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This X-Men trilogy blue ray pack is basically an updating and refreshing of the original X-Men and it's two sequels into one complete and ultimate Bluray collection. It is NOT like the three movie dvd collection which was nothing more than the original movies shoved into a cardboard sleeve; rather this is a BD redo with new packaging and a ton of extras. It is more akin to the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings ultimate collections in style and completeness!

Each of the three movies comes in it's own individual bluray case and each movie consists of three discs. One for the movie, one for all the extensive extras and one as a digital copy. (Nine discs in all.) Which are then housed in a standard glossy cardboard outer case. It makes for a very impressive collection.

All three movies are in a widescreen format; 2.35:1 for X-Men and 2.40:1 for United and Last Stand and all are on 50 GB dual layer discs for maximum visual clarity. All three look superb!

In audio, X-Men and X-Men United have a full English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and X-Men The Last Stand ups this to a full DTS-HD 6.1 track! In addition all three movies have full Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Nobody gets short-changed on the audio. Plus there are even subtitle tracks for Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin as well. I didn't bother listening to the other tracks but the English DTS-HD tracks are very impressive. X-Men has never sounded so good.

Each movie comes with it's own separate extras discs which contain numerous documentaries on everything from the history of the X-Men to theatrical trailers. There are too many for me to list. But it's very extensive.

As for the digital copy discs, they are now expired. However, it has been reported that you can go to the main website and download new updated digital copy codes. I haven't tried this, but reports are that it does work quite well.

So bottom line, if you want the ultimate X-Men trilogy collection with nothing left out; this is the set to buy. It has everything you could possibly want, the best visuals and the best audio available and for each individual movie; doesn't cost any more than a plain bargin-bin no extra's DVD would. So if X-Men is your interest, then this is pretty much a no-brainer!

UPDATE - July 30, 2013 - There have been some reports (unconfirmed) that newer boxsets may or may not have the digital copy discs included in the package. Instead you may have to go to the studio's website and use your activation code to download them instead! Everything else appears to be the same.

J. A.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 15, 2009
It was an ambitious undertaking to do justice to this fantastical comic book franchise from the fertile mind of Stan Lee and company but I think all things considered,the producers got it pretty spot on.
Patrick Stewart is Prof.Xavier who runs a school for mutants.He has the power of super mind control and through his Cerebro chamber he can reach both humans and mutants at will,anywhere in e world.His counterpart and the running villan through all of these films is Magneto played by Ian McKellan.While Xavier prefers the non-violent solution to living with humans,Magneto prefers the path of direct confrontation and overthrow,leading to world domination(what villain doesn't?).
Each movie has its' strengths and weaknesses of course but I think the series goes from strongest to weakest in the order they were made.The first two were directed by Brian Singer and the first movie is a slam-bam winner all the way.The introduction of characters and side plots never interfere with the telling of the story.X2 slows down slightly as we get intro'd to some new characters and lose one in the end.Overall it's not as satisfying as the first but still good.The last was helmed by Brett Ratner.While some blame must go to the director for its' comparative lacklustre execution,Last Stand is just too ambitious,i.e it tried to do too much.There seems to be more plots,sub-plots,back stories and character introductions than the previous two put together.This slows the pace down as all strings endeavour to be tied and every "T" dotted,while the action has to stop or slow down to do so.
What doesn't vary throughout all these movies however are the special effects.There is no shortage of action in any of these films and the special effects are,overall,quite seemless and very effective and engaging.No complaints whatsoever.
Technically the DVDs have all been transferred beautifully and all are in their widescreen glories.Disc one has a myriad of special features such as so called "branching" scenes(extra scenes filmed but not included originally),a Charlie Rose interview,the Hugh Jackman screen test,a featurette,story boards,art gallery,animatronics,the trailer and some TV spots(phew!).Disc two has only a commentary track(which I found very odd)and it is to be found in,of all places,the "languages" section ! Disc three has director commentary,producer commentary,numerous deleted scenes and three alternate endings.
The DVD cases themselves are the newer cheaper kind snap cases that alot of the "big boys" are using now.Instead of the inner case being solid plastic,one side has a recycle sign cut into it and the side the disc sits in is spoke like,radiating out from the spindle.The spaces existing on both sides reveal the back side of the outer descriptive paper cover.
Of course there will be X-men-iacs who will find countless faults with these movies as far as characterizations and continuity from the long running comic book series.But for most casual readers and uninitiated(to X-men)Sci-Fi/action lovers,I think you will be quite pleased with the overall result produced here.Creator Stan Lee himself had his hand in this series all the way so some modicum of accuracy to his "child" had to have been extant.
As a sidebar Fox has produced a Wolverine back story recently but it remains to be seen if anymore movies will be forthcoming from them re the X-Men,as the franchise rights will revert back to the hands of its' new owners,The Disney a few years.Marvel also has some property deals going with Paramount and Sony which will also revert back eventually.It's amazing just how much product Disney will ultimately control with its'Marvel acquistion.Who would have thought that a little comic book company called Marvel would grow that big and be bought in the future for an approximate cool $4 BILLION(!).The mind does boggle.
This set is definitely worth owning,not only as the generally good films they are,but if only for its' price as it would cost you much more to but them individually.All the special features included on them sperately are all here in this set.So if you have been hedging whether to buy I would urge you to drop your nickel now when the price is right and get yourself a VERY entertaining trio of great Sci-Fi flicks courtesy of comic writer supremo,Stan Lee.
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on July 20, 2012
The films are a lot of fun, 4/5 but I won't go into that here. I just ordered this boxset, however in trying to install the digital copies into iTunes, only the second film's code has worked - time to contact support. Be warned.

- Update - After emailing Amazon and Fox Digital I got got a resolution on the Digital copies. Still not ideal that it didn't work from the get go, but good customer service on both accounts. Updating the rating to 4/5 for films and offering based on current value of $12.99 and minus for the bit of hassle.
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on May 28, 2013
2 great movies (And 1 ok one) for a pretty damn good price. The packaging is good, not just blank dvds but have their graphics etc. Picture and sound is very good.
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on July 9, 2014
Great product, Great service, Good price.
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on August 30, 2013
I enjoyed the whole set, and the extras are great. For the 3rd movie, which is not as good as the first 2, the extras actually make watching the movie better.
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on September 30, 2013
All three original X-men movies on Bluray for 18 bucks. Good Deal. The quality is decent and the extras were actually fun if not widely varied.
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on August 1, 2013
Go for it .
Full trilogy on blu ray, cheap price,more than good quality product,
you have nothing to loose here :)
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on January 25, 2013
Digital code for the 3rd movie expired in 2011, other then that it is a great set for the price!
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on February 28, 2012
The X-Men trilogy is absolutely amazing and all three for $10? Nuff said :D

p.s. X1 and X2 were the best in my opinion and any superhero fan will love them.
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