DVD The Wolf of Wall Street : While there are obvious similarities to such previous Martin Scorsese films as Goodfellas and Casino, this freewheeling and often ferociously funny film about a bunch of Wall Street goofballs — pumped up on coke, crooked capitalism, testosterone and entitlement — stands on its own as one of 2013’s most entertaining films. That it didn’t win any of the Oscars for which it was nominated doesn’t make it any less deserving.
While the general arc of the story is no shock, how Scorsese and writer Terence Winter ( The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) tell it — breaking the fourth wall, a near-constant electric sense of movement — keeps it fresh. And Leonardo DiCaprio, who couldn’t fill the shoes of The Great Gatsby, gives a loose-limbed, compelling performance that ranks as one of his best. Yes, there are scenes that go on too long. Yes, Scorsese has trod this territory — young men gone impossibly bad — before. And, yes, it’s over-the-top profane. But when it’s done this well, there’s little reason to complain. On DVD and Blu-ray.
Also new: Walking With Dinosaurs; The Great Beauty; Odd Thomas; Delivery Man; Welcome to the Jungle; Chinese Zodiac; Hairbrained
— Cary Darling