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In a time when race and religion don't separate people, but extra powers and mutated characteristics do, two longtime friends, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) part ways, only to become rivals over the issue of how much patience they should have with "normal" people. Living lives that scare most humans lacking the "X-factor" (a special power such as telekinesis), they fight over changing the general population into mutants. Xavier decides to help mutants in a special school while waiting for humanity to be more accepting, while Magneto opts to change all "normal" people into mutants in order to create a mutant-only world. Leading a group of four powerful X-Men (and women) to rescue one lost girl (the mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin)--and the entire population of New York--Xavier recruits a new member to their group: Logan (Hugh Jackman), better known as Wolverine, joins the team with much reluctance, only to prove very valuable to the rescue effort.

Each member of the X-Men has mastered their special gift--the ability to create a storm (Storm, played by Halle Berry), telekinesis (Dr. Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen), eyesight carrying laserlike destructive power (Cyclops, played by James Marsden), the ability to heal nearly any wound he sustains (Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman). The chemistry among these four sets the stage for some expert teamwork--and some hidden romance. The mutants' ensemble work drives the action sequences, such as in a train station battle with Magneto's crew--including Sabertooth (Tyler Mane), Toad (Ray Park), and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)--that unleashes a lot of destruction, thanks to the striking special effects.

You don't have to be a fan of the hugely popular X-Men comic books to enjoy Bryan Singer's film, which is loaded with creativity, cool effects, and characters complex enough to lift it above run-of-the-mill action films. And Singer sets the stage admirably for the sequels that could turn X-Men into the strongest comic-book franchise since Batman. --Sandra Levin

Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen), who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist, unveils his sinsiter plan for the future!

Customer Reviews:

  • Just the right touch!
    So many movies from comics drag out the story, veer into disbelief, lack storyline, storyflow, or believability, or leave so many holes and gaps in the story that you wish you'd just read the comics and shot the director and writers of the movie.

    Not so with X-Men! For once, just the right touch! Not overplayed, not underplayed, told us enough to make the story believable, didn't mire down in fantastical minutae, gave lots of nods to fans of the comics while making a movie that is appealing to most.

    I did not give it five stars due to minor problems with the score, and one mis-cast of an actor which was mildly distracting....more info
  • Great Beginning To the Series
    Bryan Singer has created a great opening to the X-Men movie franchise. The key to this type of film is not to play it too comic bookish and also not to play it too seriously. Singer does a good job on both counts. With great casting and a quickly moving plot line the X-Men movie is a pleasure to watch and as Singer puts it in his commentary a good trailer for the next movie in the series.

    There are many characters in the X-Men universe but the film wisely introduces the viewer to a small group of them who will be essential to the story. In the America of the not too distant future a debate rages as to whether mutants (those with special powers) should be made to register with the government. To Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) this is just too close to his childhood which was spent in a Polish concentration camp. He has gathered his Brotherhood of Mutants in order to battle this registration scheme. He intends to use a special radiation emitting device which will turn all into mutants. His group includes Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) the Toad (Ray Park) and the shapeshifting Mystique (Rebecca Romijn).

    Opposing the Brotherhood's Plans id Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who believes in a peaceful existence between mutants and the humans. He runs a school for mutant children that preaches inclusion rather than fear and exclusion. His star students who teach at his Academy have not rejoined the world. They are the X-Men. The X-Men that are featured are the weather controlling Storm (Halle Berry), the lasar eyed Cyclops (James Marsden) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Into his group comes a teen who cannot touch others, Rogue (Anna Paquin) and a man who has been equipped with claw like weapons named Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

    To give away more of the story would ruin the fun. This is the best type of action movie both intelligent and quick moving. One can only hope that future movies in the series will follow the same outline. I viewed this film in the special two-disc edition that includes the director commentary, an extended viewing mode with 17 incorporated branching featurettes and a number of special features introduced by Singer on a second disc.

    Of the many comic book movies released in the last few years this is one of the best that I've seen. See it and enjoy....more info
  • Great concept, dreadful execution
    First I should say that I have never read the comic books and rented this movie hoping it would be a fun adventure.

    The concept is a good one. I like the idea of mutants with different abilities banding together in different camps to harm or help the rest of humanity. Magneto has the possibility of being a sympathetic, realistic bad guy because of his past (shown at the beginning of the movie) experiences.

    That is about all I can think of to say that's good. The movie starts slow, with lots of exposition, when you are introduced to the characters, you are not given any reason to particularly care about them, and it doesn't get any better from there. The bottom line is, the screenplay is terrible. It drags, there is never really much of a sense of suspense, and the characters are not presented in a way that one can pull for them, with the possible exception of Patrick Stewart's character, but he isn't in most of the action scenes. It's a shame, because with a great concept and some well-known actors, I would hope they would have better material to work with.

