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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed is good, but the Blu-ray presentation isn't
It must be interesting to work in the financial world, but it's certainly not a topic that attracts the attention of most moviegoers. Whenever we see stockbrokers depicted on the screen, it appears to be utter chaos. Screens show numbers, people shout and make frantic phone calls, and we discern from their reactions whether they made money or not.

Wall Street...
Published on March 31 2012 by Steven Aldersley

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2.0 out of 5 stars WORST Blu-Ray Ever.
First I'm not going to review the movie everyone has said enough here about
it,i would only like to state this is the worst blu-ray i have ever seen my god how
the hell could they do this to such a fine movie,two stars for the blu-ray Five for the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed is good, but the Blu-ray presentation isn't, March 31 2012
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Steven Aldersley (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wall Street [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
It must be interesting to work in the financial world, but it's certainly not a topic that attracts the attention of most moviegoers. Whenever we see stockbrokers depicted on the screen, it appears to be utter chaos. Screens show numbers, people shout and make frantic phone calls, and we discern from their reactions whether they made money or not.

Wall Street overcomes some of the limitations of the subject matter by giving us well-acted characters that we care about. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) begins the story as a struggling broker who hopes to one day make a phone call that will change his life. Most of his potential clients aren't in a position to do that, but one is.

Gordon Gekko (Douglas) doesn't waste a second of his time when he's working, and he's usually working. After calling for 59 days straight, Bud delivers a box of Cuban cigars on Gekko's birthday and is given five minutes to convince him that he can help the man make money. He doesn't really hold Gekko's attention, but uses a desperate ploy before he is thrown out. Bud's father, Carl (Martin Sheen), works for Bluestar Airlines and has given Bud information about the company which will result in the price of the stock rising. Gekko decides to take a chance and Bud is hired.

It soon becomes clear to Gekko that Bud had inside information. He tells him that he doesn't like to lose and he'll need similar information in the future if he's to keep him around. Bud has a decision to make. Does he try to work ethically and within the law, or take a chance and do what Gekko asks? This is a story of greed and corruption and we see Bud take the latter option. He follows around another investor in an attempt to find out what company the man might be trying to buy. The information is useful to Gekko and he makes a fortune.

Bud's life will never be the same. He's finally on a path that will result in him becoming a major player. He begins spending money on a new apartment and artwork which reflects his success. He also starts a relationship with a woman who would normally have been beyond his reach. We see what money and success can do to a person. Previous relationships are harmed or completely abandoned. His father is an ethical man and is particularly hurt by Bud's actions. Despite warnings from some of his colleagues, Bud ruthlessly pursues success.

Will Bud achieve his dream and stay one step ahead of the law? Can he continue to provide Gekko with enough relevant information? Will he prove his father and work colleagues wrong?

Charlie Sheen is convincing as Bud, but the real highlight of the film is the Oscar-winning performance from Michael Douglas. He exudes power and gives the impression that he doesn't tolerate failure in any form. He's a brilliant public speaker and easily wins the support of companies he's taking over, even if he means to destroy them.

It's very strange seeing images of the twin towers in older films and it's a little sobering to see them here. There are a few other things which date the film and the funniest change has to be the differences in technology. Take a look at the computer screens without laughing or at cell phones the size of a brick.

I always take note when a film holds my interest with subject matter that I usually find boring. Wall Street is one such film and it's a gripping drama.

The Blu-ray presentation is disappointing to say the least. The picture quality is barely adequate and some of the longer shots look like an upconverted DVD. You can normally count on Fox, so maybe it's the fault of the source material?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, Dec 8 2013
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Adam Jacques (Montreal, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wall Street [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Great movies classic 80's makes me want to work on wall street, and for 9,99$ how could i go wrong
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2.0 out of 5 stars WORST Blu-Ray Ever., April 30 2013
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First I'm not going to review the movie everyone has said enough here about
it,i would only like to state this is the worst blu-ray i have ever seen my god how
the hell could they do this to such a fine movie,two stars for the blu-ray Five for the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film--better representation, Jan. 21 2008
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Wall Street:once run during a famous,successful,and even beloved era in history:the Reagan era. An intruiging setting that has a lot to be offered for on camera.

