Warning, this review contains mild spoilers

Nothing annoys me more these days, than films that are watered down to achieve a family friendly rating in an effort to boost box office takings.

Recent examples included the ho-hum Taken 2 and the not very good, A Good Day to Die Hard. Both these examples are sequels to films that were targeted exclusively to a more mature audience, that had certificates to reflect that and sure enough, as soon as these mediocre sequels reached the home entertainment market, they were packaged with an exclusive “unrated” and “unseen” version.

When it was confirmed that The Wolverine home release would feature an exclusive “unleashed” edition, I initially rolled my eyes at the thought of it. But then, I gave the matter some thought.

Fans of the X-Men have consistently complained about the lack of blood when it comes to Logan’s adamantium claws, so in this instance it makes sense to release a more brutal cut of the film. There is actually a demand for it.

Whether this unleashed edition has actually delivered or not, is up for debate.

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The plot of the film remains relatively unchanged, however what has changed is that film now includes a few spurts if blood and at least two occasions of Logan dropping the odd f-bomb.

As far as the films goes, director James Mangold has turned in a much more solid film than that of Logan’s last solo effort, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and for once in the characters cinematic storyline, has made him vulnerable.

Making a Wolverine film must very much be like making a Superman film. How do you keep up the audience on the edge of their seats when the main protagonist is ultimately invincible? You threaten his friends and family, but when they’ve got neither, you’re left with no choice other than to take away his strength.

It’s a smart move, as not only is Logan removed from his comfort zone physically, but by setting the film in Japan, he has never been more of an outsider.

The supporting cast also do a solid job, with Rila Fukushima putting in the most memorable performance as Yukio, Logan’s samurai wielding sidekick through out the film.

Tao Okamoto is also convincing in her cinematic debut as Mariko Yashida, love interest to Logan.

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Sadly, Viper, arguably the films major villain of the piece, is painstakingly underdeveloped and it would’ve been nice to know a bit more about her and the motives behind her actions.

[three_fourth]The film also does begin to fall apart a bit in its third act, mainly due to the way it refuses to let go of the Hollywood template of big set pieces and over the top action, but the first two thirds are to be commended as James Mangold and his team have really tried to create an instalment in X-Men universe that sets itself apart from the rest of them. Something that I fear X-Men: Days of Future Past may forget to do.

Verdict: [rating=3]

Extras:

  • The Wolverine – Blu-ray 3D Theatrical Version
  • The Wolverine – Blu-ray Unleashed Extended Cut with Director audio commentary
  • The Wolverine – Blu-ray Theatrical Version with Special Features:
  • Alternate Ending
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
  • The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
  • Sync with Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience (Syncs with the 2D BD)
  • Theatrical Trailers

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.