Budd Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an energetic young man who wants to be a big man on Wall Street, he thinks he can sell and deal stocks like the best of them, so he wants the best teacher, Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas), a guy who's made millions out of the system, and annoyed many people on his route. So Budd learns, as Gecko teaches him the tricks, skills and how to make big money, but is he looking into the abyss and seeing who he really is, as suggested by his boss Lou (Hal Holbrook) or is he just a whipper snapper trying to make a living?
This is a great movie, and well captured by Stone, who himself had a father who was in the business and wanted to make a "business movie", to look at the bad guys of the system, and how people's simple needs often outweigh what they feel is right. There's a great cameo from John C McGinley (Dr Cox from Scrubs) - his role as Budd's friend is good, and shows he was already a rising star of the Hollywood system. I also liked the fact that this was an all-star cast: Michael Douglas shining as the charismatic Gecko, not taking prisoners and emotionally detached from his work. Also not forgetting Martin Sheen, as Budd's father, not just in the film, but in real life, so when he cries in the hospital, you know he really means it, and those are gold moments.
This blu-ray is decent, but not spellbinding - the MPEG 4 video is good, but is a bit grainy, given the fact it's probably the style of film used, it's probably the best they can do with the medium available. The colours are sharp though, and the BD-50 full transfer making this the best release of Wall Street so far. The audio is dynamic, but I did notice I had to turn up the volume on it, as the dialogue wasn't that loud. The master-HD audio is a must hear though, and is top quality otherwise.
There are SD extras here, including "Greed Is Good", a look at the movie from Oliver Stone's point of view, a full hour of discussion and a look at the system in which he worked in, and how the movie evolved. There's also the making of, which has some interesting insights. The commentary by Stone is very concise too and should wet the appetites of any budding director.
All in all - worth a look, a definite classic.
Film: 4/5, transfer: 3/5, extras: 3/5