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New on DVD: ‘The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman

Posted 12:00am on Monday, Dec. 02, 2013

DVD The Wolverine: This film pulls from rich source material: Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 arc depositing the tortured Logan (Wolverine) in Japan. It’s a seminal piece of the Wolverine’s mythos and a landmark example of comics beginning to be taken seriously as literature. Still, screenwriters Mark Bomback and Scott Frank drain any sense of urgency from the tale, populating a sparse, grim and violent narrative with paper-thin characters. The relatively straightforward plot becomes bogged down in the final act, undone by the need for an action-filled climax rather than closure.

The buffed-up Hugh Jackman does what he can with his signature role, gamely taking his lumps. There’s an ascetic quality to certain sequences — a funeral disrupted by an abduction, a snowy rescue attempt thwarted by deadly arrows — that feels fresh, and most importantly, right. But rather than throw caution to the wind and make a film that takes Wolverine’s popped-vein rage and angst seriously, The Wolverine wastes another opportunity, giving audiences one more dull blockbuster. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD, and Extended Edition Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD + Digital Copy

— Preston Jones, Star-Telegram

Also new: The Smurfs 2; The Act of Killing; The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; Good Ol’ Freda; Drinking Buddies; Winnie Mandela; Stone Roses: Made of Stone; All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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