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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:  107 minutes, two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, digital copy
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Audio Commentary)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Spanish DS, French DS
Subtitles:  English/ Spanish
 

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox/ Seed Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  5-1-2009

DVD RELEASE DATE:   9-15-2009

ANALYSIS:
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE tells the back story of how Logan and his brother Victor fought side by side in several wars before their morals divided them.  Logan sought to hide and live his life with Silverfox.    However, Victor starts killing off mutants and a certain death brings Logan into the Weapon X program where he gets his tough skeleton and his name of Wolverine.   He is out for revenge against his brother Victor.
 

Garth Franklin, writer and web master of the Dark Horizons web site, said “This is the best they could come up with?!” when he talked about the Wolverine film when he reviewed it.  I agree with him.  The actors do as much as they can with the material that is given them.  The action sequences are great (Wolverine getting his adamantium claws and the helicopter chase sequence).   The big problem is the script isn’t that fleshed out.  Sometimes it feels like an outline that could need some meat to it.  The characters don’t have very well developed stories.   100 minutes and even a scene at the end of the credits don’t make enough time to tell a story worthy of Wolverine given the rich back story this character has in 35 plus years of stories.  

 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries were recorded for the film-

the first with Director Gavin Hood and the second with Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter.

 

THE ROOTS OF WOLVERINE: A CONVERSATION WITH STAN LEE AND LEN WEIN has the two talk about the origins of the X-Men and Wolverine in addition to their popularity (and other people writing the characters).

WOLVERINE UNLEASHED: THE COMPLETE ORIGINS is a brief ten minute look into the making of the film.

 

Rounding out the extras on disc one are four deleted scenes (including the bar scene which I saw at the end of the credits instead of the inferior Deadpool teaser).  Too bad Fox didn't include the theatrical trailer on this DVD.  Disc 2 has a digital copy of the film.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   The 2-Disc Special Edition has a few extras, but I wish the extras were more and hopefully the sequel will be better than the lackluster effort that was made.

 

this DVD review is (c)9-18-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  All Rights Reserved.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com (no spammers or people wanting to design a new site for me)