X-Men Collection

X-Men Collection

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

     
 

Considered by comic book fans to be one of the better film adaptations to spring from the pulp genre, X-Men is an exciting, well-crafted action picture that shuttles the career of director Bryan Singer from the world of low-budget, independent filmmaking into the mainstream studio fold. The film's Achilles heel is its complicated juggling act of multipleSee more details below

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Considered by comic book fans to be one of the better film adaptations to spring from the pulp genre, X-Men is an exciting, well-crafted action picture that shuttles the career of director Bryan Singer from the world of low-budget, independent filmmaking into the mainstream studio fold. The film's Achilles heel is its complicated juggling act of multiple characters and plot lines, but Singer must be forgiven for squeezing a story that has unfolded over 30 years into a two-hour time frame. For the most part he succeeds admirably, maintaining an obvious affection and regard for his tale's comic book roots and making the essential artistic choice of taking it all seriously (as the series of sequels that followed Batman (1989) prove, a tongue-in-cheek approach can become quickly wearisome). Singer also scores on the casting front, with strong performances from several of his key players, most notably veterans Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. The cast standout, however, is Australian newcomer Hugh Jackman, who bites into his role of Wolverine with leonine aggression, preserving a sense of latent intelligence just under the surface of his broiling, testosterone-fueled anger. X-Men will make Jackman a star, and with a healthy box-office tally, it's a safe bet that 20th Century Fox will be making a sequel. Karl Williams

X2 is one of those sequels that moviegoers dream of -- it's bigger, badder, and ten times more explosive than Bryan Singer's classy but hindered original. Aided by a much larger budget, and the comfort of the mythology already introduced, X2 goes for broke from the get-go and doesn't let up until the fantastic finale that'll leave die-hard fans sweating in their seats. That's not to say non-comic-book readers are left in the dust with this one -- essentially, that's the genius of this sequel...While building their own film universe with these beloved mutants, the filmmakers obviously have love and respect for the original 30-plus years of printed history -- in this flick alone, they tackle three key stories of the comic and somehow still make it all work for the non-readers out there. Thinking back, it's fitting that X-Men was so much of a setup because this is where the juice really gets cookin' and the payoff begins. First off, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) fans beware, because this is what you've been waiting for -- the berserker is officially unleashed, and audiences everywhere now have a new iconic movie hero because of it. Of course, it's not all Wolvie's story in this darker tale...Old faces are fresh again when plots blossom and characters are fleshed out in fantastic fashion as everyone, at some point, gets their time in the sun (besides Cyclops [James Marsden], who sadly disappears for one full hour during the film). Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan continue to be fabulous in their roles, giving instant credibility and creating flawless characterizations to these two tragic old friends. New to the scene is Alan Cumming in a surprising turn as the mysterious teleporter Nightcrawler. His makeup and teleporting effects are exceptional, while the accent he chose is flawless (unlike Academy Award-winner Halle Berry's in the original, which is gladly absent here). Of course, with a new sequel come new villains, and this one has them in spades. First off, there's Brian Cox -- one mammoth actor that gives birth to one of the nastiest bad guys in history, William Stryker, a scientist who holds the key to Wolverine's past. Also on hand is the gorgeous Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike, a siren who isn't on the screen long, but does take part in one of the most grueling knock-down, drag-out fights in X-Men history, automatically making her a classic villain that'll be remembered long after the credits roll. Speaking of action, if the theater had seat belts, you'd want to strap yourself in, because Singer and company have crafted a film that makes the first one pale in comparison. It's the tasty treat that fans and newcomers alike have been waiting for -- a meaty, action-packed, story-driven superhero film that delivers on the grandness and scale that the characters and this sequel deserved. Jeremy Wheeler

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0024543099666
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
3:58:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; X2 Disc One:; X2 full screen presentation; Full-length audio commentary (director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC); Full-length audio commentary (writers and producers); X2 Disc Two:; "Nightcrawler Attack" interactive multi-angle scene study; "Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal" in-depth, behind-the-scenes exploration; "The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men": the ultimate making-of documentary; Extraordinary X2 featurettes, including - "The Secret Origin of X-Men": a complete anthology, "Nightcrawler Reborn": the adventure before X2, "Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler" character study and more; 11 deleted/extended scenes; 6 revealing still galleries; Theatrical trailers; X-Men Disc One:; X-Men full screen presentation; Full-length audio commentary by director Bryan Singer and Brian Peck; Enhanced viewing mode includes 17 behind-the-scenes featurettes and 6 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; X-Men Disc Two:; Introduction by Bryan Singer; "The Uncanny Suspects" pre-production featurette; "X-Factor: The Look of the X-Men" costume featurette; "The Special Effects of the X-Men" visual effects featurette; "Reflection of the X-Men" retrospective featurette; Exclusive movie premiere footage; Multi-angle scene studies; Animatic -to-film comparisons; 5 still galleries (character concept art, hardware, locations, Magneto and Xavier's school); Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Web interstitials and more

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- X-Men Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. Poland 1944
3. The Kiss of Death
4. The Mutant Problem
5. We Are the Future
6. King of the Cage
7. Freak
8. Two of a Kind
9. In the Midst of Mutants
10. Failure
11. Strange New World
12. A School for the Gifted
13. The Lower Levels
14. Kelly's New Aide
15. The Adamantium Man
16. The Mutant Brotherhood
17. Stay Away From My Girl
18. Rogue's Power
19. One of Us
20. The Runaway
21. Cerebro
22. Sabotage
23. Logan's Promise
24. The Brotherhood Attacks
25. Stand-Off
26. There's a War Coming
27. Magneto's Plan
28. Death of a Mutant
29. A Fallen Leader
30. Assault on a Lady
31. The Attack Plan
32. Mutant vs. Mutant
33. Magneto's Prisoners
34. The X-Men Strike Back
35. To Save a City
36. Logan's Sacrifice
37. Recovery
38. Saying Goodbye
39. Friendly Enemies
40. End Titles
Side #3 -- X2 Disc 3
1. Main Titles
2. Security Breach
3. Alkali Lake
4. The Field Trip
5. Stryker's War
6. Logan's Return
7. One Final Talk
8. The Mutant Connection
9. Mutant Intruder
10. Nightcrawler
11. Sleepless
12. Magneto's Visitor
13. The War Has Begun
14. The Invaders
15. Out of the Past
16. Grace
17. Stryker's Prisoner
18. The Drake Home
19. Too Much Iron
20. This Mutant Problem
21. Faith & Anger
22. Dangerous Mutants
23. Air Attack
24. Stryker's Plan
25. What Do You Want?
26. The Mutant Inside
27. Time to Find Our Friends
28. Lovers' Quarrel
29. Point of Origin
30. Two of a Kind
31. Change of Plans
32. An Animal
33. To Stop Cerebro
34. The Big Chill
35. Escape
36. The Only Way
37. The President's Opportunity
38. Left Behind
39. Evolution Leaps Forward
40. End Titles

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