97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2006
This is a great DVD set for anyone who are fans of the films. These are three great films with memorable charecters, fantastic special effects and action sequences as well as some very witty humor. They are also a great social commentary on todays society.
here is what this set contains
DISC 1- X-Men
-2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation
-Charlie Rose Interview
-Mutant Watch featurette
-Hugh Jackman Screen Test
DISC 2- X2: X-Men United
-2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation
-Commentary by Director and Cinematographer
-Commentary by Producers and Writers
DISC 3- X-Men: The Last Stand
-2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation
-Commentary by Director and Writers
-Commentary by Producers
-Deleted Scenes with optional Director Commentary
-Alternate Endings with optional Director Commentary
BUY THIS DVD SET!
77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2009
I got to hand it to Fox, they really mastered this blu-ray trilogy. I was unimpressed by the lack of the Spider-man trilogy's special features. I think anything being re-released onto blu-ray should have something new besides video and sound quality. This box set is almost overloaded with features that kept me watching for hours and hours.
I found some of the features to repeat themselves, but for the most part they were worthwhile. My absolute favorite was the one-hour special on the history of X-men comics found on the X3 special features disc. I felt that alone gave me the ultimate satisfaction for purchasing this set. I had the previous dvd copies, and this was a huge step in the right direction. Thank you Fox!
Your blu-ray quality is about what you would expect for the series. The first movie was in 2000 so I was most interested in that transfer. X-men had the most apparent positive transfer. The other films have your standard blu-ray quality. I wouldn't necessarily rate the films individually because you have all seen them by this point. It is a great trilogy, with a rough third part. I enjoyed the Singer movies a lot more than Brett Ratner's take.
If you're looking for a feature-packed blu-ray boxed-set this is a must have. Don't buy in to those empty box trilogies they put out with nothing on them. They will release a better version in time and it will aggravate you that you didn't wait. I give my example on the Spider-man trilogy. Will all these movies being such great hits, I can comparitively say that 20th Century Fox really did us justice on this release, and I hope more distribution companies recognize the bar that they have set. Remember for those of you who dislike the features in the first place, it makes everyone happy to have an abundance of them. The regular movie watchers can watch the film occasionally and be done. Then the nerds like me can watch all the features and get our moneys' worth. Putting out these box sets with nothing on them only satisfies a certain audience. The X-men Trilogy has paved a path for future franchise blu-rays to follow.
59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Well, you know how good the movies are, so the big question is 'is the transfer worth the added expense of buying blu-ray?'. The answer is yes.
The transfers are crisp and clear and wonderful in their visual detail. The sound is revelatory. The packaged price saves you money. That should be all you need to know.
40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
While it'd be impossible for any films to do justice to Marvel's legendary team of super-powered mutants, I really feel that these films are almost as good an adaptation as we could have hoped for. The casting was strong, the action was solid, most of the characters were portrayed memorably, and the stories largely stayed true to the spirit of the X-men. The first film felt a little rushed due to the sheer number of characters introduced, but all things considered it was a very enjoyable film for both the uninitiated and old-school X-fans. Hugh Jackman was spot-on as Wolverine, the most iconic X-man and arguably the hardest to cast and Famke Jansen was a fantastic Jean Grey for at least the first two films. Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellan (Magneto), and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos (Mystique) also delivered outstanding performances playing their respective comic icons. The story was a nice update of the comics and followed Rogue's induction into Professor X's school for mutants and Magneto's first big terrorist attack on mankind. All-in-all, a satisfying start to the series. The second film really kicked the series into gear and introduced more of our favorite X-men, including Nightcrawler (whose opening sequence was the highlight of the film), Pyro, and Iceman. The story involves Wolverine's past and the government's attempts to control the ever-growing mutant population. The result was one of the greatest comic book films ever made that firmly cemented the developing series as one to watch. For some ridiculous reason, at this point the powers that be decided that the third film would be the last. This was a bad choice that made no kind of sense, upset the films' fans, and severly hurt the quality of the third film. Ah, the third film; a mixed bag to say the least. The plot deals with two classic storylines involving a cure for mutants and the legendary Dark Phoenix. My personal list of complaints is a long one, but I'll just hit a few in this review. "X-men: The Last Stand" tries to cram two movies' worth of material into one film that is too short to begin with. The introduction of the Phoenix was obviously forced and no care was taken in this storyline which is one of the all-time classics in comic history, and the result is several pointless character deaths and gaps in logic, like why an all-powerful entity is content to hang out at an aging terrorist's side and just look menacing for most of the story. The series' former darling, Rogue, is reduced to a brooding plot-nuisance, has no real influence on the story, plus she never gains the fantastic powers she obtained in the comics that made her such a powerhouse of a character and a personal favorite of mine. On the other hand, more classic characters are given parts such as fan-favorite Kitty Pride and Collossus (both of