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Wall Street [Blu-ray] [1987]

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  • Release Date: 03/06/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (110 out of 111)

    Synopsis


    Wall Street
    "Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director Stone, who cowrote Wall Street with Stanley Weiser, has claimed that the film was prompted by the callous treatment afforded his stockbroker father after 50 years in the business; this may be why the film's most compelling scenes are those between Bud Fox and his airline mechanic father (played by Charlie Sheen's real-life dad Martin). Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Michael Douglas
      Michael Douglas - Gordon Gekko
    • Charlie Sheen
      Charlie Sheen - Bud Fox
    • Daryl Hannah
      Daryl Hannah - Darien Taylor
    • Martin Sheen
      Martin Sheen - Carl Fox
    • Terence Stamp
      Terence Stamp - Sir Larry Wildman



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 111 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The BluRay, for a lack of a better word, is good.

      Posted
      JakeInLivnColor
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      Oliver Stone has tackled many subjects, many controversial (JFK anyone?) but, many have been amazing films, and Wall Street is one of them. Fresh from his Oscar-winning film Platoon, Stone decided to tackle Reaganomics and greed with Wall Street. A young stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is a wannabe hotshot (Pun intended) wanting to climb the corporate ladder under the guidance of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, in his iconic, Oscar-winning performance). After piquing Gekko's interest with some insider information about Bud's father's (Martin Sheen) airline job, Fox rises near the top of the chain, garnering a huge office, plenty of cash and a girlfriend, Darien (Darryl Hannah, in her Razzie-winning role). Of course, Fox learns of Gekko wanting to destroy his father's airline he works for and grab the pension for himself and now Fox must decide to either be greedy, or clear his conscience. While not Stone's best film, this one is a classic, namely for Douglas's portrayal of Gekko, believably playing this villainous monster, and deservedly winning Best Actor of 1987 at the Academy Awards. Both Sheen's are fine in their rolls, but Hannah is the big stinker of the film; its biggest weakness. The screenplay does a decent job capturing the life and style of stock trading and business and Stone does well enough behind the camera as usual, just not peak perfection of his better films. Moving to the disc, picture quality is kind of a mixed bag. The film was shot in a drab, dull style, with a heavy grain field and a lack of primary colors for the most part, it is representative of the source photography, with plenty of detail throughout, but this isn't one to show off your setup. Audio is the same story, with a 5.1 DTS-HD track that isn't really needed but the dialogue and music are accurate, the sparse surrounds are decent but don't expect a workout for your speakers. The highlight here are the extras included on the disc, starting with an excellent commentary with Oliver Stone, 2 documentaries (The Making of Wall Street, a nearly hour-long look at the making of the film, and "Greed is Good", another nearly hour-long with new(er) interviews with the cast, crew and various Wall Street types), nearly a half hour of deleted scenes with optional Stone commentary and a Fox Movie Channel featurette about the legacy of the film & a look of the sequel. A slipcover & a booklet round out the extras here. Overall, this is a fine disc for a fine film with fine extras and a fine presentation, but maybe for the next disc (4K won't improve matter much, if at all) maybe have more extras that aren't just carryovers, but worthy disc regardless.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dated but still great story

      Posted
      Sharkman57

      I purchased the original "Wall Street" in anticipation of the forthcoming "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps". The original was a great movie in its time. It still is, although now it seems somewhat dated. For example, back then a takeover bid in the millions was a lot of money; today takeover bids are in the billions of dollars. That being said, the principles are the same. Insider trading is still illegal (unless one gets away with it), and inside knowledge can do wonders for making a person appear to be more intelligent than he really is. This is still a classic that everyone who plans on seeing "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" should see first. If nothing else, it is amazing to see how much older Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas) is. It's as though being in prison has really aged him, with no special make-up required to get Douglas to look older. One of the best movies on the subject of Wall Street and the greed that exists there.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better picture

      Posted
      Jerseymac

      I love this movie so I double dipped and bought this version in the hopes of better picture quality. The original Blu Ray was one of the worst I had ever seen in the format. This version is better. I'm no expert, but the first thing you will notice is more grain. I suspect the first Blu Ray had been digitally fixed and this flattened out the picture. This version has better color, somewhat more picture clarity, and they bumped up the bit rate. Overall it looks like every 80's movie. They just haven't aged as well as the older ones for some reason. If you don't have this movie in you're collection, this is the version to get. If you already have it, you must decide if it's worth it to you to upgrade.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of Oliver Stones better films

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      bobinator
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      This is from the time period when Oliver Stone was putting out his best films and this is one of them. An examination of the morality of high finance, even though slightly dated, I still found myself enjoying this film after all these years. So few films made today actually have anything to say! I know a lot of the post iPhone generation only wants excitement & escape and spurns ever focusing and thinking DEEPLY about any ONE thing without a thousand distractions to prevent that, but I predate that generation and still prefer to have my mind engaged once and a while (I'm just not a "Check-your-mind-at-the-door" type). It was nice to see a film again that BOTH entertained me AND gave me something to think about!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      GREED IS GOOD!

      Posted
      Spletz1337

      I have loved this movie since I first saw it like 10 years ago. I have rented it time and time again but for some reason never bought it. Now I am glad I waited. The Special Edition comes with a 2nd disc with some good extras. Plus when I picked it up this week it came with a free business card case. I love the free give aways. If you have never seen this movie, it is Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas at their best. Great acting overall. Intriguing plot and story with a slight Dark overtone. I have seen it so many time but still love watching it. As Gordon Gekko would say "Greed is Good" and you should be greedy and pick this up for yourself. Must Own for your Collection!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Great "Wall Street" Movie

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      HomeTheaterGuy
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      I've been on a run of "Wall Street" movies lately starting with the Big Short, Wolf of Wall Street, and the very recent HBO movie, The Wizard of Lies, about Bernie Madoff staring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" is an oldie but a goodie and has become a classic of this genre. If you too are interested in how the stock market is manipulated when greed raises its ugly head, then this is a movie for you. It is well crafted with Michael Douglas in the lead. Buy it before the next crash!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Does it stand the test of time?

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      PHCCHP
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      Having never seen this movie upon the theatrical release I purchased it on Blu-ray on a whim. I remember when it first came out and I remember all the hoop law surrounding it and of course the Oscar-winning performance of Douglas. I was curious as to whether the film will last the test of time considering the current economic struggles around the globe. I have to say that it does stand still on its own 2 feet although it does feel a little dated. Michael Douglas's performance still does stand the test of time. It's a must watch.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Still a sign of today's times

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      coloneltushfinger
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      The technology of the day has tremendously improved since the release of this moving, what is going on is no different than today. Michael Douglas gives a flawless performance as Gordon Gekko. You almost want him to continue to win he's so evil. Charlie Sheen is excellent showing a clean cut man be swayed to join Gekko and be caught in the middle. Anyone interested in trading/investing corp takeovers this is a great movie to watch with some good box wine.

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