X-Men

X-Men

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

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 the

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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.

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.

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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X-Men 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was the beginning of an incredible series, with numerous sequels and prequels. The plot is good. Magneto had created a device that would turn any regular human into a mutant. He wanted to turn the World Leaders into Mutants, so the goals/needs of Mutants would be the same as the theirs. Unfortunately the machine wasn't a success. The induced mutation was rejected, and the human body began to break down at the cellular level. The X-Men had to battle Magneto's minions, to keep Magneto from using his machine. Wolverine is a subplot to the main movie. He's a primal/elemental character. He's guided by instinct and has berserker fighting stile. Primarily a loner personality, but fiercely protective of anyone he cares about. This movie is when he first meets Rogue, Professor X, and the X-Men. Though he never agrees with their political views, he eventually/reluctantly fights by their side. The cast is spectacular. Patrick Stewart is the ideal choice for Charles Xavier. Ian McKellen portrayed Eric Lensherr flawlessly. Hugh Jackman brought Wolverine to life - He is Wolverine. Rebecca Romijn showed many aspects of Mystique. Halle Berry showed both Storm's power and beauty. Anna Paquin played Rogue, when she was just learning what it means to be a Mutant.
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MY NAME IS MIKE GURIN AND I HAVE WAITED YEARS TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I HAVE READ THE COMICS SINCE I WAS 14 AND MY DAD DROVE ME TO THE STORE TO BUY THEM. WHAT A GREAT HOBBY FOR KIDS TO HAVE. NOW MY HOBBY IS WATCHING MOVIES SO THE XMEN HAVE COME FULL CIRCLE IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU BRIAN SINGER FOR PULLING THIS OFF. MIKE GURIN CANT WAIT FOR XMEN 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that it wouldn't be very good because it's based on a comic book but my brother got me to watch it and it was excellant. My favorite parts were when Storm's eyes went white. Also it had great special effects!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this movie.It had excellent visual effects.It's better than any other movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome. I've watched it about a million times and I never go sick of it. And the Second movie was even better and just as exciting! I would recomend this movie to anyone who love action and adventure
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always liked the comic book, and I was thrilled when I heard they were making it into a movie. And after I watched it I wasn't disapointed! In fact I LOVED IT! Rent it or better yet buy it so you can watch it when ever you want!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is almost better than the comics! I can't believe how good it was. Wolverine rulez! I love all comics movies. The best part is that the senator really tried to run in real life but he lost. I saw it on TV. Mutant power!!!
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
EVERYONE I know is tired of book readers reviewing book movies and comic readers reviewing comic movies... but dang it did this movie hit close to home! I was a wolverine fan since I was 10 and working at a comic store for comics (not money) and I am now 27. 17 YEARS have gone by! Anyway finally I get to see him in a movie! And I heard saber tooth was in this one too! (There both arch enemies, like batman vs joker or superman vs Luther get me?) and in the movie when he flies through the car window I kid you now not I can STILL remember being on the edge of my seat in the jam packed theater on opening night, and Wolverine gets up, heals... then stops... he smells something... CLAWS COME OUT! Im like YEAH! SABERTOOTH! WOO! And sure enough it was! and they fought I was like "yay!" then... in the x-mansion he didn¿t know who saber tooth was...? so that short fight in my head that came with all this history was super exiting, now knowing he didn¿t know him kind of made it normal... and then made me sit normal through out the rest of the movie. Seriously they should have asked me ;) I read enough Wolverine comics to know how he talks. ANOTHER example
In the statue of liberty saber tooth is about to do something bad to storm and says "you still owe me a scream..." then da da da! Wolverine jumps down to save the day, but what he says again slowed down my adrenalin cuz it was so not what wolverine would say... this is what I JAY thinks should have been said...
WOLVERINE: "I got your scream, right here!" Right as he says "here" his claws come out and he charges saber tooth! But NOOOooooo here is the movie idea dorky wolverine "hey, were not done bub." yes wolverine uses the word "bub" but come on! We all know wolverine kicks butt! Even more when you mess with girls he considers friends! COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway outside comic view I guess the movie was cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this movie. It was a lot of fun and the DVD options are great (Hugh Jackman's screen test, deleted scenes). You really don't have to be a fan of the comic to enjoy it. Why? Because no one making the film (actors and director) knew the comic before they started making it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked how Bryan Singer portrays racism and prejudice in this movie. Bruce Davidson does a great job on a bigoted US senator who wants to punish all 'mutants' with forced registration(re:witchunts)My favorite character is Rogue. Will someone please tell me what happens to Rogue in the X men comic,'Rogue's tale,beauty and the beast.''Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie,visual effects,plot even for people who are not a fan of the xmen this movie will make them one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this great movie the first time I saw it, but it seems to get better with more viewing. This is an amazing thing, huge success that actually benefits from being watched closely, a summer blockbuster you can actually think about. Imagine, a comic book movie with genuinely great performances from every member of the cast. (Maybe with the exception of Bruce Davison's Senator Kelly, who's too articulate and intelligent to make a convincing U.S. senator.) I'm hoping there'll be a whole string of X-Men movies, especially if they're directed by Bryan Singer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X-MEN is excellent. The cast is an excellent pick. The effects are amazing. Bryan Singer doesn't overdo it on the effects either. The main purpose for the effects is to portray the mutants' superpowers. Now about the cast. HUGH JACKMAN ROCKS! as Wolverine, the seemingly rough and tough don't mess with me, type of guy. But Wolverine just can't seem to hide his sensitive side. That's what makes him interesting. Some of the lines he exchanges with Cylops( JAMES MARSDEN) are funny. This movie is first rate in every aspect. With action to the rim, great effects, EXCELLENT acting, and more. Patrick Stewart, Fammke Jannsen, Halle Barry, Ian Mckellan, Tyler Mane, Rebecca Romjman Stammos, and Ray Park co-star. This is an EXCELLENT movie. Don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie! The costumes were amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was way way way better than I ever expected. I just couldn't get enough. I think the cast was an excellent choice. Hugh Jackman brought alive the character of Wolverine, as did Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Ian McKellen as Magneto. The plot was a great introduction to the whole x-men being and I'm just waiting for the second one to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X-men from comics, own series, and now a Movie and soon to be X-men 2..X-men just gets better and better..The Movie is based on Mutants which have special abilites with capibilites to form a special power. If you love action and suprises this is the Movie for you, This Movie has famous well known stars such as the Aussie actor Hugh Jackman, Beautiful Halle Berry and many more well-known actors...This movie is just sensational and should be seen..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good movie. It has alot of the good x-men charaters, and hugh jackman played a really good wolverine.I can't wait forX-Men 2 to come out!! I really recommand this movie
NOLA70118 More than 1 year ago
Can't move when the movie started. I watch this movie 10 times.