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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great film, but ...
Same transfer.. No extended cut as expected. If you own the original, why bother to upgrade to 1.5? If you don't own it already, it's an easy purchase. "Nuff said," as Stan Lee would say.
Published on May 17 2004 by Denny Vu Quach
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Hey it's me'. 'Prove it'. 'You're a dick'.
I never really thought I'd be interested in watching X-Men. It simply never appealed to me, and the front cover of the DVD, plus the posters, doesn't really do the film justice. But I thought maybe that I'd give it a go. I was slightly disappointed by the whole film. I was expecting it to be a lot more violent, but there were very few fight scenes. As I've never read the...
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Meesha
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great film, but ...,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)Same transfer.. No extended cut as expected. If you own the original, why bother to upgrade to 1.5? If you don't own it already, it's an easy purchase. "Nuff said," as Stan Lee would say.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie--Absolutely Stunning Sound and Picture!,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)I watched this movie for the first time without ever having read any of the X-Men comic books-in fact, I don't like comic books at all. So, needless to say, I was given the opportunity to watch this film from a purely objective standpoint: I had no expectations of what this movie should or should not entail. And, to my surprise, I was extremely delighted with this DVD for a few specific reasons.
First and foremost, the Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks are remarkable. Anybody who has a decent surround sound system-set up correctly!!!-will marvel at the amazing acoustical environments created by the sound team of X-Men; I suspect that THX played a large part in the success of mixing a soundtrack in which every sound effect is mixed with such careful attention to detail that one wonders how such perfection can be possible-I wish every movie's soundtrack would be so immaculate.
As if the sound wasn't enough to sell me on X-Men, the picture quality is outstanding as well-far exceeding that of a typical DVD. Again, I'm sure THX played an important role in the video transfer process.
And, technical aspects aside, the movie was written and executed very well. I think the X-Men team did an excellent job of taking a highly unrealistic story line and turning it into a movie in which the plot and characters evolve without the sense of corniness often associated with films of this nature.
So, all in all, I appreciated X-Men and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well made movie-if not for the sound quality, alone (granted, this will not contribute to a viewer's satisfaction at all, if not played through a quality surround sound system). But there are few movies that I enjoy watching more than once, and this is definitely one of them. Enough said.
2.0 out of 5 stars Will they ever make a good DVD of this movie.....,
By A Customer
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)I bought the first DVD of this movie and it was still hastly put together by Fox. This one had better bonus features, but the X2 and DD film trailers are badly done (also because they were bad movies, but that is besides the point). I am still waiting for Fox to make the DVD release of this movie good so that the bonus features are easy to access. Maybe they will at last get it right when they re-release this on DVD in getting ready for X-Men 3 in 2006.
2.0 out of 5 stars "X-Men",
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)Bryan Singer aims for the mutant heart, and misses. His mistakes begin at the tone: he places the cartoon heroes into a hyper-realistic setting, and it suffocates them. Stripped of its fantasy, the film tries to tell the most story with the least possible activity, and the result is forced, hurried, and often difficult to swallow (the newscasters always drop major plot points at the perfect moments). The cast is lost without Hugh Jackman: he's wound tight enough to snap, yet his eyes convey a sensitivity he tries to repress. The rest of the cast is mostly scenery, particularly the curiously silent villains, and Halle Berry's Storm is a testament to bad casting. The film has the feel (and look) of a TV pilot, telling the first chapter and nothing else, and marred greatly by poor effects and a letdown ending. If nothing else, we leave the film feeling the filmmakers were only half-trying. Features Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and a miles-away Famke Janssen.
5.0 out of 5 stars In the same genre as Star Trek and Star Wars,
By A Customer
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)There are moments in the DVD interviews where some of the cast and crew of this movie compare it with both Star Trek and Star Wars, and this is a pretty fair way of looking at it. X-Men is also a story about people and events that can not take place in the everyday world. A kind of comic book/science fiction movie that is certainly very similar to Star Trek and Star Wars. I think that is why this movie has appealed to a certain percentage of the movie audience, they like and want to see more of these kinds of movies, and it;s good to know that we still have many more of look foward too.
