“The Wolverine,” while far from perfect, was a much better film than the disastrous “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Taking place after “X-Men: The Last Stand,” Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has been living like a hermit, since he killed his one true love, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen, who appears as a spirit here). Even though he has tried to stay secluded from everyone in the world, Logan is called back into action – after he discovers that a friend he saved many years ago is dying. So, he travels to Japan to meet with the friend – only to find himself face to face with the Yakuza and a blonde babe named Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova).
This is the sixth time that we’ve seen Jackman take on the role as Logan/Wolverine, but he is still a blast to watch. Director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) takes the Marvel hero and turns his story into an old-fashioned story of a lone drifter, a la the Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone “Man with No Name” trilogy. There’s also a hint of Edward Zwick’s “The Last Samurai,” too.
The audio and picture for the Blu-ray are spectacular and watching that fight scene on the bullet train is just as exciting as watching it in the theaters.
A one hour-long look at the making of “The Wolverine,” called “The Path of a Ronin,” looks at the film in five different sections. Mangold, Jackman and others discuss how they wanted to make this different from not just the other “X-Men” films, but other Marvel movies. They also talk about how while filming in Japan, they wanted it to be as authentic as possible for the scenery and supporting actors. They did not want to offend the culture in any way.
There’s an alternate ending that seems like it would be fitting for the film. But, after seeing “The Path of a Ronin,” it’s understandable why Mangold did not go with it.
Director Bryan Singer takes viewers to the set of“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” where we see Jackman hiding in a dark area and looking at his cell phone. We also see some of the other cast members from the film.
“The Wolverine” Second Screen App can be downloaded to iOS and Android Devices on Google Play and Amazon. Once downloaded, viewers can sync the app with the film to enjoy more bonus material and have the ability to chat with others using the app.
Special Features: B+