And,in "Wall Street",that setting is offered to the fullest. The main character of "Wall Street",Bud Fox(Charlie Sheen)has seen some rough patches in his own life. Yet,at the same time,he is a successful broker. Whether it's Bud Fox creating his own success--or building it off of someone or something else--without a doubt--Fox is one of the most talented and influential brokers on Wall Street.

And then,before Bud Fox knows it,his luck takes a spin around the corner. This is when Bud Fox finds his new client to be a man named Gordon Gekko(Michael Douglas,in an Academy Award winning role passed up by both Richard Gere and Warren Beatty). Who is Gordon Gekko? Gordon Gekko is a coprorate raider,his career being summed up by two words:high rolling. And with Bud Fox having Gordon Gekko as his new client,he is destined to complete his climb to the top, The hope of saving the airline of his father(Martin Sheen)is now more possible.

However,not only is Bud Fox is a young broker,he is recent to the business. At the same time,Gordon Gekko is more invisible than people are aware of. And once Bud Fox has caught on to everything,his luck will befriend his past.

"Wall Street" is quite an intruiging film. The plot of "Wall Street" does a good job at tying and combining fiction and nonfiction together,in one entire film. From this,viewers get the entertainment and supsense that they want and would get out of any Oliver Stone film. Everthing moves along suspensefully,curiously,and entertaingly. The comprehensive acting brings everything to life. Viewers are shown the real Wall Street on a platter--getting to see what it is like,the reality of what being there is like paying respect to itself but giving the elements and the viewers plenty of space. How Wall Street specifically worked in the 80's sits right here,alongside the basic and crucial elements of the plot and screenplay. The only real souvenirs may be the New York cinematography and the outdated 80's technology that is to be found and used throughout the film. Yet,that doesn't matter. What matters is that "Wall Street" brings out everything that it is asked of:1)every element of any film being brought out and used appropriately and successfully,2)depicting what Wall Street is like,and 3)giving viewers an up close and personal look at how Wall Street worked during the Reagan administration. Add all of that together,and with "Wall Street",you have a top notch film.

As you have already noticed,this,right here,is the 20th Anniversary Edition of "Wall Street". Fortunately,this DVD lives up to its title. There are several wortwhile bonus feautures here:an introduction by Oliver Stone(this finds Stone discussing "Wall Street" and giving brief insight into it,sharing the meaning that it has to him),the documentary "Greed is Good"(a look at both the making of "Wall Street" and Wall Street itself,along with documentation of how the reality of Wall Street was tied in with this film and interviews/insight with/from Oliver Stone,Michael Douglas,Charlie Sheen,John C. McGinley,and several Wall Street brokers/workers),deleted scenes(about twenty,along with outtakes of the scenes and an optional commentary by Oliver Stone),and "Money Never Sleeps-The Making of Wall Stret"(pretty much the same thing as the "Greed is Good" documentary,more focused on the film than Wall Street itself). Add all of that together with Oliver Stone's commentary on disc one(the same one to be found on the original DVD,the only exception being the fact that it is extended)and a booklet that lists the "biography" of the making of "Wall Street",and you've got some good candy for a great film that is a representation of a riveting period in history.

