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on March 19, 2004
These 3 films by Eddie Murphy are what shot him to stardom! Tho these days he seems to be sticking to the high money giving rolls and dosent seem to be as funny as he used to be, these films are the classic of Eddie's old school days of acting!
I dont need to reveiw the 3 films, youve read them by now!
Unfortunatly you dont get any bonus features, but if the price is right, you wont be disapointed with this 3 pack of supurb films!
Tho the 2 seaqulls dont match the same greatness of the first, that dosent mean they were not worth making! The sequlls are great and you will love this action packed adventure of a Detroit cop who fills the screen with comedy, action, explosions and playing with a great cast!
Theres no disapointment here as long as you can stand some action and explosions and a bit of swearing! These arnt kids movies, but i was watchign them when i was about 7 years old or so give or take a few, and i loved them then and still love them now!
Each disc contains decent bonus footage.
BHC1: Comes with a 30 minute cast and crew interveiw, sort of a reunion type of thing, without them actualy re-uniting, there is also some featurettes, and other things,commentary, too bad theres no deleted scenes, or outtakes :(
BHC2 & 3: pretty much just come with another interveiw, probably all show on the same day as the first, basicly the same thing, but about part 2 or 3. Part 2 also has a featurette on the making of "Shake Down" but it's not a video clip of the song, tho I think it should have been. Part 2 also has a deleted scene
on April 24, 2002
Eddie Murphy is brilliant as he stars in all three of theses hilarious Beverly Hills Cop movies as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop that's always getting involved where he shouldn't be- Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Cop 1 is a classic and definitely worth watching, because of Eddie's hilarious personality. Beverly Hills Cop 2 is mildly entertaining compared to the 1st and 3rd, because of the weak lead villain actress, poor sound recording, and mild plot. Beverly Hills Cop 3 is the most modern installment that packs loads of laughter and action centered on a theme park called Wally's World. The DVD contents are adequate, but not extraordinary; cool menus, trailers, commentaries, and behind the scenes are all included. This set is definitely worth one's time and money if your an aficionado of Eddie Murphy or you enjoy comedy-action packed movies!
Pros: Top Notch acting by Eddie Murphy, action-comedy, adequate DVD content
Cons: The 2nd sequel was bland on all aspects and the DVDs could have had more features.
on April 11, 2002
Eddie Murphy gives us not one, not two, but three of the funniest and finest performances ever in his career that is "Beverly Hills Cop"! Here are my comments on the following three films:
"Beverly Hills Cop":
This is the film, to me, that made Eddie Murphy a star. To the filmmakers, "Beverly Hills Cop" was a milestone in motion picture filmmaking. "Beverly Hills Cop" was also the highest grossing film of 1984. Martin Brest ("Scent of a Woman", "Meet Joe Black") directed this first installment with lots of action, and laughs, laughs, laughs from start to finish! "Beverly Hills Cop" was also one of the earlier Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer projects before "Top Gun" and other big budget hits. This first film in the "Beverly Hills Cop" legacy focuses on Axel Foley (Murphy), a street smart Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, CA to investigate a murder of one of his old friends back in Detroit. The prime suspect is an art gallery magnate named Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff, "Fair Game"). But his street smart Detroit training does not blend in with the somewhat strict Beverly Hills police training as Lt. Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox, "RoboCop") send in Detectives Billy Rosewood and John Taggart (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton in hilarious performances). During his investigation, Axel meets up with another old friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher, "An Officer and A Gentleman") and her assistant Serge (Bronson Pinchot in an outrageous performance). During the film, Axel learns that he and Rosewood and Taggart must team up in order to take down the ones responsible for his friend's death. And the film goes on from there. The DVD special collector's edition of this first film includes cast and crew interviews, trailer, and more! Also, when watching "Beverly Hills Cop", watch for Paul Reiser as a Detroit cop and Damon Wayans as a Beverly Hills hotel fruit salesman.