which had cameos in X2), Angel, Multiple Man, Beast (played nicely by Kelsey Grammer), and the almighty Juggernaut (whose battle with Kitty was as awesome as it was unexpected). But as many characters as there were that made it into the three films, there were so many great ones that were reduced to either tiny, unnamed cameos in the series, or forgotten altogether. No Gambit, Emma Frost, Sinister, Apocalypse, Scarlet Witch, or Havok to name just a few. Furthermore, the final film's resolution in extremely unsatisfying and leaves little doubt that this franchise as we know it is dead, though they do leave us a glimmer of hope. There are talks of Wolverine and Magneto spin-offs and possibly a New Mutants project; promising ideas, but hardly a substitute for the ensemble we know and love. Still, in the end, I really did enjoy X3 as a film as it did have several great stand-up-and-cheer moments; it just upset me as a fan of the comics and as a fan of the the movies because there wss so much more that could have and should have been done with this series. In the end, whether you're a fan of the comics, the cartoons, or just a fan of sci-fi or fun movies in general, you really shouldn't miss out on these three movies. The series is full of memorable characters, fantastic battles, sly humor, references for hard-core fans, and, of course, the classic X-men social commentaries about discrimination and the importance of both individuality and cohesiveness. There doesn't appear to be much in the way of special features from the first two films on this edition; but for about $10 a flick, I'll let it slide since it is still a hell of a bargain. Highly recommended set.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2009
Finally the X-Men moves made their transfer to hi-def and they look great. Nothing like seeing Wolverine go crazy on some baddies. The first of the films has the lowest ratio at 2.35:1 and looks a little less crisp than the other 2 films but still has good color and the black levels look great.
For those complaining that Fox is double dipping because they already released the 3rd film on Blu-ray. Well your in luck. You can buy the other discs separately. The new copy of the last stand is an even better transfer visually then the first version. So for those HD lovers out there it looks better.
If you already own the Last Stand on blu-ray this box set is still worth the price as it also includes digital copies of all 3 films.
Make mine Marvel
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2013
X-Men fans will find half of their films included in this collection. Overall, the picture and audio quality are terrific. It has more bonus content than the X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (Limited Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] sold separately (which includes 3 more films but less extras). Each film gets 2 BDs (one containing the film and the other contains bonus content) plus a DVD copy for each film in the trilogy. There is over 9 hours of total bonus content for the three films (181 minutes + 121 minutes + 257 minutes).
Comparison Shopping: X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (Limited Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] 2 Stars
The Adamantium Collection includes all six X-Men films on Blu-ray in a 7-disc set spanning 2000-2013 (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine). The Adamantium collection includes a cool claw and a bonus disc (with roughly an hour of supplements). There is also an open slot for X-Men: Days of Future Past to complete your X-Men collection. The films have not been remastered for the Adamantium Collection. Admittedly, they still look and sound great but the exclusive content for fans really comes down to the claw and Legacy X bonus disc (55-minutes). My main concern is that it's missing some bonus discs from previous releases so not all the extras have been ported over and The Wolverine is not in 3D. I rate the films 4 stars but this Collector's Edition only 2 stars. If you don't own these films yet it could be a worthwhile purchase. Some fans may prefer to wait for a more deluxe collection loaded with supplements (not to mention Days of Future Past) before upgrading. Hang onto your old bonus discs if you buy the Adamantium Collection.
Buy the X-Men Trilogy on Blu-ray. This release has held its value but it is expected to decline as new X-Men Collections become available on Blu-ray with additional films.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I never read the X-Men comics, so I have no comparison to make me a genious on the characters and their history when it comes to determining how the movies add up. Based on other reviews from those who are well versed in the comics' background, it seems that these movies were a flop, especially part 3. Based on what I know from the films, I wouldn't let part 3 keep me from investing in this box set.
I thought Bryan Singer did an amazing job of finally getting X-Men to the big screen. For those like me who were experiencing X-Men for the first time, I was well pleased overall with the first and second films. I was highly disappointed that Singer would not be returning for the 3rd installment, but he too had given up on X-Men and moved on to the Superman sequel (which was excellent, by the way). In passing it off to Brett Ratner, I had high expectations since I thought Ratner did a great job with Red Dragon. However, that was not the case.
In part one, we are introduced to a handful of the X-Men characters including favs like Jean Gray, Cyclops, Storm, and Wolverine making up an excellent team to do battle against the bad guys, Toad, Saber Tooth, Magneto, and Mystique. The special effects were pleasing and the hopes of a sequel were undoubtedly there.
However, the problem with part two is that all the old guys are back along with the hint of a lot of new characters that are being "taught" by Professor X. These include Iceman and Pyro. The problem is that the big name actors get all the screen time, leaving these "new" X-Men characters badly underdeveloped. The obvious age difference between the original cast and the newcomers makes this very clear. The one exception to Part 2 is Alan Cummings playing Nightcrawler. He is a superb addition to the cast and his storyline fits perfectly, adding spice to the overall movie.
