Beverley Hills Cop 1?3

July 1st, 2002 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

Beverley Hills Cop convinced Hollywood that legendary producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer were onto a good thing … teenage boy movies with plots you could write on a stamp and jammed with rock music, cracking pace and some of the biggest names of the day.

It changed big studio billing for Afro-Americans, created a new genre (the action comedy) and spawned the monster that would eat Hollywood — the high concept picture.

The revolution didn’t extend to the script or premise. All three Beverley Hills Cop films have the same simple plot — wisecracking Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), the atypical fish out of water, fights corruption in high places seeking justice for various friends.

And like any self-respecting blockbuster of today, you knew exactly what to expect — snickers at the vacuous Beverley Hills lifestyle, Murphy’s motor-mouthed schtick and plenty of car chases, explosions, fights and shoot-outs.

After Cop 1’s wild success set the tone, Cop 2 was hyped to the max (who else remembers the 1987 MTV competition to win the Ferrari from the movie?) and turned out even bigger. Seven years later, the Beverley Hills Cop legacy had produced much better movies and Axel’s appeal in 1994’s Cop 3 had taken flight — despite some corny laughs and cheesy action, it seemed just the same thing only too late.

The Cop 1 DVD has some great extras — a full commentary by director Marty Brest and featurettes on casting, the music and the locations.

The disc of Cop 2 has a groovy behind-the-scenes short made at the time of filming and a deleted scene of an alarmed room full of laser beam trip-wires — director Tony Scott claims it was the first time it had been done but was left out for being too far-fetched!

Each disc has the original trailer and recent interviews — everyone seems to enjoy reminiscing but listening to them all toss off about how much they love each other gets a bit much. Keep your eyes open for ueber-producer Don Simpson at his worst — overweight and coked to the eyeballs on the drugs that would kill him ten years later.

All three movies will remind you of some classic scenes and characters you’ve forgotten — from Inspector Todd’s gratuitous abuse to the road train demolishing a neighbourhood full of cars to the sound of the Pointer Sisters’ Neutron Dance.


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