X-Men: Volume One (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)
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In a world that hates and fears them, several mutants (humans who are born with unique powers and abilities) have banded together to fight the hatred, and eventually fight for their very lives. Under the tutelage of Professor Xavier, the most powerful telepath on the planet, they learn to master their powers. Cyclops, the team leader, can shoot laser beams from his eyes. The rebellious and feral Wolverine can heal himself and has metal claws. Jean Grey is a telekinetic and telepath. Rogue has super-strength and the ability to fly, but can never touch another human being. The eloquent Storm can control the weather. The Cajun thief Gambit can charge any object with kinetic energy... making the smallest objects powerful bombs. The Beast has superhuman intelligence, agility, and has a body covered with blue fur. Jubilee is the new girl, a confused teenager with the ability to shoot plasma from her fingertips. Together they form the X-Men, fighting mutants like Magneto and Mystique, as well as stopping hate-mongers like Graydon Creed, Henry Guyrich, and Senator Kelley.
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Now, as a 32-year old adult who is watching this show on DVD for the first time in almost 20 years, I am reliving all the emotions and excitement that I felt as a child. The animation is a bit choppy here and there, and of course there is some campy dialogue (it was 1990's), but the show is just as enjoyable to watch now as it was back then. I am counting the days until my daughter (she is a toddler) is old enough to watch these with me, and we can have some daddy/daughter bonding time while seeing the world's greatest super hero team in action.
Despite the fact that I am giving five stars for this review, I have one complaint, and it has nothing to do with the show itself. Due to the fact that these DVDs are now 5 years old, they must be sitting in a warehouse somewhere, waiting to be purchased. I bought all five volumes of the series, and three of them have the original shrink wrap stuck to the spine of the DVD case. It seems that heat has somehow melded the shrink wrap to the case itself. I don't know if this is from sitting in a hot warehouse all day, or if it is from the shrink wrap process itself, but I was unable to remove the shrink wrap portion that is stuck along the spine of the DVD case. This of course does not affect the viewing of the show.
This series is one of the few where having the original broadcast versions is not better. So many of those early episodes aired initially with incomplete special effects shots, coloring mistakes, dialogue sync errors, poorly animated scenes, and so forth. The two-part pilot episodes in particular have several variations due to repeated corrections and alterations (FOX initially aired unfinished, error-ridden versions of the pilot episodes as part of a 'sneak preview'). While such issues were eventually corrected and finalized in subsequent airings, the fear has remained that a studio releasing this series on DVD would issue the flawed original versions. Luckily, Disney seems to have done their homework with this release even though the series was not treated to a full video and audio restoration job or extras (thus, a star deduction). Further proof that these are not the syndicated versions - this set features the original voices of Storm and Sinister, which were re-dubbed by the replacement voice actors in reruns. BOTTOM LINE: Disney has issued the corrected versions of certain episodes that originally aired with animation errors and NOT the edited for time syndicated reruns.