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Coming To America 4K UHD Steelbook Review

“Coming To America” is an Eddie Murphy classic.

“Coming 2 America” was originally set to hit theaters in December, but then Amazon bought it and planned to release it in December. Alas, the sequel has now been delayed to March 5, 2021 leaving this tie-in 4K release of the first film a bit premature. With that said, now is as good of a time as any to revisit this fan-favorite 1988 comedy.

Directed by John Landis, “Coming To America” revolves around a young Prince of the African nation Zamunda. For his entire life, he has been a pampered son of a King who has lived a life of luxury. When his father arranges for him to be married to a subservient wife, Akeem decides to travel to New York (Queens to be exact) to see the world and find a bride that he can connect with. Aiding him on his quest is his best friend Semmi. While in Queens, he meets a kind hearted, charitable woman (Lisa), but she already has a boyfriend (Darryl) and doesn’t know who Akeem really is as he is hiding his true identity.

“Coming To America” is the type of R-Rated Comedy that perfectly suits the talents of Eddie Murphy. This fairytale/romantic comedy penned by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein (from an Eddie Murphy story) doesn’t have a unique story by any means, but the fish out of water story allows for so much comedic potential that is utilized by both Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall (both of whom play 4 roles a piece here with stand-out makeup work by the legendary Rick Baker). Yes, the movie is overlong at 116 minutes (it should have been at least 15 minutes shorter), but the padded runtime doesn’t ruin the film as a whole.

Murphy and Hall may be the stars here, but the movie has a tremendous cast (some of which went on to become big stars like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson). James Earl Jones, Louie Anderson, Eriq La Salle, Shari Headley, Madge Sinclair, John Amos, Paul Bates, Allison Dean, Don Ameche, and Ralph Bellamy all have their moments despite the fact that some of them have a tiny amount of screentime. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 2160p. How does it look? This 4K disc provides an impressive upgrade in picture quality.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it look? Despite the lack of a 4K level audio track, this 5.1 track does the job. 

* Digital copy
* A Sexual Chocolate mini-poster
* Theatrical trailer and photo gallery
* A Vintage Sit-Down With Eddie And Arsenio
* 3 featurettes on the music, make-up and costumes.
* “Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together Of America”- A 24 minute bonus feature about how the film came about and its production.

December 1, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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