New Release: Beverly Hills Cop Blu-ray

Beverly Hills Cop movie sceneDetective Axel Foley debuted on high-definition on May 17, 2011, when Paramount Home Entertainment released Beverly Hills Cop on Blu-ray.

The 1984 action comedy is a classic ’80s movie starring Eddie Murphy, long before he was Donkey in the Shrek movies. Murphy plays not-by-the-book Detroit detective Foley who goes “on vacation” to Califonia to track the man who killed his friend. But Foley finds that his ways clash with the definitely-by-the-book police in Beverly Hills. Judge Reinhold (Swing Vote), John Ashton (Middle Men), Ronny Cox (Robocop) and bad guy Steven Berkoff (The Tourist) also star.

The R-rated film was nominated for an Oscar, for best screenplay, and won a Grammy Award for its soundtrack, including the “Axel F” theme by Harold Faltermeyer. And the movie grossed $230 million when it ran in theaters, a whopping amount now, much less back in 1984.

But it’s Murphy’s laid-back laughs — not to mention Bronson Pinchot’s awesome Serge (“Ack-well”) — that make this a must-have movie for anyone’s DVD or Blu-ray library.

The Blu-ray doesn’t include any new special features; all are on the special edition DVD released in 2002. But here’s the list anyway:

  • commentary by director Martin Brest
  • featurette “Beverly Hills Cop—The Phenomenon Begins”
  • “A Glimpse Inside the Casting Process”
  • “The Music of Beverly Hills Cop
  • and a location map.

The Blu-ray was priced at $19.99.

Not that you need any reminding, but here’s the trailer anyway so we can get more of that award-winning music:

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.