"Beverly Hills Cop II":
After the worldwide success of the first film, the filmmakers decided to set "Beverly Hills Cop II" into 3 years later after the events of the first part. This time, the director is Tony Scott ("Spy Game", "Enemy of the State"). To me, it was sort of different than the first one because you do not get as much hilarious action like the first one, but that doesn't make the second film a bad one. This second installment follows Axel Foley (Murphy) still up to his old tricks. But this time, he goes out once again into the glamorous world of Beverly Hills as he teams up once again with Rosewood (Reinhold) and Taggart (Ashton) to solve the attempted murder of his friend, Capt. Bogomil (Cox). The prime suspects are Maxwell Dent (Jurgen Prochnow, "The Replacement Killers") and Karla Fry (Brigette Nielsen, "Cobra"). The DVD version of this includes one deleted scene, cast and crew interviews, "Shakedown" music featurette, and trailer. When watching "Cop II", watch out for a young Chris Rock as a valet at...Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion and also watch out for the man himself!
"Beverly Hills Cop III":
This time, the director is John Landis ("The Blues Brothers", "Animal House"), in which he directed this with lots of energy and style. To me, I like watching "Beverly Hills Cop III" much better than I did the second one, but even this third installment cannot beat the first one! Simpson and Bruckheimer are not involved in producing this one this time. And also, to me, "Beverly Hills Cop III" is almost in the same comedic spirit as the first one, but still has the exciting action of the first two. This third, and sadly, last installment takes place in Detroit, as Axel Foley (Murphy) and a few other cops lead a raid that goes horribly wrong. The raid also resulted in the death of his longtime friend, Chief Inspector Todd (Gil Hill from the first two films). The evidence points to Wonder World, a theme park in Southern CA. Axel once again teams with Rosewood (Reinhold) this time. Joining them is Detective Jon Flint (Hector Elizondo). The prime suspects in Axel's boss' death include Wonder World's chief of security Ellis DeWald (Timothy Carhart) and his henchmen (including John Saxon, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"). Also, Axel once again meets up with Serge (Bronson Pinchot), who has made quite a business with himself in selling home defense systems and such. The DVD version of this just includes the trailer and the cast and crew interviews.
In conclusion, I love watching all three "Beverly Hills Cop" film simply because they all have the same two main characters, Axel Foley and Billy Rosewood, in all three films. Paramount has certainly picked the right time to put out all thre "Cop" movies on DVD! And to me, basically there will never be another franchise quite like the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies...unless you're watching all 4 "Lethal Weapon" films.
on March 3, 2002
The movies themselves are great. I originally rated this set 1 star, because I was annoyed that there wasnt a full screen version like there is for the Back to the future Set. But Ill get to that in a moment.
All 3 of these movies are great. Eddie murphy really comes off nicely in all of them. The beverly Hills cop series really is the preeminent titles when it comes to the comedy-action-cop movie. The first movie is excellent, and the second is just as good, and maybe even better. The 3rd movie falls a bit short of the first 2 but is still great, and of course is very funny. How could you not laugh when murphy tries to fire "the annihilator 3000" only to have it start playing rap music. And who doesnt love that classic laugh.
Beverly hills cop 1 - 5 stars easy
Beverly Hills cop 2 - Another easy 5 Stars
Beverly Hills Cop 3 - 4-5 stars
If you havent seen these movies and like a good action comedy... go rent them now!!! You are depriving yourself of a great laugh and a fun and entertaining time.
Im tired of seeing DVD's in only widescreen format and not standard. many of us LIKE movies to be reformatted for our TVs and HATE letter box format. Yet DVD seems to ignore this and release the vast majority of its titles in widescreen ONLY. I've seen some discs that have both formats on one 2 sided disc - this is great, but even just having a standard "alternative" version out would be MUCH APRECIATED!!! As an e-tailer I know Amazon has no control over what is available but perhaps they could make more of an effort to get titles in stadard format when possible and perhaps we could all try and speak up to pressure the movie studios to address this issue.
