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Coming To America
(I Love The 80s)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 114 Minutes

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley

Screenplay by: David Sheffield & Barry W. Blaustein
Story by: Eddie Murphy

Directed by: John Landis

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (24 Scenes)

Released: February 3rd, 2009

 

 

"Coming To America" is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Of course the lack of resolution hurts (which makes the special edition released since a mandatory purchase), but all things considered, this transfer is decent enough on the other hands. Noise and edge halos are a presence, and a few dirt pieces and blemishes pop up throughout the film. The image quality is a bit light and soft for the most part, and detail is okay. Otherwise, color saturation may not be bold, but is solid and doesn't smear - while fleshtones look pretty good. This probably was considered a decent transfer in the early days of DVD, but we've come a long way since.  

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track is okay, but the soundstage pretty much remains toward the front. There are assorted sound effects that are pretty rich, but only a few of Prince Akeem's antics use the rears and come off as discrete. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while the music - including Nile Rodgers score - comes off nicely, if a bit unfulfilling, through the channels. Subwoofer use isn't much, unfortunately. Fidelity is okay, and dynamic range ultimately feels a bit limited and stiff. This is a comedy, which aren't known for boisterous mixes, but the channels still could have been exploited better here.

An English Dolby Surround track is also included, and English closed captions are available through your TV.

 




Just the Theatrical Trailer, which is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.
 
 


"Coming To America" is classic Eddie Murphy, and a fine showcase for his comedic skills (not to mention his knack for playing multiple roles). Keep in mind that this DVD re-release is the same DVD as the ORIGINAL version, which means you get the film in non-anamorphic widescreen. But, you get a 4-track CD with some classic 80s songs. Despite the pricing, I would strongly recommend springing for the updated special edition released a few years ago. I doubt the songs mean that much to you.