Last night, I had the honor of traveling to my favorite studio lot in order to get an exclusive first-look at the director’s cut of “The Wolverine” in celebration of “The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition” Blu-ray and DVD.
…and it was AWESOME.
We were treated to a beautiful Japanese-themed evening, complete with sushi, ahi burgers and of course, a sake/vodka martini with a lychee “olive” that I dubbed “The Wolvertini.”
And a close up look at some of the film’s props!
Trust me, ALL of us asked if we could touch the suit…so it was probably a good idea that it was all under glass, ha.
If you aren’t familiar with the film’s plot, The Wolverine (read our full review here) picks up after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Logan had to make the difficult decision of killing his true love, Jean Grey (due to her growing insanity after becoming Dark Phoenix). Once this occurred, Logan went completely off the grid, living in a cave and vowing to never hurt anyone again. But unfortunately, he isn’t alone – he’s haunted by Jean in his dreams, asking why he isn’t with her yet.
All that changes when Yukio (Rila Fukushima) seeks Logan out to tell him that a man he saved in World War II (yes, there is an AMAZING flashback) named Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi) wants him to come to Tokyo to say goodbye…but Yashida also has ulterior motives. Knowing Logan’s pretty much given up on life, so he offers to transfer Logan’s healing power to himself.
Logan declines, but while saving Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) from kidnappers at the memorial, Logan learns that he has somehow become mortal and his quick-heal is gone.
The extended edition will please fans of the franchise, especially a MASSIVE Wolverine vs. Black Clan fight scene leading up to when they shoot Logan in the back with arrows connected to cables that was cut from the theatrical release; also featured were a dope as hell explosion AND (a weird personal turn-on for me) Logan getting to drop a couple more f-bombs.
After the screening, we were treated to a brief Q&A with director James Mangold and he had nothing but praise for Jackman (whom he had directed previously in the rom-com Kate & Leopold) in the iconic role.
“I think he’s phenomenal in the role, it’s one of those really rare moments where there’s an alignment of the right person for the right job. When that happens—like Sean Connery playing Bond—I don’t see any reason why it should stop.”
And if you’ve noticed Logan’s hair looks “calmer,” there’s a very good reason for that.
“I looked at images of Hugh in previous movies and felt it looked like he was wearing a wig. You’re always trying to walk the line between some kind of relationship to the existing comic book art and at the same time you have to make it physically work on human flesh … and I didn’t want Wolverine to look like a Flock of Seagulls.”
“The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition” includes 3D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on four discs and has features like “Second Screen”, where fans can look at concept art, interactive bonus material as well as get a more immersive experience when use the “synced viewing” feature.
Here’s hoping you enjoy it as much as I did (note the yellow flower nod to OG Wolverine)…
Snikt snikt, darlings.
(P.S. – In the film, the symbols on the sword read “Never Died, Never Aged, Never Destroyed.”)
The Wolverine is now available on Digital HD with the Blu-Ray and DVD available Dec 3rd!
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