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X-Men - The Phoenix Saga

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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.

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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


Product Details

  • Actors: Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd, Alyson Court, George Buza, Norm Spencer
  • Writers: Eric Lewald, Mark Edward Edens, Sidney Iwanter
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y56F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "X-Men - The Phoenix Saga" on IMDb

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By turtlex on August 24, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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 By James Bullock on December 4, 2000
Format: DVD
"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 13 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Distortions on December 17, 2003
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picardfan007 on December 30, 2000
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2001
Format: DVD
Being a huge X-Men fan, I love nearly all of the cartoons, but the Phoenix Saga is by far my favourite. I can't help thinking that the reason they chose Jean Grey to be the main character of this series, is because before she was very much what I like to call a "nothing" character, with her mutant ability rarely being of use, and whenever she did use it, she would collapse into the arms of Cyclops afterwards. She didn't even have a cute little code name like the rest of the X-Men! This series greatly improved her, though it ended rather tradgically. The romantic scenes between Jean and Cyclops only helped to carry the story line, and were even assisted by one romance scene between Gambit and Rogue. The story line was excellent, though I believe that the parts between the Empress of the Shi'ar and Proffesor Xavier dragged a bit... I loved this, and would definataely recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Fair on October 11, 2000
Format: DVD
[Some] will have some bones to pick with the animated version of "The Phoenix Saga," since it isn't the same as the comic book version. Naturally it's been sanitized and simplified (?) for younger children. But the animation is stupendous, the plotting very well done, and the voices, music and emotional impact are superb. From the simpler explanation of Jean Grey's necessary sacrifice to the beautiful rendition of Phoenix's costume and powers and the difference it makes in Jean, from the galactic battle to the ... ending, this interpretation of the X-Men's most heartwrenching storylines is definitely worth your time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David FERNANDEZ SABIO on May 17, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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