X-men Trilogy 4K UHD [Blu-ray]
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The evolution continues with more action, more characters and more thrills! Following a shocking attack on the President of the United States, the X-Men must stand united with their deadliest enemies to combat a menace that threatens every mutant on the planet — and possibly all of mankind. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry lead an all-star cast in this dazzling, action-packed sequel!
X-Men: The Last Stand
Killing Xavier and liberating evil mutants, Magneto uses the resurrected Jean Grey -- now Phoenix, the most powerful mutant of all -- against the X-Men. While Logan recruits members of Xavier's original team and confronts an emerging relationship with Storm, Rogue and Iceman come into their own as the X-Men's future.
After an anti-mutant "black ops" specialist abducts Xavier, imprisons his students and steals Cerebro, the fugitive X-Men and newcomer Night Crawler join forces with Magneto to rescue their brethren and forestall a holocaust.
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The movies are great and are the roots that launched the comic book movie Hollywood takeover. Fun fact Marvel's Kevin Feige was involved in all 3.
X1 gets the best Blu Ray upgrade. Being a movie from 2000, it has been cleaned up greatly. X1 is a bit dated however.
X2 is the premier movie in this set. Based on the popular God Loves Man Kills story arc this movie is widely considered the best of the original trilogy. Great action, special effects hold up surprisingly well (Nightcrawler's white house attack, so GOOD). Say what you will about Bryan Singer as a writer but when it comes to action scenes and camera position and camera shooting (LOOKIN AT YOU RUSSO BROTHERS WITH YOUR INABILITY TO SHOOT NON CLOSEUPS...) he's gold. In my not so humble opinion X2 ranks just as high as much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
X3.... Where to begin with this one. It's a maligned movie but I don't know if I'd call it bad per say...Every problem this movie has form their beginning with Fox's piece of crap former head Tom Rothman. This detestable man hates comic book movies. He cut the X1 and X2 budgets and advanced X1s release. Miracle it turned out so well. Greveous of all he chased Bryan Singer away from X3. Singer was working on Superman but Rothman wouldn't wait for him to finish it. Instead he rushed X3 into production to compete with Superman as some type of punishment. It wasn't ready actors were all busy Singer had taken Marsden (Cyclops) with him which is why he was in so little of X3 and also why a certain part in the early movie happened. X3 was set to start shooting and still had no director. Bret Ratner came in last minute to direct. Ratner wanted to adapt The Cure story arc from the comics. While Singer and his producers had been setting up Dark Phoenix in X2. See the problem...We ended up with an okish cure plot but Dark Phoenix set a new definition of butchering source material. The 2 stories just didn't mesh together. One or the other would have been better.
That being said I still enjoy X3. It has the best action/powers effects of the original trilogy. It's cool. I like the fights scenes as well. And we can't leave out the awesome bridge scene. The movie has grown on me since it's been written out of current X-Men timeline lore. Knowing that these events are now a 'what if' scenerio make the film more watchable and enjoyable knowing that it no longer screws up the core team (see Days of Future Past). At least to me anyway.
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X- Men : Wow 9/10. Blown away by how well acted and well told this origin story was. I can see why I fell in love with this franchise as a teen, immediately. So much love and detail went into this, currently watching as I review. It makes me want to watch the fox X-Men animated series right after this. Nothing tops that(but the other animated series at the time like batman and spiderman).
X-Men 2: 8.5-9/10. Honestly the film's opening tops the matrix or matrix reloaded's opening. Loved nightcrawler. Allan Cummings nailed his character. Pretty good story. It has a lot that works, and a lot that doesn't.
X-Men3: 8.5-9/10. Brett Rattner took over for some reason. I don't get the hate for this movie, honestly it told the best story out of all 3 originals. Sure it has some corny moments(I'm the juggernaut b**** lol), but I absolutely enjoyed myself rewatching it.
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This really is a must-have collection for fans of this wonderful bunch of superheroes, and shows just how good they can be when treated with respect, dignity and trying to remain true to the ethos of all the characters...Now I only have to wade through the bonus material and see what treasures lay in store for me there. If you only buy one blu-ray boxed set this year, make it this one...I love it.
1. The films are all brilliant, although the third, much like Spiderman 3, tries to fit too much in.
2. Wolverine is VERY bad film and not worth having, so avoid the Quadrilogy box (Wolverine is just slapped in there as a slimline almost bonus disc rather than in a cool, well designed one like this)
X-Men and X2 are the main reason to get this trilogy, both brought a seriousness and adult feel back to the superhero genre. The characters were well drawn, deep and very well acted and the story was engrossing on both parts - with the wolverine history subplot playing off very well and particularly in the second film (which, in my opinion surpassed the first in terms of quality, story and characters) against the main good vs. evil story lines in both films.
X-Men 3 whilst still a decent film on it's own, does little to add to the trilogy, Wolverine's backstory is completely ignored, and the Dark Phoenix character who in my view is one of greatest anti-heros in any story ever written is given very little justice. The writers try to include too many characters giving non the screen time they deserve and subsequently the film suffers massively. It would have been better to be done as 2 or even three part story...
Bluray wise, all films look truly phenomenal, picture quality is second to none and extras that are included could fill a library. Sound again, is slightly dampened on the third film for some reason, but i can't hold it against it. It's a very minor niggle that might just be me.
Overall this is a 5/5 boxset for quality of bluray, it is an advert for why to get a bluray player, and how to do a bluray collection for any film or film series. The only reason i give this 4 stars is due to X-Men 3, which i feel lets the film series (not the bluray boxset itself) down.
I would suggest just buy the first 2 films and ignore the third, however the cliffhanger ending to X2 means you need to get 3 anyway, and it's cheaper in this collection than buying them separately!
The first movie (x-men) is an introduction of the characters (logic so far), the second movie (X-men 2) is more focus on Logan's(aka Wolverine) back story. The third one from my point of view is more focus on the groups than any particular character. Despite the movie being really good I really don't like the end of the third movie (personal opinion) as it feels so wrong and unfinished business (since X-men 4 is not going to happen).
All films here are certainly a lot better than X-Men Origins Wolverine, so if you're not worried about having the full set of films, this set offers the best of the X-Men movies (other than X-Men First Class).