Movie Review: LOGAN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

LOGAN was written and directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eriq La Salle and newcomer Dafne Keen.

The movie takes place in the not to distant future (2029 to be exact) where most of the mutant population has been wiped out leaving the few survivors scattered and in hiding. The story follows a weary James “Logan” Howlett  who is now heavily in the bottle to ease the pain of his body that is now breaking down. He’s tasked with caring for Professor Charles Xavier who is also dealing with some serious mental issues. There’s also Caliban who helps Logan take care of Professor X in their old weathered hideaway. What happens is, Logan is introduced to Laura (aka X-23), a young mutant who is on the run from a sinister group known as the Reavers. It doesn’t take long for Logan to realize that the young girl is very much like him and he has to protect her from evil forces that want to capture her. This evil force is Transigen, a genetics company that’s breeding children by using DNA samples from mutants. The children all escaped and the Reavers are hot on their trail.

There’s a safe haven up north called Eden that Laura is fleeing to so that she can reunite with the rest of the new mutants that have survived and Logan is hired to get her there. He’s reluctant at first but as the movie plays out, he sees that Laura is very much like him in a number of ways and that she is actually his daughter who was created from his own DNA. It takes a while but the father and daughter eventually do warm up with one another and it’s fun to watch their relationship grow. It’s also fun to watch them fight against the bad guys! The tireless journey is long and becomes extremely deadly as Logan fights off the sinister army of cyborgs until Laura and the rest of her new mutant friends are finally reunited. The youngsters team up with Old Man Logan to battle it out with the enemy so that they can have a chance to live a free life. And in the end, Logan finally finds the one thing he’s been searching for in his 200 plus years on Earth – PEACE.

Okay, I loved everything about this movie. The story was a touching and emotional farewell to this fan favorite mutant that made his big screen debut way back in 2000. This movie is the perfect sendoff  for these wonderful characters that takes everything to the next level. After all these years Wolverine is finally unleashed because this outing is extremely violent and brutal, and to be honest, this is how it should be since he’s got such a wild side to him. I can’t see any other actor portraying this character like Hugh Jackman has over the past 17 years because he’s done such an amazing job. He is the Wolverine! There’s also some great chemistry between Logan and Charles and with that comes some dark humor that fans will get a kick out of. It’s like they’ve become this irritable father and son duo that are continuously barking at each other. Young Dafne Keen also did an impressive job with her debut as this character who doesn’t really say much during the entire watch and she really doesn’t have to. This is a powerful character that is fun to watch because she’s feral and completely unpredictable. Like father, like daughter! This is an R-rated movie for a strong reason because there’s a lot of blood and gore. They didn’t hold anything back with this final outing because this is an extremely violent movie!

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. All three discs also feature their own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for each high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture for the Logan Noir disc (the black and white version) is a must see so be sure you check it out because it gives the movie a classic look. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Logan which ended up being a more grounded and perfect way to end this chapter of the iconic superhero mutant and it’s now my personal favorite from the X-Men franchise. The standalone feature borrows just a little from the Old Man Logan and X-23 storylines but the movie itself is original and a beast all its own. The movie also shows these fan favorite mutants like they’ve never been seen before, in a much more vulnerable way. James Mangold is such an amazing storyteller who has become one of my favorite directors and I’d love to see him stay in the X-Men universe in some form or fashion as it now heads in a new direction. He has come up with this interesting and emotional concept that gives a satisfying ending to Wolverine as well as Professor X. There’s great camera work as well as cinematography that captures the magic of this movie. I’ve been following these two mutants from the very beginning, with their highs and lows, and enjoyed the exciting adventures on the big screen with them to this brutal and emotional finale. Logan is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The movie brings Hugh Jackman’s celebrated seventeen-year run as Wolverine to a close and is a must watch. Highly recommended!

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 137 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.38:1) Color and B&W

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / French and Spanish DD 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.38:1) Color

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This home video release features nearly 90 minutes of extras that include deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes documentary. One of the Blu-ray discs also features Logan Noir, a black and white version of the film that gives the acclaimed story an all-new look. There’s also some theatrical trailers included.

  • Logan Noir – black and white version of the film
  • Audio commentary by Director James Mangold
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by James Mangold – Blu-ray Exclusive (07:45)
  • Making Logan – Behind-the-Scenes Documentary – Blu-ray Exclusive (1:16:05)
  • Theatrical Trailers (06:32)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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