The Wolverine [Blu-ray] [2013]

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96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1957 out of 2049)

Synopsis


The Wolverine
A haunted Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) journeys to Japan to bid an old friend farewell, and gets drawn into a conflict involving ninja and yakuza in stand-alone spin-off set following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and preceding the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story begins in Nagasaki. As a B-29 bomber appears in the sky and air-raid sirens howl, panicked Japanese troops begin committing ritual seppuku. Terrified, yet unwilling to sacrifice his own life, young soldier Yashida takes cover in a heavily fortified prison pit containing the immortal mutant Wolverine, who shields him from a deadly blast. Decades later, Wolverine has sworn off violence after he was forced to kill his beloved Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). He's confronting a hunter who has been using illegal, poison-tipped arrows when the sword-wielding Yukio (Rila Fukushima) comes to his aid, and summons him to Japan at the behest of the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), now the head of Japan's largest and most powerful tech giant. Just hours before passing away, Yashida implores Wolverine to protect his granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamato), whom he has personally chosen to take over the family business -- much to the chagrin of her plotting father Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada). When the yakuza attempt a high-profile kidnapping of Mariko during Yashida's funeral, Wolverine comes to her rescue, and receives some much needed help from enigmatic ninja Harada (Will Yun Lee). Narrowly escaping with their lives, Wolverine and Mariko go into hiding with the yakuza and ruthless mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) hot on their trail. But the battle is far from over, and with Wolverine's healing powers mysteriously diminished, he may not be able to protect Mariko for long. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman - Logan
  • Tao Okamoto
    Tao Okamoto - Mariko
  • Rila Fukushima
    Rila Fukushima - Yukio
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    Hiroyuki Sanada - Shingen
  • Svetlana Khodchenkova
    Svetlana Khodchenkova - Viper



Overall customer rating

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96%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great (I could've done it better;)

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    FutureDirector
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    I'll admit, I had a hard time with this movie at the theater. I am one of the (very) few who actually loved "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", and was expecting "Part 2" of that film. I had to let this film digest a while, before I realized - it is closer to the comic books, and the character, than any previous X-Men film (save Nightcrawler in X2, Beast in The Last Stand). After I let my "nerd rage" subside, and followed the director James Mangold's comments on Twitter, I felt enlightened & more informed to make a decision on how I "feel" about this film. I suddenly remembered that I DON'T remember much about Wolverine's (multiple) origin(s) in the books, and really never truly cared for the books' confusing version much back then. I actually stopped reading "just for Wolverine" after a while. The 2 films are a more clear, concise roadmap to the character we know & love *in the film universe*. Therein lies the most important part. While Mangold told his own story, he took elements - aesthetically & literally - from the books. Not too many, not telling the same old story we all knew for decades - just some elements to keep "the real fans" at least appeased for the moment. So, while this is the Earth-10005, there are Easter eggs & hints - even some panel to frame elements - particularly in this film that keep things close to home. There are things I thought I would not like (Silver Samurai), that I ended up liking better than their comic counterparts. To put it simply, the basic, well known SS just wouldn't work on film as just a "guy in the suit". The giant, mechanized version simply made more "real" sense, cinematically. Had the same effect on me as the "fake Mandarin". Would have been just too corny to be believable on film. Also, BONE CLAWS! *(Really helped my "X-Men 4" script along:) If there was something lacking, it was Viper. It was "Batman & Robin" Poison Ivy, with molting skin, all over again. Bad acting. Worse dialogue (much too obviously overdubbed). Almost ruined the movie for me. Did not fit the film, at all. We had already seen Lady Deathstrike, and the Godsend that is Mystique, so we didn't need another "sexy" female foe. Seemed more like a already bad Spider-Man villain gone even more wrong. But, if you've seen Mangold's "Call Of Duty Ghosts" commercial with Megan Fox, you''ll see he seems to love his overly breathy (campy), vampy ("Hey stud, how about a...") women. Perhaps a bit TOO "comic booky"?!? Sorry, JM - I tried to like her, I really did...! I have not yet watched the extras, mainly because once I start, I can't stop! I like watching the film with Commentary, then Deleted Scenes, then ALL the extras, in one sitting. Soon, I promise, soon. Much the reason I bought the version with the most content. I'll have to send the wife & kids off on a day trip, and just immerse my mind. I may use the Digital version (this time), on my tablet, for research while writing my script(s). I do wish all of the films were more tightly entwined, as the books were, and as The Avengers appear to be. Therefore & thusly, yes I would have went a slightly different route (and I have some great ideas for "Wolverine 3";), I wish Logan & Mariko's relationship would have felt "deeper" & continued much longer, but I still love this film. It's a great addition to the collection. Perhaps I am biased. The "X-Men" films are my favorite film series. As a comic fan, I wish this and that. As a film fan, i have yet to find anything else that I watch, study, think or talk about any more. My family is on the verge of banning X-Men from our house!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Better Wolverine

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    Picking up shortly after the end of X-Men 3, this film follows Logan (aka: Wolverine) in seclusion as well as on a trip to Tokyo to pay final respects to an old, dying friend whose life he saved during World War II. Much is afoot, however, as Wolverine encounters a trail of gangs, corrupt politicians and family squabbles, all of which threaten the life of his departed friend's granddaughter, whom Wolverine must now protect. But he suddenly finds that something is also wrong with himself as his power to heal and regenerate seems to be waning. What Wolverine does not realize is that he is the real target. Much more of this film is focused on Wolverine's character development than in the first Wolverine film and Wolverine is virtually the only mutant character. The regret over the necessity to kill Jean Grey consumes Logan's mind. He is haunted by visions and vivid dreams of Jean throughout the film. It's refreshing to see the human side of Wolverine and not so much portrayed as the invincible cigar-smoking, wise-cracking killing machine we've seen in other X-Men films. X-Men films tend to have far too many characters for there to be any real development or solid plot, so it's a treat to have so much focus on a single character for a change. The final scene of the film leads directly into the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past, so if you're planning to see it, see this first!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The "Unleashed Extended" is the version to get!

