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With the recent release of Logan on DVD and Blu-Ray came an alternate version of the film known as Logan Noir. This version of the film is different in the sense that it is in black and white, instead of the full color that most films are now. The idea came when the first few images from the film were released, and they were in black and white. The images were extremely interesting to look at and had a few people wondering if the actual film would be. Obviously, that didn't happen, but with Logan Noir, that version of the film exists now.
So the big question here is whether or not the change in color makes a difference in the experience of watching Logan. After having seen Logan in full-color twice, and the Noir version once, I would say that it definitely does. Is it night and day difference between the two? No, it's still the exact same movie, it's just that one version is in grayscale.
The black and white images they initially released for Logan had a very artistic quality to them, and that's a quality that transfers over to the Noir version of the film. Logan was already a beautiful film to look at. The cinematography throughout the film is stunning. In the Noir version, there are several points where I paused it to just really take in the shot. The grayscale added an extra sense of artistry to the film. With many of the shots in the film, I found myself thinking that I could imagine that shot printed out, framed, and hanging on a wall.
Oddly enough, Logan Noir appeared to be less violent than the theatrical cut, which seems impossible because it's the exact same cut of the film. However, since there was no color, that means that we didn't see the red of the blood in the movie. There are many scenes that I remember being very violent from the first couple times I've seen the film in color, but they seemed to be less violent than I remembered when watching this version. Without the color, the blood is almost unnoticeable at times, which makes the film seem less violent.
The points where I found the grayscale didn't work were the points in which the film uses visual effects. There aren't a lot of obvious digital effects in Logan, but when they're there it's distracting in the Noir version. Due to the lack of color, Logan Noir feels like an older film. That feeling that is completely taken away when we see modern effects utilized in it. That's by no means a flaw in the actual film, it's just a slight drawback to watching a modern film converted to black and white. I haven't seen the "Black & Chrome" Edition of Mad Max: Fury Road, but I imagine it suffers from the same issue.
So is Logan Noir the version of Logan you need to watch? No, especially if it's your first time watching the film. The theatrical version of Logan utilizes color very well. So I would undoubtedly recommend watching that version first if you haven't already. If you love that version, which I expect you will, check out Logan Noir if you're interested. The grayscale definitely adds an interesting element to the film. While not an entirely separate experience, it's still different enough to have an effect.
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