New on DVD: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Beauty, Delivery Man

The Wolf of Wall Street

The first of three major home-video releases today is Martin Scorsese’s three-hour epic about Wall Street greed and excess, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, in Oscar-nominated performances, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti and the luminous, wonderful Margot Robbie, in a career-making turn as Jordan Belfort’s no-bullshit wife, with a script by Terence Winter.

I’ve written about Wolf on here before: my review from when it first came out, and my post on my top-1o favourite films of 2013, a list Wolf topped. The Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack is thin on bonus features: “The Wolf Pack” features interviews with Scorsese and some of the cast. The Wolf of Wall Street was famously edited down to three hours from four-plus, so I was hoping for a few deleted scenes or an idea of what was left on the cutting-room floor. The film is perfect, though, so I really shouldn’t complain much.

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Golden Globe and Oscar-winning foreign film The Great Beauty is also out today. The Paolo Sorrentino film stars Toni Servillo as Jep, an aging journalist who’s wondering what’s left for him after a life of partying. It’s a lavish – like the parties Jep attends – film with some of the most gorgeous cinematography of last year. I wrote about it when I saw it in theatres earlier this year.

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Also out today: Delivery Man, the Ken Scott-directed remake of Scott’s Starbuck. The Quebec-born filmmaker joins a short list of people who’ve remade their own films in another language. Delivery Man is almost a shot-for-shot remake of Starbuck, but the Vince Vaughn vehicle is set in New York, not Montreal. David Wozniak (Vaughn) is the biological father of 533 children, the result of his generosity with his sperm, which he donated almost 700 times between ’91 and ’94. Now, 142 of his biological children have filed a class-action lawsuit in hopes that Wozniak, who went by the pseudonym Starbuck when he made his deposits, will reveal his identity.

Starbuck is readily available on DVD with English subtitles – if you won’t read subtitles or just prefer the cast, then I can see why watching Delivery Man would be a choice you make. Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt star in roles originally held by Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton and Antoine Bertrand. I had hoped Delivery Man would improve on some of the shortcomings of Starbuck: I thought the original was a tad too long and its thin plot just didn’t justify the film’s length. Scott managed to shave just four minutes off the runtime for Delivery Man. The heart in Starbuck translated into schmaltz for Delivery Man, which might have more to do with the PG-13 remake of a R-rated film than anything else.

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