Im beginning to think about just forgetting about DVDs and going back to my VCR. Then I didnt have to worry about 4:3 aspect ratio or peering into the details page to see if I was going to have to stare at those two big black boxes for the whole movie. I cant be the only one that this annoys!!!! I understand why some people love WS, but please.... give us a choice.
on February 8, 2002
Sylvester Stallone was set to play yet another monosylabbic action film wonder-cop back in 1984. He had signed on as a gritty Detroit cop who finds himself in posh Beverly Hills avenging his brothers death. Fortunately for the world, we never got to see him in that flick although many of the elements appeared in his next film, COBRA. No, this film was not shelved, it was re-cast, re-conceived and re-written with the Saturday night Live and 48 Hours star Eddie Murphy in the drivers seat. The rest is, as they too often say, history...
BEVERLY HILLS COP
This was the first succesful police action film with a comic lead. Before that most cops had that way too cool, "Go ahead, make my day" attitude. But, putting a comedian with an amazing command of foul language up front brought in the crowds... and the clones.
Axel Foley is a 'fish outta water' police detective investigating a Detroit murder in Beverly Hills. He is harrassed and tailed by Beverly Hills Detectives Taggart and Rosewood, played by John Ashton and Judge Reinhold. His tactics seem crude and clash with the police culture in the land of sun and fun, but, quickly they learn he is on to something. Along the way he looks up childhood friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher with extreme 80s hair). Murphy's scene with Art Gallery Concierge, "Serge" (Bronson Pinchot) is one of the funniest scenes to come out of any film in the past 30 years. The opening scene involving a high-speed semi-truck chase is a clever mixture of extreme action and comedy. It properly sets the stage for the rest of the film. Watch for Damon Wayans as a 'fruit' salesman.
BEVERLY HILLS COP II
the first film was a smash hit that created a new film genre, the action/comedy. So, it would inevitably sprout a sequel. Sadly, the sequel has none of the charm or intelligence of its predecessor. Instead we are given an extremely plotty 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. Perhaps as a nod to Sylvester Stallone, 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.
BEVERLY HILLS COP III
John Landis who brought us the ambitious THE BLUES BROTHERS and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON directs this last BEVERLY HILLS COP installment.It would be unfair to say that he ruined the series as the previous installment was mostly putrid. COP 3 is closer in spirit to the original, putting more focus on potential comedy and less on slick action. Again, The film starts out in gritty Detroit, Michigan where Axel Foley is leading a bunch of Detroit Police on a raid that goes sour. This one results in the death of his Chief Inspector Todd (Played wonderfully in all three films by an actual police chief.) And all of the evidence points to a theme park in Southern California, WONDER WORLD. All right, its not exactly Beverly Hills but the series has become a cartoon so its close enough. He again teams up with Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) but Taggart (John Ashton) has retired. It appears he became unavailable at the last minute and was replaced by Hector Elizondo. All of that doesn't matter any more. Especially after a totally ridiculous appearance by Bronson Pinchot as "Serge". He was hysterical in the first film, now he represents a desperate attempt to recapture the magic. Landis has the most fun in creating his own 'Disneyland'-esque theme park. Filmed at the Paramount Theme Park and Universal Studios Theme Park, he succeeds in creating WONDER WORLD, equipped with its own repetetive theme song written by Disney composers the Sherman Brothers (It's a Small World, MARY POPPINS). He also has fun by casting other film directors in cameo roles. Joe Dante, Arthur Hiller, Robert and Richard Sherman and most recognizably George Lucas make appearances.
This DVD Box Set includes nice audio/video transfers of all three films. All three films have a cast and Crew interview running approximately half an hour while the flagship film includes an unexciting commentary by the brilliant director, Martin Brest (MIDNIGHT RUN, SCENT OF A WOMAN).
on February 6, 2002
BHC:A Young Street Smart Detroit Detective named Alex Foley (Eddie Murphy) invesgate the Murder of his Best Friend (James Russo). He goes to Los Angeles to find his Killer of his Dead Friend.
