One of the truly great Oliver Stone films, "WALL STREET," has been released on blu-ray by FOX. Michael Douglas gives an Oscar winning performance, and arguably his best acting ever as Gordon Gecko, a ruthless financier, responsible for discarding countless thousands of employees in hostile takeovers and not only feeling grand about it, but making everyone else involved feel great too, especially with a "Greed is Good" speech. Charlie Sheen, proves again, that, as in "PLATOON," and even the comedy series, "TWO AND A HALF MEN," this guy can act! He's thoroughly convincing here as Bud Fox, a driven Wall Street Employee, hoping to get in good with Gecko and hit the big time. Along the way, he learns a lot more than how the money market works, and finds a certain amount of self-respect and a revitalized relationship with his father, played aptly by Martin Sheen. As with "PLATOON," the character Charlie Sheen plays is torn between two other people, fighting for his soul, his real father and the Gecko-like father character. It's a great script with great actors. The only one in this film that really doesn't come across at all as convincing is Daryl Hannah, as the love interest of Sheen and Douglas. YECHH! DOESN'T WORK FOR A MINUTE!
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this release with a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer. It's a clean transfer, taken from the same master used for the "20th Anniversary" dvd edition in 2007. However, while that one looked fine for dvd, this transfer doesn't feel or look much better than a really sharp dvd! There isn't one scene that offers the "jump off the screen" kind of depth found in typically excellent FOX blu-ray releases! Colors are generally solid, although not as vibrant as found on superior blu-ray releases. Contrast is only adequate, never offering blacks and grays that are deep enough for real depth. Overall, it's impossible not to feel disappointed that FOX didn't do more for such a landmark film!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 mix. Unfortunately, none of the previous sound mixes offered on numerous dvd releases have been impressive, and neither is this one. It's just extremely dull, with minimal surround involvement and harsh fidelity. There is minor separation towards the front stage and dialogue, thankfully, is free of distortion. The music throughout the film is great, but undermined with an ineffective mix.
Extras from previous dvds have been carried over, but none are presented in HD! The commentary with Stone is certainly his best commentary on dvd and well worth listening to for film lovers. The documentaries offered are outstanding, and fans of the film well enjoy the deleted scenes.