1.0 out of 5 stars The Wolverine Show,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)Everyone says this movie lacks the action of the sequel because it has to "develop the characters". Where are these characters that are being developed? The whole movie practically revolves around Wolverine. Wolverine wasn't even one of the original X-Men yet he gets more screen time than all the original X-Men put together, some of whom aren't even in the movie (Angel, Beast)
Not only does this movie ignore the other X-Men's origins, it doesn't even follow the original plot. Yes, most movie adaptations tend to make a few plot adjustments here and there but this movie is what the X-Men would look like if you took the entire comic collection, shredded them into microscopic pieces, and then scotch taped the pieces together at random.
The casting is also horrible, Halle Berry plays the worst Storm possible. She seems to be stuck in the cast based on name recognition alone. James Marsden makes Cyclops seems lifeless, which I'm not sure I can blame due to the amount of screen time he gets. Hugh Jackman, the tallest cast member, ironically stars as Wolverine. The comic book character is named Wolverine because he is short and ferocious like the animal. For those of you who watch WWE, this is the same reason why Chris Benoit is nicked "The Rabid Wolverine".
During the special features when the cast each explain their character's powers, the guy who plays Sabretooth says something along the lines of "Durr, Sabretooth is really strong". Obviously, there wasn't much homework done before this movie went into production. No homework from this poor sap who landed the monotonous role of Sabretooth, none from whoever did the casting, none from even Singer himself. It looks like the whole point to X-Men the movie was to show off some crappy FX and make a quick buck on an already established franchise. This movie will most likely insult those who are X-Men fans and bore those who are not. Stay away!
4.0 out of 5 stars great,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)I was hesitant when going into to see this movie. I heard that iw as plagued with production problems and had the release date moved up a few months. but with the previews and some of the actors involved, I couldn't resist.
I wasn't dissapointed.
Patrick Stewart was great as professor X, he took the character seriously and made him believable as the benevolent leader of the X-men. Ian McKellan was wonderful as the anti-hero Magneto. Making him no a butcher or a raving lunatic, but an idealist that wasn't afraid to spill some blood in order to achieve his goals. As well as the psychopathic Wolverine, whom Hugh Jackman makes himself look almost born to play. He looks as though he has depth, but is still abrasive and looks like he loves beating the hell out of people.
The FX were impressive, but didn't take away from the movie like Spawn. A good example was when Magneto was tossing cars around in front of the bus station. They also didn't go too far into the technobabble trying to explain everything that was going on.
The X-men were very similar to their comic counterparts, but modernized for a 2000 feel. But didn't delve into the Scream like self awareness. They did a good job to show the double edged blad of how it could be like if you had super powers, being feared and outright hated. It was also fairly well paced, a bit short, but felt like a complete movie with no dead areas.
In short one of the best comic book movies out there, and an impressive show by cast and crew.
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that made Hugh Jackman a star...,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)X-Men is one of those rare examples of a comic book that Hollywood *didn't* screw up royally (see League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- ugh!). In fact, they did the comic book series justice by not trying to do a faithful adaptation (which would have been impossible considering the countless variations that the characters have gone through over the years) but instead maintained the essence of what makes the X-Men work so well.
The filmmakers also, wisely, centered the film around the most popular character, Wolverine. I remember when the casting choices for this movie were leaked out and the uproar caused by the casting of then-unknown Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Who was this guy? He doesn't even look like the character, etc. However, all fears were swept aside once the film opened and Jackman made his first appearance on-screen in what has to be one of *the* coolest introductions to a character in a comic book movie. Jackman commands the screen and owns the role -- he *is* Wolverine. He captures the character's ferociousness and his stand-offish attitude to those around him (his exchanges with Cyclops are priceless). Jackman would go on to improve on the character with X2 but it is interesting to go back and watch the first movie and see a star in the making.
