X2 - X-Men UnitedDirector: Bryan Singer
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X2: X-Men United explodes onto DVD in 20th Century Fox's two-disc widescreen edition (also available in the full-screen edition). With superb picture and sound quality, the disc is a technical wonder that'll no doubt give your home entertainment system a thorough workout. Its 2.35:1 widescreen picture superbly displays the film's vibrant colors and sharp imaging, while both the 5.1 DTS and Dolby tracks are bombastic in tone and perfect for John Ottman's rousing score. Loads of bonus features await the viewer, with the disc one's two commentaries starting things off with a bang. First off is director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel's track, which finds the two in good spirits as they discuss the upsides of working on the sequel (along with a few hints at what's to come in the third film). The other commentary is more of an ensemble piece, with producers Lauren Shuler-Donner and Ralph Winter holding court with the original writer David Hayter and the team that put their final stamp on the script -- Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. Surprisingly, the second track is still just as entertaining as the first, considering the fact that producer tracks tend to be more than a little dry. After listening to both, you can't deny the confidence and fun that the filmmakers obviously felt -- an almost complete contrast to the first film (as can be heard through Singer's commentary on the X-Men 1.5 DVD). The second disc is where the real goodies are. Split up between seven different sections, the extras cover the History of the X-Men, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Deleted Scenes, Galleries, and Trailers. Within the History of the X-Men, you get "The Secret Origin of X-Men" and "Nightcrawler Reborn" featurettes, which cover the comic's history and the first film, along with a special look at the Nightcrawler prequel comic published by Marvel. Following that is the Pre-Production section, starting off with a multi-angle study of the visceral opening Nightcrawler scene, which is composed of the entire scene's early animatics all the way through the various steps that eventually make the final composited shot. Pre-Production continues with featurettes chronicling the challenges and improvements that the superheroes' highly realized world demanded of production designer Guy Dyas and costume designer Louise Mingebach in the sequel. Mingebach especially comes off quite charming in a very non-Hollywood way, giving the disc its most priceless moment when she sputters while discussing dressing the film's hunky star, Hugh Jackman. Next up is the packed-to-the-gills Production section, most of which focuses on Alan Cummings' task of bringing Nightcrawler to life though movement training and arduous makeup appliances. Also included is a fight rehearsal for the Wolverine/Deathstrike battle, a 23-minute visual effects featurette, and most importantly, a strangely worded, yet highly engrossing documentary on the making of the sequel -- "The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men: Making of X2." Clocking in at just about an hour long, the feature consists of a flurry of interviews, along with loads of behind-the-scenes footage from the film. Extras on disc two continue with the Post-Production section, where you can find a featurette on John Ottman and his incredible score for the second installment of the series, the first of which was denied to him due to scheduling conflicts, along with some interview highlights from the X2 Global Webcast. The Deleted Scenes section features 11 deleted/extended scenes, where you'll find a more brutal take on the Wolverine/Deathstrike fight, along with a few throwaway bits and character appearances (such as Jubilee, for any comic fans out there). Finally, there's an extremely packed Galleries section (with peeks into the unfilmed Danger Room sequence, the set of which was built and stored for future installments), along with a Trailers section that includes the first, hardly seen internet-only teaser (!). In all, this two-disc set is a home video marvel that delivers where the first DVD release of X-Men did not. Recommended for any fan or mutant lover in your household.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Disc 1: "Nightcrawler Attack" interactive multi-angle scene study; "Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight" behind-the-scenes exploration; "The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men," a making-of documentary broken into multiple featurettes, including "The Secret Origin of X-Men," "Nightcrawler Reborn," "The Adventure Before X2," and "Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler" character study; "FX2" visual effects guide; 11 deleted/extended scenes; still galleries; theatrical trailers.