BHC 2:Three Years Later, Detroit Detective:Alex Foley invesgate the near death of his friend (Ronny Cox) in Los Angeles in the area of Beverly Hills. He goes to Beverly Hills, California with the help of Two L.A.P.D. Cops (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to search of a Killer (Led by Jurgen Prochnow & Brigitte Nielson), they are also thieves.
BHC 3:Seven Years Later, after the Second Film, Detroit Detective lost his Boss (Gilbert R. Hall) in a Bust. After Alex witness the Murderer (Timothy Carhart) and he escaped, but Alex find his location and it`s turns out, he`s one of the Supervisor of a Popular Theme Park in California. He goes back to Los Angeles, Beverly Hills to track down the Killer.
BVH:Directed by Martin Brest (Midnight Run, Meet Joe Black, Scent of a Woman) deliver a Smart Action-Comedy film. Written by Danilo Bach and Daniel Pertie Jr (Which did Recieve a Oscar Nomination for thier Screenplay). This film has an fine Supporting Cast including:Lisa Elibacher, Ronny Cox, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Steven Berkoff, Paul Raiser, Bronson Pinchot and Jonathan Banks. This is the film that made Eddie Murphy a Superstar and it`s also the Highest Grossing film of 1984. A Sleeper Blockbuster Hit. Grade:A.
BHC 2:Directed by Tony Scott (The Hunger, Top Gun, Spy Game) made a well sequel. The Plot isn`t great, but it`s very Entertaining, including Fans of the Series. One of the Highest Grossing Films of 1987. Actor:Dean Stockwell has a Supporting Role as one of the film villians. Cameos by Paul Raiser, a young Chris Rock, Playboy Magazine Owner:Hugh Hefner and Gilbert Gottfried. Eddie Murphy saves this film from being a Complete Mess and he also Pulls this one off. Super 35. Grade:B+.
BHC 3:Directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf in London). Written by Steven E. de Souza (Commando). This film has a good Supporting Cast-including:Judge Reinhold, Hector Elizando, Theresa Randle and John Saxon. Bronson Pinchot has a Welcome Cameo, who was the first film as Serge. This film also has Cameos by George Lucas, Ray Harryhausen, John Singelton, Joe Dante, Martha Coolidge, Arthur Miller, Peter Medak, George Scheafer and Barbet Schroder, which they are all Filmmakers. This was a Box Office Disappointment in Theaters but True Fans of the Series will enjoy this One. Grade:B+.
on February 3, 2002
Arguably Eddie Murphy's best and most successful film, Beverly Hills Cop redefined the "Police Cop" genre by introducing a new element not seen before: humor, which is interspersed throughout the film, perfectly blending with the action & drama...in fact now it's become the milestone of what all other movies of its kind strive for. As far as casting is concerned, many people are under the impression that Hollywood intentionally cast Murphy in the lead role as Axel Foley and then surrounded him with white actors to cater to a more global market. This is untrue. Originally, Sylvester Stallone was cast as Axel Foley, who wanted to turn the film into something more to his liking (see "Cobra"), but due to budgetary constraints, the studio was unable to afford the costs to do this. So, with just two weeks until shooting began, Stallone stepped down graciously and then Eddie was hired. All other cast members had already been hired and signed to do the picture, thinking they'd be working with Stallone, so when the lead switch was made, it gave the impression of this all white society with one lowly black man thrown in the mix. It just so happened that this was exactly what the film needed as well as Murphy's unabashedly raw comic timing to become the huge hit that it became. Eddie's Axel Foley is the quintessential cop you can laugh at and take seriously at the same time, and he makes it look so easy. Director Martin Brest, who decided to do the film on the fate of a coin toss, was the perfect person for the job. With Eddie, he gave the film a perfect sense of timing, pace, plot, story & character development that innercut beautifully with each other. But having Eddie there was like icing on the cake. If a scene was dragging or seemed dull, Eddie would throw in something extra that would liven things up. His comedy feels fresh because it's improvisational, done right there on the spot with hardly ever the same joke given twice for each take. Judge Reinhold's Det. Billy Rosewood and John Ashton's Sgt. John Taggart make for the perfect costar