Who you gonna call? How about a Brink's truck to carry away all the loot that "Ghostbusters" and "Beverly Hills Cop" made in their theatrical runs. And now that both have been released on video, the jingling sound of cash registers should bring smiles to the faces of video store owners.
Both films launched "Saturday Night Live" graduates Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy from mere superstar to cult figure status.
Last year's Best Picture Oscar-winner, "Amadeus," was also released recently on video. It offers a palatable vehicle for bringing the mesmerizing music and tragic existence of the Austrian prodigy to a widespread audience. "Amadeus" is sort of like that yuppie staple, tofu: good for you and it tastes good too.
GHOSTBUSTERS (RCA, 1984) Three academics go into business together to eradicate ghosts from New York City. Droll Bill Murray ably leads the ghostbusting triumverate with ample support from Dan Ackroyd and the vastly underrated Harold Ramis (who collaborated on the script). Sigourney Weaver ("Alien") plays Murray's romantic interest. The ubiquitous theme song was written and sung by Ray Parker, Jr. Light- hearted, with nice special effects, "Bustin' " will make you feel good.
BEVERLY HILLS COP (Paramount, 1984) Eddie Murphy plays Axel Foley, a Detroit detective who heads west to find out who killed a friend. Foley's unusual but effective methods are a revelation to his peers in L.A., who are used to doing things by the book. Also starring Judge Reinhold. Funny, fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining. Great soundtrack, too. The heat is on.
AMADEUS (Thorn-EMI, 1984) Fictionalized account of the rivalry between two composers in the royal court of Vienna. Tom Hulce is fine as the enigmatic, talented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But it was the heretofore unheralded F. Murray Abraham who won Best Actor for his earnest portrayal of Mozart's mediocre rival, Salieri, the jealous cognoscente. Skilled director Milos Foreman (Best Director Oscar), aided by superb costuming and set design, displays a wonderful facility for staging intrigue at the court and Mozart's timeless operas.