A great movie, Wall Street has never been more timely.
All in all this release isn't that much different than original DVD release of this title.
Wall Street is the tale of wannabe, mover and shaker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). He works on Wall Street ng cold calls all day. He always makes sure to call Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the hopes of handling some trading accounts for him. Well persistence pays off and Bud eventually gets what he wants but it isn't without a price. He has to get insider information for Gekko and compromise himself at every turn. However, he also gets a huge penthouse, a big time girlfriend (Daryl Hannah), much to the consternation of his father (Martin Sheen) who doesn't understand why all of this stuff is so important to his son. In the end Fox realizes that some people might call greed "good," but that doesn't mean that it really benefits anyone who involves themselves with it.
Oliver Stone has made the movie about business with Wall Street. It is so relevant today that it's almost scary. It is odd how little we learn from the lessons of the past and I hope that this DVD's release wakes up people to how little things have changed in America and our business world.
Introduction by Oliver Stone
According to Oliver Stone the making of this movie "feels like yesterday." Mixing in production footage from the movie with with footage of Stone talking, this short intro mainly serves to get viewers in the mood for the film (even though it is on another disc!). Stone comments that the movie never looked better and that he feels it's just as relevant today.
Greed is Good
The director opens up this featurette by talking about his father and how he used to work on Wall Street. His dad often asked him why nobody made good "business movies" so that's what his son set out to do here. This well put together featurette also contains footage of real life traders and it examines why they chose the line of work they did. Stone talks about capitalism and how even though it isn't all great it does have it's good components. We also hear from other actors in the movie including Charlie Sheen who says that Bud Fox traded "his net worth for his self worth."
Money Never Sleeps - The Making of Wall Street
These scenes have all been edited together in one chunk and I chose to listen to them with Oliver Stone's commentary. We find out more about Teldar Paper and we also see Bud's interactions with his friends who he is involving in his shady dealings. Stone gives his reasons for why these scenes were excised (mainly length), and all in all this movie seems like it benefited from not having these moments in it.
Widescreen - 1.85:1. This movie looked good on this release but I didn't notice anything that different from its earlier release on DVD. Also, from what I can see on the box they didn't really go through this release and remaster anything. This film really does play as a timepiece from the 1980s, but clothing-wise everyone still seems to dress pretty much the same. Also, there is a fluidity to this movie that hasn't been at all effected by the DVD compression.
Dolby Digital. English 2.0 Dolby Surround. English 5.1 Dolby Surround. French and Spanish Mono. Subtitled in English and Spanish. The audio on this release, actually the soundtrack more than anything else, helps give this movie a sense of time and place. I love how it seems to look at Wall Street and the trading world in an almost mythical way. It gives the story a weightiness that helps make this film a modern morality tale.
A sly looking shot of Michael Douglas against a black background takes up the front of this 2-disc DVD set. The back cover gives us a description of what this movie is about, some images from the film, a Special Features listing and technical specs. Overall, I am happy to have this release but I don't know that it's worth owning if you have the original.
Oliver Stone has crafted this movie in such a way that you almost can't help but watch it again and again. Also, not much has really changed in how the stock market is run, except for the fact that there are more securities, funds and other places to stash your cash. The reality of this situation is that people are still trying to figure out ways to eliminate risk. However, to someone like Gordon Gekko that risk is mandatory. It is what he thrives on in order to make the deals that he does. His goal seems to be to get everyone looking in one direction, all trying to figure out how to make money, while he is cherry-picking millions in another.
Bud Fox isn't really a bad guy he just wants to be a lot more successful. There really isn't anything wrong with this, it is just a shame how he goes about trying to attain it. At the end of the day this character has a great deal to offer but it's sad that it doesn't seem like he will get the chance.
Oliver Stone brilliantly celebrates and throws up the red flags about the vagaries of capitalism in this very important business document from the 1980s.