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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men BluRay Box [Blu-ray]

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From master storyteller Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Eisner Award winning artist John Cassaday come four breathtaking motion comic arcs that promise to shake the foundations of the X-Men forever!


Gifted

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!


Dangerous

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.


Torn

Emma Frost’s 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!


Unstoppable

The X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it’s 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!

Special Features

Interviews With Joe Quesada And Neal Adams

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Marvel Knights™ Animation

Original Music Video


Product Details

  • Actors: Wolverine, Storm
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VIMLSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Joss Whedon is well-known for creating TV series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Firefly" and "Dollhouse" and the screenwriter, executive producer is also known for his writing work on comic book series. A big comic book fan, Whedon was a cowriter for "X-Men", "Thor", "Captain America: The First Avenger" and wrote and directed the upcoming film "The Avengers".

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.

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"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!
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Joss Whedon's time at the helm of the Astonishing X-Men will forever be recorded as one of the best story arcs in Marvel history (see Astonishing X-Men Omnibus). The motion comic adaptation takes the comic book story that made Marvel history and creates an entertaining sort-of-cartoon version that will appeal to readers of of the comic as well as to a new audience.

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.
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I didn't think I'd be a fan of motion comics but watching this has made me rethink my prejudice. This is good...really, really good. The story (thank you Joss), the art direction, the voice talent, the characterization ...everything is on point. Well done.
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I love this series even if it's motion comics and even MY wife liked it! Yes do watch this NOW!...
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I'd seen a trailer for the Watchmen motion comic and thought it looked like terrible animation and how could I ever love something like that. Then I got a movie-by-mail subscription from a mediocre company with a poor library (but they had this) so I decided to watch these with my wife and ended up loving it! The animation is fairly robust here, still a motion comic but the mouths move, the figures move, it's not much worse than Anime (and it looks better) [please, flame me for this]. The stories a great, the Blu Ray-ness isn't fully there but that's OK, it looks fine on my TV. I'm happy to have bought this.
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Loved this comic in motion and in HI-Def! It came today and I've already watched the whole thing no problems the whole way.
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By Dave C on September 12, 2013
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First, let me say that I absolutely love the four volumes/chapters/whatever you want to call them--they're one of the better X-Men stories that I've come across (not that I'm a huge comic book nerd, but I've read my fair share lol).

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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