Unfortunately, Nightcrawler is not even mentioned in Part 3. And all those "new" X-Men still don't get much screentime. Although there is one cool fight scene between Pyro and Iceman, the screen is still cluttered with pubescent X-Men characters waiting to shine. Wolverine and Storm smother the screen. Cyclops and Professor X are killed off. Mystique's powers are stripped. Jean Gray returns as the Phoenix. The scenes you saw in the trailor with Angel are actually the only scenes in the movie of him. It was practically a cameo. All of these storylines going in every direction, and yet the special effects are extremely lacking.
My hopes is that like the Batman franchise, X-Men will be left alone for a few years and a new director and a new production company will bring it back a few years from now with a whole new outlook, finally giving some of those underdeveloped characters a chance onscreen. Rumor has it that Hugh Jackman will be back next year for a Wolverine movie all to himself. Will we see Storm in her own film as well (Hello! Did anyone see Halle in Catwoman?)?
For those who enjoy comic book hero movies, there's no reason not to buy this set and add it to your collection. As a trilogy, they are good movies that yes, don't relate well to one another as far as continuous character or plotlines; they aren't as blockbuster strong as the Spiderman movies, but they don't get as silly as the third and fourth Batman movies did either. I think they are just the victims of either bad writing, poor budget, or too many big name actors wanting to be the center of attention. But hey, what movie isn't these days?
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
In X1 there was the attempt by Magneto (played superbly by Ian McKellan) to convert humans to mutants. In X2 it was a plot by a corrupt Fed to kill all the mutants using Xavier (Patrick Stewart). In X3 a "cure" is found that makes all mutants human.
Cure indeed. Who said the mutants were sick? Such is the view of the mutant self-proclaimed leader Magneto. In the final chapter, Magneto fears that the "cure" will be forced upon the mutant population and wages war against the source of the cure with the aim to destroy it and anything that gets in his and his loyal followers way.
All three movies are suspenseful and exciting. No bathroom break urges in these films. New mutants are hatched in each film and some of our favorite mutants are dispatched (quite early on in X3). Special effects are 5-stars.
If you've not seen any of the movies (or all of the movies) in the trilogy, this 3-pack is a great opportunity to see a classic tale in chronological order and own a classic 3-part tale in the genre that belongs in any sci-fi fan's collection.
Hugh Jackman is excellent in the tough-guy roll as Wolverine (we like you better as a tough guy, Hugh); Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), James Marsden (Cyclops) and Rebecca Romijn (Mystique) are all spot-on too. And Famke Janssen is Phoenix whose character is key to the trilogy.
Beast is in X3 too, actually played by (to my surprise in the rolling credits)...Kelsey Grammer! Now there's a real mutation!
All in all a very entertaining 6 hours of movies here. X fans won't miss these, and you shouldn't either if you're into the action, sci-fi or fantasy genres.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"X-Men Trilogy" ports over all the extras for all three films from DVD. Almost all of them are presented in standard definition. The only things I haven't been able to find just yet are the Easter Eggs from the previously issued versions on DVD. The third one does have some new extras on a second disc and also ports over the previously released extras. All three films have two commentary tracks that were on the original DVDs. I suspect that the high def transfer used for the box set two years ago were probably used here as well.
The first two films are the best of the lot--it's a pity that Bryan Singer chose to do "Superman Returns" rather than "X-Men: The Last Stand" (or whatever his version of the early script was called)while Brett Ratner does an OK job with the material he's given, Singer had an innate sense of what worked best for the X-Men saga. Add in the fact that the original script conception was going to be much closer to the Dark Phoenix saga portrayed in the comic books and we have a missed opportunity with "X3"
All three films look from very good to exceptional and have a natural film look to them. Nice detail, a sharp looking presentation and a strong color scheme are highlights for all three with the last of the three looking the best of the bunch. That's not to suggest that the first two look less than optimal--they look terrific.
Audio sounds terrific with strong 5.1 DTS lossless presentations that nicely capture the original theatrical presentations of the film.
All three films come with digital copies of the movies as well (something I don't have much use for but others might). Early editions of this also have a digital ticket that can be used for "Wolverine: X-Men Origins", "Ice Age 3" and "A Night At The Museum 2" you'll need to go on line and print up the actual ticket however. This is a very nice set.
You can also access an exclusive sneak peak of "Wolverine: X-Men Origins" using the Blu-ray Live special feature.
"X-Men"-4 stars for the movie, 3 stars for the SD DVD extras
"X-Men: United" 5 stars for the movie for the SD DVD extras
"X-Men: The Last Stand" 2 stars for the movie, 4 stars for the high def transfer and 3 stars for the SD DVD extras.
36 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2007
X-Men 1.5, The X-Men Collection, and X-Men The Last Stand (Collector's Edition) are all packed with DVD extras. The X-men Trilogy is missing most of "fun" stuff collector's are looking for. If you just want to watch the movies this is a great buy. If you like all that nifty bonus material (ex. Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal an In-Depth Behind-the-Scenes Exploration) stick with other separate releases.