Nov 292020

Coming to America isn’t as much of a repeat viewing compared with Murphy’s others like Beverly Hills Cop or Trading Places, but it’s still a whole lot of fun.



Coming to America

Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
Paramount | R – 117 min. – $29.99 | December 1, 2020

Date Published: 05/27/2018 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: John Landis
Writer(s): Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod (written by)
Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Paul Gleason
Features: Featurettes, Photo Gallery
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 2160p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French
Codecs: HEVC / H.265
Region(s): A, B, C


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Plot Synopsis: Prince Akeem (EDDIE MURPHY) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (ARSENIO HALL), to find his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (SHARI HEADLEY), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his king father (JAMES EARL JONES).

Quick Hit Review: I’m not as crazy as a fan of Coming to America compared to most but still found it incredibly funny and showcases (or reminds) why Eddie Murphy was so damn good back in the 1980s. The jokes mostly land and the chemistry between not only Murphy and Shari Headley but Murphy and Hall as best friends, was what really made the film work. The only thing I probably didn’t care for was when Murphy was playing multiple characters, not sure why but took me out of an otherwise good movie.



This (re)-release comes housed in a Steelbook case and inside is a Digital HD redemption code and mini-poster.

All the features from the previous release are included:

  • Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America (24:39; SD) – This is a decent enough featurette with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
  • Fit for Akeem: The Costumes of Coming to America (18:05; SD) looks at the lavish costumes created.
  • Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker (12:55; SD) – The legendary make-up man
  • Composing America: The Musical Talents of Nil Rodgers (11:09; HD) is an interview with the composer and how he approached creating the score.
  • A Vintage Sit-Down with Eddie and Arsenio (5:39; SD) is merely an old interview between the two actors.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer (2:46; HD)


VIDEO – 4¾/5

Coming to America arrives on 4K Ultra HD presented in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 2160p high-definition transfer. Compared with the Blu-ray, which was a pretty old transfer, this was a nice upgrade, colors are vibrant in keeping with the comedic elements and detail is extremely sharp and very well defined throughout. The natural film grain and noise is still there and there were no especially noticeable weaknesses like artifacting or any film damage (scratches, dust marks, etc.).

AUDIO – 4/5

Another upgrade from the Blu-ray, we’re going from standard Dolby Digital 5.1 to DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, not a significant difference, but from memory, does sound more balanced and less heavy in comparison. The music and score comes across with some nice depth from the front and rear channels while most of the movie is pretty much centrally located, including the clear dialogue.

OVERALL – 3½/5

Overall, Coming to America isn’t as much of a repeat viewing compared with Murphy’s others like Beverly Hills Cop or Trading Places, but it’s still a whole lot of fun with some great jokes that consistently land. This 4K release may not have any new features but the video and audio have been nicely upgraded.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>