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Beverly Hills Cop 2
DVD disk
10.08.2004 By: The Arrow
Beverly Hills Cop  2 order
Director:
Tony Scott

Actors:
Eddie Murphy
Judge Reinhold
John Ashton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In between Cop1 and Cop2, Axel (Murphy) has become very tight with Billy (Reinhold), Taggert (Ashton) and Chief Bogomil (Cox). But when the latter gets shot and winds up in critical condition at the hospital, Axel heads back to the land of palm trees to find the scum that’s responsible. The HEAT is back on!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In the hands of action extraordinaire director Tony Scott, BEVERLY HILLS COP 2 (1987) comes across as a more straightforward action picture than a comedy. Don’t get me wrong, we still get lots of funny shenanigans courtesy of Eddie and the boyz, but compared to the original, this sequel has less laughs and feels less spontaneous. On the plus side though, we get Scott’s visual style working overtime, man does this dude pay lots of attention to the images he puts out! This sequel is definitely superior to the first on an aesthetical standpoint, but what about the content?

Yes, this baby is loud, the action is tight but the story line is nothing original. It often “imitates” key scenes from the first, some of the jokes don’t work and I sometimes wondered why the film took itself so seriously. It should’ve been lighter and Eddie should’ve been given more room to be Eddie. But all in all, it was still a treat to see everybody again, Eddie once more fools all kinds of dumb white folks in hilarious ways (he steals a house…don’t ask) and we even get to visit the Playboy Mansion (I want to LIVE there). Add to that some kool villains in the guise of Nielsen and Pronchov, a few nods Sylvester Stallone’s way (who was originally cast as Axel Foley for the first one), the return of the funny and barking Inspector Todd (Gilbert R. Hill) some exciting “bang, bang, crash” scenes and a pace that doesn’t quit, and you get a sequel whose good points outweigh the bad. Let's cruise Beverly Hills again!
THE EXTRAS
Cast and crew interviews (22 minutes): Judge Reinhold, Ronnie Cox, John Ashton and Jerry Bruckheimer talk about the initial plans for the Beverly Hills Cop TV series, the first sequel concept, co-star Brigitte Nielsen, all the improvisations that are in the flick and praise their director. Tony Scott talks also about the pressures of doing a sequel to a big hit and his intentions in regards to the follow-up. Jurgen Pronchov also pops in to talk about the film and his character. And we get Hugh Hefner letting us know why he let Cop 2 shoot in his backyard at the Playboy “heaven” Mansion. This is a very interesting behind the scenes look at the picture with wonderful insight into the production. They even mention that a Cop 4 might be happening…YEAH!!!

Original Behind the scenes featurette (7 minutes): This featurette was initially released when the film first came out. We get some hilarious on-set fooling around, interviews from the main cast, Brigitte Nielsen Stallone (she was Sly’s wife at the time) messing around with Eddie, some on-set footage of the shoot at the Playboy Mansion and we even get to see some scenes of the original Beverly Hills Cop in German. This is a very fun and engaging extra. It looked like a pleasant set to be on. My only complaint, it was too short…I WANTED MORE!

Deleted scene with Tony Scott intro (3 minutes): Tony Scott talks about the one scene that didn’t make it into the final cut, he explains why he snipped it out and we then get to view the scene in question (the boyz going around a security system at the gun club). Having seen the scene, I understand why it was left on the cutting room floor. Judge Reinhold pops in at the end of the feature to give us his two cents. A harmless extra.

Shakedown Music Featurette (5 minutes): Jerry Bruckheimer comes in to talk about the music in the movie, then we hop into the recording studio to see them working on that Bob Seiger tune “Shakedown”. The music composers also babble about their intentions behind the song and the power of music in film. An ok extra, it didn’t really interest me though.

We also get the Cop 2 Theatrical Trailer, a slick animated menu but alas no Tony Scott or Eddie Murphy commentary for that matter. But overall, this is another solid DVD that all Cop fans will enjoy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This quality DVD is a must for any serious “Cop” fan; it has enough goodies to please. Sure, the film itself does feel like a sequel and it doesn’t always measure up to the first, but we still get a rollicking good time due to the extreme talent behind and in front of the camera. If you dug the first one, you’ll appreciate this puppy too. Like Axel said…follow your dick…beep, beep, beep, beep, beep…
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