Wolverine: The James Mangold Restoration, The

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Original Release Date:
2013
Original Running Time:
117
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
106
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Brief Synopsis:
Essentially, this project aims to restore James Mangold's original vision for the film, before the studio enforced changes to the script. Knowledge of the original script, and how it was changed, comes directly from Mangold himself as well as behind the scenes commentary. The "identity reveal" of Silver Samurai being the real villain was definitely not part of that script, and Viper was also added because the studio wanted a villain with superpowers. So in this edit, she's been reduced to almost non-existence in the film as well.

Specifically, this edit completely removes the third act and any prior scenes or shots setting it up. The effect of cutting this is that it eliminates a plot-hole fuelled twist that comes totally out of left field, but that it also returns the story to being told almost exclusively from Logan's point-of-view; thus honouring Mangold's original vision, for a small-scale neo-noir grounded in real world stakes -- rather than a VFX heavy tent-pole designed to compete with bigger-scale films from that year.

I have helped Silver Screen Samurai come up with the broad strokes of the final act, but they created the first nightmare and the end of the ninja battle until the airport scene all on their own, in order to fulfil their vision completely.

CHANGES INTRODUCED IN 2.0:
Added back deleted Harada backstory (absent in 1.0)
New transition to final battle, created by Silver Screen Samurai
Intention:
In this version, when old Yashida dies at the beginning, he’s actually dead. Neither the finale in the fortress, or the inclusion of Viper, were in Mangold’s original version of the film. They were added by the studio. Thus they’ve been removed, in accordance with his wishes; rendering the film more of small-scale Neo-noir set in Japan, with real world stakes and logic, as originally intended.
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Special Thanks:
The Silver Screen Samurai
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Japanese Translation Only Subtitles also available
Editing Details:
Knowledge of the original script, and how it was changed, comes directly from Mangold himself; since he's spoken pretty openly about it in interviews on the subject, as well as statements made by various crew members/actors on the original version of the script.
Cuts and Additions:
CHANGES INTRODUCED IN 2.0:
Added back deleted Harada backstory (absent in 1.0)
New transition to final battle, created by Silver Screen Samurai

Base is the Theatrical Version
Extended Edition with more graphic shot of Soldier commiting suicide used
Extended Edition with more graphic shot of Logan's claws in Jean used
Extended Edition with more graphic shot of Logan killing bear used
Extended Edition with more graphic shot of the arrow in the hunter's hand used
Trimmed Yumiko dialogue with Logan while being driven to old Yashida's home, using select parts of both theatrical and extended dialogue
Logan and Old Yashida's meeting edited to remove some of the shots of Viper, using extended scene as starting point.
Extended Edition scene of Shingen and old Yashida added and slightly trimmed
Logan being poisoned by Viper scene replaced with new nightmare sequence from Silver Screen Samurai, with Jean hair FX fix done by Wakeupkeo
Viper removed from relevance during funeral
Extended Edition Funeral fight scene with more graphic shots used, trimmed to reduce appearance of Viper and some of Hamada's face shots
Extended Edition Train Fight version with more graphic shots used
Some of Logan's dialogue at the end of the scene in the vet's office trimmed
Transition to train to Nagasaki adjusted slightly for flow
Logan and Mariko's discussion about her and Hamada removed
Noburo's interrogation trimmed to remove discussion of Yashida ruining the company and Shingen trying to save it
Shingen's slap of Mariko just before her kidnapping removed.
Interaction between Hamada and Mariko at old Yashida's house removed
Shingen and Viper interaction removed
Extended Edition scenes of Logan Yumiko and Shingen at old Yashida's home with more graphic shots used
Shots of Shingen getting his swords and armor moved slightly later
Yumiko's mentions of seeing Yashida dying removed
Shingen's lines about Mariko and Shingen destroying company removed, dialogue trimmed down to just Shingen resenting Yashida's appreciation of Logan.
All scenes of Viper and Hamada removed
Extended Edition Ninja fight with more graphic shots used
End of the Ninja fight heavily edited to be the final act.
Final transition from snowblower crash to the dream of Jean created by Silver Screen Samurai.
All of the scenes in the tower removed.
New mid-credit scene edited to remove Logan's bone claws created by Silver Screen Samurai.
Cover art by Wakeupkeo (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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While I'm certainly glad that CGI mess of a third act was removed, there were still some minor issues with the narrative stemming from its removal. In the theatrical, the robot bug was placed in Logan's body by Viper. In this edit, how it got there was a mystery because of Viper's removal from the narrative.

