WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Beverly Hills Cop II

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Procnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV-1860-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 05-01-94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Tony Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Larry Ferguson & Warren Skaaren
(Story): Eddie Murphy & Robert D. Wachs
(Music): Harold Faltermeyer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ken Davis
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(Editor): Billy Weber, Chris Lebenzon & Michael Tronick
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(Executive Producers): Robert D. Wachs & Richard Tienken
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(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 II is director Tony Scott’s comedy sequel with Murphy’s Axel Foley on another undercover investigation back in Southern California against a gang of drug smugglers.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture has a warm, natural look with excellent sharpness, contrast and shadow detail. Fleshtones are slightly unnatural and appear to have an orange tint. Some slight artifacts and subdued grain are evident.

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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(Aggressive System Surround):
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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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