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Wall Street/Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [2 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 1367043
  • Release Date: 10/07/2014
  • Rating: R
This twin pack includes the Oliver Stone films Wall Street, for which Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
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    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 32)

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    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

    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
    Ambitious young investment banker Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that greed is still the name of the game when he forges a fragile alliance with onetime Wall Street hotshot Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) shortly after Gekko is released from prison. Having served eight years for securities fraud, money laundering, and racketeering, Gekko emerges from prison to find that his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), prefers to remain estranged, and that his former Wall Street cohorts are still raking in the cash. Flash-forward to 2008, and Winnie is dating a proprietary trader named Jake Moore (LaBeouf), who expresses a passion for green energy while working for his mentor Louis Zabel (Frank Langella), of Keller Zabel Investments. Despite heading up one of the most prominent investment firms in the country, Louis Zabel is forced to personally fight for the future of Keller Zabel before the Federal Reserve after the company's stock takes a hit due to persistent rumors that it's being dragged down by debt. Denied a bailout from the government, Keller Zabel soon falls victim to a hostile takeover lead by powerful investment bank partner Bretton James (Josh Brolin), of Churchill Schwartz. His job on the line and his mentor out of the picture, Jake discovers that Gordon Gekko is out promoting his new book "Is Greed Good?" and decides to attend a lecture being given by the author at Fordham University. According to Gekko, greed is now sanctioned by the government, and the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse as a direct result of leveraged debt and wild conjecture. When Jake goes behind Winnie's back to try and repair her relationship with her father, Gekko reveals his compelling theories on the likely reasons for Zabel's downfall. Later, as Jake begins plotting to avenge his mentor, Gekko starts to reveal his true colors. ~ Jason Buchanan, 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



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Good Film and an Unnecessary Sequel

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      Andy
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      Wall Street, taking place in 1985, has Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) as a young and ambitious stockbroker. He idolizes the wealthy investor Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and hopes to work with him and become a big player on Wall Street. When he finally scores a meeting with him, Fox learns that Gekko is a lot more ruthless about pursuing his agenda than he thought. How far will he compromise to make it to the top? Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps takes place in 2008 amidst the financial crisis. Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is a trader working at an investment firm who sees green energy as the future and wants to use his position to help that dream. He is currently dating Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gordon Gekko's estranged daughter. Gekko (with Douglas reprising his role), meanwhile, has since been released from federal prison for his financial crimes and is now promoting a book he wrote. His years in prison seem to have made him realize that some things in life are more important than money and wants to reestablish a relationship with Winnie. Wall Street is quite an entertaining film. Michael Douglas really shines as the unscrupulous Gordon Gekko as one of the most memorable villains of 1980s cinema. The movie is an intelligent look at the "greed is good" excesses of the 1980s while still being an entertaining film with interesting and complex characters. That seems to be the central theme of the movie: capitalism. How much is too much? Is greed really good? While at times some scenes seem to drag on a little too long, it is overall very watchable and at times thought-provoking. Then comes the lackluster sequel. I would have hated to have been around in 1987 and saw the original only to wait twenty-three years to see this. The main problem of Money Never Sleeps is its complete lack of focus. Is it about green energy? Greed? Jake's and Winnie's relationship? Is Gekko returning to the world? The financial crisis? It is just all over the place. Worst, it never really seems to be about, you know, Wall Street. Another problem is the characters. You just never care about any of them and none are really interesting. It seems that Douglas really tried to revive the magic of the Gekko character, but it does not really work in the movie. I blame the script more than anything else. Sometimes it does not even seem like the same character from the first movie. In fact, the only other connection to the original film is a cameo by Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, but it comes off as forced and dopey. The original movie has one of the most iconic scenes from 1980s cinema where Gekko stands before a shareholders' meeting to berate the company's management and say that greed is good. Nothing of the sort is in the second film. This really exemplifies why Wall Street is so memorable while Money Never Sleeps is easily forgotten. It really feels like a wasted opportunity on the part of Oliver Stone. Both movies come with an audio commentary by director Oliver Stone plus the original Wall Street has a forty-five minute making-of feature. In conclusion, while Wall Street may have some minor issues, it really is a memorable, interesting, and entertaining film. The sequel is not a very good movie. Still, this two movie pack is decent if you really want to have both movies at a decent price. My three-star rating represents an aggregate between the two films.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth Investing Your Time On WALL STREET

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      UglyOldBaldGuy
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      This is a classically-styled film. It's been done before, done since, but not often done better. After Platoon, Oliver Stone decided that, post-Oscar, he would immediately jump into another film. This film was Wall-Street (1987) co-written and directed by Stone featuring Michael Douglas making a leap from the small screen to his first solid movie role and winning a Best Acting Oscar in the process. Also featured is Martin and Charlie Sheen. Things on the DVD that are not listed on the Double Feature box: Documentary featuring Stone, Douglas, and the two Sheens. This is an excellent 45 minute examination of the movie. Also a Commentary by Oliver Stone and two movie trailers. Disk two, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), also comes with a Commentary by Oliver Stone and a short entitled "Gordon Gekko Is Back." It's purely a commercial endeavor also directed by Oliver Stone and staring Michael Douglas with an uncredited appearance by Charlie Sheen.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movies

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      j1m3r
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      I had not seen the first Wall Street movie it was better than I thought; it was really interesting to watch a movie that was filmed so long ago. I enjoy movies like this because it's like a time capsule from a different era. It's funny to see what people thought was high society in the 1980's, I'm sure people will say the same thing about movies made in 2015 some day. The second Wall Street movie was decent, it wasn't quite as interesting as the first one but I still enjoyed it; if I had to give it a rating I'd say it was a 6.5 out of 10.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Well worth the time overall...

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      moviebuff
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      This double feature starts out great with the first Wall Street(1987). It holds up well and the special features are interesting. The second follow-up(2010) Wall Street Money Never Sleeps... not as good. Slow and very preachy. Not as much fun but over all acceptable. The extras are interesting. Director Oliver Stone is an somewhat of a character himself and his approach is unique.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      greed is good

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      rico
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      The greatest 80's wall street movie ever made with the classic performance by michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko. One for the ages...could have done without the sequel though which was obviously just done for the money...ironic

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      NeverGrowUp
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      A great package to include both movies in one set. Wall Street is part of American film history and iconic in its characters. The sequel is not to the same level, but still very entertaining.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movies

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      HouliC
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      I love Michael Douglas, especially playing Gordon Gekko... classic! I really enjoy both of these movies and to get both of them for such a great price is a steal! Highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      More intrigue than the sequel

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      lawyermalloy
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      Douglas plays a greed driven stock broker who does any and everything to make money. Draws in a novice partner into the scheme causing conflict and embarrassment for his firm.

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