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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: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DKLBZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coming to America" on IMDb

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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 02/03/09
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Language: ENGLISH
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Very funny movie.
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I can watch this movie over and over and still crack up laughing!
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I can watch this movie a few times a year and it never gets old.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on March 13, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By DBK on December 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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 By D. DUROSE on January 19, 2005
Format: DVD
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 on June 5, 2007
Format: DVD
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.

-Trailer

-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 By Luis Hernandez on July 29, 2000
Format: DVD
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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