Review: The Wolf of Wall Street 4K UHD Limited Edition
4K UHD Blu-ray: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
I went to see The Wolf of Wall Street at the cinema on its release back in 2013 and absolutely loved it, yet strangely had never revisited it in the past 9 years until the 4K UHD review copy from Arrow Films dropped through the letterbox here at 60MW Towers.
A 2nd viewing endeared me to it even more, giving me even greater appreciation for the stellar performances from the entire cast and highlighting just how much pitch black humour is layered throughout the 3 hour running time…not once did I “Clock Watch”, which is always a good sign, especially with a movie as long as this.
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort; a young man whose journey takes him from being a trainee stock-broker, to a business owner, multi-millionaire, drug and sex addict, criminal, before finally ending as…well, watch and find out.
Much has been written about the incredible performance of Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, wholly believable as the innocent guy trying to find a job on Wall Street, before transforming into a crazed drug fuelled maniac who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “excess”, but his character arc is made all the better by the cast that surrounds him.
Matthew McConaughey steals a scene near the beginning of the movie just by thumping his chest in a restaurant, while Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff morphs from an innocent protégé of Belfort, through to a drug and money addicted partner whose wild antics often cloud his better judgement.
All of this is overseen by Martin Scorsese, who isn’t afraid to grab some laughs in amongst all of the money grabbing carnage, none more so than in an iconic scene where Belfort and Azoff overdose on outdated quaaludes, ending up with a slapstick series of events which includes a comedy crawl to get into a Lamborghini and culminates in a fight in the kitchen.
This 4K UHD release looks and sounds superb, deep blacks and natural colours bring everything to life, while the DTS 5:1 track envelops you and has punch at the bottom end when required.
The 2 discs are loaded with extras both archival and newly produced by Arrow Films, with the Limited Edition version also having the added bonus of some physical extras too.
Yet another superb release by Arrow Films, this is the ultimate package for any fans of the movie.
- Fully illustrated 60-page collectors book containing new writing by film critics Sean Hogan, Will Menaker, and Jourdain Searles
- Limited Edition packaging featuring The Wolf of Wall Street luxury ‘wallet’, American Excess Credit Card, Business Card, and Stratton Oakmont Banknote
- Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork
Disc One: Feature & Extras (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-Ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of a director-approved 4K transfer
- Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton
- Brand new introduction by film historian Ian Christie, editor of Scorsese on Scorsese
- Theatrical trailer
Disc Two: Extras (Blu-ray)
- Brand new interview with screenwriter Terence Winter
- Brand new interview with production designer Bob Shaw
- Wall Street After Hours, a brand new visual essay by film critic Simon Ward on the dark humour of Martin Scorsese
- Planet Hollywolf, a brand new visual essay by film critics Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain on Jordan Belfort’s lesser known career as a low budget movie producer
- The Wolf Pack, an archival featurette exploring Martin Scorsese’s take on the story and the characters involved
- Running Wild, an archival featurette taking a closer look at the filmmaking process and key creative team
- The Wolf of Wall Street Roundtable, an archival featurette with director Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in conversation
- Behind the Scenes, documentary footage shot during filming
- TV spots
- Image gallery
Review by Dave from discs kindly supplied by Arrow Films via Fetch Publicity.