    I can imagine that this movie would appeal to young people who enjoyed the comic books and already like the characters and world. If not, or if you are looking for something genuinely entertaining without plot holes all over the place, it is probably a waste of time....more info
  • X-Men Fan...
    I loaned this DVD to a friend and they didn't want to give it back, so I got another so I will have the triology. This movie is action packed, and the men are easy on the eyes!!!...more info
  • I LOVE THE MOVIE
    I was so excited that it finally came in the mail but it was broken. it didnt even play the full movie. I love the movie in the theaters so wanted to get on dvd. ...more info
  • Where It All Began
    When this movie first came out, it was like "FINALLY! X-Men on the big screen!" Had they attempted to pull it off when X-Men was first invented in the early 60's, it would have fallen short, but modern special effects and filming techniques complemented the movie nicely. And Wolverine, one of the most popular and awesome superheroes of all time, gets played by someone PERFECT for the role... Hugh Jackman! Come to think of it, I have no complaints regarding the entire cast selection. If you like superheroes and action movies, you owe it to yourself to watch X-Men. And bonus, they made a sequel, and a third for us to enjoy! I can't wait to watch it again......more info
  • X-Men
    We did not receive this item. We would rather not rate this item since it was never received... We consider it a zero star not even 1 star....more info
  • THE EDITION YOU WANT "IF" YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT YET!
    I bought this DVD for my teenage children but I found myself as caught up as they were with this very tight, character-driven action thriller. Director Bryan Singer gave this comic book adventure a very serious and believable tone which was complemented by the special effects designed to further the story rather than to give us headaches. This comic-book-derived epic literally appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. It speaks to the sense of estrangement within us all, that part that wishes for a place where acceptance and caring can be found and depended on. In this case that place is exemplified by the "Xavier School for Gifted Children". On this basis, the film touches a broad audience and the resultant enthusiasm is no fluke.

    SPECIFIC FEATURES OF PURCHASING X-MEN 1.5 - If you already have this on DVD you need not go to the extra expense of adding this edition to your collection. However, if you have it on video only, the difference in picture and sound quality is striking and worth the purchase price to have this movie on DVD. The specific features that require this separate release are basically very interesting fillers, but it does have interviews with most of the principal cast and Stan Lee. Historical material put into featurettes and thematically organized is of some value if you are really interested or were a fan in the 1960s or 70s [like me] and need a refresher course on the X-Men without re-reading the comics.

    Probably my favorite DVD feature on the 1.5 version is the "Enhanced Viewing Mode", which provides a seamless and convenient way to see the deleted or edited scenes as well as 17 featurettes without stopping the film and at a relevant point in the movie. Of course if you don't want to be distracted from the normal playing of the film you need not engage this feature or you can choose which detours you wish to take. This is very nicely done. It can, however, be distracting if it is your first viewing.

    All-in-all I am very impressed with the quality of this DVD and its features. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the genre as this movie is the best of its class....more info
  • I needs me some Kelsey!!!
    It was a lot better than I thought it would be and has definitely raised the bar for all other Marvel movies to come,in every aspect of film making. Sure it was different in someways than the book, but it could stand alone from them and more importantly it was good. As much as I liked the cheesy 70's and 80's Marvel movies(like Dr. Strange starring Peter Wooten in the title roll, thank you very much), Marvel movies to come will have to measure up to this one. And that's a good thing because sometimes Marvel doesn't place as much emphasis on story telling quality as it does on marketing. But they made one stupendous,unforgivable error. They left out Hank McCoy,aka The Beast! Woe betide them! I'm looking forward to a sequal, and I'll really enjoy it more if it contains the only X-Man who can fight crime in his swim trunks,differentiate between Keats & Yeats,type his doctoral thesis with his toes, the thinking man's Tarzan...........The Bombastic BEAST!!!
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  • Amazing Cast-Amazing Movie
    Based on the heroes from Marvel comics, X-Men is a wonderful sci-fi film, which brings to the screen the struggle for supremacy between two rival groups of mutants while an undeclared state of war with the humans looms in the background.
    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen and Halle Berry (BOTH of whom are GORGEOUS!), and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows (the chemistry is AMAZING)! Very well written and very well presented, it allows for a highly entertaining movie that can be watched over and over again!
    The setting, the plot, the dialogues and the music are all out of this world!
    In short, X-Men is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection (if you haven't done so already)!
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  • Great movie--Absolutely Stunning Sound and Picture!
    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....more info

  • X men
    Title: XMEN
    Rating:PG-13 for sci/fi action violence
    Grade:B-
    This live action adaptation of Stan Lee's famed comic book packs quit a punch...for really hard core fans. I admit, it was a fairly exceptional movie, but lacks a certain...flavor. The most exciting feature is the great special effects, they can really take you away, but the movie suffers when the character Sabertooth is introduced. The acting of this character was terrible, and the character in general is ludacris.I recommend you see this movie, but only once...more info
  • X men
    B+ Xmen is a supernatural thriller involving shapeshifters, human toads and more. This adaptation of the aclaimed marvel comic series proves to be exciting and enpowering. Although it lacks much of the comics flavor, it has some awsome special affects. The film is not entirely true to the comics, though it has some recognizable outlines, such as the phrase "yellow spandex"...more info
  • In Retrospect, the Father of Modern Comic Book Films
    The first X-Men film is not really perfect, but in terms of it's timing and what it meant might be coming down the pike with regards to cinematic interpretations of comic books (specifically Marvel comics) it is pretty darn close to perfect. Lets face it, this is the harbinger of the comic book movie age that has, like it or not, made some exciting and high-grossing films. I personally think the majority of comic book movies fail and could care less about how much money they make, but X-Men is a bit more than that. It's a very good movie too.

