X2 - X-Men United

X2 - X-Men United

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Director: Bryan Singer

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

     
 

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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 sharpSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This spectacular sequel to X-Men outdoes its predecessor in virtually every way, presenting viewers with a dizzying array of thrills while further developing previously established characters, introducing new ones, and setting the stage for an explosive conflict to come. Threatened in the first film with genocide, the mutants and their advocates -- unofficially led by Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) -- find their right to privacy threatened by the newly proposed Mutant Registration Act, which enemies like General William Stryker (Brian Cox) hope to use as a means of tracking and eventually eliminating them. The noble Xavier and his team of X-Men still labor against evil, while the sinister Magneto (Ian McKellen) -- although imprisoned -- remains bent on subjecting humanity to mutant control. It wouldn't be easy for any director to do justice to this film's multiplicity of characters, relationships, and subplots, but director Bryan Singer is growing into the challenge: He hurls the viewer headlong into the narrative, which zips along at breakneck speed and pauses only to introduce such new characters as Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), who falls for the beautiful but deadly Rogue (Anna Paquin). Halle Berry, returning as the weather-controlling Storm, doesn't get as much footage as she probably deserves; nor does James Marsden as Cyclops or Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique. But Famke Janssen's Jean Grey is showcased and plays a pivotal role in the proceedings, while Alan Cumming has a showy supporting part as the Scripture-quoting Nightcrawler. Judged on the basis of eye-popping special effects and spectacular action sequences, X2 would be an eminently worthwhile sequel, but the emphasis on characterization and underlying plea for tolerance make it more than a typical popcorn movie. As comic-book movies go, this one is, well, X-cellent in every way.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from X-Men.
Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan
The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0024543091974
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:14:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Full-length audio commentary by director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Tom Sigel; full-length commentary by the writers and producers.
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

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Prof. Charles Xavier, AKA 'Professor X'
Hugh Jackman Wolverine
Ian McKellen Magneto
Halle Berry Storm
Brian Cox William Stryker
Famke Janssen Dr. Jean Grey
Alan Cumming Kurt Wagner, AKA Nightcrawler
Rebecca Romijn Mystique
James Marsden Cyclops
Bruce Davison Senator Kelly
Shawn Ashmore Bobby Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford John/Pyro
Kelly Hu Anne Reynolds, AKA Yuriko Oyama, AKA Lady Deathstrike
Anna Paquin Rogue
Katie Stuart Kitty Pryde
Kea Wong Jubilee
Peter Wingfield Lyman
Sideah Alladice X-Kid
Steve Bacic Hank McCoy, AKA Beast
Daniel Cudmore Piotr Rasputin, AKA Colossus
Devin Douglas Drewitz X-Kid
Nolan Funk X-Kid
Bryce Hodgson Arthur "Artie" Maddicks
Alfred E. Humphreys Steven Drake
James N. Kirk Ronny Drake
Dylan Kussman Wilkins
Jermaine Lopez X-Kid
Michael Reid Mackay Jason 143
Ty Olsson Mitchell Laurio
Keely Purvis Little Girl 143
Charles Siegel Dr. Shaw
Cotter Smith President McKenna
Stephen Spender Smith
Jill Teed Madeline Drake
Connor Widdows Jones

Technical Credits
Bryan Singer Director
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Nancy Brown Set Decoration/Design
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Lee Cleary Asst. Director
Thomas DeSanto Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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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