Coming to America (1988) (4K Ultra HD Review)

Coming to America (1988) (4K Ultra HD Review)

Coming to America (1988) (4K Ultra HD Review)

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Coming to America (1988) (4K Ultra HD Review)
Directed By: John Landis
STARRING: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones
Rated: R/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 1
Available from Paramount Pictures

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).

Coming to America isn’t just my all-time favorite Eddie Murphy movie, it’s one of my all-time favorite movies in general. Here we have a great comedy duo in Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and they are going all-in on telling this story, complete of playing multiple characters, all of which I find hilarious. From the knock-off McDonalds to Sexual Chocolate, to the men at the barbershop, this movie is loaded with memorable things, characters, and quotes. But above all else, it just tells a great love story and has a deeper meaning once you look through all the other super funny parts of it. This is a role Eddie Murphy made his name in and it’s one I’m very proud to be seeing get a 4K release from Paramount. No, it isn’t a perfect movie by all normal rules and regulations, but it comes super close to it.

This 4K comes with a 4K and digital copy only, so sorry no Blu-ray but I’m sure most have that by now. It does manage to have a great transfer as far as the 4K goes and I can’t look at it and honestly find anything at all wrong with it. Again, this is a release that proves that older movies can look great in 4K with the HDR and all that good stuff. It also comes with some nice features to watch in the extras department as well. I would have liked a commentary of some sort, but what can you do? All in all, it’s a fine release for one of the movies I watched over and over as a kid and just always have loved. It’s Eddie Murphy at his best and everyone else here brings their A-Game as well.


  • Prince-ipal Photography: The Coming Together of America
  • Fit For Akeem: The Costumes of Coming to America
  • Character Building: The Many Faces of Rick Baker
  • Composing America: The Musical Talents of Nile Rodgers
  • A Vintage Sit-Down with Eddie & Arsenio
  • Theatrical Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 100%

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