‘The Wolverine’ Blu-ray: Hugh Jackman, James Mangold talk Japan [Video]

Dec. 02, 2013 | 4:36 p.m.
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Rila Fukushima, left, and Hugh Jackman in a scene from "The Wolverine." (Ben Rothstein / 20th Century Fox)

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Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, left, and Hugh Jackman as Logan in a scene from "The Wolverine." (Ben Rothstein / 20th Century Fox)

“The Wolverine,” the most recent X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman as the troubled antihero, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, a prelude to Jackman’s next turn as the character in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and a new stand-alone sequel announced last month.

Released this past summer, “The Wolverine” marked a special moment for the Australian actor, who said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired the film when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men.” Jackman said he was  struck back then by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of Logan and his exploits in Japan.

“The guy who is the outsider, emblematic in a way of anti-authority, anti-tradition, anti-honor, anti-code, is in Japan with all these samurai and ninjas,” Jackman told Hero Complex earlier this year. “I think it’s the perfect juxtaposition for this guy who doesn’t think, he’s emotional. He acts and then has to deal with the fallout from it.”

“The Wolverine” was shot mostly in Sydney, Australia, but spent about five weeks shooting in Tokyo, Enoshima and other more pastoral locales, and the exotic locations, along with the largely Asian supporting cast (including action veteran Hiroyuki Sanada) and subtitled sequences help to distinguish the movie from a standard-issue popcorn movie.

Jackman and the film’s director James Mangold (who’s also set for “Wolverine 2″) discuss the Japan experience on one of the special features on the Blu-ray and DVD. For a preview of what they had to say, watch the exclusive clip below.

Fans who pick up the “Unleashed Extended Edition” of the Blu-ray and DVD also will receive a new Wolverine Infinite Comic written by Jason LaTour and Stan Lee, with a painted cover by In-Hyuk Lee and interior art storyboarded by Daniel Govar, penciled by Manuel Garcia, inked by the artist known as BIT and colored by Marta Martinez.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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