The heat is on in this fast paced action-comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street smart Detroit cop tracking down his best friend's killer in Beverly Hills. Axel quickly learns that his wild style doesn't fit i... more »n with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which assigns two officers (Judge Reinhold & John Ashton) to make sure things don't get out of hand. Dragging the stuffy detectives along for the ride, Axel smashes through a huge culture clash in his hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. Axel Foley (Murphy) is back-back where he doesn't belong! He's going "deep, deep, deep undercover" into the chic wilds of Southern California, unleashing his arsenal of blazing gunfire and rapid-fire gags against a gang of international munitions smugglers. Back, too, are Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as Murphy's crime-busting sidekicks. And Top Gun's director Tony Scott keeps the pace fast, furious and funny. This time, superstar Murphy comes up with the best showcase yet for Axel's comedic, rapid fire bravado. His determined pursuit of ruthless killers, with a little help from old pals Serge (Bronson Pinchot) and Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), leads him to LA's popular theme park, WonderWorld. Suddenly, Axel is the park's hottest new attraction, whether it's dangling from the giant Spider ride to rescue a child or going deep, deep, deep undercover as Okey Dokey, a seven-foot blue elephant.« less
"When I review movies, especially in box sets, I assume readers are looking over reviews to find information about the bonus material and overall "gift set" quality rather than the actual movie. This might be assuming too much, but I believe people will be reading reviews of movies they have seen and would like to purchase.
I have two main issues with some box sets. Some companies like to use a cardboard or heavy paper case to house each DVD in a box set. These cases are also used for individual DVDs by some, but they are not as sturdy as the plastic cases. The other issue is about the bonus material or edition. Many box sets are simply a grouping of movies in a series that are placed in a box. Some box sets are not comprised of special editions of the movies, and some don't even have any special material.
This Beverly Hills Cop box set comes complete with all the items I look for in a quality box set.
The DVDs are housed in the durable plastic, not cardboard, cases.
Each of the three movies is the Special Collector's Edition which comes complete with many special features."
Great Collection but a big flaw.....
lcpteck | Singapore | 03/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a Beverly Hills Cop Fan ever since it first came out. This DVD Boxed Set is definately worth it, but the only big problem is that, Part 1 and 3 are in standard format, and only part 2 is in widescreen format. The box mentions all 3 are in widescreen format, but that was not true.... In the future they should come out with both widescreen AND standard, and also check the format before they actually publish/sell it.... Kinda disappointing..."
The Complete Lineup of Laughter
Karl Morkunas | Naples, FL | 04/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie Murphy is brilliant as he stars in all three of theses hilarious Beverly Hills Cop movies as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop that's always getting involved where he shouldn't be- Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Cop 1 is a classic and definitely worth watching, because of Eddie's hilarious personality. Beverly Hills Cop 2 is mildly entertaining compared to the 1st and 3rd, because of the weak lead villain actress, poor sound recording, and mild plot. Beverly Hills Cop 3 is the most modern installment that packs loads of laughter and action centered on a theme park called Wally's World. The DVD contents are adequate, but not extraordinary; cool menus, trailers, commentaries, and behind the scenes are all included. This set is definitely worth one's time and money if your an aficionado of Eddie Murphy or you enjoy comedy-action packed movies! Pros: Top Notch acting by Eddie Murphy, action-comedy, adequate DVD contentCons: The 2nd sequel was bland on all aspects and the DVDs could have had more features."
The Heat is Back!!...On DVD!
