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320 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE UNRATED CUT AND THE THEATRICAL CUT
The Unrated Cut runs about 12 minutes longer than the Theatrical Cut, and contains several new scenes including a much expanded ninja action scene. Wolverine drops a few more choice curse words and there is now CG-gore. I'd say it's more like a hard PG-13 rather than an R-rated cut.

The UNRATED Cut is much better than the theatrical cut.

**Note,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
When a book or comic book is brought to a movie, one can not expect everything to stay the same. I totally understand this, and that things may get cut out, and sometimes changed. I'm cool with that.

However, sometimes a movie makes unneccessary changes to the source material, and I feel that this is what happened here. The introduction of several characters...
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320 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE UNRATED CUT AND THE THEATRICAL CUT, November 19, 2013
The Unrated Cut runs about 12 minutes longer than the Theatrical Cut, and contains several new scenes including a much expanded ninja action scene. Wolverine drops a few more choice curse words and there is now CG-gore. I'd say it's more like a hard PG-13 rather than an R-rated cut.

The UNRATED Cut is much better than the theatrical cut.

**Note, SPOILERS follow, so read at your own risk**.

1) There is more gore, but primarily CGI blood sprays. Some shots of Wolverine's claws going through people's limbs, but nothing explicit. No graphic dismemberments.

2) Wolverine drops a few more f-bombs.

3) Some of the opening scenes depicting Wolverine at the POW camp are a little longer.

4) The scene involving Wolverine, an arrow, and the hunter is slightly longer and more brutal.

5) Slightly longer dialogue with Yukio on the way to the plane.

6) Relationship between Mariko and Yashida and Shingen and Yashida is better fleshed out in the unrated cut.

7) A new scene where Yashida asks Logan his age.

8) A new scene with Yashida talking to Shingen on his deathbed, telling him, "You are not the man to lead Yashida".

9) A new scene at the love hotel where the Yakuza show up and get into a fight with Wolverine. Mariko intervenes and demonstrates some fighting skill as well.

10) Wolverine's operation on himself is bloodier.

11) The fight scene between Shingen and Wolverine is slightly longer and now depicts Shingen rather graphically cutting into Wolverine's shoulder blade (no blood though).

12) A new scene where Viper gives Hadana poison for his arrows, which he later uses to bring down Wolverine at the ninja fight.

13) The ninja fight scene is now much longer. Wolverine gets dragged away in nets and hit by ninjas on bikes. Yukio shows up to assist Wolverine and drives around in a snow plow chopping up hapless ninjas (some hearty blood spraying). Wolverine lights his familiar cigar midway through the battle.

I'm actually glad the extra action scenes were removed from the theatrical cut. Some of the action seemed a bit silly (e.g. ninjas hitting Wolverine with their motorbikes, although Wolverine lighting his trademark cigar was nifty). Furthermore, Yukio's appearance detracted from Wolverine's thematic solo search for Mariko. Didn't think Yukio added much to the scene.

14) The Silver Samurai battle is the same length as previously.

Overall, the unrated cut is much better dimensioned than the theatrical cut. This is the one to get!!
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248 of 287 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film review: The Wolverine (2013), July 28, 2013
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A.R. Schultz (Spokane, Washington, USA) - See all my reviews
Comparing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to "The Wolverine" is like comparing apples to oranges. They are both about Marvel's burly and animalistic Wolverine, but they could not be any more different. Origins seemed to explore a bit of Wolvie's past under the framework of the prior X-Men movies (i.e. familiar characters, settings, and themes), but unfortunately it didn't hit home like the prior X-Men films. The writing fell flat, because 20th Century Fox took odd twists and turns with fan favorites like Gambit and Deadpool and then never expanded on them in future films like they promised. Instead of bridging Wolverine's backstory to the acclaimed X-Men trilogy, Fox ended up widening the gap.

