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SRP $29.99 1.85:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 
SRP $29.99 1.85:1 DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

"TRADING PLACES" has been released on blu-ray and hd-dvd formats by PARAMOUNT.  The plot is sort of a Christmas Carol/Prince and the Pauper type comedy, making it perfect for Christmas, but great fun anytime of year.  Dan Aykroyd plays a snobby, rich stockbroker. Murphy plays a street hood.  Aykroyd's outlandishly wealthy bosses, bored with money and time on their hands, decide to make the two characters part of a bet/social experiment, twisting events to land the two in opposite class structure. The broke, miserable Aykroyd enlists the aid of a prostitute with a heart of gold, in his scheme to get back at Murphy and regain his wealth and status.  For the most part, the film's still as hilarious as it was when it first opened nearly 25 years ago!  Both of the leads are great, and Murphy has never been better!  It may surprise viewers to find how hot Jamie Lee Curtis was back then, especially with her brief, but engaging nude scene. 

The laughs are plentiful and there are enough witty moments to please adult viewers as well as younger audiences.

PARAMOUNT has provided a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer for the blu-ray and 1080p/VC-1 transfer for the hd-dvd, both with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  Both the hd-dvd and blu-ray are indistinguishable from one another in terms of video quality. The dirt affecting the previously available dvd, is completely gone with these new transfers.  The image veers towards a softer look, in various scenes, with colors appearing restrained in the process. While never appearing dull, the colors can lack the vibrancy found on many superior high-definition releases, in select scenes. For the majority of the film, however, colors are solid and the image slick. Detail is excellent, as is evident with the spectacular depth found on suits in scene upon scene.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the blu-ray and a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix for the hd-dvd.  The differing bitrates cause a slightly noticeable difference between the formats. While both mixes are front heavy, the surrounds on the hd-dvd have better dynamic range when music is provided. Separation on both formats, is focused towards the front, with the hd-dvd providing overall better dynamic range. Both formats have a few instances wherein dialogue isn't as sharp as we'd expected, necessitating this reviewer to utilize captions.

PARAMOUNT has provided featurettes, a deleted scene and more!