THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino recently pointed out that with most directors there’s a notable falling off of quality as they get older.  That their last three films are often their worst.  And it’s true that with most directors that’s the case.  Martin Scorsese is currently 71 years old, and is a notable exception.  The Wolf of Wall Street is one of his best films.  It joins such established masterpieces as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas in the upper echelon of his work, and it’s the best performance that Leonardo DiCaprio has ever given.  My review of The Wolf of Wall Street on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, KEY & PEELE, THE GREAT BEAUTY Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Martin Scorsese’s latest, the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a long-delayed Dean Koontz adaptation, some very popular TV comedies, a few new additions to the Criterion library, and more.  Briefly:

Best Picture Nominee Posters Recreated in LEGO Form

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The LEGO Movie was massive hit with both audiences and critics when it opened last weekend, and deservingly so given that the film is an absolute joy to take in.  I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t make the Best Animated Feature shortlist for next year’s Oscars, but before we start talking about the 2015 ceremony, we’ve got this year’s Academy Awards to take care of.  In a bit of zeitgeist synergy, the posters for all nine of this year’s Best Picture nominees have been recreated in LEGO form, making for a pretty amusing series of one-sheets.  It’s shaping up to be one of the closest Best Picture races in years, with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave in a virtual tie for first and American Hustle playing the very possible spoiler.  We’ve still got a few weeks to go before the awards season comes to a close, but for now take some delight in seeing LEGO-fied versions of the nominees, complete with American Hustle’s plunging necklines.

Hit the jump to take a look at some of the posters.  The 2014 Oscars will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres on Sunday, March 2nd.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Talk THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, THE DEPARTED, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, Jack Nicholson, and Much More

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Drawing a fully packed house, the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented the prestigious Cinema Vanguard Award to legendary director Martin Scorsese and award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, on behalf of their working relationship.  Having collaborated together five times now, on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street, the two have brought some intriguing stories to the big screen, with the promise of exciting things still to come.  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what they had to say during the Q&A.

While there, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio talked about how they first came to work with each other, the experience of making Gangs of New York, how The Aviator came about, playing a real-life person versus a fictional character, what led them to make The Departed, the experience of making Shutter Island, how they almost made The Wolf of Wall Street first, and what took that film so long to get made.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Blu-ray/DVD May Include an Extended Cut with an Extra Hour of Sex and Swearing [UPDATED]

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When Steve interviewed Martin Scorsese‘s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker for The Wolf of Wall Street, she revealed that the assembly cut (i.e., the editor’s first cut of the picture) was about four hours long, and while a lot of people “loved it” at that length, it was too long meet the distribution demands of the studio, which capped out at three hours (the final cut was 179 minutes).  They were able to reach their target not by cutting out whole scenes, but by trimming down what they had.  Today, we’ve learned that the four-hour cut will be released on Blu-ray and DVD.  Producers Joey McFarland and Riza Aziz say that while the most extreme moments remained in the final cut, there will be more uses of the word “fuck” (the movie already holds the record at 506, which is still 231 less than in Jordan Belfort’s memoir) and the sex scenes will run slightly longer.

Hit the jump for more.  The Wolf of Wall Street will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the spring. [Update: Unfortunately, Paramount and Red Granite Pictures have informed us that the home video release of The Wolf of Wall Street will be the same cut that was in theaters, meaning the four-hour cut will not be included on the Blu-ray.  It's sad news but not entirely surprising given that Scorsese isn't known for releasing alternate cuts of his films.]

12 YEARS A SLAVE Takes Home Best Picture at Critics Choice Awards; GRAVITY, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and LONE SURIVOR Win Genre Awards

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced tonight, and 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture.  The Critics’ Choice Awards have lined up with the Oscars in six of the last seven Best Pictures, but it’s worth noting that the Broadcast Film Critics Association spread the wealth around with genre awards to the other Oscar favorites, Gravity (Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie) and American Hustle (Best Comedy).  Lone Survivor only managed two Oscar nominations for the sound categories, but found some love here as the Best Action Movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, including ten different acting awards.

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

Margot Robbie Talks THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Collaborating with Scorsese, Working for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa on FOCUS, and More

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One of my favorite films of last year was Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street.  Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  The film also stars Jonah HillMargot RobbieRob ReinerJon Bernthal, and Matthew McConaughey.  For more on the movie, watch the trailer.

