Tony Scott came off the success of Top Gun with this follow-up to the 1984 hit Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, which is somehow thirty-five years old. To celebrate, Paramount Pictures delivers the high-octane sequel on a vibrant 4K disc.
Let’s get this out of the way up front, there are no extras to be had, so if you have the three movie collection on Blu-ray you may not want to give those up yet. And in terms of an anniversary release, 4K or not, not having any extras on it seems like a bit of a waste and oversight. ‘
That being said, Tony Scott films seem to have been made for 4K, his use of color, framing, and images really seem to pop in this transfer.
Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) heads back out to Beverly Hills when police captain, Bogomil (Ronny Cox) is shot by a group of thieves and arms smugglers. Going deep, deep, deep undercover, Axel is determined to bring justice, action beats, and a lot of comedy in his pursuit of the criminals.
Joining him again are John Ashton and Judge Reinhold as Taggart and Rosewood, and the film races along navigating easily between comedy and set pieces as our heroes pursue the baddies portrayed by Jurgen Prochnow, Dean Stockwell, and Brigitte Nielsen.
Thanks to the first film, this story can dive right into the action from the off plunging our heroes right into the chaos while letting the villains sketch their admittedly thin characters. But that’s not why you check out a film like Beverly Hills Cop II.
This was practically the height of the Simpson/Bruckheimer. There were the masters of churning out sleek and oh so enjoyable popcorn entertainment with rocking soundtracks (this one even got an Oscar Nomination for Bob Seger’s Shakedown). It wasn’t meant to change the world, it was just supposed to be a big box office success, and it delivered.
The set pieces and action beats are bigger than in the first film, and they fill the screen as easily as Murphy’s comedy. It’s actually a very solid sequel, building easily on what went before, and just like when it premiered, I still dig it.
The sound and picture on the 4K really deliver and the film remains an entertaining ride, showcasing Murphy’s talent Scott’s visual style, and an awesome 80s soundtrack.
So while you may want to hold onto the blu-ray a little while longer if you enjoy your extras, Paramount Canada celebrates the 35th Anniversary with a great transfer of a classic 80s film.
Beverly Hills Cop II is available on 4K today!