X-Men (Widescreen Edition)
X-Men (Widescreen Edition)

 
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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 10/02/2007

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

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • x-men 2-the greatest comic movie ever!
    amazon only lets us review one part of a whole set so theres a better chance youll buy more stuff if you like the first review.i guess theyre more interested in $ than the freedom of speech and not ripping off its customers.so im going to review them both right here.in part one,wolverine who has acute senses,admantium blades and a extremely fast regenerative power is hurt and rescued by the x-men who are a team of highly evolved people with extraordinary talents.he was with rogue when he was recruited who can touch people and see there thoughts and drains mutants abilities.thier leader is professer x.one of the guys from star trek.he is insanely telepathic.while there at mutant school,he meets cyclops with eye lasers and jean grey who also does the telepathic thing.theyre enemies are magneto who controls anything metal,sabretooth-a cat like he-man,toad with a very long and powerful tongue.like 4 or 5 feet and can throw people.magneto has a special machine that could suck all mutants powers into his captive rogue and then take over from there.a battle goes down up top the statue of liberty.then in the second part,which i give 5 stars,another bad mutant who works for magneto named mystique uses nightcrawlers9a good teleporting mutant]body to attack the white house so the x-men will get the blame.magneto who is trapped in a plastic prison pulls the iron in his guards blood to rip him apart and escapes.the guy who aided his escape is a big shot goverment type who wants the mutants dead.his son is a mutant who can control otheres minds.but the dad can control him with a special machine.so they try to use the kid to control professer x into using his cerebro invention to kill all mutants.theres a big fight,blahblah blah.mystique is totaly naked except for blue dye and little rubber suction thingys allover her body.sabretooth is played by the lucha libre star taylor mane.thats spanish for professinal wrestling.they are both good but 2 is way better.jean grey is a semi hot red head.if the creators really wanted to go over the top spectacular with this set theyd finish telling the story.jean grey does come back as an extremely powerful mutant called phoenix.she is powerful enough to take over the world but doesnt want to since shes good.but then she gets turned into the dark phoenix.also ,there are many many cool characters not even explored yet.theres juggernaut-a giant kind of like hulk but smarter.apocalypse-a more powerful and giant version of the t-1000 from terminater 2.giant robotic mutant hunters called sentinals.the blob-a giant fat guy whose mirth absorbs most any blow.longshot-a good guy who has incredible luck all the time.archangel-with paralytic darts and razor wings.the beast-more agile than spider man,genius and colored a lot like sullivan from monsters inc.havoc-he can concentrate something and blow stuff up.even a mountain if he really really tried.gambit can charge things and use them explosively.bobby drake from part 2 later becomes a far more powerful ice man.firestar who shoots fire.a lot like pyro in part 2.there are many many more too.at least 30.they even travel to the future for numerous outstanding stories.my point being,while both of these movies rock!they could make at least 3 more totaly awesome ones and a whole string of sequels some even involving psycic vampires and the like.wolverine did the best acting in part one but was outshined by pyro in the 2nd one.pyro can control flames.ie:in one scene he lights a lighter and uses it to blast a team of cops away so he can escape.that scene was the best scene of both parts.there is this subtle ww2 minority rise up against the white kind of undertone but its expected with hollywood.in the best scene i talked about,wolverine gets shot in the head at point blank,hits the ground and is up within a minute.i guess the only star is the dude from star trek.so these are his 2 best movies.all his others suck.the special effects are very cool.pyro and nightcrawler put on some dazzling displays.ive already given some ideas for sequels but will recap.1-apocalypse vs the x-men,2-the dark phoenix saga,3-time travel to the vampire world of the future,4-sentinals vs the x-men,5-time travel story where the x-men are eventualy betrayed and wiped out by a friend,and even when the battled kang who in the very distant future rules the world and sets out to conquer all time!i give the real deal and the real deal is if you dont get all this and more youre getting screwed....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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • A good movie in a good set of movies
    My son is a superhero fan and had seen X-Men 2 and 3. We really wanted to see how it all started so we hunted down X-Men 1 and were glad we did. It is well done with good character development. If you like superheros, you will really like all the movies of the X-Men...more info
  • The first battle of the mutants
    "X-Men" takes place in the not-so-distant future when random genetic mutations have created a sub-race of human species with special powers. Not surprisingly, the non-mutated population fears the power and motives of this largely hidden subculture, and Congress is divided about the laws it needs to enact in a not-so-subtle allusion to the McCarthy Era hearings. Two powerful mutants and former friends, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) face this threat in opposing manners. Xavier runs a secret school to nurture young mutants and their talents, to give them a place to fit in, while Magneto seeks to jumpstart the evolutionary process in an attempt to mutate all humans. Xavier's X-Men - Cyclops (James Marsden), Storm (Halle Berry), Dr. Grey (Famke Janssen), and newly outed Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) - set out to stop Magneto and rescue perhaps one of the most powerful newcomers to the school, Rogue (Anna Paquin), who has the mutant ability to temporarily absorb the life force of others.