However, "The Wolverine," takes an entirely different approach to the eponymous character. Audiences get to see the Adamantium and claws stripped away in a more emotionally driven film. Wolverine is facing an existential crisis. Following the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand" filmgoers get to see the Wolverine battle is own mortality, or rather near-immortality, during a series of dream sequences centering-around Jean Grey, which is reprised by award-winning Dutch actor, Famke Janssen. This creates a great underlying plot, and immediately sets "The Wolverine" apart from the other X-Men films.

Surprisingly enough, "The Wolverine" closely follows the original comic book volume of Wolverine, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's four-part miniseries, that set the tone and standard for Wolverine and his story arcs. Even though the film is set after the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand," instead of "X-Men Origins," "The Wolverine" accurately showcases the events of the 1982 comic book series. Slight changes have been made to modernize and fit the screenplay into the continuity of the X-Men franchise but on the whole I was incredibly surprised by the amount of source material represented in the movie.

Following the conclusion of "X-Men: The Last Stand," in which Jean Grey (aka the Phoenix) is killed by Wolverine in order to stop her from committing genocide, Wolverine once again takes to the Canadian Rockies. Living as an animal, Logan only ever comes down from the mountains to garnish what little supplies that he needs. After a particularly unjust hunting party pulls Wolverine from his introspection and a mysterious Japanese woman shows up to escort Logan to her adoptive grandfather, the films gains traction. The remainder of "The Wolverine" takes place in Japan with an almost all Japanese cast, and focuses on Wolverine's relationship to a (now) elderly Japanese man who Logan saved during the closing days of World War II after the atomic drop over Nagasaki.

Rivals emerge and mutants aid both sides, but at its heart "The Wolverine" is primarily focused on Wolverine. It discusses his mental state after killing Jean, his own mortality as he confronts an old acquaintance, and ultimately his place in an ever shifting world. Hugh Jackman portrays the character perfectly. He is, for lack of a better phrase, the only actor that could ever play Wolverine. He is the best he is at what he does.

Aside from the phenomenal adaptation and Jackman's performance, the action sequences are tight and the revelations are legitimately surprising. There are only a handful of lines that came off forced or cheesy, but they can be forgiven considering the overall quality of the film. The pacing is so smooth and cyclical, that I personally had difficulties telling where the climax of the film landed; this left me without a frame of reference. Usually I can tell when the conclusion is eminent, but this time around I had difficulties nailing it down. I think that this is a byproduct of closely adapting a mini-series into a film. It felt more like a series of mini-climaxes akin to the conclusion of four separate issues culminating in the finale of a series. Regardless, the flow was appropriate and I never felt that the film hung in exposition or action for too long. It had great balance.

This is a solid superhero film that pays homage to its source material better than most and keeps with the character's integrity after nearly fifteen years. Cheers to Hugh Jackman and the whole crew for "The Wolverine." "The Wolverine" garnishes four-out-of-five stars.

Also, do not forget to stick around for the after the credits scene. It ties wonderfully into "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is slated to release May of 2014. Its got surprises a plenty and if it doesn't get you excited for the next X-Men film then I'm not sure what would.
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102 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BLU RAY 3D version is the one to get if you want the unleashed extended cut, October 1, 2013
The extended version itself is NOT in 3D but the only way to get it is if you buy the BLU RAY 3D set

If you want the actual movie, buy this version
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94 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Wolverine Movie, July 27, 2013
This review is from: The Wolverine (DVD)
I Have too admit this movie is a little slow in the beginning but after it finds a pace it is an excellent movie that is Much better than its predecessor X-Men Origins:Wolverine. People Expecting great action sequences like The Avenger be warned because even though it does have GREAT Action Sequences (for example, The Bullet train scene), it is mostly A character driven story that dwells deep into Wolverine's inner troubles as well as the new ones he faces during his journey in Japan. The movie also has a Surprise Ending that will satisfy any x-men movie fan an will make the hardcore X-Men fanboys(like me) go BAT SHIT CRAZY(in a good way).
This movies has its flaws but it is A solid movie in the X-Men franchise.
My Grade:8.9/10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, February 1, 2014
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M "Delicious Strawberry" (I wait behind the wall, gnawing away at your reality) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Wolverine (DVD)
When a book or comic book is brought to a movie, one can not expect everything to stay the same. I totally understand this, and that things may get cut out, and sometimes changed. I'm cool with that.

