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X2 - X-Men United

X2 - X-Men United

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: 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 sharp


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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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

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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X2 - X-Men United 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
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TheGenius More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was was just long and dull. It had one good scene though and that was when Wolverine fights Deathstrike
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better than the first one. Great action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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? :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Seeing-Bear More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an action movie! After some rather dissapointing or OK sequels, I'm proud to say this one is a whole lot better than the first, which is quite an achievement, seing as the first was quite a cool flick, also!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was totally awesome. Nightcrawler was amazing. HE is one of my alltime favorite characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.