In “The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and company created a stunning, dazzling portrait of the life of greed and excess. For its narrative and emotive weight, the (to use a phrase from the film’s era) home video version of the film is surprisingly light on tantalizing extras. Fortunately, what is there is some first class goodness.
Those who purchase the Blu-ray, DVD and digital combo pack (out as of March 25) will not find a collection of theatrical trailers and teaser spots, nor will they find commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a blooper reel or any of the other standard home video special features fare. What they will uncover, alongside the film in all of its full 1080p glory––and considering its 2 hour 59 minute run time, that has to take some serious space––is one single solitary extra feature dubbed “The Wolf Pack”.
“The Wolf Pack” is a part making-of, part behind the scenes featurette that features interviews with the cast, namely Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Jon Favreau, as well as Marty Scorsese himself, transposed with clips from the film to illustrate their comments and reflections.
This sole extra feature is the rare special feature that is actually worthwhile, and a must for those who hold the film in high esteem. It also comes highly recommend for those who have dubbed it too over the top, too controversial and too far, as it elucidates exactly why those choices were all made. Director and stars alike talk about their vision for the film, their intentions, why they went as far as they did, and creatively what they had to do to get to that point.
This combo pack may not come loaded with extras, but one exceptional film with bonus material that holds up to that quality and brings some great insight into that work is a win in our book.