    The comic book and therefore the film asks the viewer to swallow much disbelief. If you can ignore the plot holes (such as why each mutant has an individualized superhuman power), then this film is lots of fun. The special effects are good, and the action is high-intensity. The chemistry between Stewart and McKellan is compelling, as it is between Jackman and Paquin. Marsden and Jackman share some humorous exchanges, but Marsden does not bring enough to his role, though the thin script is partly to blame. Much of the story focuses on Wolverine and, to a lesser extent, on Rogue instead of on the other characters. Watch this film in surround sound for maximum effect.

    While all the elements of this film should make it a five-star action movie, director Bryan Singer fails to give it heart. Sometimes it seems as though the film is going through the motions of trying to thrill the audience without making sure we are emotionally invested in its outcome. Issues of prejudice, persecution, and responsibility run underneath the action, a welcome addition. Really, though, this film is about fighting the bad guys, and it's here where it succeeds most....more info
  • 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

  • The start of a great movie series
    Looking back on this movie now, after having watched a plethora of super hero movies, I can honestly say this is a decent movie, but not a GREAT one.

    This movie was actually one of my first introductions to the world of super heroes (I'd only previously seen the first two Spider-Man movies before watching this and hadn't ever picked up a comic book) so I look back on it with a sense of nostalgia if nothing else. The plot is essentially the essence of the X-Men comics: people who were born different vying for acceptance in a world that fears and hates them, while attempting to stop the "villain" from carrying out his evil plot. (I say "villain" because I'm not really sure if Magneto counts as a villain, if you get right down to it. He and Professor Xavier are basically two sides of the same coin. But, I digress.) It has generally good acting, with one or two exceptionally excellent or horrid performances, and the script...well, it works, usually. What this movie is, more than anything, is a setup for X2, which is by far the best of the series and (in my opinion) one of the better super hero movies in existence. But this first X-Men movie is a solid effort, and a fun watch, if only because Ian McKellen or Patrick Stewart are in it (for the movie buffs) or because there are explosions (for the action fan). And even I, who is generally underwhelmed by the character of Wolverine, have to admit that Hugh Jackman played him perfectly. The only other part I've seen so well-cast is Aragorn of The Lord of the Rings....more info
  • the First Marvel Masterpiece
    From the pages of Stan Lee's legendary comic book series is the motion picture Event "X-MEN" the team of mutant superheroes who protect those who fear them. One of the Greatest Superheroe movies of all time, extrodonary, fantastic with spectacular visual effects. One of the Best films of 2000. Starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Halle Berry as Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professser X, James Marsden as Cyclops and Famkee Jamenson as Jean Grey. X-Men becomes a trilogy with the release of X-Men: the Last Stand. "Are you sure your on the right side"...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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  • 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 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
  • 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
  • X-Cool
    I thought X-men was great. I also saw X2 X-men United. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was my favorite character. I also liked Magneto (Ian Mckellen). I hope everybody enjoys this movie. I gave this 4/5 stars....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
  • I must have received a bootleg version
    The additional features on this disk don't work. When trying to access them, your given a totally different thing. I think this package was actually a bootleg version, cuz the package and other disk features are different from the BlockBuster rental version....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • X-Men is X-cellent!
    When I look back at the summer of 2000 there's really only two films that come to mind; Ridley Scott's Gladiator (which I loved), and Bryan Singer's X-Men. Which in my opinion, was the best comic book movie adaptation (at least at that time), even beating out Batman for the top spot. X-Men seemed to deliver just the right amount of big-scale action, humor and sci-fi imaginings that made the film accessible to anyone, whether they were die-hard comic book fans, or not. And at that particular time, I was not, but now I am a huge comic book fan.