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    It goes without saying that "The Wolverine" is a VASTLY superior sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", and you can find any number of thought-pieces online as to why, so I won't retread that ground here. What is worth saying regarding this release is that no matter how much cheaper the single-disc release of "The Wolverine" may be compared to this one, THIS IS THE VERSION TO BUY. Never mind the presence of the 3D disc, since that's not even a thing TV manufacturers bother to produce anymore; what matters is that in this "Unleashed Extended" edition, you get both the theatrical release (which, while still too tame a telling of this story, was a decent movie) AND an unrated, extended version of the movie that gives a much clearer taste of what Director James Mangold was going to bring us with this year's "Logan". It's bloodier and more violent (which any comics fan knows Wolverine should always have been), and it digs a bit deeper into the characters and their relationships, which is always better than trimming those bits out for the sake of a shorter run-time. I caught this version on sale for $9.99 at Best Buy, and I couldn't be happier.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A big improvement from x-men origins:wolverine.

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    What was so apparent from the begininng was that in the time line from the movies this came somewhere after the last x-men movie and before the revamp this coming summer with days of future past. A great director and plot line transformed this coulda been so-so action flick into a definitive x-man movie that fans have wanted. So we're talking comics here and not Tolstoy, so all you non fans sit on the sidelines and wait for the next lame die hard sequel. Hugh Jackman elevates a somewhat two dimensional character on paper into an Everyman joe with dark issues trying to move on in his life, escaping his demons only to brought back into the fold. But face it the wolverine is a hero wether he admits it or not and the movie's plot line is there to put him on the right path. This is movie aduiences want, as Marvel has shown with there build up to the avengers franchise. Listen to the comic geeks and you'll have something special ( but I still won't forgive the producers for bringing Brett Ratner in to direct the last stand x-man movie, who wanted to see Rush Hour with x-man? Fire that genius). the Wolverine movie has me excited about a franchise that I thought went the way pay-phones on the street.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Samurai Film Worthy of Logan

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    Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine is what I consider one of the most perfect actor/character combinations in film history. Every mannerism and emotion is wholly truthful to the original character, while Jackman's natural talent and charisma give even further life to one of the most celebrated characters in modern fiction. This story focuses on the life of Logan after he'd left the X-Men to become a solitary soul. Forced back into society by a man who wishes to grant Logan his ultimate wish, he becomes trapped between people vying for power and people wanting him dead. The film is visually beautiful and told at a slower pace than Logan's previous stories. Mangold's direction is pointedly character-driven, with an emphasis on loss and violence. Jackman's portrayal will go down along with Toshiro Mifune's Sanjuro and Clint Eastwood's Blondie as the greatest lone guns in cinema history.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The better Wolverine Movie!

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    Movies like "The Wolverine" show that a sequel CAN BE better than the 1st movie, however it doesn't place a check in all of the "complete movie" boxes. The checks that are present are for 3D Imagery / Mastering (Excellent), Sound (Immersive), and Character Acting / Casting ("Bulls-Eye"). In fact, this movie fills you tank with action, dialog and even some "romance" thrown in for good measure. The main "empty box" is for PLOT. The plot is is easily followed at times, but can become convoluted in the visual translation (i.e. the funeral scene), or even worse, incomplete purpose / reason for actions that are taking place (i.e. why kidnap and not kill a certain character). After watching an old STAR TREK movie, it became evident that where TREK fully expounds on what is happening visually and through character dialog (i.e. why the temporal disturbance does not effect us), this was where THE WOLVERINE failed to deliver. IF you can overcome this particular mishap, I believe THE WOLVERINE is the movie you expected to see IF you saw ORIGINS.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid addition to the Marvel movie canon

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    As a big fan of Wolverine and the X-Men - both in films and comic books - I was incredibly disappointed by the previous Wolverine flick, "X-Men Origins - Wolverine." "The Wolverine" is a marked improvement upon the penultimate installment, with great action, good pacing, and Jackman owning the role of Logan. As a companion piece to the first run of X-Men films, it really succeeds, highlighting Logan's brooding conflict over his role in the death of Jean Grey. When you break it down, it's also a pretty decent Samurai/Yakuza film. That said, the movie really ran out of gas at the end. The tight coherence of the first 3/4ths of "The Wolverine" is thrown out the window in it's final moments, choosing instead to go the route of mindless, hack and slash silliness. I still enjoyed it, though, and if you're looking for a good action movie to kill a couple of hours, you could do a lot worse.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    STILL my fav Wolverine movie

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    So I got this one along with Logan at a good price-match. Had to get the 3D version because it is the only Blu-Ray version that has the "Extended" version. That said, this movie has a MUCH better story than Logan. I think most folks' issue with it is that it was too"ethnic" with the Japanese culture tied to it. I don't know if it was me but this movie echoed The Last Samurai (with key Japanese actors from that movie in this one.) I loved the photography in this one with the high contrasts and vivid colors. It was great to see culture mixed in with some comic book adventure. Worth the buy especially now that it has been out for awhile. This Wolverine movie first then Logan. My order of like.

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