    I didn't get a chance to see this in theaters but that actually served the film well in terms of how I viewed the hype. I didn't care because so many did...that's the old punk in me in guess. So I waited and received the film as an early Christmas gift the following year. I actually watched it Christmas eve and found it to be incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

    It begins by showing us a young boy being separated from his parents at a German concentration camp in Poland. His parents are going into the camp and will be killed. The boy is desperate to save them and as the German soldiers hold him down he reaches out and somehow begins to bend the metal gates that close in his parents before being struck down by the [...] of one of the soldiers' guns. The boy is Eric Lehnsherr, one of the great all-time Marvel comic villains known as Magneto. In one fell swoop, Bryan Singer does something that I've always been glad X-Men writers did consistently, and that is allow us to sympathize with this villain.

    We are then introduced to the primary plot of a modern day Senator bent on the granting the government the ability to force registration of all mutants. Then it shows how telepathic and mind manipulating mutant Charles Xavier and his old friend and rival Magneto fundamentally disagree on how mutants as a race must react to this oncoming repression. This is followed by the introduction to our primary protagonists; Rogue, a young girl who drains the life of all people her skin makes contact with, and Wolverine, an enhanced mutant with the ability to heal himself enough that his body endured somking of skeletal replacement surgery. His skeleton is made of an indestructible metal and he also has claws made of this metal that break through his skin anytime he wants to kill someone. Great characters that Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman are able to portray well here. Again, Singer introduces these characters with relatable depth.

    In short, Magneto wants to destroy humanity and the X-Men must stop him in an environment where they are not appreciated in the least by the public. Singer attempts to make sociological insights on those terms in addition to bringing great character depth. When you consider the number of characters and the length of the movie, these are not easy tasks to say the least. Then again, when watching the Usual Suspects it's quite obvious Singer has a knack for just this sort of thing.

    X-Men is a very good movie but I won't give it five stars because it also contains some fairly annoying dialogue that I absolutely refuse to forgive. For example, the character Storm asks the villain Toad what happens when a toad is hit by lightning and answers her own question by saying "the same as everything else." It's not funny or witty. It serves no purpose other than to make Storm look like a big cheese ball, and that isn't really fair. Not to mention, who really cares what happens to a toad when it gets electrocuted and why is that even a question to begin with? Let's just watch the lightning bolt strike and see toad explode. That is really just a nit-picking though, as X-Men is still a very good movie and it actually gets more and more important in terms of movie history with time. ...more info
  • Fabulous Fan Find!
    The edition of the first X-men movie has great bonus features and interviews that will appeal to all X-fans. ...more info
  • Where is Chris Claremont
    I can't beleive this was at all based on the comic. Where do I even begin? This movie has taken all of the good elements out of the comic and replaced it with utter crap.
    As far as the casting goes Wolverine probably got the best treatment. Jean and Cyclops were also good though they did not get the screen time they deserved. Who in the world came up with Halle Berry as Storm? She can't act her way out of a paper bag. Not to mention the bad accent. If she could not keep it all the way through she should not have done it. Anna Paquin was also a horrible idea. What happened to the southern accent that Rouge was famous for?
    A lot of this can be blamed on the writing. Rouge has no history with Mystique and Wolverine has no history with Sabertooth. Even worse than that is the relationship with Rouge and Iceman. Iceman and Rouge were not even at the mansion at the same time. But all of these gripes aside this movie still sucked. I have to wonder if Chris Claremont had any say....more info
  • Utterly disappointed.
    First off, I'm not going to say anything about the quality of the video or anything, because I'm not concerned with things like that.

    I got X-Men and X-Men2, along with another movie, at a Used Sale, all for about $10. I had never seen any of these movies, and, as a fan of the recent animated series, X-Men Evolution, I decided to give the movies a try.
    And maybe my expectations were too high, but I thought that they were both horrific movies. The acting was okay. Hugh Jackman was an excellent choice for Wolverine, and he did a nice job. Ian McKellen also did very well as Magneto, I think. The rest of the acting was mediocre to upsetting.

