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on March 11, 2003
Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) brings about the world of the popular Marvel Comic's heroes in the stunning comic book adaptation "X-Men". In a world filled with fear and prejudice, the rise of genetically enhanced beings has created a "mutant" scare among humans. Under the leadership of Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), a group of mutant outcasts with amazing powers known as the X-Men, protect the humans who fear them from the powerful Magneto (Ian McKellen) who unleashes a sinister plan against all humans. Based on the popular Marvel comics, "X-Men" is an exciting and visually dazzling joyride with extraordinary characters and great special effects. The solid and creative storyline and some realistic human tension sets this movie higher than previous campy superhero action films. Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin not only look the part but also act out their heroic characters perfectly. Hugh Jackman's performance as rugged Wolverine is just one of the movie's highlights.
With the upcoming sequel just a few months away, Fox re-release the original comic book blockbuster in a surprising 2-disc special edition DVD. Like the previous DVD, the comic book movie is presented in a THX certified 2.35:1 widescreen format. The picture quality is the same but it's still a fine transfer with great sharpness and detail. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is great but it's the DTS audio option that really delivers. Fans who weren't please with the first release, will be impressed with the special features of "X-Men 1.5". It includes behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries, trailers and a look of the upcoming X2 (Sorry, no hidden Spider-Man clip or DVD-ROM extras). The animated menus are bright and quite appealing. Overall, "X-Men 1.5" scores an "A-".