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X-Men - The Phoenix Saga (1992)

Cedric Smith , Cathal J. Dodd  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, Alyson Court, George Buza
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y56F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "X-Men - The Phoenix Saga" on IMDb

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A near-omnipotent force of nature and the ancient guardian of the all-powerful M'kraan crystal, Phoenix absorbs the identity of Jean when the X-Men travel into space to stop the evil emperor, D'Ken, from stealing the coveted precious stone. Unbeknownst to them, however, the mysterious empress, Lilandra, has secretly hidden the crystal to thwart D'Ken's evil plan. But the crystal, which Phoenix has been sworn to protect, ultimately falls into the evil hands of D'Ken, allowing him to create his own universe inside the all-powerful gem. Can the X-men prevent D'Ken from becoming the ultimate power of the living galaxy and what has become of Jean and Phoenix? The Phoenix Saga features the following episodes: Sacrifice, Dark Shroud, Cry of the Banshee, Star Jammers, and Child of Light.

Five episodes of the animated series on one DVD, The Phoenix Saga follows Jean Grey's transformation into the mysterious and powerful Phoenix. It's a tale full of internal conflict, feuding family members, and the sadness of sacrifice for the greater good. When Professor Xavier receives a psychic plea for help from an alien woman, he sends his X-Men on the next space shuttle to the Eagle One space station. They're greeted by a brute named Erik the Red, who's on a mission from Emperor D'Ken to destroy a rival's ship and take the M'Kraan crystal, which would give him unlimited power. The ship Erik the Red is supposed to destroy contains the emperor's sister, Lilandra, who is the one who established the psychic link to Professor X. Meanwhile, as Jean Grey pilots the shuttle back through the atmosphere to Earth, she is blasted by a burst of radiation that slowly changes her into Phoenix, the guardian of the M'Kraan crystal. The battle for the crystal becomes a battle for the safety of the universe. Family conflicts pop up throughout, from the sibling emperors, to Professor X fighting his half-brother Juggernaut, to Cyclops meeting the space pirate Corsair (who's actually his father). The action scenes at the end are not nearly as engaging as the story that sets them up, but stick it out because the final scene packs a wallop. --Andy Spletzer

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By turtlex
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase

While these X-Men cartoons are not known for their outstanding animation, I can whole-heartedly recommend them for their storytelling alone.

The animation is acceptable - standard Saturday morning cartoons (not cgi, but animation).

If you've not seen the X-Men cartoons featured here, we are presented with this main group as the X-Men Team: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Gambit, The Beast, Wolverine, Julibee and Storm. And, of course, Professor X leads them. Rogue is around, but not in the first couple of episodes.

These combined episodes make a wonderfully told story. The characters are very faithful to their comic book counterparts, and have a depth that a lot of other cartoon characters lack. Be that praise for the comics or these episodes, matters not.

The DVD comes with few features. You're given the option of viewing all episodes or each episode individually. Please note - there are no chapters within each episode.

The sound quality was good and the voice-actors are effective.

It's the writing though, that lifts this series. It's a great story.

I recommend this DVD for the comic or cartoon fan. You won't be disappointed.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For The Fans Of The Animated Series December 4, 2000
"The Phoenix Saga" is the first DVD of the animated series...and what a great choice they've made! This DVD is a collection of the five-part series which tells the tragic story of the legendary Phoenix saving the universe from the evil Shi'ar emperor D'Ken. Unfortunately, the X-Men member Jean Grey is the Phoenix's host, which causes confusion among everyone, including her. In addition to this, Charles Xavier (Professor X) is psychically linked to D'Ken's sister, Llandra, bringing the battle to the planet earth. All this results into a war against good and evil that may cost the life of one of the X-Men. All that being said, the DVD looks great, of course. Since this was produced before Dolby Digital was commonplace, it is presented in two channel mode (stereo), but it does ok for Dolby Pro-Logic mode. The animation is a bit choppy in some places, but considering how fast they have to pump out cartoons, it's forgivable. One noticable difference is the changing of the voice-overs for some of the characters. The original cast seems to be intact, but the most obvious was that of Gladiator, the Defender of the Shi'ar throne. For those with copies of the original series on VHS, listen to the difference and you'll see what I mean. Otherwise, this is a must-have for the fans of the original animated series. Now if they'll only release, "The Dark Phoenix Saga"......
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Phoenix Saga rocks, but... December 17, 2003
Im glad they are starting to release DVD versions of Xmen. One problem though, why havnt they just released the seasons rather then just episodes here and there. Ive been a fan of the xmen for quite a while now.. to figure out that they should have entire seasons on dvd. Anyways if u never seen the original xmen series get this dvd. Its really cool.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good classic cartoon May 17, 2002
At least on Dvd.
This Dvd includes 5 episodes of the Phoenix Project shown in 1994.
Jean Grey converts onto Phoenix to save the galaxy from the evil emperor D'Ken who wants the M'Kraan crystal to control the galaxy and have their own world.
Lilandra the sister of D'Ken have taken the crystal with her and needs the help of the X men to defeat D'Ken evil plans.
Fun and entertaining.More episodes are on Vhs I hope they transfer soon to Dvd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent X-men June 1, 2006
X-men the Animated Series, overall, and this storyline, The Phoenix Saga, in particular, is magnificent! But why are they teasing us? Why won't they (whoever they are) simply put out the entire X-men Animated Series box set? The recent success of the live action X-men movies should prompt the powers that be into doing just that.

A scattered sale of X-men Animated Series episodes here and there is a bitter sweet happening indeed. This series and this particular DVD, The Phoenix Saga, is nothing short of magnificent...and this opinion is coming from an over 50 true blue X-men fan who has the entire X-men comic collection from number one on.

Any X-men purist, like me, will enjoy the X-men Animated Series, especially The Phoenix Saga. Unlike all other X-men interpretations, including the movies with its disappointing version of the Phoenix Saga, and the kiddy-level joke called X-men Evolution....the X-men Animated Series from the early 90s is about 90% true to the actual story lines from the comics, and about 99% true to the characters. (The most glaring fault is the ridiculous misrepresentation of the Angel, who, in the comics, anyway, LOVED his wings...who wouldn't?)

And the art, although inconsistent, approaches Disney at its best.

Rest assured, however, the Phoenix Saga art is among the top animation of the series, along with the Dark Phoenix Saga. Simply beautiful animation, and MUST SEE material if you are anything close to being an X-men fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Adaption of the Comic Story December 30, 2000
The Dark Phoenix does't suffer in the translation of the Clarmont/Byrne story back in the late 70's. A few changes to make it family friendly. However, the story still stands the test of time. The trail of the Phoenix was still as tragic as it was all those years ago. Lets hope Marvel releases the complete X-Men series on DVD. This one was the best of the bunch.
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Published on October 1, 2008 by Matthew
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That's the quote The Beast used from Ralph Waldorf Hemerson at the end of this piece that describes it beautifully. Read more
Published on September 22, 2008 by Ervin Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE DVD SETS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've been waiting patiently for this entire series to come out in COLLECTION sets. Season 1... season 2... whatever. Stays true to the comics. Read more
Published on October 17, 2007 by Chris Kennison
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT !
Just thought this was great! I hope in the future we can purchase the whole orignal animated XMEN series on DVD.
Published on May 13, 2007 by Lisandro Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars X-men is the best selling marvel comic in history!
The X-men cartoon was done very well. Various episodes has shown the true meaning of X-men. The phoenix saga is one of the best stories of X-men. Read more
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