    Not only that, the characters barely had any personality. All the viewer knows about Jean Grey is that she's smart and pretty and nice. Scott Summers (Cyclopes) loves Jean. (That's really the only emotion that he is allowed to show.) Rogue is a little girl frightened of her powers. Logan (Wolverine) is a tough cookie. Everything the movie tells us about them is just simple, stereotypical, on-the-surface facts. The characters have no individual personality. They all seem to have the same sense of humor, say the same things... blah blah blah. So the script was terrible.

    The one thing I can give you is that the story was great, but credit to that goes to the comic. So. I'll have to take that compliment back. There was absolutely nothing good about this movie.

    Well... the computer graphics were pretty good....more info

  • X-Men (2000)
    In the 1940s, the world entered into one of the darkest ages of recorded history. War had broken out all over the globe and no person was left unaffected by its pains and demands. Many different terrors grew out of the war with one of the most horrific being the Holocaust. During these dark days of humanity, Hitler and his Nazi followers collected and systematically exterminated every Jewish person they could find in what was one of the first organized attempts at genocide known to modern-day man. Families were split apart, children ripped from the arms of their parents while infants were tossed into nearby fires. Every scrap of humanity was stripped away, even their names, which were replaced by numbered tattoos as they were branded like cattle. It was during these times that the epic story of the interactions between Mutants and the human race begins....Read the Rest:

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  • In Retrospect, the Father of Modern Comic Book Films
    The first X-Men film is not really perfect, but in terms of it's timing and what it meant might be coming down the pike with regards to cinematic interpretations of comic books (specifically Marvel comics) it is pretty darn close to perfect. Lets face it, this is the harbinger of the comic book movie age that has, like it or not, made some exciting and high-grossing films. I personally think the majority of comic book movies fail and could care less about how much money they make, but X-Men is a bit more than that. It's a very good movie too.

    I didn't get a chance to see this in theaters but that actually served the film well in terms of how I viewed the hype. I didn't care because so many did...that's the old punk in me in guess. So I waited and received the film as an early Christmas gift the following year. I actually watched it Christmas eve and found it to be incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

    It begins by showing us a young boy being separated from his parents at a German concentration camp in Poland. His parents are going into the camp and will be killed. The boy is desperate to save them and as the German soldiers hold him down he reaches out and somehow begins to bend the metal gates that close in his parents before being struck down by the [...] of one of the soldiers' guns. The boy is Eric Lehnsherr, one of the great all-time Marvel comic villains known as Magneto. In one fell swoop, Bryan Singer does something that I've always been glad X-Men writers did consistently, and that is allow us to sympathize with this villain.

    We are then introduced to the primary plot of a modern day Senator bent on the granting the government the ability to force registration of all mutants. Then it shows how telepathic and mind manipulating mutant Charles Xavier and his old friend and rival Magneto fundamentally disagree on how mutants as a race must react to this oncoming repression. This is followed by the introduction to our primary protagonists; Rogue, a young girl who drains the life of all people her skin makes contact with, and Wolverine, an enhanced mutant with the ability to heal himself enough that his body endured somking of skeletal replacement surgery. His skeleton is made of an indestructible metal and he also has claws made of this metal that break through his skin anytime he wants to kill someone. Great characters that Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman are able to portray well here. Again, Singer introduces these characters with relatable depth.

    In short, Magneto wants to destroy humanity and the X-Men must stop him in an environment where they are not appreciated in the least by the public. Singer attempts to make sociological insights on those terms in addition to bringing great character depth. When you consider the number of characters and the length of the movie, these are not easy tasks to say the least. Then again, when watching the Usual Suspects it's quite obvious Singer has a knack for just this sort of thing.

    X-Men is a very good movie but I won't give it five stars because it also contains some fairly annoying dialogue that I absolutely refuse to forgive. For example, the character Storm asks the villain Toad what happens when a toad is hit by lightning and answers her own question by saying "the same as everything else." It's not funny or witty. It serves no purpose other than to make Storm look like a big cheese ball, and that isn't really fair. Not to mention, who really cares what happens to a toad when it gets electrocuted and why is that even a question to begin with? Let's just watch the lightning bolt strike and see toad explode. That is really just a nit-picking though, as X-Men is still a very good movie and it actually gets more and more important in terms of movie history with time. ...more info
  • "X" Definitely Marks the Spot...
    After several attempts to bring movies based on Marvel Comics heroic characters to the big screen failed, "Captain America", "The Punisher" (Dolph Lungdren's version from 1992), and 1994's lost in limbo "Fantastic Four", not to mention numerous legal battles and the fact that technologically speaking Hollywood wasn't ready, it seemed as if all hope was lost that comic fans would get to see their icons on the big screen. Then a miracle occured, and an ambitious, young director named Bryan Singer (director of "The Usual Suspects") approached 20th Century Fox studios to direct a feature length film based on the comic book exploits of everyone's favorite group of mutants, the X-Men. Fox, to everyone's surprise, gave the film the ok to begin production, after assembling an A-list cast that includes; Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, and Ian McKellan, it was finally time to do justice to Marvel Comics' legendary team.