Cast & Crew
|Patrick Stewart||Prof. Charles Xavier, AKA 'Professor X'|
|Brian Cox||William Stryker|
|Famke Janssen||Dr. Jean Grey|
|Alan Cumming||Kurt Wagner, AKA Nightcrawler|
|Bruce Davison||Senator Kelly|
|Shawn Ashmore||Bobby Drake/Iceman|
|Kelly Hu||Anne Reynolds, AKA Yuriko Oyama, AKA Lady Deathstrike|
|Katie Stuart||Kitty Pryde|
|Steve Bacic||Hank McCoy, AKA Beast|
|Daniel Cudmore||Piotr Rasputin, AKA Colossus|
|Devin Douglas Drewitz||X-Kid|
|Bryce Hodgson||Arthur "Artie" Maddicks|
|Alfred E. Humphreys||Steven Drake|
|James N. Kirk||Ronny Drake|
|Michael Reid Mackay||Jason 143|
|Ty Olsson||Mitchell Laurio|
|Keely Purvis||Little Girl 143|
|Charles Siegel||Dr. Shaw|
|Cotter Smith||President McKenna|
|Jill Teed||Madeline Drake|
|Avi Arad||Executive Producer|
|Nancy Brown||Set Decoration/Design|
|J. Andre Chaintrevil||Set Decoration/Design|
|Lee Cleary||Asst. Director|
|Thomas DeSanto||Executive Producer|
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
12. Magneto's Visitor
13. The War Has Begun
14. The Invaders
15. Out of the Past
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
36. The Only Way
37. The President's Opportunity
38. Left Behind
39. Evolution Leaps Forward
40. End Titles
English 5.1 DTS
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
French Dolby Surround
Spanish Dolby Surround
Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel On
Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel Off
Commentary by Lauren Shuler Donner/Ralph Winter/Michael Dougherty/Dan Harris/David Hayter On
Commentary by Lauren Shuler Donner/Ralph Winter/Michael Dougherty/Dan Harris/David Hayter Off
Side #2 -- Special Features
History of the X-Men
The Secret Origin of X-Men
Nightcrawler Attack: Multi-Angle Study
Angle #1: Animatic
Angle #2: Unfinished Effects
Angle #3: Animatic/Final Film Comp
Angle #4: Unfinished Effects/Final Film Comp
Evolution in the Details: Designing X2
United Colors of X
Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal
The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men: Makind of X2
Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler Stunt Rehearsal
Nightcrawler Time Lapse
FX2: Visual Effects
Requiem for Mutants: The Score of X2
X2 Global Webcast Highlights
Extended Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight
Wolverine Kills the Intruder
Mystique in Stryker's Files
Nightcrawler Bamfs to Save the Students
Jean and Storm in the X-Jet
Jubilee at the Museum
Pyro Starts the Campfire
One of the Children Is Sick After Bamfing
Rogue Helps the Children Escape
Professor X and Cyclops Escape
Arriving to an Empty School
Locations and Sets
Alkali Lake Dam
Mystique & Laurio
Nightcrawler Circus Poster
On Camera Graphics
Ronny's Room Posters
The Unseen X2
Danger Room Set Construction
Danger Room Set Design
Danger Room Storyboards
A Public Service Announcement
3 Free Comics
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X-Men 2 felt like comic book movies should. Next to Iron Man 2, this has to be one of Marvel's best creations on the big screen. Too bad the 3rd installment flopped. Highly recommended buy for your collection here!
You really don't have to try very hard to make a sequel to X-Men better than the first one. The first one was too short to develop very much character depth and there was too much plot to develop much action. It was merely an introduction to what was to come later in the film series. In this film, we learn more about the characters and learn more about what is to come much later in the X-Men story. However, like the first film, action is a minor thing compared to developing storyline. Somethings however, like the storyline, are never fully explained. Another problem of mine is the fact that Gambit is still not featured in this film. And some characters in the story are severly cut down. Cyclops and Professor X's running time are severly cut compared to the first film. Cyclops only makes a few brief appearances in the film. Part of this is for the new characters that come--Nightcrawler, Lady Deathstrike, Pyro, Iceman, and General Stryker. If yous look closely, you can see Hank McCoy (future Beast) on a T.V set in a political debate in one scene.Toad and Sabretooth are a complete mystery. Their fate is a question since they don't appear in this film. The acting is so much better in this film than the previous and there are no stupid lines spoken. We can actually care about the characters because we know more about them in this film. If you liked the first one, you will definitely love this sequel.
