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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Director: Gavin Hood
Review by Charles Mohapel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001GCUO16
Date: 31 October 2009 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Although we've seen Wolverine's nasty side on occasion during the three X-Men movies, we've never seen his unleashed fury, nor have we seen more than a small glimpse into his background as part of the mutant Weapon X program and the evil Col. William Stryker. X-Men Origins: Wolverine changes all that.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Gavin Hood

Writers (WGA):
David Benioff (screenplay) and
Skip Woods (screenplay)

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only):
Hugh Jackman ... Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber ... Victor Creed / Sabretooth
Danny Huston ... William Stryker
Will i Am ... John Wraith (as
Lynn Collins ... Kayla Silverfox
Kevin Durand ... Fred Dukes / Blob
Dominic Monaghan ... Bradley
Taylor Kitsch ... Remy LeBeau / Gambit
Daniel Henney ... Agent Zero
Ryan Reynolds ... Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Tim Pocock ... Scott Summers / Cyclops

When I watched the film with commentary by South African Director Gavin Hood, the single thing that caught my attention was the fact that the opening sequence of the film was taken from the comic series "Origins". Reasonably interesting, this commentary would have been much better with the interaction of a second person such as Hugh Jackman.

I felt that the commentary by Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter offered lots of interesting trivia, but no single memorable fact.

Watching 'The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with Stan Lee & Len Wein' was rollicking good fun, as they played off each other beautifully and shared wonderful anecdotes of their separate periods with the X-Men. I wish I could have been there with them.

'Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins' was an excellent featurette and at times I felt like I had been part of the production. While I wasn't really surprised to hear that Hugh Jackman did 98% of his own stunts and 100% of his own fighting, I was surprised that he was better conditioned than the stuntmen we worked with and has quicker reflexes than 90& of them.

When it comes to 'Weapon X Mutant Files', the segments on Victor Creed/Sabre and Wade Wilson/Deadpool were awesome, especially the part with Scott Adkins, the stunt double who plays Deadpool/Weapon XI. I found that the segments on John Wraith, Kayla Silverfox, and Remy LeBeau/Gambit were very interesting, while that on Fred Dukes/Blob was absolutely hilarious. Here we see Col. William Stryker change from an agitated man of the cloth to a homicidal maniac. Having never heard of Daniel Henney who plays Agent Zero, I was unaware that he is considered to be the Brad Pitt of Korea. While the segment on Bradley, played by Dominic Monaghan was fun, the one on Kayla's sister Emma was surprisingly weak since it gave us practically nothing on her background, a major oversight considering that she is Emma Frost/Diamond Girl, also known as the White Queen.

The Thrill of the Chase: The Helicopter Sequence (5:53)

Ultimate X-Mode BONUS VIEW:
X Connect
The Director's Chair
Pre-Visualizing Wolverine
X Facts Trivia Track
Note: This feature is only available on BONUS VIEW Enabled Players and mine is not.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Commentary by Gavin Hood On/Off)
Young Storm (1:31)
Victor at the Boxing Ring (0:31)
Alternate Memory Erase Sequence (6:41)
Japanese Bar Scene (0:43)

Do what I did and watch these scenes without Gavin Hood's commentary the first time through and then replay them were he explains his reasons for cutting the scenes. I was intrigued by the Japanese Bar Scene which was the alternate ending.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere (6:23)
Tempe, Arizona won a national contest to host the World Premiere and they were very enthusiastic about the whole thing.

Fox on Blu-ray
X-Men Trilogy - on Blu-ray (1:11)
Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian - on Blu-ray and DVD (2:12)

Live Lookup (Requires BD-Live Enabled Blu-ray Player) My Blu-ray Player is not BD-Live Enabled.

While I know that X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn't please the most diehard X-Men fans, I'm not one of them. To me it was a great movie to sit and enjoy with a group of friends or even by yourself, but make sure you have lots of popcorn and soda. Playing the Blu-ray version on a large screen HDTV is a lot of icing on the cake.

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