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Logan Blu Ray Date and Details: B&W Edition Included!!!

Old Man Logan, Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray James Mangold’s blockbuster Logan (2017), starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, and Stephen Merchant. The two releases will be available for purchase on May 23.

Touting an R-rating, allowing fans to finally see Logan’s legendary berserk rage unleashed, Mangold brings a visceral and gritty realism to the story, based on one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters. In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

In addition to nearly 90 minutes of original content, including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes documentary, the Blu-ray will also include Logan Noir, a black and white version of the film that gives the acclaimed story an all-new look.

“During production of LOGAN I took many black and white photographs and noticed how striking and dramatic our gritty settings and characters appeared in monochrome,” said Mangold. “The western and noir vibes of the film seemed to shine in the format and there was not a trace of modern comic hero movie sheen. Then, while editing, Fox and I started posting some of the black and white stills online and fans also began to respond enthusiastically, many hoping that they would get a chance to see the finished film in carefully timed, high contrast black and white. Well. Sometimes hope becomes reality.”

Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

To celebrate the release of Logan Noir, Alamo Drafthouse will be bringing the film to the big screen in all of its monochromatic glory for one night only starting at 8 PM EST on Tuesday, May 16th. The event screenings will also be accompanied by an exclusive, live streaming Q&A featuring director James Mangold. Attendees in every location of the screening will be able to participate in the live discussion with Mangold via Twitter using the hashtag #askalamo. Los Angeles fans will also get the chance to see Logan slash through the big screen as Alamo Drafthouse and Fox co-present LOGAN NOIR with American Cinematheque for a screening at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets for all screenings are available now at drafthouse.com/logannoir.

Special Features:

  • 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 only)
  • Making Logan – behind-the-scenes documentary (Blu-ray only)

4K Blu-ray Technical Specs:

  • Audio:
    • English Dolby Atmos
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
    • English Descriptive Audio 5.1
    • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles:
    • English SDH
    • Spanish
    • French

Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

Seventeen years ago, comic book movies were a dead genre.  In 2000, the first X-Men movie was released and jump-started a renaissance of adaptations.  The franchise succeeded in no small part because the most popular X-Man: Wolverine, was cast to perfection.  Hugh Jackman was an unknown.  He’d done more musicals on-stage than movies on-screen, but from the moment we saw saw him cage fighting in a bar, he owned  the Wolverine in a way that no actor perhaps has ever fully become linked with a fictional character (Bond and Connery and Downey Jr. and Iron Man being the only comparisons I can come up with).  Logan is Jackman’s 9th film as Wolverine and his last.  The film that bears his name is a nearly perfect Wolverine story.  Unlike the PG-13 Logan that had to be leashed for the team films, this is the Wolverine from the comics, and yet, this a Wolverine unlike we’ve ever seen.  It’s unremittingly grim, wonderfully acted, violent and gritty, redemptive and tragic.  After all, Logan’s was a story that was never going to end well. Continue reading Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame.  After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction.  The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it.  If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie.  That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”

X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Psylocke, Magneto, Apocalypse, X-Men
X-Men: Apocalypse has been taking quite a bit of flak from critics, and has under-performed financially.  Is the film a disaster?  Absolutely not.  Is the film flawed?  Absolutely.  Should you still go and see it?  Apocalypse has moments of greatness, things we’ve never seen in an X-Men movie before, and mainly sets the stage for more dramatic moments to come.  What it lacks is the connective tissue, the small but poignant character scenes, and the relentless momentum of the best films in the franchise.  It’s probably the weakest team film aside from X3, but it’s worlds above X3.  Minor spoilers follow below, so proceed with caution. Continue reading Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”

Top 5: Xavier/Magneto Scenes

Professor Xavier, Magneto, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, X-Men

Last week, in my weekly “My Favorite Scene” column, I talked about my favorite scene from X-Men: First Class: The Point Between Rage and Serenity.  It’s one of my favorite Xavier/Magneto scenes.  Then I started to think how many iconic scenes there have been through the seven films that have contained Professor X and Magneto, and thought a top 5 list was in order.

Professor Xavier, Magneto, X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy

It seemed almost impossible that suitable matches could be found to carry the torch for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan after they made those characters theirs starting in the second scene in the first film.  However, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have proven to be every bit their equal, and have had better, meatier parts of the Xavier/Magneto relationship to work with as they chart their friendship and the schism between them that would divide mutants. Quite frankly, you could make the whole list out of chess matches, but I tried to spread them out.  Here are my five favorite (plus the scene I already wrote about, which you can see by clicking the link above).

Chess in a Plastic Prison, X-Men (2000)

The Breaking Point, X-Men: First Class (2011)

We Are the Future, X-Men (2000)

You Abandoned Me!, X-Men: DOFP (2014)

Gifts, The Wolverine (2013)