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5.0 out of 5 stars New extras worth double dipping, September 14, 2007
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This review is from: Wall Street (20th Anniversary Edition) (DVD)
When Oliver Stone made Wall Street, he was riding high from the commercial and critical success of Platoon (Special Edition). His father, Lou Stone, had been a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City and this film was a son's way of paying tribute to his father. Almost twenty years later, it has become one of the quintessential snapshots of the financial scene in the United States and epitomizes the essence of capitalism, greed and materialism that was so prevalent in the 1980s.

Michael Douglas owns the role of Gekko and by extension dominates the movie with his larger than life character. He gets most of the film's best dialogue and delivers it with such conviction. There is a scene between Bud and Gekko in a limousine where he tells the younger man how the financial world works, how it operates and lays it all out, pushing Bud hard to go into business with him. It is one of the strongest scenes in the movie because you really believe what Gekko is saying and how Bud could be seduced by his words.

The culmination of Douglas' performance is his much lauded, often quoted, "Greed is good" speech that his character gives to a shareholders' meeting of Teldar Paper, a company he is planning to take over. He concludes by saying, "Greed is right; greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words -- will save not only Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A." This is one of the best delivered monologues ever put to film as Douglas goes from charming to downright threatening and back again, succinctly summing up the essence of '80 capitalism and greed.

The original DVD did not have many extras but the quality of what was included was excellent. They have all been carried over to this new release (minus the trailers) but do the new extras really merit a double dip?

There is an audio commentary by co-writer and director Oliver Stone. Stone talks about Michael Douglas' early struggles with the huge amount of dialogue he had to deliver and how he dealt with it. The filmmaker is candid with his shortcomings and those of others (i.e. Daryl Hannah, Charlie Sheen, etc.). As always, Stone delivers the goods, offering all kinds of fascinating insights into the making of the film.

The second disc features a new introduction by Oliver Stone that is brief and really should have been put on the first disc.

Another new extra is "Greed is Good," an hour-long retrospective documentary with Hal Hoolbrook, John C. McGinley, Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas amongst others returning to offer their impressions of the financial world depicted in the movie. This substantial doc examines the appeal of Gekko and why he inspired people in the business world.

Also new to this edition is over 20 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Stone. There is a nice little scene with Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller as one of Bud's clients. Also included is an earlier scene where Bud and Darian (Hannah) meet in a bar but Stone cut it because the Hamptons scene at Gekko's house was stronger. The filmmaker puts all of these scenes into context and why there were cut.

Finally, carried over from the original edition is "Money Never Sleeps: The Making of Wall Street," a top-notch, 47-minute making of documentary. There is very little overlap with the "Greed is Good" documentary.

If you're a fan of this film and already own the previous edition, the new extras definitely warrant a double dip. They are quite substantial in nature and shed more light on this excellent film.
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Initial post: Sep 15, 2007 2:31:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 17, 2007 5:08:16 PM PDT
F. Mugavero says:
Is this the same commentary from the last edition or new? I'm not sure why Stone would record a new commentary. It's what's keeping me from buying this...I don't mind the "upgrade", but I don't like losing a feature - Stone's first, maybe more spontaneous commentary - in the process. Has anyone heard them both and can possibly compare them for us? I would appreciate it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 8:03:32 AM PDT
Simon Allard says:
It is a very detailed review. But I found the picture quality of my original version to be very bland and washed. It would have been useful to at least comment on the picture quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 1:33:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2007 1:36:35 PM PDT
Cubist says:
F: It is in fact the same commentary track from the previous edition.

Simon: The colors are better in this new version. If you want a better comparison between the two, check this link which also includes screen shots:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews32/wall_street.htm

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2007 6:57:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2007 8:43:13 PM PDT
F. Mugavero says:
Thanks for the info - appreciate it. And the screenshots really helped me make a decision. I definitely want the new version. I'd like to see this on EVERY double-dip release! Often times I have found myself preferring the look of the original release and not the "new and improved" version. But in this case, the upgrade looks justified. It's always going to be a "grainy" film, because that's how Stone made it. PS> Just checked out that site, DVDbeaver, and they actually DO this for every double-dip release. It's fantastic. Thanks.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 12:46:44 PM PST
Krazy Star says:
Info comparing extras was helpful to me. Thnx

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 10:07:09 AM PDT
HankSter says:
"The second disc features a new introduction by Oliver Stone that is brief and really should have been put on the first disc. "

Yep that was STUPID, should have been on Disc 1 and played before the movie !!

Thank for the info on http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews32/wall_street.htm

Good to know they do this on all double-dip releases !! I will be looking closer !!

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 6:36:34 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 9:23:45 PM PDT
Cubist says:
F. Mugavero & HankSter:

You are welcome! DVDBeaver is an amazing site. They really go that extra mile. And the comparisons between various editions is extremely helpful!

Krazy Star:

You're welcome!

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 1:50:49 PM PST
Star Bux says:
'The Insider Edition' looks great. Have not checked out the other dvd
edition(s) though. I also did not bother with 'disk 2' of 'The Insider
Edition'... In terms of the technical aspects, picture looks great.

That said, the primary reason I got this was because it is an amazing,
and accurate description of the financial and economic underpinnings
of Corporate America (circa 1980s)... I liked the dichotomy, the two
competing philosophies - Gekko only saw "dollar signs", while his nemesis,
the British guy, desired to "tinker with the business" he desired to possess,
to create a "legacy" - he was more interested in the physical assets
themselves, than in "the dollar amounts"....

For the longest while, I did not wish to get a copy, because I found the
limo scene, really offensive. But seeing the movie again, on television,
I realized, No, that's not Darryl Hannah, but some other girl - Remembered
the movie, incorrectly... And that limo scene, served as a contrast between
the dire straits she found herself in, in comparison to the educated girl played
by Darryl Hannah (who would never debase herself like that, in a limo, or
elsewhere)....

This word 'sodomite' appears in the Bible (kjv), and literally means "resident
of sodom" (LOt was "passing through")... A sodomite, is an ungodly male,
capable of abusing not only other males, but females as well. The limo
scene, basically defines the character played by Sheen, as a sodomite, and
the Gekko character as well, since he arranged that "meeting" between them.
Psychologists say that a male who would share a woman with another male,
is one who has "latent homo-sexual desires"... That said, the sexuality of
the characters aside, the movie is brilliant in its study of why some desire
money, as opposed to what money can buy. If you ever thought upon the
morality of the capitalist system, this is a great movie to watch.

Information - a valuable commodity. Transparency, then is akin to a "level
playing field" I suppose, but like any field of battle, some contestants (or
players) will prove themselves more adept at strategy (using information)
than others... That is only one lesson, I think, to be learned from watching
this movie.
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