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The Wolf Of Wall Street 4K UHD Review

Excess.

2013’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. The story begins in 1987 with Belfort working as a Wall Street stockbroker and propels forward in time by focusing on the company he created with pal Donnie Azoff. The company (Stratton Oakmont) is essentially one big scheme that fills his pockets. After that, Jordan’s life spirals out of control as he becomes addicted to drugs, struggles in his relationship with his wife Naomi (whom he also has kids with), smuggles cash, and attempts to evade the FBI who are investigating him.

If I had to use one word to describe director Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” it would be excess. It’s excessively loverlong, it’s excessively repetitious (especially the scenes of drug use), it’s excessively exhausting, and it excessively beats you over the head with its overstated ideas about an out-of-control man who is never satisfied by what he has. It all feels like Scorsese’s greatest hits in that nothing new is explored here. It’s another rise and fall story about an unlikable character (this one being a repulsive, greedy, immoral human being). Terence Winter’s script also feels like a “Goodfellas” wannabe through and through (albeit with a more comedic approach).

Where’ Wolf’ does succeed is with the cast who are excellent here. The high energy Leonardo DiCaprio carries the movie to be sure while a star was certainly born here with Margot Robbie as Naomi. Matthew McConaughey has a memorable small role while Jonah Hill is solid even with the distracting fake teeth. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K is unlikely to wow you. The colors are a bit muted for my taste but it’s still a slight upgrade from the Blu-ray. 

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is effective but it’s a shame there was no audio upgrade here.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “The Wolf Pack”- Basically a tribute to Scorsese’s direction and storytelling.
* “Running Wild”- A featurette about how the movie came about and the real life story. Interviews with cast and crew are included.
* “The Wolf Wall Street Round Table”-A discussion between Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill, Terence Winter, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

December 14, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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