This 2-DVD set is a vast improvement over the rushed single-disc version. This one has it all: commentaries, documentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, etc. Hours and hours of extras but the best of the bunch has to be the detailed Making-Of documentary by the folks who worked on the awesome The Usual Suspects special edition DVD. I've read that they wanted to include more of the friction between director Bryan Singer and the studio but, of course, that stuff was nixed by the powers that be. Still, what you have on the DVD is a fascinating look at the sheer amount of work and drive it takes to make one of these big budget blockbusters.
This is the blueprint for how you do a comic book film adaptation the right way.
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE KICKS......WHATEVER,
By A Customer
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)I love the movie and the extra stuff is anything but bad!!!! Some people say the extra stuff stinks....maybe they didn't realize that there is A SECOND DISK!!!! If you liked the original movie, you'll love this. If you've only read the comic books or seen the T.V. show, you might want to rent this before buying it.
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Hey it's me'. 'Prove it'. 'You're a dick'.,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)I never really thought I'd be interested in watching X-Men. It simply never appealed to me, and the front cover of the DVD, plus the posters, doesn't really do the film justice. But I thought maybe that I'd give it a go. I was slightly disappointed by the whole film. I was expecting it to be a lot more violent, but there were very few fight scenes. As I've never read the comic books, I didn't know any of the characters, although I was quite surprised to figure out who they were for some strange reason!
X-Men starts off really strangely - it starts off in a concentration camp, in Poland, in 1944. None of this seems to relate to the rest of the film, nor does it get picked up on at all. Maybe it will in the sequel, but it seems kind of puzzling to use a scene that doesn't really relate to the rest of the movie. Unless you notice that the little boy at the start uses his "powers" to bend the gates back - but then again, it's never really explained who the little boy was. I thought it was Wolverine, but it seems more likely to be Magneto, Patrick Stewart's enemy.
I was quite impressed with the cast members in this. The names that always get batted about were Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry. But also featuring was Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin - the latter is a fantastic actress. It was bugging me when she first appeared, as I knew the face, and finally figured out that she starred as Mac in She's All That. I wasn't expecting her to be one of the main characters, as she hasn't had many big starring roles (except in Fly Away Home, but she was only young then), and was quite surprised when she appeared continually throughout. She's not really that big a name I suppose, and hasn't had a great many big roles, but I'm sure her role in this and the sequel will have boosted her name in Hollywood.
Another name who will certainly get a big boost in Hollywood is Hugh Jackman. Never heard of him before this, but he's certainly quite nice looking! (Hubba hubba ding-a-ling!) He's previously starred in little-known Australia productions, and he was plucked from obscurity to become the lead actor. He appears topless in a couple of scenes, and although the chest rug didn't do much for me, the rest of him did!
Most of the characters didn't really appeal to me, and really, the first film is all about introducing them to the audience, and what their powers are, etc. What I really enjoyed about this movie was the seeming parallel between X-Men and Labyrinth. How did you think I made that connection? Well, if you've seen Labyrinth, then you'll know that the relationship between David Bowie (his tights) and a young Jennifer Connolly seems almost wrong for a child's fairytale movie. If Labyrinth hadn't been directly aimed at children (although I still enjoy it as an adult, particularly the contents of David Bowie's tights!), then maybe they could have developed that relationship. The same can be said for the relationship between Hugh Jackman and Anna Paquin - although he seems to be more of a mentor than anything else. But it's the connection between the two, and I hope this gets developed in the sequel.
I'm looking forward to seeing the sequel, but I definitely suggest if you are watching this movie for the first time, you do NOT make the same mistake I made, and watch it complete with the extended scenes! It really interrupts the flow of the film, and is almost distracting at times - and then I couldn't find an 'obvious' option to switch the extended scenes off! A good movie despite that, with loads of extras, which will no doubt take hours to wade through (but no trailer?)! I hate DVDs that don't have the trailers for the movies - I prefer to watch the trailer first, THEN watch the film. It's a necessity.
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