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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X Men, Dangerous

3.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Pop Culture Icon Joss Whedon And Award-Winning Artist John Cassaday Bring You The Continuing Saga Of The Astonishing X-Men!


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 their weaknesses and can predict their every move. This new foe doesn’t want wealth, power or world domination: it only wants them dead. As the X-Men fight for their lives, they learn they’ve been deceived by one of their own . . . even if they survive, the team will never be the same.

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A second set of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men comic book series comes into view with this slickly tooled story, which fits a couple of metropolis-bashing battles (and various intra-X dramas) into about 70 minutes or so. Dangerous finds a batch of the Xers fending off large threats, notably a Danger Room that traps a bunch of students in its deadly walls and a major smackdown involving Professor Xavier himself. You've also got the Fantastic Four swooping in to collaborate on cleaning up a mess in Manhattan, an alliance that leads to a little territory-marking between the two groups. The "motion comics" approach means that John Cassaday's comic book art is given (pretty darned vivid) life not by full animation but a clever digital style. It's effective enough to make you forget about the limitations of the technique after a while, and the big set pieces--and there are some big set pieces--don't suffer in the slightest. Whedon's tongue-in-cheek one-liners are securely in place, and (like his work on The Avengers) manage to create a humorous undercurrent without subverting the spirit of the mutant heroes. The motion comics enterprise will always be a hybrid, but if you're going to do it at all, this is the way to do it. --Robert Horton

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  • Directors: John Cassaday
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UKX5V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. H. Wells TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
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Marvel Knights' second X-Men motion comic is a great addition to any x-fan's collection. Joss Whedon's run at writing Astonishing X-Men was one of the greatest in Marvel history. The motion comic adaptation takes the comic book story that made Marvel history and creates an entertaining cartoon version that will appeal to readers of of the comic as well as to a new audience.

Motion comics look as though someone was able to animate the spaces between the panels of a comic book. It makes for an interesting hybrid genre that is not quite an animated cartoon but a lot more than static pictures on a page. The voice actors for Dangerous are spot-on. Wolverine is gruff without being over the top.

There are a few "cons" to the motion comics. The episodes are short (six episodes, each under 15 minutes-ish). The DVD case is very minimalist: a slim case with a cardboard front. I would have liked an insert or episode list. And I really would have appreciated a case that snapped close. However, these packaging issues aside Dangerous in particular and motion comics in general are a lot of fun to watch.

Dangerous features some great action and spotlights a lot of the X-Men's younger members including Kitty Pryde and Armor. I can recommend this DVD to anyone looking for some animated X-citement.
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This is an excellent X Men story. The art is excellent, the story is outstanding, the music is great, but the presentation is awful. This story is broken down into a series of too short segments. To watch each segment, you have to sit through this ridiculously long title sequence that is okay the first time you see it, but then you want to make it go away and you can't. So you have to sit through nearly a third of the time spent on each segment watching this stupid sequence that you have memorized by the second viewing. Poor planning. They need to have a viewing option that allows you to watch the whole thing uninterrupted by the annoyingly redundant credit sequence. Someone needs to get this whole series turned around because all the other Marvel Knights animated features have the same problem. Incidentally,, I have no problem whatsoever with the animation methods uses here. They essentially take some detail of the printed page and make it move with relatively simple animation techniques. I assume this is way less expensive than animating the whole story from scratch. I not only don't mind that but I enjoy it as it gives a very interesting, arty feel to the presentation that is terrific. I just can't get past the repetitive titles micro segment problem. Mine is going to the yard sale!
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An excellent series to watch if your a marvel X-men fan. This series is meant for older fans and not for children who probably wouldn't really go for this style of animation and some of the violence in it may spook younger children, unlike the 90's X-men cartoons people die in this and don't look to pretty after it.
Throughly recommend.
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This DVD is part of an overall story arc. The complete series is, in order:

1. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
2. Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous
3. Astonishing X-Men: Torn
4. Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable

While you can watch the first (Gifted) by itself, as you get through the series, you will need to see the other stories to better understand the overall story.

My only complaint is that there are no subtitles on any of the discs. They would have been especially handy in the last chapter of Gifted where the background sound effects of the action scenes were so high in the mix that you could not make out what the characters were saying.

Also, F.Y.I. the only disc of the series with extra features is Gifted.
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At first hearing the words "motion comic" I was more than a little bit skeptical about purchasing one. This was before they released the first Astonishing Xmen Marvel Knights DVD. Wanting to see a true representation of the Xmen pushed me to try it. So glad i did.

The first movie was excellent and Astonishing Xmen Dangerous follows down the same path. In many ways i find these Marvel Knights features superior to some of the animated series because the story line is stronger and they take on a more serious tone. I cant imagine that if you are searching in this area of Amazon, that you will not enjoy these. If you havent yet, get the other Astonishing Xmen First, then get this one just for purposes of order.

This sounds wierd but I also highly reccomend the Marvel Knights Feature Spider Woman (just watch it, you will see after). Iron Man, & Black Panther are good too.
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I have grown up reading X-Men from their very first battle with Magneto all the way through to issue 281
it was great seeing my Heroes in Action..... Two thumbs up!!! Its a great TV Series to watch!!!
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The thing about motion comics are, you have to know what you're getting into and set your expectations accordingly.

For people who enjoy motion comics, Gifted was and still is in a class by itself and is the template that most other professional motion comic houses attempt to emulate.

The problem with producing a motion comic that is as strong as Gifted, is that if you follow it up with anything less than what was previously produced, you may have to deal with a bit of backlash.

As a motion comic, for me, Gifted is worth every bit of 5 stars. Just as the Astonishing Xmen editions that have followed it are worth, as motion comics, every bit of 3.5 stars.

The animation suffers in these latter editions. I can't imagine it's because of budgetary constraints, but I will concede that time and talent may be of some issue here. On the time front, I think they decided to pump these guys out quickly after Whedon grew to stratospheric notoriety post-Avengers. The absence of any special features whatsoever as well as the far less dynamic animation makes he think, "Similar production budget, less time."

The other factor that hasn't been specifically expressed (to my knowledge) is the -potential- absence of John Cassaday. E.g. talent. I remember reading several articles during the time they were producing Gifted and Cassaday lamenting time and again how overwhelming the demands were on him when helping to create that motion comic. My gut tells me that he had very little to do with the production of these later editions.
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