    "X-Men" focuses on one of the X-Men's most popular characters, Wolverine (a then unknown Hugh Jackman), as he struggles to find himself and help a young runaway named Rogue (Anna Paquin). As Wolverine and Rogue join up with this team of mutants known as the X-Men, who led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) believe that humans and mutants can co-exist peacefully, a group of renegade mutants led by Magneto (Ian McKellan), who don't feel the same way towards humans, are attempting to mutate everyone on Earth into mutants so Magneto may lead the world into a mutant utopian society. However, Magneto's methods are not quite human friendly, and the X-Men must stop Magneto before it's too late.

    Once the credits rolled at the end of the movie, I knew, and everyone else knew that this awesome movie would open the gates and allow future comic book movies to be made once again, and not just Marvel comics, but DC Comics (who hadn't had a movie since "Batman & Robin") as well. "X-Men" with Bryan Singer's help, proved that comic book movies are big business as long as the source material is treated with respect and done properly from a more realistic approach.

    "X-Men" was a very well written, directed, and acted movie that gave comic book fans and audiences in general something that everyone could enjoy. For comic book fans there were some minor gripes about changes made to some of the characters origins, but nothing significant enough to take away from how great this movie was, or what it would mean for other comic book characters being brought to life on the big screen.

    "X-Men" is rated PG-13 for violence and language....more info
  • X-Men
    I bought this DVD to replace a VHS tape. The film is great and a must have....more info
  • Humans are not the ones mankind should fear...
    This fantastic sci-fi/action film made in 2000 is a good versus evil super hero type.

    The movie opens with a scene out of World War II that shows people who are born different from the ruling society, being treated cruely. One of these people turns out to be the villianous character, Magneto (Ian McKellen). Magneto holds a grudge against mankind and has an accomplice, Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) who can change into many shapes and forms.

    We are introduced to Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart)who runs a school for mutants that teaches them to harness their powers for the good of mankind. These mutants possess extraordinary and dangerous powers which are the result of genetic mutations. Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) grows metal weapons from his fists. Cyclops (James Marsden) unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm (Halle Berry) can manipulate the weather. Rogue (Annna Paquin) absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But these mutants must protect those who fear them as Magneto reveals his plan for the future!

    I wanted to see all the X Men movies as my friend is currently working on the prequel, "Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman in Australia and I promised him I would view them all.

    This film has enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. The special effects are amazing! The sound on the DVD is so realistic on a home theater system that it had my heart pounding! I was thoroughly amazed with this movie. It is only 104 minutes, but packs so much action you're never bored. Watch it, you'll be totally amazed!


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  • Sci-Fi at its best
    If you don't care for the sci-fi or comicbook adventures brought to the big screen, then you won't like this. But if you do, this is a must-have. Great cast, scrip, and CG make this an excellent movie. And in my house, widescreen is the only way to view a movie!...more info
  • Great!
    X-Men has proven itself as a movie that doesn't get old, no matter how many times it is seen. I have watched this movie many times and it still isn't boring, that is the best thing that can be said about movie. That it has a long life and can still be enjoyed years after it's release, and X-Men definitely fits that category. But, what is not to like about this movie?

    The casting for it is perfect, Ian McKellen makes a great Magneto and Patrick Stewart makes a perfect Professor Charles Xavier. The same things can be said for everyone in the movie and who they were cast as in the film. It is done so perfectly, it adds to the story and makes me wonder if this movie would have been as powerful as it is if other people were cast in this film. Let's not forget the special effects that are used in this movie. That is definitely eye candy for sure. The mutant powers look great when they are used in this movie and look realistic. It is really cool to see Wolverine's adamantium claws first slowly come out in the bar.

    The story doesn't follow the comics as well as I had hoped they would. The biggest example I could see in the film is that Wolverine and Sabertooth don't know each other prior to their meeting in this movie, but in the comic, they have known each other for years. Despite the lack of being 100% like the comic, this movie makes a story of it's own and the previous story isn't really needed. It is so compelling in the way it is told, it can be forgiven for its very small mistakes for sure. This is definitely a have to see movie. If you haven't by now, you need to!
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  • Has its good and bad points
    As an adaptation, I think, this outing from Marvel's partnerships with Hollywood isn't quite as good as the first two Spiderman films. Of course, the special effects are splendid (Storm calling up the weather, Magneto at work, his henchman Toad hopping about flourishing an incredible tongue, shapechanger Mystique, and Wolverine's claws, to name a few), and Patrick Stewart as Prof. Xavier was an inspired casting choice. But there's a certain darkness to the movie that isn't just about Marvel angst (I would have preferred to see the costumes from the original comics rather than a generic uniform, for one thing). What's more, the focus is less on the X-Men as a whole than on Wolverine (perhaps to be expected considering his fan base!) and Magneto. And even without being able to read Magneto's mind, it seems that a genius like Xavier, with the advantage of his long acquaintance with Magneto, would at least entertain the possibility that it's Rogue, not Wolverine, that he wants. (Wolvie, after all, has apparently been out and about for a while before we meet him by way of Rogue, the newly-fledged Mississipian mutant who has run away from home in terror of what her powers do to people.) On the other hand, Magneto is a villain with whom one can almost sympathize (especially considering that we learn early on that he survived the Nazi Holocaust and therefore fears that mutants may be the target of another such program--or should that be pogrom?). I'm hoping that the subsequent chapters will give Cyclops, Jean Gray, and Storm more chance to shine. On balance, though, it's a well-done action movie with a strong underlying message, and could well serve as a springboard for some good family discussions....more info
  • MST3K Fans Rejoice -- Rifftrax is Here!
    On the shadowy periphery of society lives a secret organization of mutants - despised, deformed and loathed, they live in fear of a nation that holds them in contempt. They are comic book fans. And one of their favorites is X-Men, which tells the tale of a secret organization headed by Professor Charles Xavier, master of the mysterious brain device known as Cerebro and ideological enemy of the metal-manipulating villain Magneto. It's all very neat-o.