However, sometimes a movie makes unneccessary changes to the source material, and I feel that this is what happened here. The introduction of several characters that were never in the comic book bothered me, as well as the way the story had to be changed to include these characters, especially the doctor and her invention.

What about the graphics and acting? I felt both were top-notch. Jackman continues to be a great Wolverine, and I feel that the Yashidas were all acted with good actors, as well as Mariko's assistant/bodyguard. I would have given this movie a higher rating if it had changed less from canon, because several of the changes for the movie were rather jarring and in my opinion, detracted from the potential this story could have accomplished.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For adults, just as it should be!, November 21, 2013
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Wow! This is just a review of the difference brought by the Extended cut. Let me just make one thing clear, there's no version of Wolverine that's acceptable for children. I don't know why Hollywood even tries. A PG-13 berserker killer is still a berserker killer. With that said, this extended version has more cussing. I'm talking F-bombs and S-bombs here. The violence is turned up to the point where Wolverine stabs one of the Yakuza and his blood (or guts) splatter onto the screen (Yes!). There are other scenes with blood in them that I didn't notice in the theatrical version, but nothing too gory except maybe for the ninja scene. Speaking of which, there's a a whole scene with the ninjas that was cut out of the theatrical cut that is so deliciously bloody and violent that it reminded me of Sceptic Avenger, only with blood (Saints Row 2 fans will know the reference). If you're a Wolverine fan, don't even bother with the PG-13 version. What's the point? This guy is a killer and you came to see what he does best, but what he does isn't very nice.

I still have to drop a star for the stupid robot, that worthless mutant called Viper (in name only), and the apparent continuity flaw in that Wolverine appears to have memories from World War II. As far as I remember, everything from at least the weapon X program and back is a blank. It could be argued that him visiting Nagasaki jogged his memory of his time there, but he has a memory of this on the way to Japan as he looks out the window of the plane. Very confusing and annoying. Also, there's no mention of the mutant cure from X3, which is ridiculous considering why Wolverine is brought to Japan in the first place (before the truth is revealed). Wolverine acts like removing mutant power is impossible.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for 3D 4 disc edition--the extended version is NOT available in 3D only on regular Blu-ray disc (included), December 3, 2013
Set after the events of "X-Men: Last Stand", "The Wolverine", directed by James Mangold and based on the 1982 comic written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Frank Miller, is a terrific, high octane thriller that adds a darker element to the popular character.

Unfortunately Fox, tricky folks that they are, have not made the extended verison available in 3D.

SPOILERS:

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan to meet with Yashida a wealthy industrialist. Wolverine had saved the life of Yashida when he was a soldier during the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The event provided a bond between the POW and soldier and Yashida wants to repay his debt--the dying industrialist claims to have a cure to Wolverine's cure--his immortality. Wolverine turns Yashida down and the old man dies that night. During the funeral Wolverine finds himself a reluctant bodyguard for Yashida's young granddaughter Mariko when someone makes an attempt on her life. Wolverine is determined to find out what the link is between Yashida's past, his death and Mariko.

END OF SPOILERS:

The 3D (and 2D) presentation on Blu-ray for "The Wolverine" looks marvelous with nice depth, bold colors and great detail. The film is presented with a nice layer of grain adding to the film like texture.

The immersive 5.1 sounds terrific as well although some folks might have difficulty with dialog during a few scenes due to how the folded down 5.1 track sounds in stereo.I should note, however, that "The Wolverine" doesn't suffer from extremely aggressive mix that made "Man of Steel" problematic at times. English subtitles are available for the film.

The 3D edition features 4 discs.

The first disc includes the 3D version of the movie with no bonus features. Again, this does NOT feature the extended version of the film.