Overall,if you have an interest with the way that Wall Street works and its whole overview,or with the films of Oliver Stone,you have come to the right place. Sit back,relax,and enjoy a great film with its deserved recognition supplementing it in the same place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed IS Good, Nov. 14 2007
This review is from: Wall Street [2-Disc 20th Anniversary Edition - Widescreen] (Bilingual) (DVD)
This film has captured so many viewers in the 80's more so for the brilliant acting. Michael Douglas plays his role to the T. Charlie Sheen plays Buddy, who is young and eager to learn to be stock brokers. Martin Sheen who plays Charlie's real father was so amazing that you can tell they were not acting. You can see they had to get some tension off their chests.
The special features were also great I have been waitng for this special edition for some time now, and to know now that Oliver Stone made a movie about his father who was a Wall Street broker is cool. There are so many great lines in the film that stock brokers started to imitate all over the world based on this film. Not so suprising because it was written by Oliver who is truly gifted, remember SCARFACE. Another interesting note is many brokers today say this film inspired them to become stock brokers.... Truly one of Oliver Stones greatest films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Oliver Stone film, Jan. 22 2011
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J. Tupone (Saskatchewan) - See all my reviews
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I never watched Wall Street when it came out in the 1980s but heard it was great. I recently purchased a used copy of the DVD and was very impressed by the film overall. Douglas does an incredible job with the Gordan Gecko character and this is probably Charlie Sheen's best role, on-par with his role in Stone's "Platoon." Overall it's a great film and the high quality of it's production has "preserved" it and there's no sense of it being a "cheesy" 1980s film at all.

If you haven't watched Wall Street, it's definitely worth picking up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street (Blu-ray), Sept. 30 2010
This review is from: Wall Street [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A 'must view' before seeing the recently released movie. The story anticipated the economic crash by more than a decade and, strangely, Wall Street grafters and their international fellow travellers still consider "Greed is good"!

Due to the age of the original, the Blu-ray version is recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eight-Five to Eight-Six and Back?!, Jan. 5 2005
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This review is from: Wall Street (VHS Tape)
Early in the movie, Budd Foxx's fellow trader (account executive) makes a reference to the space shuttle Challenger tragedy and its effect on the market - a glaring continuity discrepancy since the movie takes place in the year 1985! Otherwise, this is a fine film - arguably one of Oliver Stone's better ones and admittedly this reviewer's favourite Stone picture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies of the 1980's, July 15 2004
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This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
Oliver Stone will never be known for subtlety. "Wall Street" bashes you over the head with its message- getting to the top in society requires duplicity, dishonesty, and the willingness to destroy any obstacle. However, unlike Ayn Rand, Stone vilifies rather than lauds this dubious morality. Bud Fox is a fresh faced, innocent stock broker trying to get ahead through hard work and elbow grease, as he was taught by his father. Bud soon meets powerful, charismatic corporate raider Gordon Gekko, incapable of love, remorse, or empathy. Gekko, we are told, sold NASA short 15 minutes after the Challenger exploded (impossible since the shuttle was destroyed in 1986 and the film is set in 1985!). Gekko predictably seduces Bud with his world of "perks", and Bud's star rises dramatically the farther he falls into corruption.
Throughout the film, Bud serves as a sounding board for the rival values of Gekko and his father. The speech most cited by critics and fans is the immortal "Greed is Good" monologue. While this speech, standing alone, is a vigorous defense of capitalism and selfishness, it is important to note that Gekko is using it at a shareholders' meeting against a lousy, entrenched, and greedy management!
Inevitably, Bud is forced to decide whether to follow his father's philosophy or Gekko's, and to pay the price for his misdeeds. A slight complaint with the ending- the fate of Gekko is hinted at rather than displayed. Gordon Gekko has become something of a hero for young, wanna-be big shots, who are attracted to the glamour of his lifestyle and his "up your's, I got mine!" attitude much as Bud was. Perhaps seeing Gekko get his comeuppance could have made an impression.
Overall, Wall Street is a tight, well done character drama populated with iconic characters delivering iconic dialogue that acts as an indictment of a decade. The movie and its message will stay with you long after viewing it.
As for the DVD, the sound, although in 5.1, is relegated almost exclusively to the center channel. One does not hear the sounds of Manhattan from all directions as Bud navigates the concrete jungle. The video quality appears grainy in some areas. This is a great movie worthy of better treatment on DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good., July 2 2004
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Dhaval Vyas (Dallastown, PA U.S.A) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wall Street (Widescreen) (DVD)
'Wall Street' was a good movie, although once again, Oliver Stone goes way over the top. Powerful speech about greed by Michael Douglas though.
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