WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Beverly Hills Cop

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eddie Murohy, Lisa Eilbacher, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, John Ashton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV-1134-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 05-01-94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Martin Brest
(Screenplay/Written By): Daniel Petrie, Jr.
(Story): Danilo Bach & Daniel Petrie, Jr.
(Music): Harold Faltermeyer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Angelo Graham
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(Editor): Billy Weber & Arthur Coburn
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mike Moder
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Beverly Hills Cop is director Martin Brestís action comedy with Eddie Murphy as the cocky street smart detective, Axel Foley, who becomes entangled in an international network of drug smugglers while on the trail of a friendís murderer in the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits natural flesh tones, excellent contrast, and good shadow detail. Overall the picture appears film-like with a warm, slightly soft focus. No serious artifacts mar the visual quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack has a popular music score by Harold Faltermeyer that sets the tone for the action sequences and provide a minimal surround ambience on either soundtrack. Otherwise directional sound effects are minimal and the surrounds barely perceptual in what is essentially a monaural mix punctuated with a stereophonic music score.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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