The second disc features the theatrical cut of "The Wolverine" along with the bulk of the bonus features that are included on the standard 2 disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. We get an alternate ending along with a tour of the set for "X-Men: Days of Future Past". We also get "The Wolverine: Second Screen App for use with ipads and other portable devices. The three part documentary "The Pathof a Ronin" is also included on this disc as well as a profile of actor Hugh Jackman and a featurette on the evolution of the character of Wolverine.

The third disc features the EXTENDED CUT of the movie. The bonus features include a second screen app exclusive to this version and a commentary track by director James Mangold. Mangold does not do a commentary track on the theatrical cut of the film on the second disc. The extended version lasts about 12 minutes long than the theatrical cut of the film.

The fourth disc includes only the DVD transfer of the film along with a digital copy that can be uploaded and played on portable devices and computers.

Fox should have provided an extended version on 3D (they could have done a seamlessly branching version of both films on the same disc). They also should have provided the extended version for the regular Blu-ray version for those who don't have 3D TVs. It would have been the right thing to do.

"The Wolverine" is a marvelous film that has a much darker edge than "Origins: Wolverine" and is a better written film with a much healthier budget allowing Mangold to tackle much more involved CGI for the film. This is an impressive movie and Jackman is, as usual, top notch as the world-weary immortal.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summer fun, February 22, 2014
Wolverine followed in Superman's footsteps last summer. Both characters had a disappointing solo outing a few years ago (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Superman Returns) followed by a much better, though not great, film this past year. Superman's reboot left him a bit unsure of himself as a moral hero (not his usual Boy Scout self); Wolverine's new film drains out his healing factor (not his usual immortal self).

Wolverine's movie starts with his memories of World War II, specifically when he was in a prison camp just outside Nagasaki before the atomic bomb was dropped. He saved one of the Japanese soldiers who eventually became a highly successful businessman. In the modern day, the businessman sends one of his workers with a gift for Wolverine and a request to come say goodbye to his dying friend. The businessman can afford the best of care but he's an old man and doesn't have much longer to live. Unless, of course, he could get healing powers like Wolverine's...

The plot moves on from there in fairly predictable but not unenjoyable fashion. Almost every Japanese stereotype is in the film (seppuku, yakuza, bullet trains, martial arts, samurais, family honor, ninjas, etc. etc.--except I didn't see any sushi or Godzilla*). Logan's loss of healing is a little bit inconsistent but is a good way to make him vulnerable. Hugh Jackman gives a good performance as a tortured soul dealing with a tortured body. And fighting like a crazy, one-man army.

Like Man of Steel, The Wolverine is a big step in the right direction for the character and a lot better than I was expecting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELL YEAH BOYEEEE, January 17, 2014
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This movie is SUH WHEAT THINS! Wolverine is all SLASH SLASH. Friggin ninjas throwing shurikans. Samurai guys going SWISH SWOOSH with swords. It's BERSERKER!

Hugh Jackman is HUGE and JACKED MAN. That guy reads MENS HEALTH for sure. Gotta six pack like Coca-Cola!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent story, good action, and the wolverine..what else could you ask for., January 1, 2014
The Wolverine continues the story of Logan when he is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance and ends up embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own past.

This movie brings more into focus the complexities of mind of wolverine where he deals with the benefits and detriments of his immortality versus the choice of being able to be mortal and end his existence in addition to dealing with a possible new love versus the loss of an old one and the choice of whether he wants to be what he was destined or abandon and run from that forever. It creates some complexities in the storyline and allows for the telling of a background past tale that allows for all the current action to take place. In addition to a good, if not a bit flawed sometimes, storyline there are great action sequences set in various beautiful spots in Japan with some good costume design and interesting characters. The one knock that I have with the characters is that the villians themselves are decidedly weak and the action sequences with the main bad guys seems a bit short lived toward the end. Not to say that this movie is short as it clocks at over 2 hours but it seems that the climatic fighting scene toward the end could have been a bit more of a challenge for Wolverine.

Overall though this is a solid action flick for fans like me of the X-men series. It is worth a watch and entertaining throughout.
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