DVD365.net

The X-Men (2000)

4th June 2001

In the not to far distant future mankind has begun the next stage of evolution by producing children with extraordinary, and dangerous, powers.
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Tyler Mane, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Bruce Davison
Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
1, 2
Unknown
1 Hour 44 Minutes

In a time when race and religion no longer separate people, politicians now perceive a more serious threat from the emerging mutants in the population. One such American politician, Senator Robert Jefferson Kelly, is proposing the creation a register containing all mutants so that the government can know what strange, and sometimes deadly, characteristics they posses.

One such mutant, Professor Charles Xavier, decides to help all mutants by starting a special school for these "gifted" children whilst waiting for humanity to be more accommodating to their special powers. However, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, a previous colleague and friend of Xavier is more suspicious of man and sets up his own group of mutants to oppose all of mankind. He doesn't like to be thought of as different, and for good reason. During the second world war in Nazi Germany he was separated from his family, and whilst they were put to death in the gas chambers he was used as slave labour.

Magneto is planning something special for the biggest gathering of world leaders in New York. He plans to change these leaders and the population of New York from "normal" people into mutants in order to create a mutant-only world. Now Xavier and his band of mutants Cyclops, Storm and Wolverine must battle with Magneto and his band of mutants before his can unleash his mutating machine on New York.

The picture on both discs is simply stunning with bright, rich and vibrant colours, with the region two PAL edition just taking the edge. The continuously high bit-rate gives a tremendous amount of detail in all of the scenes, especially in the dark and gloomy ones leading up to the finale, and there's no sign of artifacting or picture noise whatsoever. The CGI's are excellent and you get so involved with the film that you don't really notice them as such.

The sound is equally impressive on both discs, with plenty of effects in the surround channel giving your surround system a good workout. Many action films simply use the surround channel because it is there, however X-Men manages to use the channel intelligently with plenty of ambient effects plus those to be expected with an action film. The dialogue is locked in the centre channel without any bleeding to the other channels and there's plenty of LFE's to rattle those pictures.

The menus are nicely animated on both editions, and if you are lucky there are a couple of Easter eggs to discover, although I couldn't find the brilliant hidden clip on the region two edition. The extras are also good with both editions including the Mutant Watch featurette and an extended branching version of the film which includes a number of Deleted Scenes which can also be accessed directly from the menu.

I actually enjoyed this film more on the small screen than on the large and you don't have to be a fan of the X-Men comic books to enjoy the film - I've never seen an X Men comic in my life. The superb picture and sound really enhances this film and along with the excellent menus, a decent set of extras and the fact that it is a damn good action film, it lifts it above many of the run-of-the-mill comic-book to film conversions.

Director Bryan Singer certainly sets the stage for the sequel that should turn X-Men into the strongest comic-book franchise since the all conquering Batman. You should really add this disc to your collection.

  • Fox Special "The Mutant Watch"
  • Interview with Director Bryan Singer
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Televisions Spots
  • Music Promotional Spot
  • Hugh Jackman Screen Test
  • Art Gallery
  • Storyboard Animatics
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Charlie Rose/Bryan Singer Interview Clips
  • Televisions Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Two Featurettes
  • Hugh Jackman Screen Test
  • Storyboard Animatics
  • Still Galleries
Goats artwork

Goats

DVD10/04/2014

As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.      
Braquo artwork

Braquo

Blu-Ray10/12/2016

Thanks For Sharing artwork

Thanks For Sharing

DVD02/02/2014

Penthouse North artwork

Penthouse North

Blu-Ray04/02/2014

Sightseers artwork

Sightseers

Blu-Ray20/09/2014

Homeland artwork

Homeland

DVD11/09/2014

Fifty Shades Darker artwork

Fifty Shades Darker

DVDBlu-Ray4K UHD22/04/2017

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling 'Fifty Shades' phenomenon, released on DVD, Blu- ...
The Bye Bye Man artwork

The Bye Bye Man

DVDBlu-Ray23/04/2017

Ballerina artwork

Ballerina

DVDBlu-Ray22/04/2017

The City Of The Dead artwork

The City Of The Dead

DVDBlu-Ray20/04/2017

Day Of Reckoning artwork

Day Of Reckoning

DVD11/04/2017

Madame Bovary artwork

Madame Bovary

DVD24/04/2017

Peep Show

Review17/06/2008

Mark has been dumped at the wedding alter and Jeremy doesn't have any money. Welcome to series five of the private, and extremely weird, world of Peep Show as seen through the eyes of Jeremy and ...

CSI Miami

Review18/09/2004

Fed up with the dry desert and neon lights of Las Vegas the producers behind the highly successful Crime Scene Investigation up sticks and move to Miami for yet more forensic investigations into the ...

Adult Life Skills

News20/04/2017

Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment on 17th April 2017, Rachel Tunnard writes and directs Adult Life Skills, the British comedy starring Jodie Whittaker as a 29-year-old ...
"Philanthropy isn't tossing a bone to a hungry dog, it's sharing when you are just as hungry."
Winter Sleep (2014)

Snowden

DVDBlu-Ray17/04/2017293

A Place to Call Home

DVD24/04/2017280

Inferno

DVD23/04/2017226

I Am Not A Serial Killer

DVDBlu-Ray20/04/2017225

Broken City

DVDBlu-Ray20/04/20173380

Fast Girls

DVDBlu-Ray23/04/20171379

The Ghost

DVDBlu-Ray19/04/20171366

Escape Plan

DVDBlu-Ray21/04/20171296

Racing Stripes

DVD22/04/20172145

Austin Powers

DVD09/04/20171261

The Simpsons

DVD11/04/2017751

The Void

DVDBlu-Ray14/03/2017

Madame Bovary

DVD18/04/2017

The City Of The Dead

DVDBlu-Ray21/03/2017

Broadchurch

DVDBlu-Ray20/04/2017