Win one of two copies of Coming to America – the I Love the 80’s Edition on DVD

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the John Landis film Coming to America
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the John Landis film Coming to America

On February 3rd 2009, Paramount will release Eddie Murphy’s comedy classic, Coming to America, as part of the I Love the 80’s DVD series of film releases. To celebrate the release, has gotten our hands on 2 copies of the Special Edition DVDs to give away to readers. There’s some fun extras on all of these special releases, including a bonus CD containing songs by some of the era’s top recording artists.

The unique decade that was the 1980s. The music, the fashion, but especially the movies. Paramount and VH1 celebrate the best films of the decade in the second wave of the I Love the 80’s Collection. From Academy Award-winning dramas Ordinary People, An Officer and a Gentleman and The Accused, to the inspired hilarity of The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad, Top Secret and Cheech & Chong Still Smokin’. Thirty of the most memorable motion pictures released between 1980 and 1989 are available nationwide on DVD on February 3, 2009—accompanied by a special bonus CD containing songs by some of the era’s top recording artists.

Coming to America DVD cover
Coming to America DVD cover
The second installation in the I Love the ‘80s film series gives preppies, punks and everyone else who loved the ‘80s a chance to take home a little bit of fun pop culture history. This unique collaboration between Paramount Home Entertainment and VH1 debuted in August 2008 with 40 of the decade’s outstanding films. In addition to the bonus CD, the promotion offers consumers two free music downloads with the DVD purchase (while supplies last) giving you even more opportunity to relive the 80’s.

Anyone who’s gotten hooked on VH1’s TV show I Love the ‘80s, with its vivid flashbacks of the decade’s people, pop culture, fashions and fads, will find plenty to love in the I Love the ‘80s DVD series.

Stars including Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, Meg Ryan, Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, Mark Harmon, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Faye Dunaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Arsenio Hall appear in classic movies that couldn’t have been made in any other decade.

To get your chance to be in the random drawing for one of these DVD prizes, here’s what you need to do:

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  2. Reply to this post, and tell us the name of your favorite comedy from the 80’s (lots to choose from).

More about this release

Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy’s regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince’s faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a “Joe job” at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings — including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from Trading Places. Coming to America made further headlines when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film’s producers for plagiarizing one of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a sizeable judgement against the film’s producers.

Director: John Landis

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Sahri Headley, Eriq La Salle

Street Date: February 3, 2009

DVD Specs

Runtime: 1 Hr. 56 Min. 46 Sec.
Languages: English Subtitled, French Dubbed, Portuguese Subtitled, Spanish Subtitled
Audio: 2.0 Surround, 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital

DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Check out the trailer for Coming to America below.