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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray Review

Is this Blu-ray the best there is at what it does?


It's been over four months since X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit theaters.  On Tuesday, September 15, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray.  Should you include this movie in your library?
 
I did re-watch the movie again.  I won't review it since I reviewed it HERE when it was released in theaters.  I wondered if my opinion would've changed after the four months of letting the disastrous moments sink in.  I still stand by my original 3.5 out of 5 rating.  It wasn't the best movie but it wasn't horrible.  Let's be honest, Hugh Jackman does a great job as Wolverine.  If you're like me, you probably find it hard to resist buying any comic book movie on Blu-ray or DVD.  Despite its flaws, there were some pretty cool moments.  Ignoring the fact that they completely changed certain characters and their origins, it was an entertaining movie.  It's unfortunate that they took such a departure on Wolverine's actual origin but it does provide some moments of enjoyment.
 
The Blu-ray quality is brilliant.  You can't argue over the quality of the audio and video presentation.  This forces the studio to pay more attention when adding their special FX to movies.  It's simply a feast for the eyes.
 

Special Features


There is audio commentary included by director Gavin Hood and producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter.  There is also the BD-LIVE feature that lets you access more content.
 
The Roots Of Wolverine: A Conversation With Stan Lee And Len Wein (16:18)
We get a nice dialogue between the two creators.  It's always fascinating to hear from Stan Lee.  He talks about the creation of the X-Men with Jack Kirby.  Wein mentions how Wolverine wasn't created for the X-Men but rather for Hulk.  Stan mentions how he always liked the mystery of Wolverine's origin and brings up the myth of Wolverine originally intended to be an actual mutated wolverine.
 
Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins (12:05)
This is pretty much a brief "making of" feature.  One of the parts that stands out is how they created the metal and bone claws for the actors.  They also show the difference in the Adamantium tank from this movie and the older grimier version we saw in X2.
 
Weapon X Mutant Files  These are the promos plus a look from the actors' perspective. Some behind the scenes looks are included.
Victor Creed/ Sabretooth (7:26)
William Stryker (4:27)
John Wraith (4:15)
Kayla Silverfox (3:28)
Fred Dukes/ Blob (7:22)
Bradley (3:19) Dominic Monaghan's character.
Remy LeBeau/ Gambit (9:10)
Agent Zero (3:47)
Wade Wilson/ Deadpool (7:11)
Emma (Kayla's sister) (3:27) Note: she's never actually referred to as Emma FROST.
 
The Thrill Of The Chase: The Helicopter Sequence (5:53)
Another "making of" feature showing how this scene was created.
 
Ultimate X-Mode  Basically four modes of 'pop up' features and information.
X Connect
The Director's Chair
Pre-Visualizing Wolverine
XFacts
 
Deleted And Alternate Scenes (with optional commentary)
Young Storm (1:31) When Logan quits Weapon X, we see young Storm as he walks away. It begins to thunder...
Victor At The Boxing Ring (:31)
Alternate Memory Erase Sequence (7:29)
Japanese Bar Scene (:43)
 
Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere (6:22)  The city that won the World Premiere contest is shown. 
 
The second disc gives you a digital copy of the movie for your computer or portable media player.
 
The movie may have gotten a 3.5 from me but I'd give this Blu-ray a 4 out of 5.  What it comes down to is it's Wolverine in action.  The Blu-ray offers a nice presentation.  The special features are decent and give us some insight into the characters from the movie as well as the behind the scenes clips.  If you can overlook the changes that were made and sit back and enjoy the movie, you'll find it's a good film.  Back in the 90s when Wolverine was appearing everywhere, I never thought I'd see him in his own movie.  If you like Wolverine and you enjoyed Hugh Jackman's performance, you're probably already planning on buying this.  I just won't get into what happened to Deadpool's character.
20 Comments
Posted by EdwardWindsor

bad film = bad blueray simple as that

Posted by TelekineticSun

"Is this Blu-Ray the best at what it does?" 
Thats pretty funny.
Posted by Agent Buttons
@lazystudent said:
"bad film = bad blueray simple as that "
Posted by mouthymerc

Bitch and complain about the movie all you want, but, Wolverine has had 4 movies to his credit.  Having one movie to your credit is big.  Look at the Punisher, their is a disaster but again he did get a movie.  How many people would prefer this movie was never made ?  NOT ME...I am a Wolvie fan and I liked it.

