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Coming To America [DVD]

Eddie Murphy , James Earl Jones , John Landis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headly, Madge Sinclair
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: George Folsey Jnr, Robert D. Wachs
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRE5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eddie Murphy's 1988 vehicle Coming to America was probably the point at which his status as a mainstream big-screen comedian finally gelled, following the highly successful 48 Hours pairing with Nick Nolte. Never mind the hackneyed storyline: under John Landis's tight direction, he turns in a star performance (and several brilliant cameos) that is disciplined and extremely funny.

Murphy plays an African prince who comes to New York officially to sow his wild oats. Privately, he is seeking a bride he can marry for love rather than one chosen by his parents. With his companion (Arsenio Hall, who pushes Murphy all the way in the comedy stakes), he settles in the borough of Queens and takes a job in a hamburger joint. A succession of hilarious satire-barbed adventures ensue, plus the required romantic conclusion. The script is crammed with ripe one-liners , but "Freeze, you diseased rhinoceros pizzle" has to be the most devastating hold-up line of all time. Film buffs will appreciate a brief appearance by Don Ameche as a down-and-out, but this is Murphy's film and he generates warmth enough to convert the most ambivalent viewer.

On the DVD: The only--rather pointless--extra on offer is the original theatrical trailer which adds nothing apart from a rapid recap of the story. But the 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation (the picture quality is diamond sharp) and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack recreate the original authentic cinematic experience. The choreography of 1980s pop diva Paula Abdul in the lavish wedding scenes and Nile Rodgers' pounding musical score are the main beneficiaries. --Piers Ford

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Hilarious comedy with Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels with his loyal, royal companion to the United States to search f or a bride.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it? 5 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
Murphy at his best, and not a donkey in sight.... Good film, good quality product. Does exactly what it said it would.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read me! 5 Dec 2012
By Noodle
Format:DVD
If there's one film I can rely on to make happy its this! SO Funny! Such an easy watch..

LOVE IT!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 24 Oct 2002
Format:DVD
This is an absolute comedy classic and a must have for anyone's DVD collection! The humour is very discrete and will leave you chuckling throughout the movie (rather than bursting out with laughter), which is perfect - as it keeps the storyline remaining very realistic, and with constant cheesy jokes (like with many other films from the time) I don't think it would have been. Luckily a lovely balance is struck here, and viewers will acknowledge both the humorous nature of the film as well as the realistic messages about love, possessions and class divisions that it portrays. The formidible features of this movie far outweight the questionable features, but if/when you buy this movie, you will notice that the ending was rather hurried - I don't want to spoil the ending for you so I won't point it out here, but you will certainly be scratching your head a bit at the end. I found that another questionable feature was the soundtrack. The African music played at the weddings and whenever the King was about was excellent, but as soon as they get to Queens, horrible 80's pop tunes start blurting out! This was obviously to attract the mainly white audience of the 80's comedy scene into enjoying the film, but it was dissapointing because it wasn't realistic; I don't think any of us associate the roughest areas of Queens in 1988 with pop music! But despite these flaws, the acting is wonderful and the plot gels in perfectly... a wonderful film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Coming to America is directed by John Landis and adapted to screenplay by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein from a story originally created by Art Buchwald. It stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. Music is scored by Nile Rodgers and cinematography by Sol Negrin and Woody Omens. Plot finds Murphy as Akeem Joffer, an African prince who comes to the United States in the hope of finding a good woman he can marry.

Released at a time when Eddie Murphy was ruling the 80s, Coming to America proves to be viable material for Murphy's talents. That's not to say it's a great film, a good one? Debatable now, and it was for sure a success at the box office, but it feels like a lazy excuse for some one liners and the picture hangs on a flimsy premise thread. As a whole it barely works as a romantic comedy (in fact the romance is distinctly tepid), but as a series of comedy set-ups for Murphy and Arsenio it does entertain the nostalgists and those who like immature gags. You do feel that with director Landis stating that Murphy was a pain on set-that Eddie had lost the zest and the willingness to learn that he had on Trading Places five years earlier, that Murphy didn't let Landis produce the picture the director originally envisaged.

No doubt about it, I liked the film much better back in the day, back then the fish out of water comedy hadn't been done to death, and of course Murphy was still coasting in on the wave of charismatic success, which to myself and many others was enough to warrant being in his company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better on bluray!-a classic. 5 Aug 2014
Format:Blu-ray
A classic film made much better on bluray!-Ive always loved this film when I first saw it in 1989 on VHS tape and I loved it,it was so funny and enjoyable..i just had to get it on bluray and when I saw it for sale on amazon for less than £10 I just had to order it!-I was NOT disappointed one bit,the picture quality is simply stunning and the sound is very good.(especially when you consider this film is over 20 years old)The bonus features wer egood but their was no Audio commentary,i was hoping they would be an audio commentary..the best bonus feature I enjoyed was the rare interview with Eddie Murphy from 1989..I highly recommend this film to any fan of Eddie Murphy and any fan of comdedy,its a classic film!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Date 23 April 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
After several years of starring in rowdy action comedies and con man capers, Eddie Murphy gets a chance to deliver a more restrained performance with this film and he manages to do so very well. Murphy portrays Akeem, an African prince who is being pressured into a forced marriage by his parents (James Earl Jones, Madge Sinclair). The woman that they have chosen for him only sees him for his royalty and therefore does not really love him. Akeem sees this right away and brings his loyal servant, Semi (Arsenio Hall) along with him on a discreet mission to America where Akeem hopes to find a beautiful woman who will love him and accept him for who he really is and not just see him for his royalty. Posing as "common folk", Akeem and Semi get jobs at a McDonald's style restaurant and Akeem soon falls for the daughter (Shari Headley) of the restaurant's owner (John Amos). The film features many hilarious scenes and characters especially a group of boxing obsessed senior citizens who spend their days arguing with a barber shop owner. Murphy and Hall demonstrate their levels of versatility by managing to go under heavy makeup and portray several different costarring roles. Yet another example of why Murphy is one of the funniest actors in recent Hollywood history.
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