of the culture the crucial crux of the comedy. Another weakness is the fact that this film's script places more focus on the action than it does on the laughs. This was a mistake for sure, since the comedy element is the original's greatest strength, as well as that of the cast. All is not lost however. This movie still manages to pull off some very funny gags thanks to the energy and timing of Murphy (still in his heyday) and of co-stars John Ashton and Judge Reinhold as the loveable Taggart and Rosewood. It is clear that the actors are enjoying these characters and it shows in their scenes together. There is a priceless moment at the Playboy Mansion featuring a cameo from Hefner himself. Interestingly enough, according to an included interview with Hef, this was the first time that he allowed a major motion picture to be shot on the infamous property. Most of the cast and crew are also interviewed as they look back on the making of what ended up being another major hit for Paramount in 1987.
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By GLENN WHELAN on Feb. 8 2002
Format: DVD
BEVERLY HILLS COP was a smash hit that improved upona film genre, the action/comedy. So, it would inevitably sprout a sequel. Sadly, it had none of the charm or intelligence of its predecessor. Instead we are given an extremely plotty, artsy action film with no laughs. This film has more in common with James Bond than Axel Foley with its high-tech thieves, gorgeous women and moody filming. Much of this has to do with the poor script and the films director, TOP GUN's Tony Scott. And what worked in TOP GUN doesn't neccesarily work here.
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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Format: VHS Tape
Although not original, you can't help but be drawn in to this film, I was never really crazy about the original, but this one stands out with its MTV-like fast paced visual style, MTV was booming in 1987 when this film was released, although it looks dated somewhat, it fit nicely with that year, This film begins with a series of robberies in Beverly Hills, Detective Axel Foley(Murphy) returns after his friend is gunned down, although the film's plot revoles around a series of robberies, it is done with flash & style, you can tell everyone is having a good time, if there is one film that reminds me of my teen years, it is this one, the one-liners Murphy says are funny, better that the first I think, Tony Scott(Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout) directed this & it shows, & Brigette Nielson(Stallone's EX) is neat here as a villian, as is Jurgen Prochnow, an actor that usually does serious films, The Playboy mansion becomes kinda of a sub-plot toward the end, watching Murphy talk his way in is funny to watch, the end is fast-paced as well, a good film for those wanting to have a good time, 1987's biggest movie of that summer one that stays with me, why this film is not on DVD is a mystery, I, for one wonder if PARAMOUNT truly supports DVD, like they say they do, the last studio to support the format has so far been the slowest, there is money to be made here, out of the 9 movies that are my favorite that are not yet available on DVD, 5 are from PARAMOUNT!!!!
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Format: VHS Tape
As sequels go, this one isn't bad. Eddie Murphy reprises his role as Axel Foley, a fast-talking, street-wise Detroit detective. It seems that Andy Bogomil (Ronnie Cox), the Beverly Hills detective captain who gave him a one-way pass out of town at the end of "Beverly Hills Cop", has discovered a clue to a series of high-profile heists. It also seems that he and Axel are now bosom buddies. They are planning a week-long fishing trip together and Axel is chummy with Bogomil's family (at least the "family" represented by an attractive blond daughter). When Bogomil is gunned down, Axel hops the next plane to L.A. to get the perpetrator.
Throughout what follows, fans of the original "Beverly HIlls Cop" are in familiar territory. Along with Murphy and Cox, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and several others from "BHC" are back in their familiar roles. Paul Reiser gets an expanded part. Axel again has his way with Beverly Hills, providing some funny moments along the way. There's also plenty of action. But, where "BHC" was breaking new ground as an action/comedy hybrid and in using Beverly Hills society as a foil for Murphy's inner-city antics, "BHC2" has sort of a "used car" feel. Further, it seems to me that "BHC2" is tilted a bit more toward the "action" part of the equation, with fewer funny moments than the original. Maybe that reflects the replacement of Martin Brest as director with Tony Scott. Or, maybe the gags just aren't quite as fresh or as funny this time around.
Then there are the "bad guys". These guys carry out tightly organized heists, timed to the second, but then are careless enough to leave distinctive, easy-to-trace shell casings around. And they're sooo cold-blooded.
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