    Featuring the extremely British performances of Patrick Stewart (Robin Hood: Men in Tights) and Sir Ian McKellan (Last Action Hero), X-Men tries its altogether best to maintain some shred of dignity even while adults with names like Cyclops and Storm leap around in spandex suits fighting other adults named Toad and Magneto. There's a lot to work with, so Mike enlisted the help of his MST3K co-star Bill Corbett for this hilarious RiffTrax!
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  • Great first movie rendition of a comic!
    I couldn't wait for this movie to hit the theaters. Likewise, I could wait to pick up the DVD. There are only a few criticisms to make if you, like me, grew up reading the X-men comics. For one, unlike their comic book superhero characters, the women (in particular, Storm and Jean) are much too weak. While on the flip side, traditionally weak characters like the Toad are made into formidable enemies with powers they never had in the comics. Although there is a real effort to make up for that in the sequels, it stood out in this one. For another, while many of the truly evil characters in the comics are loners with their own agenda, everyone unites under the leadership of the misguided Magneto in the movie (a sad fact that is not corrected in the sequels). Other than that (there are others but I won't bore you with the details), there are the small liberties with character profiles that one should expect when any piece of literature is brought to the big screen - like Rouge and Ice Man as teenagers instead of adults. Nevertheless, overall the movie is a great one in that it is a firs of its kind....more info
  • X-Men DVD
    Excellent DVD! It definitely kept me engrossed with the visualizations and interesting storyline. I cannot wait for the sequels. Received in perfect condition, and quick and easy transaction....more info
  • A fine film
    X-Men is the best comic strip adaptation I've seen to date. It has all the excitement and special effects that you'd expect, together with a class of acting that you don't see in many other films of this type.

    The story concerns the two factions of the X-Men. X-Men are mutations from normal humans. One is lead by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the other by Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen). Xavier believes the X-Men can work with humans. Magneto wants to destroy humanity and in a brilliant opening scene (shot in black & white) set during the 2nd world war we see he has some justification for this view. Patrick Stewart and in particular Ian McKellan are the main reasons to see this film. They add a certain gravitas to the proceedings that takes the movie to a different level. Having said that Hugh Jackman and the rest of the cast are all good.

    It always helps to have a good director and Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) does a great job. There are some excellent set pieces and the film is kept to a sensible length. This is well worth buying at the right price as it does hold up to repeated viewings.
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  • Great Package Deal
    The bare-Bones first X-men DVD had nothing on it except some worthless galleries and trilers. This time it has all the works. The movie itself it the worst of the 3 X-men movies, (not that its a bad movie). It has a simple super hero plot that tries to show that their is a mutant vs human world with all this war stuff oging on blah blah blah. it never really shows any of that but only talks about it a bit. mostly its a good fun movie that lets you into the world of the xmen. the great thing about this set is that you get alot of extra stuff. every character has a mini explination from the actor and there are some making of decs and trailers and a bunch of other stuff. Great deal....more info
  • Great action film!
    No need to go over too much or to spoil anything, because other reviewers have probably already done that. Fast paced, well shot, great acting, wonderful story, and wonderful direction. Recomended....more info
  • An Adventure Movie For The Intellectual
    I saw a picture on a TV guide (I believe) in 2000, with a picture of a man with three blades coming out of his hand. At first, I thought it was an ad for the newest Nightmare On Elm Street installment, until I noticed that it was Hugh Jackman in the upcoming movie "The X-Men". My mind gave the famous line of Emily Litella: "Well, that makes it completely different. Never mind." After all, I had read and loved the X-Men comics when I was younger, and knew enough to know that Jackman was playing the Wolverine.

    This movie was as good as I could imagine it, and even better. It had the special effects and action you would expect in a comic book adaptation. But the movie appealed to the mind as much as to the eyes and nerves.

