BLU-RAY REVIEW: LOGAN
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
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We always thought we were part of God’s plan.
Maybe… maybe, we were God’s mistake.
- REVIEW FORMAT / BLU-RAY
- ASPECT RATIO / 2.39:1
- AUDIO / DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 7.1 48K
- GENRE / ACTION
- AVAILABLE FORMATS / DVD, BLU-RAY, 4K ULTRA HD
- RATING / M15+ STRONG BLOODY VIOLENCE
- RELEASE DATE / 07 JUNE 2017
- LABEL / 20TH CENTURY FOX
- RUN TIME / 137 MINUTES
- DIRECTOR / JAMES MANGOLD
- CAST / HUGH JACKMAN, PATRICK STEWART, BOYD HOLBROOK, STEPHEN MERCHANT
Logan marks Hugh Jackman’s 9th and final appearance as the gruff, yet likeable Wolverine. Logan picks up in 2029, sixteen years after the events depicted in 2013’s The Wolverine.
Like the world around him, Logan has changed. The grizzled and greyed mutant doesn’t heal as fast as he used too and relies upon alcohol for pain relief. No new mutants have been born in the past 25 years.
Also, mysteriously absent (except for Charles Xavier) are the other X-Men. Age has also taken its toll on Xavier, and with his wits failing him he needs to be medicated to avoid seizures. This can be catastrophic for those around him.
Logan features an excellent, although highly stylised colour palate.
For example, the scenes in New Mexico tend to favour a slight sepia tone, whereas some night scenes lean toward blue, the city’s neon lights contrasting strongly against the gloomy background.
These colour choices serve to enhance Logan’s dark noir vibe.
Black levels remained solid during the film, yet never obscured detail.
Despite the stylised colour palette, flesh tones remained natural.
Resolution was excellent, with plenty of fine detail evident.
Much like the video, Logan has a cracking 7.1 DTS-HD soundtrack.
The surrounds are used to great effect for environmental cues and create a sense of ambience.
While there’s no discrete overhead information in the soundtrack, DTS Neural decoding helped to create a convincing sense of height and space in my home theatre.
At times the soundstage was also very wide, seeming to defy the confines of my home theatre. All of this comes together to create a very immersive soundtrack, which places the listener smack bang in the middle of the action.
Logan’s DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack has some serious wallop. Bass was not only heard, but often felt from the primary listening position.
The Casino scene is a perfect example of this, which I suspect has the potential to damage some home theatre systems when played too loudly.
Not just brutish, the DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack was loaded with detail. Dialogue remained clear, never drifting into intelligibility, regardless of what was happening on the screen.
Logan’s DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack is both immersive and dynamic.
This is a soundtrack that is well and truly up of the task of showing off the audio capabilities of your home theatre system.
Logan may just be my favourite Wolverine movie. It’s both a sad and violent film.
Nonetheless, it’s an excellently crafted story and a very mature look at ‘Old Man Logan’.
If like me, you’re a fan of the franchise, there’s also a limited edition black and white version (Blu-ray only) of the film availabe, entitled Noir.
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As the owner of Adelaide based ‘Clarity Audio & Video Calibration’, Tony is a certified ISF Calibrator. Tony is an accomplished Audio-Visual reviewer specialising in theatre and visual products.