Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Beverly Hill's Cop (1984) Paramount Pictures UHD Review

Beverly Hill's Cop (1984) Paramount Pictures  12/1/2020

Directed By: Martin Brest 

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher 

Disclaimer: Paramount Pictures has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections. 

    Continuing with Paramount's Eddie Murphy movies in December is the UHD release of fan-favorite Beverly Hills Cop (1984). Axel (Eddie Murphy) is a play-by-his-own-rules cop that gets entangled in corruption and murder when his friend is gunned down.  Similarly to Trading Places (1983) I have not seen Beverly Hills Cop prior to this review. I must say that unlike Trading Places I thought this movie holds up really relatively well. I say relatively because we still get some gay stereotyping and a few racial slurs. Overall though, it's a movie that wasn't cringe-worthy while also not holding back on it's R-rating. 

     As soon as the movie opens with that iconic '80's electronic sting theme by Harold Faltermeyers you know you are in for something exciting and special. I will say that the plot is a very stripped down basic smuggling drugs scenario but I think what's smart about it is, the film is much more about it's characters than a convoluted narrative. Normally a thin plot isn't great. Director Martin Brest however is more interested in showcasing Murphy's larger-than-life persona. His turn as a rogue-detective is so iconic that I think that a lot of movies after it are all trying to replicate Murphy's Axel, with various success. Brest also does some cool things, like how the film sets up the other Beverly Hills cops as antagonists but this later turns out to be resolved, leading to some nicely satisfying character arcs for Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sgt. Taggart (John Aston). Of course, the film has such a classic '80's bad guy that embodied this high-class Reagan era style of villainy. Not to mention that incredible film soundtrack that is so very much of it's time. The movie may feel troupy but you also have to consider that this was pretty early in the modern buddy-cop/cop comedy films genre. Like, it has that classic Captain giving Axel a steer lecture on how he's reckless, yet he's a good cop that gets results. Or like how the meek cop Rosewood kills two henchmen without batting an eyelash. As an action movie it works with some great set-pieces and high flying fun and, as a comedy it delivers thanks in large part to Murphy's charm and witty delivery. 

Picture: Beverly Hills isn't what I would call a visually stunning movie but it makes the most of it's locales. The UHD is an up-tick in color and detail from the previous edition but only just barely. This isnt a bad thing as the picture retains a great amount of detail and colors pop. But, if you thinking it's going to be huge change might be disappointed. Overall I think it's a nice presentation but not mind blowing. 

Sound: Beverly Hills ports over the DTS 5.1 track. The sound has a nice robust quality and overall a solid presentation. 

Extras: Beverly Hills extras include: Full length commentary by director Martin Brest, Two deleted scenes (total runtime 3.49) Behind the scenes 1984 Interviews. These interviews are broken up into four featurettes (with a play all option): Axel's Wild Ride, Detroit Cops Vs Beverly Hills Cops, Eddie's Impromptu Lines, Taggart and Rosewood. (Total runtime 6.49) and rounding out the features is a BHC Mixtape '84 which allows you to up to scenes with the classic soundtrack and the original trailer. 

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