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Beverly Hills Cop II 1987

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Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogamil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Starring:
Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director Tony Scott
Starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold
Supporting actors Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, Paul Reiser, Gilbert R. Hill, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Ridgely, Brian Edward O'Connor, Alice Adair, Eugene Butler, Glenn Withrow, Stephen Liska, Gilbert Gottfried, Tom Bower, Valerie Wildman
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Long ago, when Eddie Murphy was the biggest star in Hollywood, Beverly Hills Cop 2 was the most anticipated film of 1987. Movies like Trading Places and 48 Hours made Murphy famous. But Axel Foley made him a superstar. Impressed by Top Gun (even though it's a truly awful film), Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer brought Tony Scott on board to direct. What they forgot to do was polish the script.

Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help solve 'The Alphabet Crimes' after his old pal Lt. Bogomil is gunned down in the street. With Taggart and Rosewood in tow (now actually doing police work instead of standing by) Axel uncovers a seriously convoluted conspiracy.

The story should have taken a back seat to allow Murphy to work over the massive holes in the plot with his distracting wisecracks. I won't lie to you, there are some utterly horrible contrivances in BHC2 (Bogomil's daughter digging up dirt at the insurance company she just happens to work at is honestly the most obnoxious movie coincidence of all time), but you'll just have to suffer them.

This might have been easy to overlook, but Tony Scott, still finding his feet as a director, and his editors turn a great deal of the film into an incomprehensible mess. Some of the continuity errors are just baffling (where did Rosewood get the coffee cup from at the night club crash scene?) and it makes the action quite hard to follow.

However, Tony Scott's highly visual style of filmmaking is far more suiting to this kind of environment. The wealth and decadence of late 80s California is all over this movie, and it's the only aspect where it improves on the original. I doubt the latter day Scott would make the movie this way, but it's definitely the best looking of the trilogy. It's also the only one to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (however it's Super35 instead of the superior anamorphic Panavision format).

The DVD looks horrible. It really ought to be on Blu Ray.
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Format: DVD
It's hard to repeat the same magic over again, and perhaps this film best states that. Tony Scott directs this time around and while he made this one flashier and more action-packed than its predecessor, he doesn't quite handle it as well as Martin Brest did. Still, Eddie Murphy is funny as ever and delivers many memorable performances. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton are also onboard and are in fine form. To sum it all up, the performances are great (with Paul Reiser having a larger role than before) and the visual style is WOW. But the plot is very thin this time around and the film drags towards the end. It doesn't hold a candle to the first one, but stands alright on its own. Just watch and enjoy.
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Format: DVD
The original Beverley Hills Cop is one of those films that remains a cult classic because of the fact that it's such a product of the time it was made. This quintessential eighties style is carried over to the sequel, made three years later, and although part two; like many sequels, never quite manages that same verve as the original film - it still offers a good time, and anyone that enjoyed the first installment (and who didn't?) will probably have a good time with this sequel too. All the main players from the original film have been rounded up once again, with Eddie Murphy heading a capable ensemble cast, lots of wisecracks and some gratuitously over the top action sequences. The plot is, as you would expect, superfluous to the style of the film; and much of the movie is simply tailored around it; but anyway, it follows maverick copper Axel Foley and his two California police cronies as they are pulled into a case known as the 'alphabet murders', which involves a robbery, a tall blonde woman and a gun shop owner.

I've got to say that Eddie Murphy's wisecracks were a lot funnier in the first film. While they were still over the top, they were at least sort of believable. Here, however, Murphy goes massively over the top, and it's hard to imagine how anyone that obnoxious doesn't end up with a cracked jaw. Anyway, Murphy obviously enjoys himself; and if you can get by the complete lack of logic, you probably will too. True to style, the action is completely over the top too; with several ridiculous sequences combining to make the movie the entertaining blockbuster that it is.
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Format: Blu-ray
'Beverly Hills Cop' was a true entertainment phenomenon. ALL the elements were in place, many were happy accidents but the end result is an action/comedy classic that continues to amuse and entertain many years later. The first sequel in the franchise, 'Beverly Hills Cop 2' may not be quite the film the original was, but it ALMOST is. Another good performance from Eddie Murphy and all the usual suspects from the original film are returning, more or less. I still enjoy both films and run them each at least once a year. As for the 2nd sequel, I try and pretend it doesn't exist.

With that said, this review will focus on the video and audio quality of this Blu Ray product, rather than the film itself.

'Beverly Hills Cop 2' arrives on Blu Ray sporting an AVC encoded 1080p transfer with a very healthy bit rate on a dual layered disc with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. So how does the first sequel fare on Blu ray?

This is the type of Blu Ray presentation that will both make you very happy and frustrate the heck out of you. About half of the films running time features enough film grain to qualify as a high fiber diet along with black crush that seems endless. The other half of the time the picture quality is extremely sharp, well balanced and sports a perfect color/contrast level. WHY is this you ask? To my eye it seems apparent that either two types of film stock were used here or if one type was used it just doesn't do well with Tony Scott's style of shooting with diffused light during most of his interior shots. Shot using the Super 35 process instead of true anamorphic widescreen can account for some but not all of the visual aberrations.
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