The Beverly Hills Cop films, or should I say the first two, are among some of my favorite movies of all time. I grew up in the 80s with Eddie Murphy and was already a fan of his work on Saturday Night Live and his earlier titles before these, and this series just came along and launched him to bigger heights. Now all of these films are finally available together in the Beverly Hills Cop: 3 Movie Collection. Fans already own this set I’m sure, but those new to these classics will want to neutron dance their way to picking it up for their collection.
For those who aren’t familiar with this film franchise, it all started back in 1984 with Beverly Hills Cop, which followed undercover Detroit police officer Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) who is street smart and uses his wits and wise-cracking mouth more than his gun to get in and out of trouble. After meeting with his best friend for the first time in years who is then killed while carrying millions in bearer bonds, Axel is determined to find out who did it as the clues lead him to California, Beverly Hills to be exact. It’s here he teams up follow cops Taggart (John Ashton) and Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) who always play it safe and by-the-book which of course gets thrown out of the window once Axel is involved, and the crazy action-comedy begins.
In Beverly Hills Cop II, Axel, Taggart, and Rosewood team up again after Lt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) is shot while looking into a string of robberies, which leads our heroes to a dangerous, heavily armed gang of thieves lead by Brigitte Nielsen and Jürgen Prochnow that will do whatever it takes to remove Axel and his friends out of the picture.
Then there’s Beverly Hills Cop III which we don’t talk about. Oh? I’m reviewing it and I have to? Okay fine, this troubled production has Axel and his buds teaming up yet again to stop a gang of car thieves that are running their plans out of a theme park. Yes, you read that right. While it has some cool bits here and there, the only solid thing to me is being able to see the late and great Alan Young from Mr.Ed and Scrooge McDuck fame as the owner of the theme park.
I love how Paramount took the time to remaster these films in 4K and it shows as they’ve never looked more clean and crisp, and the Dolby HD audio ensures every action sound and hot 80s music track play through loud and clear. Then there’s a mix of classic and all new special features to check out such as audio commentaries, isolated score tracks, some newly unearthed deleted scenes and behinds the scenes footage from the first film, a piece that goes into the epic soundtrack of the movies and more.
If you’re a fan of Eddie Murphy and/or great action comedies, the Beverly Hills Cop: 3 Movie Collection set is a must have. The first two films are some of the best action-comedy pieces out there, and the third is okay but clearly suffered from ever changing production problems and it shows. Even still, all three of the movies look and sound great, and the special features included are more than enough to make viewers want to hop up and do the neutron dance in delight.