    When I was really young (around four or five) I used to be into Superman and Batman, so I was more of the D.C. Comics type of kid. I watched those old 40's Max & Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons, the George Reeves 50's black and white Superman TV show, and of course the Christopher Reeves films, and both the Batman and Superman animated TV series of the early-mid 90's (which I still love), heck I even watched the 60's Batman TV show with Adam West (remember back before he was the Mayor of Quahog?). I didn't really get into Batman until Tim Burton came out with his film in '89. But despite all of these things I still wasn't a "comic book kid". I never went out and bought, or read comic books, but it wasn't until I saw Bryan Singer's X-Men, and to a greater extent Sam Raimi's Spider-Man that I became a real comic book fan. So for me X-Men is kind of a turning point in my interest with comic books and superheroes.

    X-Men has a number of things working for it. First off, the film is under a hundred minutes, and is very quick paced; never slow, or dull. Second, the casting is, well... excellent. Hugh Jackman is spot-on perfect for the character of Wolverine, who was always my favorite X-Men even before I saw the film. He's a tough character whose rough around the edges, but with a tender heart, but don't mess with him, because he'll tear you a new one, literally! Then there's Professor X (for Xavier), played by none other than Patrick Stewart. Honestly though, could you even image for a second for anyone else in this role? Because I certainly know I couldn't. Then there's "the bad guy"; Magneto, played by the great Sir Ian McKellan, needless to say he's great as well; a villain evoking both cold-blooded menace and intelligence. Then there's the rest of the cast which includes James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Halle Barry, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn (insert drooling sound here), Tyler Mane and Ray Park. All of them were great, well all except Halle Barry's wig and fake accent, but other than that it's hard to see anything wrong with this cast. And I for one am glad they decided to change the costumes a bit, because Wolverine just wouldn't have looked as kick-ass as he did if he was wearing yellow spandex, like in the comic books, but I thought the X-Men looked great in the black leather costumes.

    The plot of X-Men, in case you've been living under a rock, or just haven't seen the movie before is about two mutants (Wolverine and Rouge) who are rescued by two X-Men (Storm and Cyclops) and brought to a "school for the gifted" run by Professor X. It seems as if they are on the edge of a war between humans and mutants. Magneto has an evil, secret plan to...well, I ain't gonna spoil it for ya, you'll just have to see the movie. But X-Men isn't just a big summer action flick, filled with computer effects, no, X-Men is also well-acted and well-written. Any "popcorn" flick can have special effects, but not all of them deliver the solid performances and smart dialogue like X-Men does, and on top of that the film is also dark, stylish, exciting, and at times surprisingly funny. I couldn't have asked for a better comic book movie, and it still holds up after many viewings, many years later. This is excellent summer fun that's not dumbed down, and people of all ages, young and old, and both male and female alike and both fans and non-fans can enjoy....more info
  • Great Movie
    I love this kovie, I really fan of the commics and see it on the TV was great....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Blast
    Not many words needed to describe this wild and exciting ride with these unusual but intersting charaters....more info
  • An X-cellent Start to the Franchise
    Have yourself interesting characters and you have yourself an interesting film. It almost always works no matter the type of film at hand. Bryan Singer's X-Men is no exception to this rule as at the end of the day it is the characters themselves that make X-Men work. The film, which is based on the long-running comic book of the same name, stars Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, a mutant with unmatched telepathic abilities and the leader of a small group of fellow mutants known as the X-Men. After some very impressive introductions to a few of the film's main characters two of Xavier's X-Men are sent out to find the mutants known as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) before they can be captured by Magneto (Ian McKellen), another fellow mutant who is no longer willing to take the treatment of humans towards mutants (think of the Red Scare in the 1950s).

    Cyclops (James Marsden) and Storm (Halle Berry) are successful in their mission and in turn Wolverine and Rogue are brought back to Xaiver's school for gifted mutants. The two get introduced to the setting, and although they have their doubts about it (especially Wolverine), they both decide to give it a try with neither having any place else to turn. It is in the two new additions to the team that the film really shines. Both Jackman and Paquin give wonderful performances and really do steal the show, especially in their scenes together. They not only have the characters down pact to their comic book counterparts, but more importantly bring a level of humanness to the film when together, a trait which just hasn't been seen in recent comic book adaptations nor for that matter most action films as of late. They may be super-heroes but at the same time are still human enough that we can sympathize with the feelings of both. It is this that really sets apart X-Men from past comic book adaptations such as Superman, Batman and to some extent even Blade and Spawn. Whereas those super-heroes were put on platforms above society by the society they protected, the X-Men aren't appreciated for their services as most of the society protected by them are unaware of their existence, and the few who do know of it, only hate them out of fear. They may have superhuman strengths, but because their society doesn't see them as heroes, we are better able to identify with them as humans. This can even be said about the film's main villain (thanks in some part to the film's opening scene), Magneto, as in addition to understanding the reasons for his cause, we are also challenged as to whether or not we agree with those reasons.

