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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Blu-ray

Oliver Stone drops the ball with “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

When I first heard Oliver Stone was making a sequel to “Wall Street,” I was intrigued. The first film was an 80’s classic and it made sense to revisit the Gordon Gekko character with a story set in this current economic climate. Rather than making a profound statement about these times, however, Stone opts for a rather dull multi-layered story about Gekko trying to connect with his daughter (and her boyfriend) while also trying to return to the business world. Basically, Stone told a story that few wanted to see.

It’s a shame that the story turned out the way it did because there was so much potential here. Gordon Gekko, who was an iconic character in the first film, has mostly been reduced to a side character in this sequel as he’s not even in a good chunk of the flick. Even worse, the new characters just aren’t that interesting. That’s not a knock on the performances by Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin, it’s just a knock on the writing. In fact, to be perfectly honest, the only part of the entire story that I honestly enjoyed was the brief cameo by the Bud Fox character (played by Charlie Sheen) whose presence was sorely missed in this sequel.

Summary: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is a disappointing and boring sequel. Skip it.

The 2.35:1 1080p picture quality has some artifacts during bright scenes, but generally this is a good transfer with sharp colors.  

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track delivers clear sounding dialogue, music, etc.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* BD-Live exclusive extras “Live Lookup” and “The Return of Bud Fox.”
* Trailers (including 2 for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”).
* 15 deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Oliver Stone. The most notable scene here is a Donald Trump cameo.
* Commentary by Oliver Stone. Stone’s rants are more entertaining than the film.
* “A Conversation With Oliver Stone And The Cast Of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”- Again, this conversation about business and the films is more interesting than the sequel itself.
* “Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character With Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Shia LaBeuf, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella”- The actors (and actress) chat about their characters.

* “Money, Money, Money: The Rise And Fall Of Wall Street”- A 5 part featurette that covers the original film and sequel, the Gordon Gekko character, the real Wall Street (then and now), and wealth.

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January 10, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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