"Trading Places" features two "Saturday Night Live" alumni, Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. Murphy is the streetwise hustler Billy Ray Valentine and Aykroyd is Louis Winthorp II, a wealthy investment executive at Duke Brothers, a Wall Street firm. The stingy rich and wealthy Duke Brothers (Amache and Bellamy) wager a bet over whether born loser Valentine could become as successful as the priggish Winthorpe if circumstances were reversed. But when Valentine and Winthorpe catch on, they arrange for quite a payback surprise. This movie is a lot of fun, with great comic performances by Murphy and Aykroyd. (Gary Reber)
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits images that are generally sharp and detailed, though contrast seems a bit low. Sometimes the picture has a soft, blurry appearance. Colors are rich and nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Against the snow-filled backgrounds, edge enhancement is really noticeable. Pixelization can give the picture a
The characteristics of this Dolby Digital 5.1-channel remastered soundtrack are most readily apparent with the music, which nicely permeates the soundstage. Fidelity is noticeably dated, especially with the dialogue and music, but should not be objectionable. Other than the music, there's a nice sense of subtle spatiality, generated by atmospheric effects. Voices sound comfortable and reasonably intelligible. Another welcome aspect of this new soundtrack is a noticeable low-end foundation to the music. This is a nice repurposing effort, offering a satisfying sense of dimension. (Perry Sun)
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