    The film isn't perfect as it does have a few subtle problems. The most obvious is the underdevelopment of the other three X-Men: Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). While we get a decent look into Jean Grey and Cyclops through their very different relationships with Wolverine, the film fails to play on the relationship between the two despite their being romantically evolved. Storm is almost a non-factor in the film in terms of the plot, which was likely due to some last minute cutting of the film. Also coming into play in this area is the film's final showdown. It starts out impressively between the X-Men and Magneto's brotherhood of mutants, but fails to hit a high when it comes down to just the X-Men and Magneto. The score is also pretty weak when considering the classic themes that have accompanied both the Superman and Batman films and the techno score that accompanied Blade. But again, neither of these problems is earth shattering in light of the entire film.

    Other than that the film accomplishes everything else that could be expected from it. Both the special effects and action sequences are impressive, but at the same time never take over the story as they are instead molded to fit into just what the story requires at a given time. Nothing more, nothing less. The same can also be said about the supporting villains, Sabertooth (Tyler Mane), Toad (Ray Park), and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). Neither of the three are given the chance to take over the film, a la the Batman franchise, but all three move the plot along and are impressive to watch as well. Even the catch phrases and humor are kept to a minimal, and because of that they too carry a much more realistic feeling to them.

    In the end X-Men is different because it is about the imagined set in the real world, rather than the imagined set in an imagined world. By approaching nearly everything outside of the characters in a realistic manner and by presenting the characters as more human than supernatural the film is both easy to believe in and even easier to identify with. While it doesn't make X-Men the best film of the summer, it does make it one of the better films of the summer, and more importantly, one of the better films to have ever come out of the super-hero genre as it will please both fans and non-fans of the comic book. With the film also playing primarily as an introduction to the series things are bound to only get better.

    *** 1/2 (8.5/10)...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Nice Movie
    Bryan Singer started the superhero movies with X-Men. With a budget that was small considering the movie he was making X-Men is very good. Although it is not as good as the Spiderman movies or Batman Begins, X-Men is a fun movie to watch....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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Pretty bad -- really.
    Even for a movie based on a comic book, this one is pretty unwatchable, partly because it tries to take itself way too seriously. I saw "X-Men" shortly after seeing "Fantastic Four," and it suffers greatly by comparison. The only non-cardboard characters are Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin), and even then Wolverine was too much the nice guy instead of an antihero. This also may be Patrick Stewart's worst movie yet, and Ian McKellen doesn't come out much better. The other actors simply chew the scenery. And -- again, even for a comic book -- the plot holes are enormous. E.g., where did the billions of dollars come from to construct the underground complex at Xavier's private school? (I hate to think what the tuition bills are like. . . .) The original Superman and Batman flicks are proof that a good film of this type is possible....more info
  • Boredom and Tedium Ad Nauseam
    X-Men 1.5 is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

    So bad, in fact, that I'm unable to watch it a 2nd time -- in order to be 100% certain of my initial impression... (I mean, maybe I slept through a good part).

    A complete waste of time, money, talent, and the $10 spent on the DVD. It's amazing that a movie with such a good cast and production values can be such a dog.

    It's just that the WAY in which the story was told was REALLY BAD.

