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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
My husband signs up for the HD version, which costs 33% more. When the movie begins Amazon Prime kindly tells us that if they don't think your equipment can handle it (it can--we pay a pretty penny for this capability), they will send the movie in SD. Lo and behold, we get it in SD and still we are charged for HD. This pisses me off.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
The movie is good, but the quality of the videos on Amazon is very poor. Couldn't get through even the first minute of the movie without pausing repeatedly.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2015
They should pay me to watch this movie
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2003
First of all let me say that it's a great movie and the movie disc is OK. It has DTS sound, something I always look for. That aside this has one of the worst special features discs I've ever seen.
No Closed Captions! While I don't have a hearing problem, I sometimes use the captions if I'm watching late at night and have trouble catching some of the comments in the interviews. Especially if the actor has a Brit or other accent. I was under the impression that everything was captioned these days. If I was hearing impaired, I'd be seriously angry with FOX.
No Time Code! Just more proof of how this disc was slapped together. Want to know how long a feature is to see if you want to watch it now or save it for another time? Forget it on this one. The movie disc has time code the special features one doesn't.
Other obnoxious things... The disc has problems switching back and forth between the menus and sometimes sits black for 5 seconds before going back to the menu. It also has an obnoxious and unnecessary music score during most of the features. Do we need to have music while watching a rehearsal of a fight scene? I'd rather hear what the actors and crew were saying.
Lastly the special features themselves are poor. The Nightcrawler one is good but the others stink and one seems to have been made for the 1st movie not this one.
All I can say is it's a good thing this DVD was cheap. They'll probably be pushing an `Extra Special' addition next year. Buy it for a great movie but expect to be disappointed if you like extra stuff. Perhaps the people at FOX should watch the Lord of The Rings discs to learn how to make decent and interesting features.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2014
Bad acting, too dark for young kids. Waste of time. Bring back hero movies with the likes of Chritopher Reeve, I say.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
can't figure out how to get credit, but never watched it. had to order from a different service instead. annoying
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
My husband ordered this. I didn't watch it with him. Don't care for the violence in these movies.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2003
First of all, before I even start to write one word about this movie I need to explain a little something about myself. I USED to collect comic books and the trading cards, like most teenage guys. I have long past that interest in comic. Infact, I remember practically nothing. Which I suppose is sad considering all the money I put into it. IF YOU LIKE X-MEN 2 PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW. THIS REVIEW IS FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS. But of course that won't stop people from giving me unhelpful votes. So to be fair I will try to be as unbaise as possible and review the movie from both sides.
FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT X-MEN: One of the many reason I didn't like the first movie was because the movie didn't really explain any of the characters. In all fairness it did go into depth with the Rogue character (Anna Paquin) and the Wolverine character (Hugh Jackman). But, the movie forgot that there were other characters in the movie that needed to be explained. There are characters we never come to know anything about, except for what they're special powers are. But, for those who know nothing about X-Men we are left in the dark. The movie doesn't try to pander to unfamiliar audiences. This movie is strickly for those who already know everything about X-Men. As I said, the first X-Men offered little to no explaination about it's characters, well, "X2" just picks up where the first one left off. The movie assumes we know everything and absolutely no explanation is given about anything. I mean, I'm not asking for much here, all I'm really asking for is a story that can capture my interest as well. As someone who doesn't know anything about X-Men I wanted the movie to be able to reach it's entire audience. Then again, of course, why would someone go see this movie if they don't know anything about these characters. Which is exactly why I didn't want to see this movie, but, I went with two younger cousins who naturally just HAD to see this movie. I didn't know what I was watching. The movie story-line is so weak that if you asked my what's is about, I wouldn't be able to answer you. It's not that I wouldn't want to give away the story, it's just that I honestly don't really know myself. The movie's story takes shape near the end of the movie. I guess this was done so that they would have more to work with in the third one. But all "X2" really is, is payoff and no set-up. Is there action in this movie? Yes. But that's mostly all there is. It's just payoff after payoff after payoff and no build up. There was one scene where all the mutants are under attack and they start to run away from the humans. My cousin and me started asking each other why are they running away. Why don't they use their powers? They clearly outnumbered the humans. And could have probably caused more harm to them then the humans could have with they're guns. For people who know nothing about "X2" save your money and stay away. A real piece of junk that so far is the worst movie I've seen this year. * 1\2 out of [5 *'s]
FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE X-MEN: If you enjoyed the first movie "X2" is going to be twice as entertaining to you. Most people will enjoy the fact that they are more characters in this one. But, we don't get to see them all perform they're special powers. Some new characters are barely used. I thought the character "Beast" was suppose to be in this one, but, I didn't see him. And they're were other characters, who's names I don't know, have very small parts. But, over-all, if you really enjoyed the first one and are a comic book fan, this will probably be the best movie you'll see all year. And to some, it will become they're new favorite movie of all time. Others will say it's the greatest movie they have ever seen before in their life. Trust me. You will be in for a real treat. If you have friends that aren't interested in "X-Men" don't bring them with you. They won't like the movie. This is really just for the fans.
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FOR EVERYONE: There are two things fans and nonfans will enjoy. The two most interesting characters in this movie are "Nightcrawler" (Alan Cummings) and "Mystique" (Rebecca Romijn Stamos). They provide some laughs in the movie and are really the two characters you be exciting about seeing. They are the most interesting characters in the movie.
Bottom-line: FOR FANS ONLY! If anyone thought the first one had no depth to it as far as character devolpment go, wait to you see this one. The movie is basically a big action sequence. It's all payoff and no set-up. Fans of the comic book will love the movie, no doubt! It will turn out to be the greatest movie they have ever seen.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful
X2:X-men United is true to the Comics I used to the read when I was a teenager during the late 80's: convoluted story, a mishmash of plot threads and deaths and violence thrown in just for the sake of it. These movies aren't for us regular joes, they're just for the 30+ year old fanboys who live in their mother's basements and have been reading the comics since they were twelve or thirteen. Don't try to understand it; you'll lose your mind. I never understood why this book was so popular. It should be called X-Mess. I am so tired of these superhero movies. If you can't do them right please don't do them at all.

