Mutant prequel explores Logan’s life before he became the coolest X-man.
Kayla: ‘You’re not an animal, Logan.’
Stryker: ‘Hunt him down.’
Remy LeBeau: ‘If I learnt anything about life, it's this: always play the hand you're dealt. My name is Gambit... and I play for keeps.’
Logan: ‘In my whole life, I felt like an animal. I ignored my instincts, and I ignored what I really am. And that won't ever happen again.’
1845. As a young boy, James Logan unwittingly kills his father after his iconic claws manifest in a bout of mutant rage. He goes on the run with half-brother Victor Creed (AKA Sabretooth), and the pair fight in various wars across the next century (regenerative powers come in handy when it comes to slowing the aging process).
During the Vietnam War, the pair are put in front of a firing squad, only to be saved by a mysterious offer from General Stryker to join Team X, a band of mercenary mutants.
Wolvie grows suspicious of Stryker’s methods and goals, and leaves the team for a quiet life in Canada. Six years later he has settled down with Kayla Silverfox, but their happiness soon comes to an abrupt end…
Better on Blu-ray:
The HD picture and DTS-HD audio is as sharp as Wolverine’s Adamantium claws and thorough, engaging commentaries reveal the filmmakers’ bold vision of a faithful comic-book adaptation.
Taking advantage of the latest technology, director Gavin Hood also explains his motives in a selection of Picture-in-Picture features; this is also the first release to offer an IMDB look-up, ending “wasn’t he in...?” arguments forever.
‘The helicopter tussle’
This frankly bonkers sequence sees our hero hunched over a speeding motorbike, burning rubber. First he rakes his claws along a hurtling jeep, shredding metal, and then he catapults through the air to sink his talons into a buzzing military chopper.
Wolverine whips this way and that before punching through the windscreen and hurling his adversary out. Watched on Blu-ray, you hear every grunt, feel every punch and the flames burn so bright you’ll be reaching for your shades!
• Commentary by Director Gavin Hood • Commentary by Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter • The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with Stan Lee & Len Wein • Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins • Weapon X Mutant Files (in 10 sections introducing the characters) • The Thrill of the Chase: The Helicopter Sequence • Ultimate X-Mode • X Connect • The Director's Chair • Pre-visualizing Wolverine • + BD Live (IMDB feature) and BD J (PiP and a quiz)