    This movie (and actually, the whole series) deals with the issue of prejudice and how to deal with it. In these movies, it is mutants that are the victims of this prejudice. The story line says it is a spurt of evolution; there is nothing to scientifically verify this. Nevertheless, the mutants are feared and persecuted.

    There are mutant protagonists, led by Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and mutant antagonists, led by Magneto (Ian McKellen). The difference between them is the response to the persecution. The protagonists seek to live quietly and peaceably with humans, having Xavier's school as a place for protection and refuge. The antagonists are ready to wage war with the persecutors.

    In this first installment, Magneto's goal is to transform humans into mutants, which he does to a Senator who wants to have mutants registered (not unlike the Jews in Nazi Germany, a comparison made in the first scene of the movie). The problem is that humans are unable to withstand the change and end up dying.

    I avoid detailed plot descriptions in my reviews so I spoil as few surprises as possible. I will say, though, that Magneto survives the first movie, not unlike Darth Vader surviving in the Star Wars movies. One thing I like about the movie, though, is that Magneto is not the type of villain you want to see killed. Magneto and Xavier are not true enemies, but adversaries who would admit the other is really a friend. I am the type of person who would rather see a villain reformed than executed.

    This movie is PG-13. The Senator's death, among other scenes, keep this from being a family movie. However, I have no problem with teenagers seeing this movie....more info
  • X-Men! X-Men! You impressed yet another customer!
    Well, this is an awesome movie. Many of my favorite characters are in it, like Wolverine and Magneto, my two favorite characters in the X-Men universe, and it is greatly well done and made quite good too. Oh, and you should have seen the fight scenes and humorous moments. They were out of this world all the way to Uranus! Okay, nuff said! Buy this movie and enjoy, fellow X-Men lovers!...more info
  • X-men
    I remember watching the X-men cartoon as a child. When I was twelve the first X-men movie came out. It was exciting to see all of the characters I had seen come alive. The basic plot of X-Men is simple. The general public is concerned about the mutant population. They suggest a mutant registration act, which would require all mutants to come forward and reveal themselves and their abilities. One mutant sees this as a threat, Magneto ( played very coldly as the the villian you love to hate by Sir Ian McKellen). He believes in a world where mutants are superior and are the next stage in evolution. Magneto long time friend Charles Xavier( played by Patrick Stewart) believes in a world where mutants and humans can live peacefully. Xavier runs a school that is a safe have for mutants. He has a team he has trained known as the X-Men, who are battling against Magneto and his schemes of world domination. It is an incredible movie, which was followed by two movies that were stellar.The cast is also joined by Famke Janseen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, and the marvelous Hugh Jackman. This is a timeless movie which will always have a special place in my life....more info
  • YOU CAN GET THIS SET OF DVDs AND MORE FOR A BETTER DEAL!!! READ ON...
    You can get this set of DVDs along with X2 and X2.5 in a set called The X-Men Collection. It's 4 DVDs for $35, but you can get it cheap used. I got the entire thing for $20 including shipping, barely more than this 2-disc set. Get the X-Men Collection instead, you'll be happier with it!...more info
  • what the hell
    yeah, ok, this is more of a question than anything else. anyone who has this movie, in the scene where the senator is walking out of the water onto the beach, turn up the volume. after they show the guy dumping suntan lotion on his girlfriend or whoever, and RIGHT before they show two african americans,listen REALLY closely to a child's voice in the background. i have asked several friends to confirm this and they all agree. a little kid says "is that a N*gg*r?" please help me out if anyones got information on this. i love the movie so i dont wanna believe its what i heard...more info
  • An informative political allegory
    X Men, the youthful animation that divides love and evil, is a good film, incorporating great special effects, not to mention the childish violence. But X Men really is a grave political allegiry, highlighting how the governments of the world sometimes thing they are making changes for the best, whilst the silent minority, in this case the mutants, think otherwise. Taking it on one level, this film is an entertaining, action-packed thriller, but one should really consider how the undertone of this animation reflects on a democracy whereby everyone should be considered, and not just the elite. Three stars; that really is all I'm giving....more info
  • Good start
    In X-men the movie we find a majority of the major x-men characters are there trying to save the world. However, the storyline has been done before. Therefore, it gets tiresome after about 30-40 minutes of watching the film. However, we do get to be introduced to most of the characters and see what their lives have turned out to be or what they are battling through in their personal lives. Other than that it is an average save the world type movie....more info
  • Loved it
    I will be looking forward to all xmen related movie coming up as I am an xmen fan. Love this move and I hope they do x-23 and a compliment to it. Want to know about that story type in x-23 in you books section and read up. The best story is Lost Innocence....more info
  • X-Men movie
    I have enjoyed ALL of the X-Men movies so this one is no exception. I'd recommend them all if you can find someone willing to give them up!...more info
  • X-Men 1
    I liked the second more but the first one sets up the background for the battle between good and evil. The battle is in each of us as well as us against them. I like the concept alot....more info
  • GREAT FLICK
    Not as good as X2, but still a great movie. I never owned the regular release of this movie, in fact I just got the "1.5" version of it like 2 weeks ago used in Hastings for like $10. Mabye the regular release was better, mabye this one is... I dont know, & since this is the one I got, I dont give a s#it either! For $10, you cant go wrong!!!...more info
  • Best Of The Bunch
    Of the three X-Men movies, this is my favorite. At the time of its release, it was fresh, new and ground breaking with its action scenes and special effects. The story line also stayed true to the comic book (somewhat), which is very rare in comic book adaptations. Don't watch the follow-up films until you watch the first one. It really is the jump-on point. Both comic book enthusiasts and non-comic book readers alike will like this film.

