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Coming to America [HD DVD] (1988)

Eddie Murphy , Arsenio Hall , John Landis  |  R |  HD DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Eddie Murphy, Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield
  • Producers: David Sosna, George Folsey Jr., Leslie Belzberg, Mark Lipsky
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O59AGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coming to America [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Paramount Coming To America - HD-DVD (Special Collector's Edition)
"Coming To America" casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 daysto roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a"Joe job" at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerablecelebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings - including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from "Trading Places." "Coming To America" made further headlines when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film's producers for plagiarizingone of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a sizeable judgement against thefilm's producers.

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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but DVD is in dire need of an upgrade. March 13, 2004
No doubt at all that, 'Coming to America,' is one of Eddie Murphy's finest movies of all. A true comedy classic, this film will have you rolling from start to finish at the zany characters and performance throughout.
The DVD itself, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. As far as extras go the only ammenity offered is 1 lousy trailer. Also, the video transfer itself is far from pristine and the Dolby 5.1 audio track sounds like it could still be sweetend up. Sure, i suppose the fact that this DVD was authored back in 1999 may explain why the disc comes across as a bit primitive in terms of bells and whistles, but with that being said, it's high time for a proper re-release to do this comedy classic some audio-visual justice!
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious classic that will live in our hearts forever!!! December 17, 2001
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This is one of my all time-favorite African-American movies. First of all, Eddie Murphy is hilarious (in all of his roles). Arsenio Hall is a perfect foil for Eddie's hijinks. Eddie let his full range of talent show in this film; he played an innocent person who grows into a mature adult right in front of our eyes and realizes that there is a price to pay for love; whether or not you are born into royalty. This is one of those movies that a person watches over and over again and ends up reciting the lines as the movies is playing. James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair are wonderful in this movie as well as the King and Queen. Madge Sinclair was one of the world's best actresses and I miss her greatly. She tells James Earl Jones "put a sock in it, Geoffrey, the boy is in love." Nobody can deliver that line to a black king, except a black queen. John Amos, (whom I have loved since Good Times), is a great actor as well. He plays the part of a black businessman so well, and as a father he takes no stuff off of the King. He tells James Earl Jones, "I will break my foot off in your royal _____); now that's a ghetto father for you. James Earl Jones knew where to draw the line with Cleo McDowell.
I also like the fact that the Kingdom of Zamunda was filled with kindness, and the people were happy, the royal family was truly wealthy and had everything. You know, this movie is truly a fantasy and helps us escape from our everyday lives. Just to see the Queen and King eating breakfast and talking to their son on a "speaker phone" because the table is so long, is funny. The King and Queen taking their entourage to Queens when they received the telegram to send $1 million to Semmi who had spent up all his pocket change is one of my favorite scenes.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! January 19, 2005
A charming, polished and original comedy featuring a great performance from Murphy and some memorable laughs. Some of my favorite scenes are:

- when they all get up from the leather couch and there is soul glow grease all over it from where their heads were ("Just let your Soul GLLLOOOWW!!").

- when Samuel L. Jackson robs the McDowell's restaurant that Murphy and Hall are working at. The ensuing scene between Jackson and Murphy is classic.

- when Murphy gets his hair cut off in the barbershop (Snip. "that'll be 10 dollars").

- that "She's Your Queen to Be" song.

There are so many more scenes that I love that I could mention. A must-see!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By eric_f
Any fan of this film who has owned the previous bare-bones edition knows that it has been in much need of a better DVD for years and years, and now finally it's here. I don't see the point of rehashing the plot, because if you're reading this now, you most likely already know it (and if you don't, just buy the film anyway - you can't go wrong).

First off, here are the extra features:

-Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America

-Fit For Akeem: The Costumes of "Coming To America"

-Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker (as the title suggests, this is a segment on the makeup effects used for the multiple characters played by Eddie and Arsenio).

-Composing America: The Musical Talents of Nile Rodgers

-A Vintage Sit-Down with Eddie and Arsenio (note: this interview was conducted in 1989 as a promotion for the film and is NOT a recent interview, for those of you wondering). It's still good though, and it says that it was never released until now.


-Photo Gallery

This new DVD also offers a very nice transfer, and I bet it looks even better on the HD-DVD version. My only complaint is that there are some "forced" previews at the beginning before the main menu appears, which one must fast-forward through. So buyer beware.

But all in all this new DVD edition blows the previous one out of the water. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Comedy July 29, 2000
Hilarious tale of an African prince named Akeem (Murphy) and his royal servant (Hall) who head off to the United States in search of the perfect Queen. After deciding to go to New York City (they saw that the city had a borough named "Queens"), Akeem becomes a pauper in order to woo the perfect woman (Shari Headley) to become his wife.
Although the film had many pre and post-production problems (director Landis almost walked off the set due to a fight with Murphy; Murphy was successfully sued by columnist Art Buchwald for "stealing" his idea of an African prince who goes in search of a wife) the final production is pure comic genius at it's best. Undeniabley, Murphy is the king of a thousand faces. Just like his success in doing multiple roles in such films at the "Nutty Professor," in this film he plays 4 roles.
Besides Akeem, Murphy is hysterical as the barbershop owner, the old Jewish man who frequents the barbershop, and finally as the talentless singer Randy Jackson (who performs with his band "Sexual Chocolate"). Makeup artists Rick Baker does a spectacular job as always when creating the different personas.
Shot mostly in New York, this happens to be Murphy's last great comedy during his years at Paramount. Most of his later films such as "Harlem Nights," "Distinguished Gentleman," and "Another 48 Hours," were not big box office hits. With a recent string of hits produced by Imagine/Universal, Murphy is back to his comedic genius.
Keep an eye out for a pre-"ER" Eriq LaSalle as Daryl, the Soul-Glo King, and Samuel L. Jackson as a guy who holds-up the McDowell's (not "McDonald's"--watch the film to understand why) restaurant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES
This is a great DVD to have in a collection, one of EDDIE MURPHY'S greatest movies ever. I would recommend this DVD to others. Don Sr......
Published 2 days ago by don adamson sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashion Eddie Murphy I just wish prime had ...
Good old fashion Eddie Murphy I just wish prime had a greater instant. Stream selection
Published 3 days ago by Trevor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Fallon Loving
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic movie that still makes me laugh today
Published 9 days ago by M. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent HD of my favorite movies
Published 11 days ago by NAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Its an old movie that will remain a classic. ...
Its an old movie that will remain a classic. My 12 year old son could not stop laughing watching this movie.
Published 11 days ago by Joseph Mira
3.0 out of 5 stars Good character; weaker script, fabulous costumes
This show definitely has its moments. Best parts are scenes in the barbershop with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. The general premise is nice and Murphy's character is lovable. Read more
Published 13 days ago by moose2000
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is timeless and Eddie Murphy is such a great comedic actor
One of my all time favorites.... this movie is timeless and Eddie Murphy is such a great comedic actor.
Published 13 days ago by M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy Classic With Eddie Murphy - Love It !
What a classic comedy! This movie has a great cast that goes on and on, and they interact and play off of each other perfectly! Eddie Murphy is super and very funny in this role. Read more
Published 13 days ago by DeeDee
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Is Eddie Murphy involved in this in any way?
Just going by the back cover, the only Murphy involvement appears to be "A vintage sit-down with Eddie and Arsenio"
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