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Trading Places – “Looking Good, Feeling Good” Edition (DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



I was never a big fan of John Landis’ 1983 comedy Trading Places and though it was a hit and still is popular, the Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy starrer extrapolation broadly from The Prince & The Pauper as a rich and poor man trade life roles.  The problem here is the same as it was about a quarter-century ago: predictability.  This is why Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy stole so many scenes, while both Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliott were able to make room for themselves in the corpus of the narrative.  Otherwise, this is nostalgia that you may or may not find funny.  I have yet to laugh.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is soft and looks like an older late analog master.  We did not cover the HD versions, but they supposedly looked much better, though this is hardly a very visually challenging film as shot by Director of Photography Robert Paynter, B.S.C., which is surprising considering the distinct look British cinematographers offer.  But the idea was simple shooting for comedy.  The old Dolby A-type analog sound has been upgraded to Dolby Digital 5.1, but it is very weak and first-generation materials were not used here, which especially does a disservice to Elmer Bernstein’s film-saving music.


Extras include industry promo piece, optional trivia pop-ups, deleted scenes with optional commentary track by Executive Producer George Fosley, Jr. and four featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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