Having seen Beverly Hills Cop
about 10 times & knowing that Eddie Murphy was a good comic in his day, I thought I couldn't go far wrong getting a 'best of'. However (as 'christ_monkey' has pointed out) this is not necessarily his finest material & most of the sketches are 80's satire, rather than timeless classics.
To be fair there are flashes of brilliance, such as the Jesse Jackson 'Hymietown' Motown parody, the 'become a ho' skit, the 5th member of the Beatles interview, AND (best of all) the Mr White mockumentary. The last two of these are definitely classics and the mockmentary of Eddie Murphy donning white make-up & spying on white-folk has to be one of the best skits I've seen in a while.
Unfortunately there is also a lot of material that has aged & some which is just not funny. An example of this is the 'Buck Wheat' shooting which seems to be a parody of news channel's showing the same clips of assassinations over & over & over, but just comes over as lengthy and boring (to the point where I fast forwarded about 5 minutes of it). There is also other drivel, like a sketch where Murphy is dressed as a big green pork chop & one where he talks with a guy in a pub dressed as an old man.
There are other bits & pieces such as 'Black History minute', some Stevie Wonder parodies & various outtakes, but about 70% of the DVD is worth avoiding as the references are now obscure & the material is often poor.
So, if you want a decent DVD of Eddie Murphy, then I'd recommend his stand-up material (esp Raw
) over this stuff any day. And, if you haven't seen them, then you simply must watch the two Beverly Hills Cop
films. Some say there is a third one, but these people also say that Dogs can't look up... ;)