X-Men

X-Men

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Director: Bryan Singer

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

     
 

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While there wasn't anything really wrong with the original DVD release of X-Men, this two-disc re-release (perfectly timed for the theatrical release of X-Men 2 of course) takes it to a new level, one that is exceptional in every way. The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer is outstanding (the movie is on the first disc). Colors are vivid, and even with all theSee more details below

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While there wasn't anything really wrong with the original DVD release of X-Men, this two-disc re-release (perfectly timed for the theatrical release of X-Men 2 of course) takes it to a new level, one that is exceptional in every way. The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer is outstanding (the movie is on the first disc). Colors are vivid, and even with all the action and movement, there are no signs of breakdown. Detail is always strong, as are the contrast levels. Equal to the image is the sound, presented in both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS. This is an aggressive track, as would be expected, with liberal use of the surrounds and exceptional separation, Fortunately the clarity necessary for dialogue and distinct sound effects is never sacrificed. Needless to say, this is a perfect film to really test your home theater sound system. Granted, some of the supplements on the first release are not included, but what is offered here certainly makes up for it. While the majority of extras are on the second disc, the first still has its share. Of real importance, and not present on the first release, is a scene-specific commentary track from director Bryan Singer, hosted by Brian Peck. Reused from the first release are 17 optional making-of mini-featurettes which can be accessed during the movie, and the ability to add in six deleted scenes through branching. As mentioned, it's the second disc that has the vast array of extra material. This is broken up into two areas, "X-Men 2" and "Evolution X." As would be guessed, "X-Men 2" is a short look at the highly anticipated sequel, with a tour of the sets, some interviews, and the trailer for the new film. "Evolution X" on the other hand is far from brief. Six different documentaries, ranging from eight to 64 minutes cover all aspects of the film, and nearly all of them employ seamless branching to delve even further behind the scenes. Consisting of everything from character development (with interviews from nearly everyone involved), in-depth discussions of the visual effects, and extensive behind-the-scenes video, these documentaries truly go deep into the process of making the film. If that weren't enough, three trailers, numerous television spots, and 12 Internet interstitials, which are very short vignettes about each of the characters, are also included. This set is a perfect example of a DVD that fans should buy over again, and those uninitiated should look into. Neither will be disappointed.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
From uncanny in the comics to action blockbuster at the box office, the mutant superhero group the X-Men serve their audience well in this live-action adaptation directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects). Highly anticipated by fans for years -- the comics date back to the 1960s -- the film intelligently tackles the comics' common themes of racism, immigration, and identity, with the aid of a crackerjack ensemble cast. Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, and adorable Anna Paquin are regarded as outsiders both by humans and by their own mutant race. Chronicling the beginnings of professor Xavier's super-powered X-students (who flaunt super costumes to match), the battle focuses on sinister primary foe Magneto (Ian McKellen), with his mutant minions, played by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Ray Park (a.k.a. Darth Maul) at his side. A George Wallace-like senator (Bruce Davison) launching a campaign against mutantkind only complicates things for our heroes, but provides for some good character drama, a tactic that has always made the X-Men comics as super as they are. Singer's stylish direction handles the action well and with a bit less silliness than other recent comic-book adaptations, while X-Men creator and all-around comic legend Stan Lee cuts the mustard in a fine cameo as a hot-dog vendor. The X-ceptional 1.5 DVD features an Enhanced Viewing Mode, incorporating more than 60 extra minutes of behind-the -scenes footage and previously deleted material.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0024543062936
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Enhanced Viewing Mode containing 6 deleted scenes and 17 behind-the scenes featurettes; Commentary by director Bryan Singer.
Disc 2: Introduction by Bryan Singer, "The Uncanny Suspects Casting" Featurette, "X-Factor: The Look of the X-Men Costume" Featurette, "The Special Effects of the X-Men Featurette," Storyboard-to-Animatic-to-Film Comparisons, "Reflection of the X-Men" Featurette, Exclusive Movie Premiere Footage From Ellis Island and around the world, Multi-Angle Scene Studies, Still Photo Gallery, 3 Theatrical Trailers, 14 TV Spots, 12 Web Interstitials, X-Men 2 Sneak Preview Teaser

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- 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

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