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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men BluRay Box [Blu-ray]
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When Dr. Kavita Rao develops a controversial mutant cure, the X-Men once again find themselves battling against science, prejudice and a mysterious new alien foe!
The tragic death of a student at the Xavier Institute reveals that a powerful enemy is working from inside the mansion to destroy the X-Men: an enemy who knows all of their weaknesses and can predict their every move.
Emma Frosts erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a nonstop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? Plus: The X-Man destined to destroy the Breakworld stands revealed!
The X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when its all over, nothing will ever be the same!
For the first time ever, you can now see these exciting stories in astonishing high-definition on Blu-ray!
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In 2006, Whedon caught the attention of fans with his series "Astonishing X-Men" which he stayed onboard for 24 issues. It has become a major best-seller for Mavel comics and was nominated for several Eisner Awards and winning "Best Continuing Series" in 2006.
The first six issues of "Astonishing X-Men: Gifted" was then released on DVD in Sept. 2010 courtesy of Shout! Factory as part of Marvel Knights Animation. These animated stories (also known as motion comic books) are more like comic books with slight movements but with voice acting and special effects. And two more DVD's were released with "Dangerous" and "Torn". But for the first time, all three series plus the fourth, new "Astonishing X-Men" collection "Unstoppable" release will be included on two Blu-ray discs and will be released in November 2012 courtesy of Shout! Factory.
"Astonishing X-Men" is presented in 1080p High Definition. Presented in 1:78:1, the motion comics of today differs greatly from the motion comics of the '90s. There is more use of CG animation for special effects and blurring as opposed to the comic book pages with standard lighting effects.
The biggest difference I noticed from watching the DVD versions to now watching it on Blu-ray is how vibrant the images are in HD. Colors absolutely pop! And if anything, the comic animation is much better looking than on DVD!Read more ›
What is a motion comic? Its a bit of a hybrid genre-- the video looks like someone was able to animate the spaces between the panels in a comic book. The conversation bubbles are replaced by voice actors. The voice acting is spot on. Emma Frost drips with her elite mannerism. Wolverine is gruff and quick-witted. The voice actors do a great job of dramatically portraying the x-men without going over the top into the field of campy or too corny: It is not a Saturday morning cartoon-- in some ways it much better.
I loved the 1990's x-men cartoon, but as I grew up so did the X-men. Astonishing X-men are still dealing with some of the issues of discrimination and intolerance that have been a hallmark of x-men series since the comic debuted in the 1960s but in a much more sophisticated manner. In these episodes a cure for mutants is discovered, and the x-men are torn between inner conflicts as well as inter-stellar conflicts.
I wont give anything away, but the acting and animation is paced so that the suspense never slackens.
The color and artwork is truly brilliant in HD. If you ever wished you could have a comic book panel splashed across your wide screen living room TV, look no further than this 2-disc blu ray collection.
The plot and storytelling are perfect.Read more ›
However, there is one thing that I don't like about this product, and maybe it's just an issue I need to resolve with my blu ray player, but the music and background noise is waaaaaay too loud at quite a few points. It makes it very difficult to hear what people are saying. Again, it might be something on my end--I didn't really care enough at the time to investigate (although it doesn't do it with other discs, so I kind of doubt it anyway), but regardless of the cause while I might normally take off a couple stars for something like this the story is way too enjoyable to make me want to give it any less than 5 stars.
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I loved seeing the fist 4 story arcs of The Astonishing X-men comic book come to life in this new format. This is a motion comic!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Keene
Definitely not for kids, but as an avid Marvel/X-men fan, this is a solid pick.Published 11 months ago by John
Best marvel motion comic !! Great dialog, action, and art! Joss whedons full year of xmem comics collected and perfectly scored.Published 16 months ago by Joshua S.
Great story... The motion comic did a pretty good job enhancing it. It's clean, uninterrupted quality was much appreciated, as well as the processing.Published 17 months ago by Nat King
Excellent story! No so much extras, but what the heck kudos to Joss and their crew. Now what's next for Whedon?Published 19 months ago by jcvidrio
Any moderately knowledgeable grade-schooler could produce a better product. I wish I could get back the time that I wasted opening, loading and watching the first 30 seconds of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bogg
First time viewing a motion comic, and it does take a little getting used to. It dos give you a good appreciation of how the artists drew the comic in its original form though, and... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joshua Mossing