I liked that the fight with the ninjas and Harada was re-contextualized to be almost like a fight between suitors of Mariko's affections- as Harada was a former lover of her's- but Harada's fate was never revealed in this edit, though it could be presumed Logan had killed him.

The transition from the snowblower explosion to the final dream sequence with Jean Grey was well done, but it took me a couple of rewatches of the scene to get that Logan had caused the explosion to take out the ninjas, then it knocked him out long enough for him to have his vision of Jean, and then he recovered to get Mariko, which then transitioned to the airport scene.

Overall, a very well done edit, but I feel removing some of the characters and removing the original third act and replacing it with the new one created its own share of narrative problems. It's still very much recommended, and I enjoyed it much more than the original.

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An extremely well executed edit, and a significant improvement over the original. The only downside is the end feels a little abrupt, only because there isn't material to extend it further. All of the cuts were completely seamless, and everything looked and sounded great to me.

I've always had a soft spot for this film, so having this alternate version exist, and be executed so well, is a great thing.
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I have always held what seems to be the prevailing opinion that James Mangold's The Wolverine was one terrible final act away from greatness. This edit proves my faith right. By keeping the focus on Logan's story and rebirth it makes a much stronger second act in the story of The Wolverine that makes me regret that it didn't get a true sequel before the story's end. The edit obviously can only do so much - using a mention of studying biology to explain away some plot details and some dialogue removal to somewhat explain away the rest. It is however, much better than the studio mangled theatrical cut and will be the version of this movie I revisit in the future. There's only one thing that I wish made it into this version - the alternate ending!

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A great edit! That finale with Yashida come back to life was always a downer to me, so excising that entirely really helps the film. A lot more small scale, just focused on Logan dealing with his trauma through protecting someone. It’s not a perfect edit, as only what was released on blu-ray was available, not the raw footage, but what was accomplished here was awesome. It was tightly paced, audio and video transitions were excellent, and the story was much stronger. I wish Mangold could have released his original vision. At least we got that with his later Logan.

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It’s to bad there’s no english subtitles for the majority of the scenes where the Japanese cast are speaking…well Japanese as a little more context on there motives and actions would go a long way however that’s a problem I have with the theoretical and extended releases along with the bone claws not the edit itself but as for the edit that little trivia about the behind the scenes development and conflict between Mangold and the studio was both interesting and informative.

Just because it’s a comic book based movie doesn’t necessary mean it has to be marketed to children or that it should attempt to outshine or compete with the competition if anything a good comic book based movie should reflect the tone of it’s source material, besides teens and adults need entertainment to.

The Jean Dream sequences as I dub them were really well done with the buildup to the aggressive sequence of hard visual and audio cuts perfectly reflecting Logan’s tortured mind and foreshadowing the battle with this edits intended version of the Silver Samurai in a clever way with the tranquil luminance of the final Jean Dream sequence perfectly demonstrating Logan’s newfound clear state of mind and strengthened force of will to not leave the mortal world.

Yoshida’s shortened character arc now prevents his character assassination in the now erased studio enforced third act and better demonstrates not only the conflict between his own honour bond Japanese ideology but his willingness to abandon said ideology and attempt to continue on living and his short lived soldier to soldier friendship with Logan benefits far more thanks to the removal of said character assassinating third act but speaking of the third act.

The original intended showdown with Hanada and the rest of the ninja’s makes for a far more engaging and brutal climax than that of the tower with some impressive and fast paced fight choreography to boot with some great use of dramatic fade to whites from the explosion to the dream to reality and finally to the airport which effectively helps bypass the tower sequence all together.

Wakeupkeo’s and The Silver Screen Samurai’s names are animated and blended together into the ending credits sequence perfectly and match the style of the first portion of the film’s ending credits though I think the last remainder of the ending credits should have been changed to accommodate for the roles that are now deleted and reduced in the edit.

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