    Result -- Boredom and tedium ad nauseam....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
  • There is some pleasure beyond the numerous models
    The special effects are good. The characters are simple and varied enough to make us like that universe of monstrous mutants that look just like us but can turn into whatever they want. Welcome to Carrie, Christine, Firestarter, the Tommyknockers and many other Stephen King paranormal beings and situations. Of course, this film adds to that berserk universe a good old American wrapping but with a twist. The statue of liberty standing on its nice little island as the symbol of what it is called after and yet looking like a stiletto stabbing the sky and jutting out of a flat no man's seascape. The twist is in the fact that it is this very statue that is going to be the epicenter of the destruction of all the heads of states assembled at the United Nations for the general assembly of this world's forum. This American wrapping is the standard bigot position of a senator against mutants, against people who are different, who rejects them and kills them as fast as possible. And the twist is that this senator is kidnapped by the bad mutants, transmuted himself by them and then discarded to die in any odd place away from them. And before dying he is saved by the good mutants and he even comes to like them. Finally the main twist is that there are good mutants and in this film, temporarily, they win and save humanity from a cataclysm that would have destroyed both humanity and mutant-dom. Then the rest is not even sentimental episodes. It is pure action and mission and some fights, and a lot of visual special effects. That makes a nice entertaining film though on no matrix whatsoever except maybe the very very distant faraway relation to a certain Quasimodo in Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo: the ugly monster is the savior of the beautiful gypsy girl all the normal Parisians want to victimize and kill.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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  • I Can't Belive They Did This Right!
    I put off seeing this movie for a long time. I'm one of those fans that when I read a book I really, really love - whether a novel or comic book series - I usually hesitate to see the movie for fear of having it conflict with the way I already perceive the material in my mind's eye. Plus, comic book adaptations in particular have a rather spotty record in my opinion. The 80s/90s "Batman" live-actions were alright (except for the last one, which I only decided to break down and chance watching after being wowed by "X-Men" & "X2" and " Spider-Man") but weren't really true to the comics, and couldn't touch their level of quality. The Batman animated material, on the other hand, was a rare high mark for comic adaptations, they were very good, and though toned down and simplified for a younger audience, were overall true to the books. The Marvel adaptations - the early 90s "Captain America" movie, what I saw of the 90s animated "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" stuff...well, let's just say I found all the Marvel adptations prior to the last few years to be very unsatisfactory. To top it off, the ads for this movie made it look like it was going to be about as close to the comics as "The New Adventures Of Lois And Clark" was to the "Superman" comics, based on what I saw of it. Mystique and Toad way, way altered, the X-costumes gone and replaced by the black leather that for a while it looked like All the comics-derived characters were going to don (when I heard they were making "Spider-Man" I honestly expected them to stick him in some black leather get-up, with maybe a red mask or something) and so on...

    But eventually, I capitulated and decided to take a chance, and just view this as an alternate vision of the X-Men concept, without expecting it to match up too closely. Lo and behold! I couldn't believe my eyes as the movie started unfolding - they were actually getting it right! In spirit, only a couple of the characters - the aforementioned Mystique and Toad - were markedly different from their comic book selves, while the rest of them - Wolverine, Xavier, Jean Grey, Magneto (for the most part), Cyclops, Storm, Rogue - they got the heart and soul right; and they got the whole Feel of the x-Men concept pretty close to dead-on. With so much matching up right, things like getting the costumes all wrong no longer seemed so unbearable.

    Granted, there were a few things toned down or altered; Magneto's true origins, while tragic here, are presented less graphically for a wider audience. When you read enough of the actual comics you realize why it would have been a miracle for him to turn out any way other than how he eventually did. As for how he did turn out, while the filmmakers got his depth and drive, he came off as a bit more of a pure villain here than he usually does when handled right in the comics - he tends to waver closer to the cusp between hero and villain, and occasionally straddle or even cross it in the comics. And with Wolverine, it was a mistake the way they had his blood just magically evaporate or seep back into his body or however it disappeared when his wounds healed. His wounds do heal at a phenomenal rate, but the blood already spilled doesn't just 'go away'. I guess they figured it was the only way to show his healing power and make sure everyone understood what was going on.

    But these are minor quibbles when put against the movie as a whole; you could be picky and deduct a half point for this and a tenth of a point for that, or you could add up everything they did right and find you've got a ten out of ten before you're halfway down the list. Even the casting turned out to be brilliant. Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellan, for example are definately Not who I would have picked for Wolverine and Magneto, but they proved me wrong and made the parts their own.

