New this week on DVD/Blu-ray
New this week on DVD/Blu-ray:
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Martin Scorsese was criticized for glorifying the behavior Wall Street broker/con man Jordan Belfort and his ilk with this film. Instead, the director realizes that showing Belfort’s out-of-control spiral won’t make anyone change. It drips with the understanding that anyone promising lucrative financial gains never will lack for followers or gullible customers.
That satiric edge, which puts it closer in tone to Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” than maybe any other movie he’s made, is what makes it so compelling. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin star.
That four-hour cut of the film that was talked about when this movie’s release date was bumped to Christmas day? There’s no sign of it here. The only extra is a making-of featurette called “The Wolf Pack,” along with a digital download of the film. (Paramount Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“Delivery Man” – Vince Vaughn stars as a former sperm donor who discovers he now has more than 500 children in this remake of the French Canadian hit “Starbuck.” Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt costar.
Extras include the featurette “Building Family.” (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, $29.99 DVD, $32.99 Blu-ray)
“Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie” – Justin Long, John Leguizamo and others provide the voices for the prehistoric creatures in this dinosaur feature based on the BBC series.
Extras include a trivia track, a Match the Call game and an Ultimate Dino Guide. (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, $29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray)
“The Great Beauty” – The winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film makes its DVD/Blu-ray debut in a Criterion edition that includes deleted scenes, extended interviews with director Paolo Sorentino, star Toni Servillo and screenwriter Umberto Contarello and an illustrated booklet. (Criterion Collection, $24.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray/DVD combo)
“Chinese Zodiac” – Jackie Chan plays an adventurer who goes in search of ancient Chinese relics with the promises of riches from a wealthy businessman (Oliver Platt) if he finds them. But Chan is caught between the payday and restoring China’s past in this action-adventure.
The disc includes a making-of featurette and digital download copy. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $26.98 Blu-ray)
“Odd Thomas” – Based on a Dean Koontz best-seller, the movie stars Anton Yelchin as a fry cook who can see dead people and must protect his small down from an incursion of the dead. (Image Entertainment, $29.96 DVD, $34.97 Blu-ray)
“Welcome to the Jungle” – A group of office workers on a corporate retreat get stranded on a deserted island with a crazy ex-Marine (Jean-Claude Van Damme) in this comedy. Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert and Megan Boone costar.
Extras include a deleted scene, behind-the-scenes featurette and digital copy. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $19.98 DVD, $26.98 Blu-ray)
“Beneath” – A group of high school seniors celebrating on a lake become bait for a man-eating fish in this horror film.
Director Larry Fessenden does a commentary track, and the disc includes the featurettes “A Look Behind the Scenes,” “Fessenden on Jaws” and “What’s in Black Lake?” (Shout Factory, $19.97 Blu-ray)