I'm not someone who is a fan of the comic-book-to-movie genre, and I refused to see the first X-Men . A friend drug to the theater to see this one and I couldn't believe what I was missing! Right after I got out of the movie, I borrowed the first X-Men from my friend cause I couldn't wait to see it! Very well done, great special effects, and extremely entertaining. This is definitely one I'm adding to my collection. Soooo...when does the next one come out? :)
This movie surpassed the first one. There are a lot of cool special effects, new characters, and the story line is very good. You should by this movie. By the way, pay attention to Wolverine
wow this movie was soo good! I am a huge X-men fan, always have been, and let me tell you, this movie does not disappoint! Never a dull moment! I think it is better then the first, but they were both soo good, i cant tell!
Being a huge x-men mark for the longest time I might be expecting too much from a 2 hour movie. That being said, I felt there were a lot of holes left in the plot and in some cases, just the opposite where certain storylines were definitively tied up too soon. Of course I am basing this on future movies being generally based on comic storylines, if this ends up not being the case (ie never going the phoenix route for example) then my review might be higher.
I've always loved X-Men. I was a big fan of the original cartoon series. When the first movie came out, I confess I was a bit disappointed. I didn't really expect X2 to be anything special. Boy, was I surprised! It was much better than I expected.
This movie sucked! The first one at least had an easy to understand story, this one was really confusing. There is not much action and the fight scene that I was anticipating was so short! This movie is terrible.
Better than the first one. Great action.
This was an awesome movie with tons of action! All of the characters have wonderful talent in this movie. This movie also has an unexpected ending. I can't wait until X3.
This movie was totally awesome. Nightcrawler was amazing. HE is one of my alltime favorite characters.
I missed this in theatres but everybody was saying the movie was great so I got the DVD and watched it and it was so boring! The plot was confusing, and Cyclops was barely in it. I think the first one was better.
This movie just flat out rocks. Despite a few differences, like one part wolverines hair parts to the right, and in the next scene it parts to the left. And in another scene Xavier walked. He cant walk, he's a parapalygic. And Nightcrawlers color of blue was off, it was too dark of blue. And wolverines claws are 15 inches in the comic, and in the movie it appeared they were only 13 inches long. I really hope brian Singer corrects these mistakes in X3. My mom didnt like it, and wouldnt let me watch it at first. But I have been collecting the comics for over 20 years. Keep it going X men!
I saw this movie twice in the theatre and look forward to owning it. It was never dull. And it makes you look forward to the future movies. I think they did a wonderful job with this movie.
I bought these for my man, thinking he'd enjoy them - turns out he has no interest in them. Thinking that I'd have no interest in them, especially when the hands got angry, I watched then and enjoyed them very much. I'm now waiting for the newest one to come out on DVD.
the first x-men was ok but x2 was amazing wolverine kicked butt and so did nightcrawler, it had much better action then the first movie, i hope the 3rd one has more with colossus
One word. BAD!!. Don't waste your money. I rented it, and it was a drag to watch. If u are looking for a movie to buy and never saw this, take my word for it, and don't buy it.
I thought this movie was was just long and dull. It had one good scene though and that was when Wolverine fights Deathstrike
I saw this movie and thought it was really cool, nightcrawler was one of the best characters. Although not being my favorite in the trilogy I still give it thumbs up!
This movie is awesome. There is a part that is confusing but then I get it. IT IS A GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FANTASTIC movie!!!!
it was great i especially enjoyed the special effects each character had. i enjoyed the first one but the second one was da bomb.....................KAAAAABBBOOMMM!!!!!!