In this pitiful installment, the movie starts with Nightcrawler attacks the president in the oval office in a beautiful special effects sequence. Sadly, this is the only part of the film worth watching. This assault leads to General Stryker to begin his campaign to attack mutants, starting with Xavier's school. Little does anyone know that General Stryker is the one behind the attack on the president. An added subplot is Wolverine searching for his past. In a long sequence, Professor X soon sispatches Storm and Jean Grey to take the blackbird and find Nightcrawler, While he and Cyclops go to talk to the imprisoned Magneto.

Storm and Jean Grey find Nightcrawler and he tells them he didn't know anything. Jean surmises he was mind controlled. After the school is attacked, and we get a Colossus cameo Wolverine and a group of X-men hole up at Iceman's house. Iceman "comes out" to his parents. The police and military get whiff of this and we get to see Pyro do his thing. Soon the bad guys working at the prison get wind of Xavier and capture him and Cyclops. Magneto makes a thrilling escape with mystiques help. Soon the X-men and the evil mutants team up against Stryker, thus the title X-men united. Everything leads up to a long drawn out face-off at a secret base in a dam where Jean Grey sacrifices herself. Fanboys can drool at the Phoenix effect at the bottom of the lake at the end of the movie and save their pennies for the next sequel. These X-men movies blow chunks. Slow pacing, slow action sequences, and flat acting. In ten years people will be denouncing these movies the same way they do the first Batman Saga. Unfortunately, there won't be a Chris Nolan and David Goyer or a Sam Raimi around to rectify the mistake this time.

What makes these movies so horrible is the attempt to please comic fans and not casual filmgoers. If you're a comic fan something like a Colossus cameo is cool, but to a regular moviegoer it means nothing because he does nothing but show up. While it is KEWL for them to use their powers, This takes away from time to develop characters who actually have speaking parts and a role in the story. This dilutes the already slow story and takes away from the overall pacing of the film and wastes valuable screen time main characters like Cyclops, Professor X and Jean Gray could have used to explain their parts of the story. (it's inexcusable the way Cyclops has been treated in this film series. He's the first X-man and leader of the group and he's been given the least amount of screen time.)Yeah, every comic fan wants to see their favorite character onscreen. However, in moviemaking filmmakers have to focus on the principal characters and their role in the story.

The acting is flat in this movie with the exception of a few actors because they get a full part written. Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Shawn Ashmore give solid performances because they actually get a substantial part. Alan Cumming is a great Nightcraler. Cumming steals every scene he's in, making the most of his screen time. James Marsden is an Okay Cyclops and Famke Janssen is a decent Jean Grey. Halle Berry is a terrible Storm. Seeing her in this film and the first one I can say she lacks the presence and personality to play this part. Halle's uninspired acting and facial expressions are a major drag on an already slow movie. Fast forward through her scenes.

Pass this Trilogy by and pick up Sam Raimi's first Spider-man or The best superhero movie to date, The Incredibles.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2003
WELL? This one's kind of a combo of "Children of The Damned" {the original George Sanders version} meets "Inn of the 6th Happiness" ~ except for the grand budget and flashy visuals - this one's similar to "Peyton Place - meets David lynch" , err now that has been done - right?
No, just enjoy the ride - the rest is plain vanilla [artificial vanilla] that is ......
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