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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X Men, Torn

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If you thought Gifted and Dangerous were full of shocks and surprises, hold onto your eyeballs... because you haven't seen anything yet! Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move!

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Astonishing X-Men: Torn, the third in a series of motion-comic releases based on the story arc of the same name by Joss Whedon (Avengers) and artist John Cassaday, picks up where its predecessor, Dangerous, left off in its struggle for the heart and mind of Emma Frost. The former White Queen, having been revealed as under the sway of a newly formed Hellfire Club fronted by Sebastian Shaw, Cassandra Nova, Perfection, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is now carrying out their scheme to unmoor the X-Men by implanting false memories and fears into their minds. Whedon does a fine job of balancing the humor and drama of the X-Men under psychic attack, with Wolverine cowering at the sight of a now-feral Beast, while Cyclops agonizes over a childhood trauma as well as the idea of a fling with Frost during his relationship with Jean Grey. The depth of the writing meshes well with Cassaday's original artwork, much of which is reproduced for the feature; Torn will probably not change motion-comic detractors' opinion of the format, but the action moves smoothly during its 81-minute running time, which does much to make up for the lack of supplemental features. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marc Thompson
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Producers: Brian Ward
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080730FM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. H. Wells TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2012
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Joss Whedon's time at the helm of Astonishing X-Men created an epic story arc. This DVD is the third installment (after Astonishing X-Men - Gifted (Marvel Knights) and Astonishing X-Men - Dangerous (Marvel Knights) ) in the motion comic adaptation of the brilliant run on comics. The adaptations are nearly scene for scene and word for word animated versions of the comics. This third volume is probably the most fascinating so far because so much of the action comes from within the character's personalities: A psychic attack preys on the character's worst fears. Beast becomes a beast; Wolverine becomes a weakling.

This installment also explores the character's relationships: Emma and Scott--and Jean, Kitty and Peter. The scripting is amazingly tight and the episodes are tense. If the episodes didn't have credits every fifteen minutes or so, it would be seamless nearly hour and a half long feature.

This DVD has it all. Humor when Wolverine is brain-fried back to childhood. Romance when Kitty and Colossus finally have time to get to know eachother. And action, lots of action: Aliens, girlfight, SWORD, Hellfire Club.

The only thing the DVD doesn't have is a decent case. The disc comes in a slimcase with a cardboard front; it doesn't even snap closed.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this DVD (and really all the Astonishing x-men motion comics) to any fan of the X-men.
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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!!! I just love to watch the x-men!!!
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I dropped out of comic collecting before Whedon's run on X-men so the story arc is new to me. It's really gripping and intense. It is adult oriented so don't purchase this if you're looking for a family or child friendly X-men cartoon. I hate seeing quality work like this downgraded because a grandma bought this for her 9-year old grandson after reading the words "X-men" and "DVD" in the same sentence without doing any research. It's also an action comic so don't expect an adult-themed version of X-men the animated series. If you don't have at least a mild affinity for comic-book artistry then you're probably going to be disappointed. However, if you appreciate great comics, this will hit the spot. Also, it's best to start with the X-Men Gifted DVD and watch these in order. There are three out now, with the conclusive fourth installment "unstoppable" due out soon.
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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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Continuing the story started in Gifted and continued in Dangerous, this motion comic provides a pretty satisfying experience. Yes, this is a motion comic (same as Gifted and Dangerous) and not an animated film. As I've stated in my reviews of the 2 previous releases, once you watch the film for a bit the limited motion of the characters doesn't really bother you, it's kind of like a breathing comic book panel. The only thing that is a bother is the fact that each episode is about 10 minutes long and you still get the long opening credits and closing credits. Outside of that....it really is a solid buy if you are an X Men fan.
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The 4th and final arc of Josh Whedon's run on Astonidhing X-Men comes to a close with "Unstoppable", and it doesn't disappoint. The story was as riveting as the dialogue was sharp and humorous. I highly recommend all 4 arcs in this series, including "Gifted", "Dangerous", "Torn", and of course, "Unstoppable".
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In the past, when I've read the comic itself, the motion comic simply did nothing for me. Thankfully, I hadn't read all of this Astonishing X-Men run. I will say that the opening scenes with the monolithic Sentinel in the jungle was quite stunning on a widescreen. And there was only one slip in stop-motion animation (when Emma Frost's clock moves side to side with such a mechanical quality that it looked like a paper cut out with an unseen hand simply tipping this way, that way, this way, that way . . .). But the story of Kitty Pryde's comeuppance was awesome, and, since I hadn't read this, I was blown away by the Kitty-Colossus child deal. I won't say more for fear of ruining this for someone else who hasn't read it. It was pretty awesome stuff. And then the whole mind manipulation in a bottle that expands to the size of a universe was Joss Whedon at his best. You get to see some very serious and seriously funny and even scary moments, here. And the lesser known X-children get some very nice scenes. And I finally was in awe of the vocal performance in one of these motion dvds. You can truly sit back and just listen to the rich quality of these voices and be stunned at their talent. This is a great story, and it was nice to finally appreciate one of these. Again, if you've already read the comics, the impact will be less, I imagine. But I purchased this for ten greenbacks, and I don't think you can go wrong at that price.
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