New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine' Slices Home with a Superior Unrated Edition

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'The Wolverine' Slices Home with a Superior Unrated Edition

Dec 03, 2013

The Wolverine - 20th Century Fox - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh JackmanHiroyuki SanadaSvetlana KhodchenkovaBrian TeeWill Yun LeeFull cast + crew

It's a safe bet that The Wolverine will be better remembered than its box office would indicate. It only made $133 million in the U.S., which put it far behind the bigger superhero movies of the year (Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World), and you'd think that would mean the film is a stinker, but that's just not the case. The reality is that fans probably felt they had Wolverine fatigue, and assumed this one probably wasn't any better than Wolvie's last solo film. It is, though. It's much, much better.

And best of all, the Blu-ray comes with an unrated extended edition, which adds in another 12 minutes of material. I haven't seen it yet, so I can't say what exactly the difference between the two is, but by all accounts so far it's the superior version and fans wish that's the one that had ended up in theaters.

Special Features: Commentary by James Mangold (this is only on the extended edition); "The Path of a Ronin," a 54-minute overview of the film's production, form its origin in comics to its casting; two The Wolverine trailers, and one sneak peek at the set for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

 

 

Other Notable New Releases


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Finally you can buy Jonathan Levine's All The Boys Love Mandy Lane on Blu-ray in the U.S. The film hit the festival circuit way back in 2006, but sadly it ended up in the hands of a series of companies that kept going out of business, so it never got a proper release here. Radius-TWC was finally able to sort out the legal side of things, though, and have rescued the film. It's a smart, sexy, modern slasher, so if any of those words intrigue you, do check it out.

For my money, one of the best films of the year is Drinking Buddies. It's a touching, smart comedy about interpersonal relationships, featuring really great performances all around (and particularly from Olivia Wilde). It's a really wonderful piece of filmmaking, and sets a new benchmark not only for the cast, but for director Joe Swanberg. Speaking of benchmarks, Michael Bay has set a new one for himself with Pain & Gain, his riotous, 'roided-up dark comedy about idiots trying to live the American dream. It's his best film to date, doing for the '90s what American Psycho did for the '80s. And just like with American Psycho, it probably won't be properly appreciated until years after its release. Pain & Gain actually hit Blu-ray earlier this year, but it had zero special features on it, which is where this new Blu-ray comes in with an hour of making-of material.

Other new releases this week include The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a studio's latest failed bid to make a new young-adult franchise. And then there's Ironman & Hulk: Heroes United. This has nothing to do with Marvel's live-action movie-verse, so don't feel like you need to see it to understand everything happening in those movies, but if you're a big fan of either character, you may want to check it out.


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Anchorman 2 hits theaters soon, which of course means we get a double dip of the first film. This new package is being called "The Rich Mahogany Edition," which features the original theatrical cut, the unrated version, and the entirely alternate film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. On top of all that, it features 50 minutes of further deleted scenes, plus a ton of other featurettes like interviews, PSAs and the "Afternoon Delight" Recording Session.

Speaking of extended editions, Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition hits Blu-ray today as well. The actual film is only 10 minutes longer, but this new set does come with a number of additional special features (Ben Affleck's Balancing Act, "Argo Declassified" and "Argo F**k Yourself!"), as well as a few physical goodies like a poster, a map of Tehran, a 40-page book of notes and photos, plus a reproduction of Tony Mendez's CIA ID card. You may not want to pick up this version if you're just a casual fan of the film or own the last Blu-ray, but if you've been meaning to pick up Ben Affleck's solid film about one of the best CIA capers, this is certainly the set to grab.

And lastly we have a batch of eight new Blu-rays that are part of 20th Century Fox' lovely Studio Classics series. All of these are getting Blu-rays for the first time ever: The Black Swan (1942), Call of the Wild (1935), Carmen Jones (1954), Desk Set (1957), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Jesse James (1939), North to Alaska (1960) and The Undefeated (1969). These were all chosen as Fox' cool Voice Your Choice program, which let fans pick which titles from the studio's history would get remastered Blu-rays.


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Everything Else


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