X2- X-Men United

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Aaron Stanford, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore
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Directed By: Bryan Singer
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One of the best comic book movies ever! This is a great example of a movie being bigger and better than the original film. All of the returning cast are back with some new faces like Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler), Brian Cox (Stryker), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), and Kelly Hu (Deathstryke). The story involves X-men fighting the same species they are trying to protect (Humans..duh!), and battle a few mutants as well who have a different take on the whole mutant-human situation. You should know the story by now so let’s get to the extras shall we!

I was really impressed with the extras on the disc. I started from the beginning of disc 2 and didn’t stop watching this disc for a few hours so it was pretty interesting and intriguing stuff. I started off with the comic book featurettes “” and “Nightcrawler Reborn: The Adventure Before X2.” They were informative and featured Stan Lee and other comic book artists and writers talking about the overall story of Xmen and then a separate featurette about the character Nightcrawler. That featurette was great because the creator of his character was interviewed and talked how he came up with him and other things of that nature. The next thing I watched was the a featurette on the set design and the overall designing aspect of the movie which was neat. I forget what featurette it was but it was in the “pre-production” section.

Next was the “production” section and that had the best featurette of the bunch, The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men- “The Ultimate Making-Of Documentary.” That was an hour + and was fun to watch. It went through all of shooting, and had interviews with cast and crew members. At the very end is a funny outtake with Jean Grey and the rest of the X-men. I kind of was hoping all the funny outtakes I read about on the Internet would make it’s way onto this DVD but nope, not here. I kind of wished they replaced Deleted Scenes with Outtakes because the Deleted Scenes were pretty weak. Most of them were extended scenes and if you blinked, you missed the new footage. Other footage wasn’t important or memorable so I can see why they cut it out. The Visual Effects featurette was great to watch because I like all that stuff. They went over each SFX sequence and showed how they did everything. The score featurette was fun to watch. John Ottman did an excellent job with the score and giving each character a theme, and the main theme is kick ass too. The first film didn’t have that. Ottman is also an editor and director as well so he’s a jack of all trades which is impressive. But that featurette shows some scoring sessions and an interview with John Ottman. There’s 2 mini featurettes on Alan Cummings and Nightcrawler. One is a time lapse of Alan Cummings getting into his Nightcrawler makeup and gear. I seriously hope he comes back for the third film because he said he didn’t want to because of the make up and I can see his point. Almost 8-10 hours a day getting into that make up, that’s crazy! There is a few other things on here but I didn’t check them out like the commentaries, galleries and global webcast chat session. This DVD is definitely worth buying, and if they plan on releasing another DVD of this movie anytime soon (like the first film), this one is still good to keep because it has a lot of great extras on here.

Disc One:
– Full-Length Audio Commentary (Director Bryan Singer and Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC)
– Full-Length Audio Commentary (Writers and Producers)

Disc 2:
– “Nightcrawler Attack” Interactive Multi-Angle Scene Study
– “Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal” In Depth, Behind-the-Scenes Exploration
– “The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men” – The Ultimate Making-Of Documentary
– 11 Deleted/Extended Scenes Scenes
– 6 Revealing Still Galleries
– Theatrical Trailers
– Extraordinary X2 Featurettes, Including-:
– The Secret Origin of X-Men: A Complete Anthology
– Nightcrawler Reborn: The Adventure Before X2
– Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler Character Study & More!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: The opening sequence with Nightcrawler is amazing! The Mansion attack was cool as well. The Wolverine and Lady Deathstryke fight was entertaining.
Rating: PG-13
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