The Cinematography of “Logan” and “Logan Noir” (2017)

The Cinematography of “Logan” and “Logan Noir” (2017)
Cinematographer: John Mathieson

This is fun. So, apparently James Mangold wanted to make Logan as a black and white movie. Of course the studios would never go for that. They said no. BUT Mangold was able to do a special black and white grade on Logan to release what is called “Logan Noir” as an extra bonus feature of sorts on a second blu-ray. I’ve included both versions of the film here side by side. Enjoy!


  • Haitam


    September 28, 2017
  • Cyrus Kimani

    I appreciate what the director and yourself are trying to do, but for me the color cinema release looks better. Personally, i find B+W looks best when pushed to its limits. A lot of contrast, lot’s of hard light and dark shadows e.g. Sin City. The B+W grade for Logan obviously won’t look as awesome as it could’ve because as you say the studio wouldn’t let Mr. Mangold do B+W. Now, that being said, I think John Mathieson really outdid himself. Even though the cinema release is in color, he was able to make it look noir-ish. It has the features/elements I mentioned(high contrast, hard light and dark shadows). I think I can confidently say that they managed to achieve the noir look even with color.

    October 18, 2017
    • evanerichards

      I can see where you’re coming from. And I’m not sure I disagree with you. When you don’t have a higher contrast visual aesthetic sometimes black and white can just look kind of muddy.

      I’ll be posting “Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition” soon. You might like that. I feel like the Black and White is a little more contrasty. Keep checking back. I’m hoping to post it soon.

      October 18, 2017

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