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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-".
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VINE VOICEon December 4, 2003
In addition to Batman and X2, this is one of the only film adaptations to remain true to the comic, while also producing an excellent film. Although I can't stand Bryan Singer, he did an incredible job directing this film. Fans of the Marvel Series won't be dissapointed that all of their favorite mutants are included, and the characters are developed fairly well, given that this is a difficult task to do with so many characters.
The 1.5 DVD is a must, even if you already own the original DVD. The extra features on the bonus disc are well worth the extra cost. This thing is packed with featurettes, commentaries, and is really entertaining to watch. If you're a fan of the comic book, you'll love the bonus features on the DVD.
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on January 6, 2017
This is an absolutely fantastic movie. It's funny, it's entertaining and it's a movie that you would want to watch over and over again. Highly recommend it you will not be disappointed!
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on July 11, 2006
I couldn't wait for this movie to hit the theaters. Likewise, I could wait to pick up the DVD. There are only a few criticisms to make if you, like me, grew up reading the X-men comics. For one, unlike their comic book superhero characters, the women (in particular, Storm and Jean) are much too weak. While on the flip side, traditionally weak characters like the Toad are made into formidable enemies with powers they never had in the comics. Although there is a real effort to make up for that in the sequels, it stood out in this one. For another, while many of the truly evil characters in the comics are loners with their own agenda, everyone unites under the leadership of the misguided Magneto in the movie (a sad fact that is not corrected in the sequels). Other than that (there are others but I won't bore you with the details), there are the small liberties with character profiles that one should expect when any piece of literature is brought to the big screen - like Rouge and Ice Man as teenagers instead of adults. Nevertheless, overall the movie is a great one in that it is a firs of its kind.
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on November 3, 2015
Came perfect, undamaged, and complete with free movie tickets to see Daredevil or X2 in theaters...apparently these DVDs are still hanging around from 2003..Also the reflective cover art was recreated for the Days of Future Past Rogue Cut DVDs, so that's a really cute detail. The Fantastic 4 stuff in the picture is not on the actual case.Great Buy!
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on June 2, 2016
love it!
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on August 17, 2015
5 STARZ
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on September 28, 2015
I loved it.
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on February 23, 2006
As a fan of the X-Men cartoon, I felt like this movie was a great adaptation. Most of the changes weren't at all disappointing and completely understandable. Singer even made jokes of some them, which were greatly appreciated. The one thing I felt could have been done better: the casting. Though Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman were perfect as Professor X and Wolverine, I think that Halle Berry as Storm and Famke Janssen as Jean Gray fell a bit short. Ian McKellan was another excellent choice as Magneto, however James Marsden as Cyclops just shows you how boring the character really is altogether. Despite casting troubles, I think that this is a great movie that's definitely worth owning and is a great first go at the X-Men movie franchise.
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on January 27, 2013
excellent in prize, in timing, in quality and meeting the desire expectation. I, will have no problem in reordering it.
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