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Coming to America (1988)

Eddie Murphy , Arsenio Hall , John Landis  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 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: 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 (419 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DKLBZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,162 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
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve

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61 of 70 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
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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious classic that will live in our hearts forever!!! December 17, 2001
By DBK
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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a royal movie September 16, 2007
By JGC
Format:DVD
Eddie Murphy has made many great movies (Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places & The Distinguished Gentleman) but Coming to America is his very best. This movie is so funny and I never get tired of watching it!
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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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Grown up for this movie
Watched only 15 minutes. Too childish at this point in my life. Forty years ago I may have enjoyed this.
Published 2 days ago by Chandra Sekar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
I saw this old movie when it was going around in 1988 and liked it then. Watching it again on Amazon Prime with my new Amazon Fire TV was fantastic. Read more
Published 4 days ago by BobL
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best movies created.
This is one of those old movies that never get old. When my family and I sit and watch this movie at that time everything feels so right.
Published 5 days ago by Latoya Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love this movie anytime any day,it is so interesting that i can watch it over and over again.I will strongly recommend it to anybody who wants to watch what real love is all... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jane Ikeji
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
Awesome movie. Classic. Young Eddie Murphy and so many others star in this movie. Taking place jb queens New York only adds to the enjoyment
Published 9 days ago by Anthony Mossa
5.0 out of 5 stars This extremely humorous comedy could be classed as a true documentary
This documentary is about arranged marriages in Africa vs arranged marriages in America. On the American side, there was considerable juggling around the copyright laws with... Read more
Published 14 days ago by rickard325
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy ever
If you haven't seen this movie by now, I don't know what to tell you. If you have seen it, I don't need to tell you how good it is. Definitely a must in my collection.
Published 17 days ago by Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe THE best Eddie Murphy movie of all time and it has Arsenio in...
This is a great movie, but one reviewer said it only had a trailer for special features. That is incorrect. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Nitehawk Jarrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Eddie eddie
Refreshing everytime you watch this movie. I will recommend it any day. But beware of f**** words if watching with kids.
Published 19 days ago by Sbello
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Eddie Murphy
Classic Eddie Murphy - hilarious, very talented performances by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Name of the band is too funny!
Published 23 days ago by Elizabeth L. Herrera
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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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