comic duo whose funny scenes with one another came from their own original testing together for the parts. Both Detroit & Beverly Hills are given their own look as well, with a considerable amount of difference to be sure. The film even has wonderful small parts by some now very famous people, such as Bronson Pinchot (Serge), Damon Wayans (Fruit Seller) & Paul Reiser (Jeffrey Friedman). Plus the music for the film hits all the marks, including "The Heat is On" by Glen Fry, which opens the film and gets an audience all revved up in anticipation, & of course the "Axel F. Theme" by Harold Faltermeyer which became so popular, even though it's an instrumental, that it can still be heard on the radio to this day. Now at last, Beverly Hills Cop, along with its two sequels are available on DVD with some nice added special features including cast & crew interviews (although Eddie himself participates very little in these), featurettes, an audio commentary by Director Martin Brest for the first film that's pretty insightful, theatrical trailers and even some hinting at a Beverly Hills Cop IV, which wouldn't be such a bad idea if they could get a decent script and director. Beverly Hills Cop II was a solid sequel, directed by Tony Scott (of Top Gun fame) that retained much of the original's humor and charm but was made more like an action piece (which is Tony Scott's forte). Beverly Hills Cop III is a different story. Directed by John Landis who directed Eddie Murphy in the far superior Trading Places, part III pales in comparison to it's predecessors for many reasons. The mix of humor, action & drama is done all wrong. When Foley's Chief is killed at the beginning, he then chases after the culprits in a stolen sports car with an airbag that pops out into his face that's supposed to make us laugh, but it's not the time for laughter (see the original film for the correct way to do this, with the death of Axel's friend Mikey). Plot holes abound as well as the lack of John Ashton's Sgt. Taggart, who wanted to do the movie but had to bow out due to schedule problems. Some scenes in the film make you cringe, but what can you expect when the script was written by Steven E. DeSouza, who also wrote and directed the disappointing Street Fighter. You'll also have the annoying "Wonderworld" song stuck in your head hours after the movie's over. But as bad as it is, it's still viewable to the point where it's corniness becomes funny (so bad it's good type deal). I love it anyway. The only real downside to getting this lovely box set is the price. Paramount still wants to gouge the consumer. If you want a comparison just look at the Dirty Harry DVD Collection. It costs nearly the same retail but has two more films than this set does. So get the set on sale while you can. Even if you're a fan of the first two films, getting all three together is cheaper in the long run.
Beverly Hills Cop - A Classic!
"You're not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe?" - Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley
on March 8, 2003
I'm a Beverly Hills Cop Fan ever since it first came out. This DVD Boxed Set is definately worth it, but the only big problem is that, Part 1 and 3 are in standard format, and only part 2 is in widescreen format. The box mentions all 3 are in widescreen format, but that was not true.... In the future they should come out with both widescreen AND standard, and also check the format before they actually publish/sell it.... Kinda disappointing...
on July 18, 2002
THREE OF THE VERY BEST ACTION FILMS EVER MADE STARRING EDDIE MURPHY JUDGE REINHOLD JOHN ASHTON & RONNY COX PRODOCED BY DON SIMPSON & JERRY BRUCKHEIMER & THE ALL TIME BEST ACTION DIRECTOR TONY SCOTT TOP GUN CRIMSON TIDE & ENEMY OF THE STATE ALL 3 MOVIES ARE IN 5.1 SOUND WITH NEW INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST & CREW THIS IS EDDIE MURPHY'S GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME NOW IT'S TIME TO GO DEEP DEEP DEEP UNDERCOVER AND BUY THIS DVD BOX SET
on January 2, 2009
Well starting in 1984 it began the run of great action films such as lethal weapon, die hard, and great action comedy's such as rush hour.
Eddie Murphy made up what ever he could to get where ever he wasn't suppose to be, and they always had a comedic point as well. The first one was great along with the second but the last film..... not so great hopefully that is corrected but a great Beverly hills cop IV