Mr. | USA | 02/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Arguably Eddie Murphy's best and most successful film, Beverly Hills Cop redefined the "Police Cop" genre by introducing a new element not seen before: humor, which is interspersed throughout the film, perfectly blending with the action & drama...in fact now it's become the milestone of what all other movies of its kind strive for. As far as casting is concerned, many people are under the impression that Hollywood intentionally cast Murphy in the lead role as Axel Foley and then surrounded him with white actors to cater to a more global market. This is untrue. Originally, Sylvester Stallone was cast as Axel Foley, who wanted to turn the film into something more to his liking (see "Cobra"), but due to budgetary constraints, the studio was unable to afford the costs to do this. So, with just two weeks until shooting began, Stallone stepped down graciously and then Eddie was hired. All other cast members had already been hired and signed to do the picture, thinking they'd be working with Stallone, so when the lead switch was made, it gave the impression of this all white society with one lowly black man thrown in the mix. It just so happened that this was exactly what the film needed as well as Murphy's unabashedly raw comic timing to become the huge hit that it became. Eddie's Axel Foley is the quintessential cop you can laugh at and take seriously at the same time, and he makes it look so easy. Director Martin Brest, who decided to do the film on the fate of a coin toss, was the perfect person for the job. With Eddie, he gave the film a perfect sense of timing, pace, plot, story & character development that innercut beautifully with each other. But having Eddie there was like icing on the cake. If a scene was dragging or seemed dull, Eddie would throw in something extra that would liven things up. His comedy feels fresh because it's improvisational, done right there on the spot with hardly ever the same joke given twice for each take. Judge Reinhold's Det. Billy Rosewood and John Ashton's Sgt. John Taggart make for the perfect costar comic duo whose funny scenes with one another came from their own original testing together for the parts. Both Detroit & Beverly Hills are given their own look as well, with a considerable amount of difference to be sure. The film even has wonderful small parts by some now very famous people, such as Bronson Pinchot (Serge), Damon Wayans (Fruit Seller) & Paul Reiser (Jeffrey Friedman). Plus the music for the film hits all the marks, including "The Heat is On" by Glen Fry, which opens the film and gets an audience all revved up in anticipation, & of course the "Axel F. Theme" by Harold Faltermeyer which became so popular, even though it's an instrumental, that it can still be heard on the radio to this day. Now at last, Beverly Hills Cop, along with its two sequels are available on DVD with some nice added special features including cast & crew interviews (although Eddie himself participates very little in these), featurettes, an audio commentary by Director Martin Brest for the first film that's pretty insightful, theatrical trailers and even some hinting at a Beverly Hills Cop IV, which wouldn't be such a bad idea if they could get a decent script and director. Beverly Hills Cop II was a solid sequel, directed by Tony Scott (of Top Gun fame) that retained much of the original's humor and charm but was made more like an action piece (which is Tony Scott's forte). Beverly Hills Cop III is a different story. Directed by John Landis who directed Eddie Murphy in the far superior Trading Places, part III pales in comparison to it's predecessors for many reasons. The mix of humor, action & drama is done all wrong. When Foley's Chief is killed at the beginning, he then chases after the culprits in a stolen sports car with an airbag that pops out into his face that's supposed to make us laugh, but it's not the time for laughter (see the original film for the correct way to do this, with the death of Axel's friend Mikey). Plot holes abound as well as the lack of John Ashton's Sgt. Taggart, who wanted to do the movie but had to bow out due to schedule problems. Some scenes in the film make you cringe, but what can you expect when the script was written by Steven E. DeSouza, who also wrote and directed the disappointing Street Fighter. You'll also have the annoying "Wonderworld" song stuck in your head hours after the movie's over. But as bad as it is, it's still viewable to the point where it's corniness becomes funny (so bad it's good type deal). I love it anyway. The only real downside to getting this lovely box set is the price. Paramount still wants to gouge the consumer. If you want a comparison just look at the Dirty Harry DVD Collection. It costs nearly the same retail but has two more films than this set does. So get the set on sale while you can. Even if you're a fan of the first two films, getting all three together is cheaper in the long run. Beverly Hills Cop - A Classic!"You're not gonna fall for the banana in the tail pipe?" - Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley"
The heat is on...times three!!
