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A black & white version of Logan is heading to theaters this May

04.28.2017

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While we awaited Hugh Jackman's final turn as Wolverine in LOGAN, director James Mangold frequently teased us with some gorgeous looking black & white images. Those images sparked a desire to see a black & white cut of LOGAN and Mangold confirmed that they were "working on it" close to two months ago. It was assumed that the new cut would make its debut on the home-media release of LOGAN, much like George Miller's Black & Chrome edition of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, but now James Mangold has announced on Twitter that LOGAN will be returning to theaters on May 16, 2017 in glorious black & white!

When asked whether fans couldn't just replicate the black & white experience on their TV, James Mangold added that in order "to make a great B&W version of a film, the whole thing's gotta be regraded & timed shot by shot." Unfortunately for international fans of LOGAN, I'm afraid that this black & white version will only be returning to U.S. theaters. Even if you miss your chance at seeing LOGAN back on the big screen, Mangold also confirmed that it will available on the film's upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release.

LOGAN's debut on Blu-ray/DVD doesn't have an official release just yet, but we can certainly expect it land sometime in 2017.

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6:24PM on 04/29/2017
A May release date? They better get to work filming that movie in black and white if they want to make that deadline. It tool them MONTHS to film it in color the first time.....:)
A May release date? They better get to work filming that movie in black and white if they want to make that deadline. It tool them MONTHS to film it in color the first time.....:)
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12:06PM on 04/29/2017
If anyone's seen Frank Darabont's Directors Cut of The Mist, the black and white only makes the movie better... Especially when the colors and textures of the cgi creatures were a little cartoony. I don't see the appeal of Mad Max Fury Road in black and white as the colors were some of the best things about that movie, but Logan could really add to the dreariness of the world they now live in.
If anyone's seen Frank Darabont's Directors Cut of The Mist, the black and white only makes the movie better... Especially when the colors and textures of the cgi creatures were a little cartoony. I don't see the appeal of Mad Max Fury Road in black and white as the colors were some of the best things about that movie, but Logan could really add to the dreariness of the world they now live in.
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9:12PM on 04/28/2017
Can someone explain what the appeal of seeing a color film regraded to black and white is? First Mad Max Fury Road, now Logan. I'm not hating on the idea but I just don't understand the big deal.
Can someone explain what the appeal of seeing a color film regraded to black and white is? First Mad Max Fury Road, now Logan. I'm not hating on the idea but I just don't understand the big deal.
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9:40PM on 04/28/2017
"Regraded"? Black and white can be beautiful, and can be a stylistically lovely choice. Please see "Schindler's List" or "Nebraska".

Unfortunately, it's often not marketable to a mainstream audience that sees black and white as something old-fashioned or undesirable, so filmmakers of commercial films aren't allowed black and white as an option at all when making their films.

If George Miller and/or James Mangold believe that a black and white aesthetic best suits their vision, then more
"Regraded"? Black and white can be beautiful, and can be a stylistically lovely choice. Please see "Schindler's List" or "Nebraska".

Unfortunately, it's often not marketable to a mainstream audience that sees black and white as something old-fashioned or undesirable, so filmmakers of commercial films aren't allowed black and white as an option at all when making their films.

If George Miller and/or James Mangold believe that a black and white aesthetic best suits their vision, then more power to them if they're allowed to realize that vision on home video.

Frank Darabont's preferred versions of "The Mist" and the premiere of "The Walking Dead" were black and white.

So what is the appeal? The appeal is seeing a gorgeous black and white version of a powerful piece of work as the director intended the piece to be seen. It's the same appeal as a "Director's Cut".

Is it a "big deal"? That depends on how much you care about the director or the intention of the piece. Maybe it's not a "big deal" to you. But it's a "big deal" to anyone interested in artistic integrity.

If you're not interested, simply ignore it - it'll be available in color (and I'm certainly annoyed that Black & Chrome Fury Road isn't in 3D). But for those who are interested in the art of film? Yeah, it's gonna be a big deal.
4:19AM on 04/29/2017
Black and white carries a visual emotional weight that color lacks. It makes the contrast pop, and shadows become beautiful inky negative space. Comic book artists use Black and White frequently for these reasons. Filmmakers are often at the mercy of studios who forbid Black and White because it has no mainstream appeal.
Black and white carries a visual emotional weight that color lacks. It makes the contrast pop, and shadows become beautiful inky negative space. Comic book artists use Black and White frequently for these reasons. Filmmakers are often at the mercy of studios who forbid Black and White because it has no mainstream appeal.
5:18PM on 04/29/2017
Was a "whatever" type when it came to b&w but after seeing The Mist in it i was sold on the style. The mist is so much better in black n white, the bad cgi isn't an issue and it gives the film more of an old school horror feel, which is what Darabont was intending when he made this film.

Logans release with it isn't a price grab as some idiot above mentioned since it's being added to the blu ray release instead of a future directors version later down the road.
Was a "whatever" type when it came to b&w but after seeing The Mist in it i was sold on the style. The mist is so much better in black n white, the bad cgi isn't an issue and it gives the film more of an old school horror feel, which is what Darabont was intending when he made this film.

Logans release with it isn't a price grab as some idiot above mentioned since it's being added to the blu ray release instead of a future directors version later down the road.
7:12PM on 04/28/2017
Awesome! It should be amazing seeing this on the big screen again in black and white.
Awesome! It should be amazing seeing this on the big screen again in black and white.
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7:48PM on 04/28/2017
Why? I can understand if B&W was part of the film's original concept, but after the fact? Sounds like you'll be pissing your money up a wall just to shout 'oooooh' and 'ahhhhh' at a silver screen.
Why? I can understand if B&W was part of the film's original concept, but after the fact? Sounds like you'll be pissing your money up a wall just to shout 'oooooh' and 'ahhhhh' at a silver screen.
9:42PM on 04/28/2017
I agree. I can't wait. Logan was a deeply affecting film, and in many ways, an old fashioned one - I believe it will be gorgeous and more true in B&W.
I agree. I can't wait. Logan was a deeply affecting film, and in many ways, an old fashioned one - I believe it will be gorgeous and more true in B&W.
3:47PM on 04/29/2017
'More true.'

That says it all.
'More true.'

That says it all.
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