Today: February 28, 2024

Trading Places Unboxing

Making its long-awaited 4K UHD debut is John Landis’ beloved comedy classic Trading Places. Originally developed as a Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor vehicle, the film’s now-iconic performances from Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy – the latter in his second feature-film appearance – couldn’t have been delivered by anyone else. The film is a masterpiece of 1980s comedy, and ever-timely in its portrayal of class – even if some of its more racially-charged ‘jokes’ have aged a little poorly. Whether you agree with its reputation as a Christmas film or not, there’s no denying that it’s up there with the funniest films ever made – and it looks better than ever on the 4K UHD format. This is another spectacular transfer from Paramount, and feels like seeing the film for the first time all over again.

Trading Places is presented for the first time ever in 4K ULTRA HD™, under the supervision of director John Landis.

The very rich and extremely greedy Duke brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet over whether “born loser” Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) if circumstances were reversed. So begins one of the funniest, most outrageous comedies of the ‘80s, cementing Eddie Murphy’s superstar status. Joining up with street smart Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), Winthorpe and Valentine form a trio ready for a riotous revenge on the commodities trading floor in New York City. 

Special Features

  • FILMMAKER FOCUS: Director John Landis on Trading Places
  • Deleted Scene
  • Deleted Scene with commentary by Executive Producer George Folsey, Jr.
  • Insider Trading: The Making of Trading Places
  • Dressing the Part
  • The Trade in Trading Places
  • Trading Stories
  • Industry Promotional Piece
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