Nicholas Williams | Memphis, TN United States | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie Murphy gives us not one, not two, but three of the funniest and finest performances ever in his career that is "Beverly Hills Cop"! Here are my comments on the following three films:"Beverly Hills Cop":
This is the film, to me, that made Eddie Murphy a star. To the filmmakers, "Beverly Hills Cop" was a milestone in motion picture filmmaking. "Beverly Hills Cop" was also the highest grossing film of 1984. Martin Brest ("Scent of a Woman", "Meet Joe Black") directed this first installment with lots of action, and laughs, laughs, laughs from start to finish! "Beverly Hills Cop" was also one of the earlier Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer projects before "Top Gun" and other big budget hits. This first film in the "Beverly Hills Cop" legacy focuses on Axel Foley (Murphy), a street smart Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, CA to investigate a murder of one of his old friends back in Detroit. The prime suspect is an art gallery magnate named Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff, "Fair Game"). But his street smart Detroit training does not blend in with the somewhat strict Beverly Hills police training as Lt. Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox, "RoboCop") send in Detectives Billy Rosewood and John Taggart (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton in hilarious performances). During his investigation, Axel meets up with another old friend, Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher, "An Officer and A Gentleman") and her assistant Serge (Bronson Pinchot in an outrageous performance). During the film, Axel learns that he and Rosewood and Taggart must team up in order to take down the ones responsible for his friend's death. And the film goes on from there. The DVD special collector's edition of this first film includes cast and crew interviews, trailer, and more! Also, when watching "Beverly Hills Cop", watch for Paul Reiser as a Detroit cop and Damon Wayans as a Beverly Hills hotel fruit salesman."Beverly Hills Cop II":
After the worldwide success of the first film, the filmmakers decided to set "Beverly Hills Cop II" into 3 years later after the events of the first part. This time, the director is Tony Scott ("Spy Game", "Enemy of the State"). To me, it was sort of different than the first one because you do not get as much hilarious action like the first one, but that doesn't make the second film a bad one. This second installment follows Axel Foley (Murphy) still up to his old tricks. But this time, he goes out once again into the glamorous world of Beverly Hills as he teams up once again with Rosewood (Reinhold) and Taggart (Ashton) to solve the attempted murder of his friend, Capt. Bogomil (Cox). The prime suspects are Maxwell Dent (Jurgen Prochnow, "The Replacement Killers") and Karla Fry (Brigette Nielsen, "Cobra"). The DVD version of this includes one deleted scene, cast and crew interviews, "Shakedown" music featurette, and trailer. When watching "Cop II", watch out for a young Chris Rock as a valet at...Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion and also watch out for the man himself!"Beverly Hills Cop III":
This time, the director is John Landis ("The Blues Brothers", "Animal House"), in which he directed this with lots of energy and style. To me, I like watching "Beverly Hills Cop III" much better than I did the second one, but even this third installment cannot beat the first one! Simpson and Bruckheimer are not involved in producing this one this time. And also, to me, "Beverly Hills Cop III" is almost in the same comedic spirit as the first one, but still has the exciting action of the first two. This third, and sadly, last installment takes place in Detroit, as Axel Foley (Murphy) and a few other cops lead a raid that goes horribly wrong. The raid also resulted in the death of his longtime friend, Chief Inspector Todd (Gil Hill from the first two films). The evidence points to Wonder World, a theme park in Southern CA. Axel once again teams with Rosewood (Reinhold) this time. Joining them is Detective Jon Flint (Hector Elizondo). The prime suspects in Axel's boss' death include Wonder World's chief of security Ellis DeWald (Timothy Carhart) and his henchmen (including John Saxon, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"). Also, Axel once again meets up with Serge (Bronson Pinchot), who has made quite a business with himself in selling home defense systems and such. The DVD version of this just includes the trailer and the cast and crew interviews.In conclusion, I love watching all three "Beverly Hills Cop" film simply because they all have the same two main characters, Axel Foley and Billy Rosewood, in all three films. Paramount has certainly picked the right time to put out all thre "Cop" movies on DVD! And to me, basically there will never be another franchise quite like the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies...unless you're watching all 4 "Lethal Weapon" films."