    Highly recommended flick in my book. Check it out.
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  • Great Movie
    I love this kovie, I really fan of the commics and see it on the TV was great....more info
  • X-Men 3 OK
    A little disappointing but OK. Didn't do the mutants' reputation very much good overall with the general public. My least favorite of the three X-Men movies.
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  • Welcome to Mutant High.
    "X-Men" is based on the Marvel comic-book series and hit the big screen in 2000. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars - amongst others - Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry and Rebecca Romijn.

    Mutants are seen as the next step in humankind's evolution and born with a slightly different genetic makeup - a variation that generally brings a superpower with it. You won't necessarily be able to tell just by looking at someone they're a mutant, however - in many cases, mutants look just like normal humans. In fact, only three of the characters in the film - Toad, Mystique and Sabretooth - look anyway different. In most cases, a mutant won't even know that they are a mutant until they reach puberty - which is generally when their powers 'switch on'. Throw in an unhealthy dose of widespread anti-mutant sentiment, and an over-complicated adolescence gets even worse.

    Rogue is one such teenager. The poor girl enjoys her first kiss, and sees her young boyfriend collapse into a coma. Unfortunately for Rogue, her mutant superpower is destined to make her lonelier than most : skin-on-skin contact with another human will see her absorbing that person's life-force. (Although she doesn't know it at first, touching another mutant will also see her - briefly - gaining that mutant's superpower). In a blind panic, she flees - running more or less randomly to small-town Alaska. There, she finally has a bit of luck - when she runs into Wolverine, a cagefighter who's also a mutant. Originally known as Logan, Wolverine has an adamantium skeleton, a very sensitive nose, and a hyperactive healing factor. (You can injure him - he just won't stay injured for very long). However, he doesn't have much of a past - Wolverine's life is a mystery even to him. Unfortunately, the pair have barely made their introductions before they're dragged into a war...

    On their way out of town, Rogue and Wolverine are attacked by Sabretooth - a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants, led my Magneto. Luckily, two X-Men called Storm and Cyclops arrive to help, and take the pair back to their base in New York State. The initial assumption is that Magneto wanted Wolverine for some reason. The X-Men's leader - Professor Charles Xavier, the world's most powerful telepath and a one-time friend of Magneto's - wants to find out why. He asks Wolverine agrees to stay a little while and, in return, the Prof will try to help Logan remember his past. Rogue, meanwhile, is enrolled at the Professor's School for Gifted Youngsters. The school could be viewed as a cover of sorts : the Professor's abilities are not public knowledge, though the 'gifted youngsters' are actually mutants. The purpose of the school is to train young mutants how to properly - and responsibly - control and use their powers. The Professor also believes humans and mutants can live peacefully, side-by-side - Magneto, on the other hand, disagrees.

    Magneto is not alone in his belief : Senator Kelly - a 'standard', though influential, human - sees mutants as something to be feared and, therefore, requiring control. The Senator very strongly advocates the Mutant Registration Act, though he wants even more than that. "If it were up to me", he says "I'd lock them all away". If it weren't for people like Kelly raising the stakes and talking of imprisoning people without trial, this war may never have needed fought...

    A cracking superhero movie overall. There's a bit more of Wolverine than any of the other heroes, though there is a heavy side-order of Rogue - who I liked a lot more onscreen, than did in print. (I was very impressed with Paquin's performance as Rogue, and also Romijn as Mystique. A member of the Brotherhood of Mutants, Mystique is a shapeshifter. However, while she doesn't look human in her natural form, she does look very cool). The sparring between Cyclops and Wolverine also worked very well, and provided a few comic moments. I wasn't too impressed with Storm, though - her contribution to the movie was pretty much non-existent. That may well have been down to the writing, but I'm not sure Halle Berry was all that bothered about making the most of her screen-time. Still, other than that, a very enjoyable show. ...more info
  • Damm good movie
    Another well made remake of classic comic books. The Plots is good, the characters believable and interesting, and the powers simply amazing. I also loved the second movie, and cant wait to get the next one. If you love the comics you will love this movie and if you don't youll still love this movie for the pure cinomatography of it....more info

 

 
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