    If you see this movie and like it (or love it) I'd also recommend X2 (naturally), Spider-Man (haven't seen the 2nd one yet so can't comment but it looks great), the animated Batman stuff, Darkman (not based on a comic but, made in 1990, it captured the spirit and feel of modern comics far better than any movie up to that point had), the X-Men comics (they've had a few rough periods over the decades but have usually been excellent, like they are currently), numerous other comic series (Spider-Man, Batman, Hawkman, Hulk, Superman, etc. - there's lots of trade paperback compilations of these right here on Amazon) and the Byron Preiss/Boulevard Books paperback (not comic book; it's all in prose) "The Ultimate Silver Surfer", featuring short stories by an array of authors, with "On The Beach" by John J. Ordover and "The Broken Land" by Pierce Askegren being among the best....more info
  • X-Men
    I bought this DVD to replace a VHS tape. The film is great and a must have....more info
  • X-men Dvd
    Good Product. Even better movie! Bryan Singer totally did this comic book justice in bringing it to the big screen. The second movie was even better than the first, but still doesn't take away from the first one as a single film. X-men was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid and the movie just made the story even better. The casting was great. The character building was perfect. The special affects were just right: enough to be sweet to the eye, but not overshadow the story or characters. Too bad Bryan Singer didn't stay on for the third movie. Oh well. He did great with Superman Returns....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
  • 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
  • Great!
    As a fan of the X-Men cartoon, I felt like this movie was a great adaptation. Most of the changes weren't at all disappointing and completely understandable. Singer even made jokes of some them, which were greatly appreciated. The one thing I felt could have been done better: the casting. Though Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman were perfect as Professor X and Wolverine, I think that Halle Berry as Storm and Famke Janssen as Jean Gray fell a bit short. Ian McKellan was another excellent choice as Magneto, however James Marsden as Cyclops just shows you how boring the character really is altogether. Despite casting troubles, I think that this is a great movie that's definitely worth owning and is a great first go at the X-Men movie franchise....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
  • An uncanny movie!
    Humanity is at a crossroads. Evolution has reared its head. There are human beings in the world today with extraordinary gifts and powers. These powerful beings are called "mutants." And their existence scares some people.

    In the United States, Senator Robert Kelly has introduced legislation that will require all mutants to "register" as such. He feeds the fear by telling his peers, and the public, some of what he's heard these mutants can do.

    Two of the most powerful mutants, Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X), and his old friend, Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), have different agendas of how best to deal with humanity's intolerance of mutants.

    The Professor believes that patience is a virtue in this case. Humanity will come around eventually, he believes. In the meantime, he has established a "School for the Gifted," where he teaches his students how to control and master their powers for the good of humanity.

    Magneto, on the other hand, believes that a war between humans and mutants is inevitable. Instead of waiting for it to happen, however, he wants to go on the offensive. If it's a war humans want, it's a war they will get. One way or the other, Magneto will see to it that the mutant race is the only race that survives.

    That, in a nutshell, is all you need to know before going to see this movie, though you could really no nothing at all and not have to worry. "X-Men" does an excellent job of setting the stage for those viewers who no nothing of the world of mutants.

    The X-Men universe has been around for a very long time, with several incarnations in both the comic book and cartoon series world. Each incarnation has its own version of the struggle between humanity and mutants, as well as its own telling of the backgrounds of the characters. There is a very rich history to draw from, with a possible cast of hundreds of mutants to draw from.

    One of the reasons I liked this movie so much is that director Bryan Singer didn't try to introduce too many mutants all at once. Although long-time mutant lovers would have loved it, novice mutant viewers would have been too overwhelmed to follow the story. Instead, the main storyline was limited to just a handful of mutants (Professor X, Magneto, Rogue, Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Dr. Jean Grey, Sabertooth, Toad, and Mystique). However, he also treated long time X-Men fans to a glimpse of many other mutant favorites (including Iceman, Pyro, Jubilee, and Kitty to name a few).

    I also thought the casting of this movie was near perfection. Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) made such a great Professor X that you almost begin to think that the comic book character was originally written with him in mind. Ian McKellan (Lord of the Rings) as Magneto was also a great choice. Fanke Janssen (Dr. Jean Grey), Anna Paquin (Rogue), and Rebecca Romijn (Mystique) were also very well choices.

    However, my favorite casting decision has got to be Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I don't know who it was that saw the potential he had to play this part, but it was very much the right call. Of all the characters, the casting of Wolverine is the one that could have broken the entire movie for long time X-Men fans. Thankfully, Jackman was the perfect choice and we were treated to a great portrayal.

    I know some long time X-Men fans were disappointment that his or her favorite mutant did not make it into the movie. However, there is great potential for not only more X-Men movies (at the time of this review, X2: X-Men United has already been released and pre-production work is currently in progress for X-Men 3), but also for more specialized mutant movies focusing on one, two, or three mutants at a time (right now, rumors are circulating about a movie featuring Wolverine and one featuring Storm). If done correctly, this franchise can last for many, many years.

    The original VHS version also comes with three extras that are rare of videos: 8 deleted scenes, an interview with director Bryan Singer, and animated storyboards.

    Boiled down: "X-Men" has terrific action, great special effects, good casting, a solid plot, and is a lot of fun. I truly recommend that you add this to your movie collection.
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