WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Trading Places

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV1551-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1983
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Landis
(Screenplay/Written By): Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gene Rudolf
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Malcolm Campbell
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): George Folsey, Jr.
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Aaraon Russo

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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 (Don Amache and Ralph 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.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture definition is mediocre with a soft, filtered film-like quality. There are inconsistencies in color fidelity with fleshtones that appear slightly unnatural. Overall the picture looks a bit dark and grainy with blacks and darker colors over-saturated. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is unfortunately monaural but is distinguished by Elmer Bernstein’s wonderful music. The soundtrack has apparently been re-equalized and the music and dialogue sound particularly bright and stringent.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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