X-Men (Widescreen Edition)
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Born into a world filled wih prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutaitos. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absors the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness the powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious magneto (Iam McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can nover co-eist, unveils his sinsiter plan for the future! Pulsing with state-of-the-art visual effects and unforgetable characters!
Ten minutes of X-Men deleted scenes (most of them superfluous) are viewable separately or integrated into the complete film, with an onscreen symbol to mark when a deleted scene has been inserted. "The Mutant Watch" is a 23-minute promotional featurette originally broadcast on Fox TV at the time of the film's release, and combines interview clips with a "mockumentary" news profile of Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) and his campaign to promote "mutant registration." Excerpts from Charlie Rose's interview with director Bryan Singer are worthwhile but too brief: the entire interview should have been included. Hugh Jackman's screen test (with costar Anna Paquin) provides an interesting glimpse of the casting process. The DVD's features are rounded out by a standard variety of production and costume sketches, two computer-generated "animatics" showing the preparation of action sequences, plus TV spots and theatrical trailers. --Jeff Shannon
- Deleted scenes
- "The Mutant Watch" featurette
- Excerpts from Bryan Singer interview on "The Charlie Rose Show"
- Hugh Jackman's screen test
- Still photo gallery
- TV spots
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The movie was very good quality, although the added resolution does make some of the effects less believable, thankfully Bryan Singer likes to use as many practical effects as possible, so this is minimized. It was great watching the first X-men movie at such a high quality for the first time for me. I love this movie.
So in using the installer for the digital copy, I selected the iTunes version and was greeted with the message, "This application requires iTunes 7.6 or higher". 7.6? Whoa. That version was released in late 2008. I tried redeeming the code directing through iTunes with the DVD inserted as the device, but that resulted in an odd message, "This code is for an offer not yet available. It cannot be used yet."
So one last shot and contacted Fox Connect customer support, but after a few rounds of emails and only getting canned responses back, I gave up.
I gave this product 4/5 stars because it is still a great bundled value. Although it can't compare to today's films such as Avengers, it still holds a valued spot in my collection as one of the early pioneers in the revival of the super hero movie genre.
Update: Thanks C. Holzschuh! I called FOX digital copy @ (866) 520-6606 and they were able to issue me a new code that worked.
Rogue/Wolverine: I was presently surprised how effective the Rogue and Wolverine characters are. The movie introduction to both of these characters is captivating. Anna Paquin is charming as Rogue but doesn't quite have the Southern voluptousness Rogue usually is drawn to have in the comics. Hugh Jackman is also effective if maybe a little too Hollywood. The comic book Wolverine was much shorter and beastly. Jackman's got the persona down though.
Prof X/Magneto: Professor X and Magneto also have a strong introduction. Ian McKellen plays Magneto perfectly but he doesn't have the physical build that I imagined Magneto would have. I was especially disappointed in Magneto's helmet. It is an amazing aspect of Magneto's costume but here it looks silly. It kinded reminded me of the first Spiderman. That early superhero movie also got the mask totally wrong for the villain green goblin. Patrick Stewart was an obvious choice for the professor so no problems there.
Cyclops/Jean: Cyclops is miscast. The actor who I now recognize from 30 Rock doesn't have the leadership persona or the physique to pull of Cyclops. For this reason Cyclop's confrontations with Wolverine don't carry any weight. No one can believe that this Cyclops can intimidate or hurt Wolverine. His acting is a bit wooden too. Cyclops' headpiece is really large and clumsy. Ten years later its like seeing an old cell phone. Jean is well-cast and well-played. The actress playing her is appropriately beautiful and slightly vulnerable.
Storm/Sabretooth/Toad: Halle Berry is not utilized well as Storm. She doesn't play the character that great anyway. Her African accent comes and goes and actually sounds sillly when you do hear it. Her character wasn't impressive and could have been left out I think. Sabretooth and Toad are poor villains. Their costumes are not very effective. Sabretooth doesn't have the presence he should. His costume and makeup don't impress. Its also never explained what his powers are. He is stabbed directly by Wolverine but doesn't even appear to be hurt. Toad';s costume is also not impressive. His green makeup looks really b-movie.
Storyline: The movie did a good job with the backstories of Magneto, Wolvie, and Rogue. Why didn't they introduce the rest? That would have made the movie more effective. There are so many brilliant storylines in the x-men cannon that I wonder why they chose this one about Magneto turning Senator Kelly/worldleaders into mutants. Overall it doesn't hold up that well.
Despite this, the movie holds up ok ten years later. It has the makings of a a great movie but makes a few too many missteps to make it worth watching more than once.
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