BEVERLY HILLS COP 30TH ANNIVERSARY | BLU RAY REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

BEVERLY HILLS COP is 30yrs old this year and holy cow I feel old – one of my absolute favourite action films growing up – and the introduction to Eddie for me and many others, I cannot wait to watch this again. Well to celebrate the 30th anniversary of BEVERLY HILLS COP the lovely people at Paramount Pictures Australia have given us 3x COPIES OF THE FILM ON BLU RAY to giveaway. Mind blowingly awesome!!! Do not stress if you miss out – BEVERLY HILLS COP – yours to own today on Blu-ray – you can now buy it from most reputable outlets. See way down below Andrew’s review of a film he truly loves and has much passion for to find out how to win. Serge for the win! :)BEVERLY HILLS COP is rated M and runs for 105mins. All the best……JK.

 

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REVIEW BY ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

What can be said about BEVERLY HILLS COP. I feel unqualified to write this review with any form of objectivity. I simply adore this movie. It was a constant in my early childhood and a staple of my teens along with Eddie Murphy’s other movies – TRADING PLACES, COMING TO AMERICA and his genius work on SNL and standup. For me BEVERLY HILLS COP may be an even better showcase of Eddie Murphy’s talent than the previous TRADING PLACES (don’t get me wrong that movie is brilliant as well). If you have not seen this movie (there are people who haven’t?) do yourself a favour. Drop everything and watch it now!

This perhaps is one of those movies which shows Eddie at his best. Playing a whip smart, hip, fast-talking underdog. The movie hits the accelerator nearly immediately. From the opening montage we see Axel Foley (Murphy) involved in an illegal cigarette deal out of the back of a truck. When the deal goes south the villains takes off and we start with the first action set piece. All to the tune of the excellent “Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS COP | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AXEL FOLEY LAUGHING AT MICHAEL JACKSON LOOK-A-LIKES

 

After the excellent and over-the-top truck chase we are treated to a bit of setup. Axel’s best friend is murdered. Foley being a keen detective quickly works out that the trail of the murderers leads to a Beverly Hills art gallery.  He gets to California without the express permission of his Captain in Detroit. But hey, action hero cops don’t standup to protocol do they. The initial search of the Beverly Hills art gallery goes very badly. Axel is soon booted through the gallery’s plate-glass window. At that point, two policemen arrest him for disturbing the peace and haul him to the police station.

At the police station he makes some inroads with the local police force but only by using his wits and some serious fast talking. After a quick call to Detroit where his friend Jefferey (Paul Reiser) impersonates his boss, Axel is given some time in California to solve the case.

Lt. Bogomil, the local Beverly Hills PD chief, assigns Det. Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sgt. Taggart (John Aston) to follow the Detroit upstart wherever he goes. But in typical Foley style he easily establishes the upper hand. He first takes up residence in an elegant hotel that was not expecting him. In a hilarious scene he loudly intimates that the desk clerk may be practicing racial discrimination and also announcing that he’s in town to interview Michael Jackson.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS COP | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DETECTIVE WILLIAM “BILLY” ROSEWOOD (JUDGE REINHOLD)

 

In BEVERLEY HILLS COP, Eddie Murphy I believe first proved that he could carry a movie single handedly although this one surrounds him with an excellent supporting cast.  Martin Brest (director) displays a particular talent for positioning just the right actors in small roles and letting them make their marks on the film very subtly. Steven Berkoff makes a chilling villain named Victor Maitland, and Lisa Eilbacher is appealing as an old friend of Axel’s who happens to be in Maitland’s employ.

The brief scenes in Maitland’s art gallery are some of my highlights. The highlight the eccentric gallery owner Serge played by Bronson Pinchot, whose accent is absolutely hilarious. It had me imitating it throughout my childhood. Serge steals these scenes from Axel which can’t have been easy.

 

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BEVERLY HILLS COP | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | AXEL FOLEY (EDDIE MURPHY) AND DETECTIVE WILLIAM “BILLY” ROSEWOOD (JUDGE REINHOLD)

 

We all know how this is going to end don’t we? It is after all an 80’s American Comedy / Action / Buddy flick but that is not important. Rather don’t go for the overall story. Go for the hilarious antics of Eddie Murphy and his unlikely buddies.

BEVERLY HILLS COP was written by Daniel Petrie, Jr. who co-wrote the story with Danilo Bach. Apparently I have read that the original Axel Foley was meant to have been played by Sylvester Stallone (weird huh?). There is a lot in the script that Murphy can work with but from all reports many of the lines were ad-libbed and moved around, I guess you just let Eddie be Eddie. When the man is on fire he is quite brilliant. Murphy knows exactly what he’s doing, and he wins at every turn.

This is perhaps one of the finest examples of a 80’s action flick done right. I cannot sing its praises enough.

 

4 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to PARAMOUNT PICTURES AUSTRALIA to win one of the 3X BLU RAYS of BEVERLY HILLS COP you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite Eddie Murphy film and why? Mine is a toss up between this and COMING TO AMERICA 🙂

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then get with the times old timer haha – You can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

It is a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent in early September. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents due to Blu Ray regions.

 

 

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