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Not a Bad Transfer
on 14 October 2011
You probably know the story of Beverly Hills Cop, so you don't need me to tell you what a groundbreaking film this was for Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley - a renegade cop trying to find out who killed his friend in Detroit, which leads him to spend his time out there in Beverly Hills, with Rosewood and Taggart as his pals.
This Blu-Ray is good, with an average of 40Mbit/s AVC video - and the soundtrack comes in 5.1 English, at around 3mbit/s. There's a version in French and Spanish, but sadly it's still 2.0. The scenes look much more brighter with this new transfer - and it is the original, no substitutes for music. There are subtitles in English, French, Spanish and other languages too.
The image is very good, yet it still looks spotty. This is probably the best it will ever look though, and no artefacts anywhere on the film. It does make it look more fluid during chases - especially in Detroit with the big truck.
The extras seem to be the same as 2001's release, which is disappointing, there is no upscale of them either, it's just standard definition. The only decent extras here are "the start of the phenomenon" where the cast and director talk about the film's success and how it could have been a very different picture with Stalone on board. There is also a music documentary, but there is no Harold Faltermeyer, which really defeated the purpose of it. Of course, director Martin Brest describes his arguments with the record company, but otherwise this is a bit of a mess.
Worth a look if you're a big fan.