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THE WOLVERINE Blu-ray Review

In a summer overstuffed with superhero films, it’s totally acceptable if you happened to skip over one of the best one of the year. With larger budgets and fanfare, Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 dominated the box office but The Wolverine just may be the best of the lot of them. Starring Hugh Jackman, who’s now embodied this role in six films, he brings layers and nuance to a character that could be whittled down and reduced to just beserker rage. But he brings a softness, a caring that could have been left out if less capable hands had it in their control.

Director James Mangold joins the franchise and brings about a new look and tone to that is refreshing and makes for an exciting yet personal superhero film unlike any other. Given that we’ve gotten to know this character through 5 previous films, we can finally buck the trend of origin stories and dig deeper in to what makes him tick and how this character fights his personal demons. It strikes an excellent balance in tone between the action, the quiet moments with Logan and his dream-state Jean, as well as the side characters.

A common complaint of the film seems to stem from The Viper’s comic book villainess role. While the Viper is a somewhat campy performance, but given the gravitas of other characters and moments, it’s a nice reprieve when she comes on the screen. It very much reminds me of the original Superman with Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. While he has famously said that he thought they were filming a comedy, it’s his performance that makes Lex seem like a villain you don’t want to mess with. He’s a little unhinged, despite having a couple of buffoons as sidekicks.

While the film is solid, the extra features on the Blu-ray are strong as well. Especially the Second Screen App, which allows fanatics to dig in to the film on a whole new level. While I watched the 2-Disc Blu-ray, I definitely recommend splurging and spending the few extra dollars to score the Unleased Extended Edition. I saw this at a special screening and it’s not just a matter of a few more f-bombs. It adds upwards of 20 minutes to make the final ninja fight a blood bath that’s captivating, gory and even has a touch of humor, a fantastic balancing act that many directors would skew too far one way or the other. But Mangold knows when to be restrained to have those quiet moments and when to be bombastic and over the top to be entertaining in ways that almost only comic book superhero movies can be.

The Wolverine

THE WOLVERINE Unleashed Extended Edition – Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD

  • The Extended, Unrated Cut – the first for the X-Men franchise!
  • THE WOLVERINE Unleashed – more violent and hardcore than ever before
  • The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
  • Alternate Ending
  • Audio Commentary by Director James Mangold (only on the unleashed extended)
  • Sync with The Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

THE WOLVERINE Blu-ray

  • THE WOLVERINE – Theatrical Version with special features:
  • Alternate Ending
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
  • The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
  • Sync with Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience
  • Theatrical Trailer

THE WOLVERINE DVD 

  • THE WOLVERINE – Theatrical Cut
  • Inspiration – A Ronin’s Journey

 

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.