Last week I landed an exclusive video interview with Margot Robbie.  She talked about how nervous she was during the first few weeks of filming, what it was like collaborating with Scorsese and what surprised her, filming the nursery scene, working for writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa on Focus with Will Smith, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Adam Predicts the 2014 Oscar Nominees

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Well, folks, the time has finally come.  I’ve been covering this year’s awards season since last fall when we launched our awards column Oscar Beat, and after running through the ups and downs of the season thus far, it’s now time to predict which films, performances, screenplays, and other cinematic achievements from 2013 the Academy will choose to single out.  I feel very confident about some of my choices while others feel like more of a crapshoot.  One thing’s for sure: this has been quite an interesting season thus far, and there’s still no consensus with regards to some of the big winners.

Hit the jump as I take a stab at predicting the 2014 Oscar nominees.  The nominations will be announced at 5:30am PST on January 16th.

Check out the Subtle Visual Effects of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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The Wolf of Wall Street is an in-your-face 3-hour assault of a motion picture, but it also has some restrained, seamless visual effects work.  While the blockbuster movies always get attention for their dazzling CGI, Brainstorm Digital has put together an effects reel showcasing the nice touches that go almost completely unnoticed, and showcase Martin Scorsese‘s stunning attention to detail.  The behind-the-scenes footage reveals that something as simple as entering a doorway was completely redone so the exterior could meet the director’s satisfaction.  It’s really quite remarkable.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

Jonah Hill Talks THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, How Spike Jonze Convinced Him to Alter His Voice, Whether He Has Seen the 4-Hour Cut, and 22 JUMP STREET

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One of my favorite films of last year was Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street.  Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  The film also stars Jonah HillMargot RobbieRob ReinerJon Bernthal, and Matthew McConaughey.  For more on the movie, watch the trailer.

Last week I landed an exclusive video interview with Jonah Hill (who does amazing work as DiCaprio’s best friend).  He talked about how nervous he was working for his favorite director, how no one knew he was going to alter his voice until the first take, after Spike Jonze convinced him it was a good idea, whether he has seen the four-hour cut, 22 Jump Street, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Red-Band Clip from THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie

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While we await the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement, let’s enjoy this red-band clip from Martin Scorsese’s sure-to-be-a-contender, The Wolf of Wall Street.  The clip features Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie) engaging in a curse-filled argument, because even the rich and famous have their bad days.

Also starring Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler and Rob Reiner, The Wolf of Wall Street is in theaters now.  Keep up with Adam’s Oscar Beat to get the skinny on The Wolf of Wall Street (and other films) and click here to read Matt’s review.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Oscar Beat: The Guilds Have Spoken, So Where Does This Leave Us for Oscar?

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We’re very, very close to the nominations announcement for the 86th Academy Awards, and now that the various guilds—the Screen Actors Guild, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild, and the Directors Guild—have announced their nominees, we have a pretty clear picture of what we might expect with regards to Oscar.  As I’ve said before, one of the biggest predictors of how the Academy will vote comes with the guilds, since the guild membership has a strong crossover with Academy membership.  With just over a week to go before the Oscar nominations are announced, now feels like a good time to take a glance at the current landscape to see what films are shaping up to be Oscar favorites, and which films might miss this cut.

Hit the jump to read this latest installment of Oscar Beat in which I take a closer look at this morning’s DGA nominations, offer an overview of which films have landed the most nods from the various guilds, and what that means for Oscar.

2014 Writers Guild Nominations Include HER, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, WOLF OF WALL STREET, and LONE SURVIVOR

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The Oscar precursors are in full swing.  Yesterday we got a look at the nominations for the Producers Guild Awards—a solid predictor for the Best Picture Oscar category—and today the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its nominations for the 2014 awards.  The Best Original Screenplay nominees include Nebraska, Her, and American Hustle, while the Best Adapted category is filled out by the likes of Before Midnight, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street.  The major surprise in today’s WGA announcements is the inclusion of Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor script for Best Adapted Screenplay and the befuddling absence of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis for Original Screenplay.

Hit the jump for more, including the full list of WGA nominations and my analysis with regards to what this means for Oscar.  The 2014 WGA Awards will be held on February 1st.

Oscar Beat: Analyzing What the Producers Guild Awards Nominations Mean for Oscar

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When it comes to predicting the Oscars, there are a number of factors to take into account.  The early critics awards carry some weight, as does a film’s overall box office performance, but the most significant gauge with regards to Oscar voting comes with the guild awards.  The four major guilds—producers, directors, writers, and actors—have a large amount of crossover with Academy membership, which means that many of the same people that are voting for the Oscars are also voting in the PGA, DGA, WGA, and SAG awards.  Earlier today we got our first look at the Producers Guild of America nominations, and there were a couple of minor surprises mixed in with the usual suspects.

In this edition of Collider’s awards column, Oscar Beat, I’ll be analyzing what this year’s PGA nominations mean with regards to the upcoming 86th Academy Awards race.  Read on after the jump.

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