I’ll put this out there, so that I’m clear about what I’m saying.
I’m not an Eddie Murphy fan.
I believe he’s a very talented gentleman, who can be very funny in the proper vehicle, but generally I come away unamused. Possibly it’s a matter of the studios allowing him to use his “star” persona, presuming that all will be well, or maybe it’s simply a matter of control. I don’t have the answer.
That noted, I am a fan of the wonderfully funny and charming Trading Places via John Landis.
It’s a terrifically entertaining film, that imho, stands the test of time.
It’s also the number 12 spine in the new Paramount Presents series, and I was hopeful that I’d love this incarnation.
I like it, but am unhappy with the imagery.
Not that it matters, as Mr. Landis is very happy.
I’d just prefer to see an image with a bit more a lot more shadow detail. To my eyes, there’s a black problem with this Blu-ray, and I’m not making inappropriate puns. The blacks remind me of ye olde and erley days of HDR, via which that bloody knob was always turned to 11.
Shadow detail seems to be missing from the entire film.
But again, I don’t get a vote here, so we’re going to presume that this is way that DP Robert Paynter exposed his negative, or wished it to be printed.
Other than that, this disc is a treat, with wonderful color, nice grain, and a full and rich 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track.
Image – My 3.5
Image – Their 5.0
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from earlier Blu-ray – Can’t answer that one
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