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48 Hrs. Blu-ray Review

Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte carry “48 Hrs.”

In this 1982 action-comedy the story revolves around a grouchy San Francisco detective (Jack Cates) who is searching for 2 cop killers (Billy and Albert) that are looking for money they are owed. Jack recruits a prisoner (Reggie) that worked with the 2 criminals previously in order to catch them. At first these two unlikely partners don’t get along, but eventually they grow to respect one another as they race against the clock to find the murderous criminals. 

“48 Hrs.” was a smash hit upon release and it’s not hard to see why. The level of talent involved with this motion picture is off the charts. You’ve got veteran filmmaker Walter Hill at the helm, a script by Walter Hill, Roger Spottiswoode, Larry Gross and Steven de Souza, the legendary late James Horner doing the score, Joel Silver producing (his first producing credit), and a stacked cast comprised of Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O’Toole, James Remar, Brion James, Frank McRae, Denise Crosby, David Patrick Kelly and Jonathan Banks. 

Looking at the film now, it’s easy to forget that the movie invented the buddy-cop genre. It’s been so often imitated since then that it seems rather formulaic when you’re watching it. One thing that does stand out is just how much of a hard R movie this is. It’s largely a gritty, grimey, violent and dark cop drama full of shootouts, death and car chases. Yes, there’s comedic levity by Eddie Murphy, but it’s not as present as it is in say “Beverly Hills Cop.” Again, the story is pretty basic. It’s mostly a chase movie. There are some ridiculous and inept character actions for the sake of drama and action, but that can be overlooked.

Going back to Eddie Murphy, both he and Nick Nolte very much elevate the film as a whole. It is their chemistry, banter, and characters that make this movie stand out from the rest of the crowd. The supporting cast is phenomenal too, but their roles are mostly small at best.


Presentation: 1.85 1080p. How does it look? Restored from a 4k film transfer. this hotly anticipated Blu-ray is worth the wait as the sharp looking picture quality is sure to please fans.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? From the dialogue to the action, this TrueHD delivers a quality sound experience.

* Digital copy
* “48 Hours” theatrical trailer in HD
* A 1966 animated short called “Space Kid.” The vintage Noveltoons cartoon that is featured in “48 Hours.”
* “Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill On 48 Hours”- A new interview with the director

July 6, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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