THE WOLVERINE UNLEASHED EXTENDED Blu-ray Review
Superheroes have taken over Hollywood but one Marvel hero has lead the pack for a long time: The Wolverine. He slashed his way onto the screen and into our hearts back in 2000 with the first X-Men movie, but somewhere in the evolution process Wolverine lost some of his bite. Luckily for fans, The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Blu-Ray/ DVD brings a hero they can cheer for again.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a screening of The Wolverine hosted by 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold. If you’re like me, then you might have reservations about watching a Wolverine solo film after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Don’t worry! The Wolverine’s creative team had the same concerns and therefore produced a X-Men movie that stands apart from the previous Wolverine film. The Hollywood version of Wolverine has evolved over time, but Mangold takes the famous mutant character back to its comic book roots. When comparing the two films, Mangold was very honest about how his main goal was making movie he would want to see. Mangold explained how superhero movies “walk the line of comic book art and what you can do with human flesh,” and results with lone-wolf Logan looking more rugged and realistic than recent versions. Star Hugh Jackman reprises the role for the sixth time and he looks better than ever as Wolverine. Mangold’s version does The Wolverine, Jackman, and X-Men fans proud.
What exactly can you expect from The Wolverine Unleashed Blu-Ray? Unlike many extended extensions, Unleashed offers more than just 3 or 4 additional scenes. The main and most obvious addition is blood-shed and The Wolverine brings on the blood by the bucketful. While The Wolverine Unleashed is an unrated version, the extra violence and language easily makes The Wolverine the first “unofficial” R-rated movie in the X-Men franchise. The extended scenes also allow for more character development and further the stakes in the story. Did I mention there is way more blood and gore?
While the majority of adjustments to the theatrical version are positive, there is one change to The Wolverine movie-goers might notice. The final teaser of Wolverine holding the iconic black and yellow mask has been removed. Perhaps it was too much of a tie in to the franchise as The Wolverine clearly wishes to stand out? The change doesn’t impact The Wolervine storyline, but now leaves the ending open for your own imagination.
The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Blu-ray/ DVD combination is available now.