Trading Places: Blu-ray Vs. NBC TV Version

TV Version

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In April 5th, 1987, an alternate version aired on NBC. This version reinserted two deleted scenes to make up for lost time from network censors. A lot of swearing was cut out or dubbed over. The source of the TV version is heavily damaged, as there is constant flickering in the middle of the film along with noticeable pixelation. The first four minutes of the opening titles were not recorded. One of the deleted scenes had made it on the DVDs and Blu-rays.

Difference Report:

10:44

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of Billy pretending to rejoice that he isn’t blind and crippled.

Blu-ray:

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12:42

The NBC TV version removes a shot of a gun pointed in Billy’s face.

Blu-ray:

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13:11

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of Billy remarking that he shouldn’t go to jail because Louis wasn’t watching where he was walking.

Blu-ray:

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13:44

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of Mortimer making a racist comment towards Billy.

Blu-ray:

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33:36

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of the police officer threatening to sodomize Louis.

Blu-ray;

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36:11

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of the Big Black Guy telling Billy he was going to call him.

Blu-ray:

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38:36

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter shot of a party-goer, with the NBC TV version having the party-goer covered in a blanket rather than being nude.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

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38:40

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter scene of Eddie telling the party-goers to leave, with the Blu-ray having people nude and dancing during this scene.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

(Since the footage is sexually explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

40:03

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of Billy stating that party-goers were just a bunch of freeloaders.

Blu-ray:

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44:09

The NBC TV version removes a shot of Ophelia giving Louie a blowjob.

Blu-ray:

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49:45

The NBC TV version removes two shots of Billy asking Coleman if that’s Louie.

Blu-ray:

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50:42

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and longer shot of Billy walking into the building and a deleted scene. Billy enters the lobby and is confused when someone offers to take his coat, gloves and scarf. He reluctantly gives it and starts walking. He is greeted by several people, and asks a lady where to go. She replies to head to the elevators, and Billy begins to say greet the other people.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

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56:50

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter shot, with the NBC TV version focusing on Louie, while the Blu-ray has Ophelia, who’s breast are see through.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

(Since the footage is sexually explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

57:32

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter scene with Ophelia changing her clothes, with the Blu-ray having Ophelia nude.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

(Since the footage is sexually explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

58:52

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter shot, with the NBC TV version focusing on Randolph and the Blu-ray focusing on Billy.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

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1:07:17

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter shot of Ophelia changing, with the Blu-ray having Ophelia nude.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

(Since the footage is sexually explicit, I will not be posting screenshots)

1:14:27

The NBC TV version contains an alternate and shorter scene of Billy overhearing the Duke Brother’s talking about their experiment. The NBC TV version has a longer shot of Randolph talking about the Nobel Prize and also removes some footage of Billy smoking and Randolph checking the bathrooms if it is occupied.

NBC TV Version:

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Blu-ray:

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1:18:10

The NBC TV version removes some footage a dog urinating on Louie.

Blu-ray:

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1:23:29

The NBC TV version contains a deleted scene with Clarence enters a vault. He is greeted by a security guard named Jerry, who is watching Sunset Boulevard. There Clarence offers Jerry some coffee, which he laces with drugs. He gives Jerry the coffee and they watch the movie. Jerry is knocked out, and Clarence opens a cabinet and steals from some confidential files.

NBC TV Version:

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1:27:16

The NBC TV Version shortens a shot of Harvey sneaking up on a party-goer.

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1:36:23

The NBC TV version shortens a shot of the one of the gorilla keepers noting that the gorilla is getting aroused.

NBC TV Version:

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1:38:02

The NBC TV version removes some footage of Coleman giving Billy his lifesavings.

Blu-ray:

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