Posted by Bruce Vain

In the deleted scene with Creed in the boxing ring did it show Creed killing Dukes? Cause if so that's b.s. cause Duke's skin can't be punctured by anything.
Posted by EdwardWindsor
@mouthymerc said:
" Bitch and complain about the movie all you want, but, Wolverine has had 4 movies to his credit.  Having one movie to your credit is big.  Look at the Punisher, their is a disaster but again he did get a movie.  How many people would prefer this movie was never made ?  NOT ME...I am a Wolvie fan and I liked it. "
i can honestly say i would rather its wasnt made since it messes so many things up,  it wasnt even that enteratining to m.e I will watch origins 2 in the hope they can rescue the series but as far as this film is concerned to me its a massive flop.
Posted by Dipic
@mouthymerc said:

" Bitch and complain about the movie all you want, but, Wolverine has had 4 movies to his credit.  Having one movie to your credit is big.  Look at the Punisher, their is a disaster but again he did get a movie.  How many people would prefer this movie was never made ?  NOT ME...I am a Wolvie fan and I liked it. "

You act as if there are only two possible outcomes: a bad movie or no movie. How about a good movie?
 
You don't need to support it or lower your standards simply because it's one of your favorite characters (or franchises). In fact, you would think a real fan would want to see it done right...
Posted by Moomin123

I liked the film. Too bad I don't have a Blu-Ray DVD player. I felt really sad when Wolverine loses his memory. A really happy ending, he could've let Silver Fox live but then Stryker has to go and kill the moment. I hope Wolverine gets his memory back.
Posted by inferiorego

I bought it yesterday and it's still in the wrapping, I'll watch it tomorrow

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Posted by FoxxFireArt

Looks pretty cool. I'd like to get this version, but I've yet to get a BlueRay player. I do hope to get a PS3 soon now that it's price dropped.

Posted by CrimsonComedian

I completely forgot about that young Storm picture and how big they got for their roles @_@

Posted by War Killer

I just picked the movie up today, and when I saw it at the movies, I liked it, yeah there's a point where you have to watch "Deadpool" and Wolverine duke it out (which if you remember that Logan kills Deadpool and then just watch the ending when Logan goes to Japan, you can make yourself believe that "Fakepool" is dead for good, and you can just wait for the real Deadpool movie to come out in a few years), but anyways, the movie to me was a good Wolverine film and showed his origin nicely, Gambit was cool (his age in this may mess up any other movies though), Wade (at the begining) was great, and Sabertooth was a great villain.

Edited by Adam Michaels

Must be one HELL of a coincidence for this Emma NOT FROST to have the ability to transform herself in diamond like the Emma FROST of he comics. 
 
My guess (and that's all it is) is that the plan was for her to be Emma Frost, but after reading so much negative reactions to this from the fans, they chose to deny it. Kind of like choosing to reboot Deadpool in his solo film. Seeing how the fans were mostly unwelcoming of the Deadpool in Wolverine's film, they chose to change that.
Posted by Media_Master

movie was ok

Posted by Om1kron

crap in blue ray is just high definition crap. 

Posted by LoganRogue24

i got the 2 disc dvd version not a bad movie. i see Wolverine as a stand alone movie cause as a prequell to x-1 and 2 it just has to many little plot holes and little errors in it for me to call it a prequell.
Posted by King Quisling

 Bradley (3:19) Dominic Monaghan's character.   
 
Lol This is so funny. I thought he suppose to be Chris Bradley/Bolt.

Posted by HaloKing343

That young Storm scene sounds awsome. I noticed the thunder in the movie. I wish they kept that part in. It sounds cool.

Posted by Mutant X

Despite what they did to Deadpool and despite other opinions, I liked this movie.

Posted by Shipwreck

I hate what they did to Maverick. My poor Maverick.