The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously wealthy but morally bankrupt Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) make a one-dollar bet over heredity vs. environment. Curious as to what might happen if different lifestyles were reversed, they arrange for impoverished street hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) to be placed in the lap of luxury and trained for a cushy career in commodities brokerage. Simultaneously, they set about to reduce aristocratic yuppie Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd to poverty and disgrace, hiring a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis) to hasten his downfall. When Billy Ray figures out that the brothers intend to dump him back on the streets once their experiment is complete, he seeks out Winthorpe, and together the pauper-turned-prince and prince-turned-pauper plot an uproarious revenge. With the good-hearted prostitute and Winthorpe's faithful butler (Denholm Elliott) as their accomplices, they set about to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the pocketbook.~Hal Erickson
Insider Trading: The Making of Tradinng Places
The Deleted Scene with Optional Commentary by Executive Producer George Folsey, Jr.
Great film. Never loses it applicability. Finally has some extras that were not included in previous releases. One of the titles that debut the new Paramount Presents branding ( other Eddie Murphy titles are scheduled as future releases) The packaging features some new art and the case is clear as opposed to “blue”. The slipcase has an inner foldout that reveals the theatrical poster.
First off, there is no difference in this Blu-ray version; and, the version issued by Paramount a few years ago. Only the cover sheet is different; the special/bonus features are the same. That said; this film still holds up after all this time. While the audio is standard Dolby Digital 5.1; and, not, say , Dolby TruHD 5.1, or DTS HD Masterlossless 5.1, the sound is still very good, and clear. The picture quality is better than the DVD of the movie(which I have) and the detail is sharper. The basic story has been done before( The 3 Stooges did one of their shorts with this as the plot); but, the twists and turns in this film give it the original, and very funny moments. It is not for the kids; but, it is one that I can recommend. Enjoy!