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Trading Places [DVD] [1983]

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Writers: Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
  • Producers: Aaron Russo, George Folsey Jr., Irwin Russo, Sam Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A highly respected businessman and a wise-cracking street bum are forced to trade places as part of a degenerate bet between two mon archs of Wall Street.

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In this crowd-pleasing 1983 comedy of high finance about a homeless con artist who becomes a Wall Street robber baron, Eddie Murphy consolidated the success of his startling debut in the previous year's 48 Hours and polished his slick-winner persona. The turnabout begins with an argument between super-rich siblings, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche: are captains of industry, they wonder, born or made? To settle the issue, the meanies construct a cruel experiment in social Darwinism. Preppie commodities trader Dan Aykroyd (perfectly cast) is stripped of all his worldly goods and expelled from the firm, and Murphy's smelly derelict is appointed to take his place, graduating to tailored suits and a world-class harem in record time. Eventually the two men team up to teach the nasty old manipulators a lesson, cornering the market in frozen orange juice futures in the process. Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers) doesn't have the world's lightest touch, but he hits most of the jokes hard and quite a few of them pay off. Trading Places is also a landmark film for fans of Jamie Lee Curtis. --David Chute, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Right from the opening credits, this film shows quality. It stands above other comedies due to the lack of filler material - every line is memorable. The cast is great; the two leads make the most of their characters (both as brokers and bums) but never overstep the mark, thanks partly to the tight editing. The plot becomes a little bizarre, but by that time you're already hooked, and the ending of the film is pure joy. To my mind, no recent comedy has been this good; it mixes high and low brow jokes without resorting to toilet humour, it doesn't pull any punches (spot the social commentary), the performances are masterful and the script achieves depth without sacrificing the one-liners or slowing the pace.
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Format: Blu-ray
Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper has seen many incarnations from Disney to The Simpsons. But none have been as cruel (and funny) and John Landis' Trading Places, which proves just how funny Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy used to be.

Louise Winthorpe III is a spoiled, snobby managing director at the Duke & Duke commodities brokerage. Billy Ray Valentine is a poverty-stricken street hustler. Randolph Duke makes a wager with his brother Mortimer that the men can be successfully swapped . The con is on as Valentine is plucked from the streets and Winthorpe is ungraciously dumped on them. There's loads of fun watching him hit absolute rock bottom while Valentine quickly becomes spoiled and snobby himself.

Jamie Lee Curtis is the hugely-boobed hooker with a heart of gold who takes Winthorpe in while the always brilliant Denholm Elliott is Coleman, the unwilling butler caught up in the Dukes' evil plan. Once all four unravel the scam they team-up to destroy the Dukes.

Trading Places is crammed full of hilarious scenes, great dialogue, and funny cameos. Who cannot resist Eddie Murphy's foreign exchange student disguise or Ackroyd's Lionel Josef. Even the gorilla in the train is a brilliant character.

For those of you who love dark, cruel comedies Trading Places is utterly essential. It may be very 80s, but it never gets old. It's a must see and must have.

The Blu Ray looks great in 1.78:1 1080p with Dolby 5.1 sound. There are precious little interesting extras.
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Format: DVD
One of the greatest comedies from the 1980's. Aykroyd plays the role of the elitist snob with perfection, and Murphy's urban mannerisms are dead on. This edition does not contain any juicy extras, but the sharp digital picture makes the movie more enjoyable.
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The film revolves around Randolph and Mortimer Duke, two incredibly rich speculators who operate on the derivatives market (when this film was made (1983) the futures market was still in its infancy, and you can learn a lot about the business from the film!)
They have a debate - not a new debate, but a thorny one nonetheless : is ability inherent in the way you are brought up (i.e. nuture), or is it inherent in your breeding (i.e. nature). They decide on a little experiment.... enter our two heroes.
Eddie Murphy plays a down and out, living on the streets, doing what he can to survive. Dan Ackroyd plays a futures broker, rich, successful, a huge house and butler, and a beautiful wife. Randolph and Mortimer decide to swap them (with the help of a unsavoury private eye named Clarence Beaks played superbly by Paul Gleason). Eddie becomes the high flying futures broker, and Dan becomes the down and out. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues!
There are many other reasons to watch this film, including superb performances from the likes of Don Ameche and the sadly departed Denholm Elliot, and of course the gorgeous Jamie Lee Curtis ensuring interest rises by revealing her assets (sorry - couldn't resist the banking pun).
PS : For those wonder how the Dukes turn out after the film, don't worry too much; watch Coming To America to see an inspired cameo!
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm not going to review the film, no need to.

The region free transfer breaths new life into this 25 year old movie, it's sharp (but not too sharp!).

An immaculate transfer!
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quite simply one of the funniest films of all time, nothing these days comes close to this but that shows the lack of creativity in the world of conveyor belt "comedies" these days. good transfer to Blu-ray, vast improvement in sound and clarity of colours. "feeling good" ? you will after watching this. they don't make them like they used to and that saying is extremely relevant when comparing this to dross involving will Ferrell, adam sandler etc etc. thank god for the 80's and it's choice of films, particularly comedies !
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By Chunky Monkey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2016
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Classic 1980s movie, with Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Ackroyd. When they were young. The script is warm and witty, the actors charming and likeable. A tale of salvation and revenge, with nasty rich people getting their comeuppance (yeah, it's a fairy tale!) There are no explosions, shouting and the only gun on show won't fire! (We didn't count cleaning the shotguns scene). We were watching this film a little while ago, again, and were trying to think of other films made in the last 10-20 years by Hollywood that were even in the same style. Yes, it's a classic for a reason, but Hollywood doesn't seem to even try to make movies for old people anymore (l mean anyone over about 20!). A must have for any collection, surely.
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