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X Men 2 [DVD] [2003]

Hugh Jackman|Halle Berry|Ian Mckellen|Patrick Stewart , Bryan Singer    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman|Halle Berry|Ian Mckellen|Patrick Stewart
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KGCN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellan) is still a prisoner of the US government, heroic bad-boy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is up in Canada investigating his mysterious origin, and the events at Liberty Island (which occurred at the conclusion of X-Men) have prompted a rethink in official policy towards mutants--the proposed Mutant Registration Act has been shelved by US Congress. Into this scenario pops wealthy former Army commander William Stryker, a man with the President's ear and a personal vendetta against all mutant-kind in general, and the X-Men's leader Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in particular. Once he sets his plans into motion, the X-Men must team-up with their former enemies Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos), as well as some new allies (including Alan Cumming's gregarious, blue-skinned German mutant, Nightcrawler).

The phenomenal global success of X-Men meant that director Bryan Singer had even more money to spend on its sequel, and it shows. Not only is the script better (there's significantly less cheesy dialogue than the original), but the action and effects are also even more stupendous--from Nightcrawler's teleportation sequence through the White House to a thrilling aerial dogfight featuring mutants-vs-missiles to a military assault on the X-Men's school/headquarters to the final showdown at Stryker's sub-Arctic headquarters. Yet at no point do the effects overtake the film or the characters. Moreso than the original, this is an ensemble piece, allowing each character in its even-bigger cast at least one moment in the spotlight (in fact, the cast credits don't even run until the end of the film). And that, perhaps, is part of its problem (though it's a slight one)--with so much going on, and nary a recap of what's come before, it's a film that could prove baffling to anyone who missed the first installment. But that's just a minor quibble--X-Men 2 is that rare thing, a sequel that's actually superior to its predecessor. --Robert Burrow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel (not many can say that!) 2 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
X Men 2 was very much as good, if not better, as the first. Bryan Singer seemed much more comfortable with the original characters who's background were developed in the first film and the adition of Nightcrawler was a particular hit who allied with the good guys made a formidable team.
The effects were excellent and the storyline zipped along with twists that kept it entertaining throughout. The ending has left the way clear for another film which if made in a similar vein should see this franchise continuing for some time, particularly as the cast by all acounts had so much fun making it. Cant wait for X Men X!.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
this film excels the first in almost every way. The script, action and SFX, and the magnificent locales are all stunning. The two-disc version is probably the best value for money, but if you're a purist, the extras will be rather dull. The Nghtcrawler sequence is the best, however.
The script is well written, with many plot twists, and a strangely VERY evil villain, Stryker, who I thought was a lot more evil than Magneto. The acting is spot-on, the casting was perfect, and Hugh Jackman was made to play Wolverine. The best character was Magneto, an acting veteran who slips into the role like water. He is perfect; those spooky eyes, that expression, and that enigmatic-ness that a villain needs! The SFX, as I said are stupendous, the highlight being the tornado vs. missiles showdown. It is pacey, and although it may not have the storyline of an Ian Rankin or Danielle Steel, it rollocks on at a superb speed, with plenty of plot twists etc; etc; to keep even the most critical Rankin fan at bay. The plot has CLEARLY benefited from the high budget.
One bad point though, some of the characters are left grossly underdeveloped, for example, Cyclops. James Marsden sleep-walks through his role. I've watched this DVD plenty of times, and although it has a rather Spielbergian running time, it is certainly not a Spielbergian film, it has a style all its own, albeit a tad cliched. Better than the original, and well worth the 16 for the extras...get this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel 3 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
At last - a 2003 sequel which is better than the original. This film clearly has a much higher budget than the first X-men, which itself is a very good film. However, Bryan Singer has not made the time-honoured mistake of substituting effects for script.
X-men 2 begins without much progress from the first film, as Magneto is still a prisoner of the government. Magneto is being systematically tortured into revealing all the secrets that both he and Xavier have. An attempt is then made on the life of the US president, which is the ticket for the psychotic Stryker to launch a full-scale war on the mutant population. The school is attacked, and much of the rest of the film focuses on the attempts of the X-men to regroup, and to stay alive. An uneasy alliance forms between the X-men and Magneto's acolytes, as they fight to save themselves from extinction.
Although the effects are thankfully subservient to the script, this simply illustrates how good the script must be, because the effects are simply amazing. The Nightcrawler sequence is absolutely phenomenal, and makes one wonder exactly how the humans have any chance whatsoever of fighting any one mutant with well-developed powers. I particularly enjoyed the fight between Wolverine and his female nemesis. Special mention must also go to the music - I have never heard Mozart choreographed so well to the action in any film.
I hope there are many more X-men films in the pipeline. There is decades of good comic book material for the producers to use, and one can only hope that they continue making films of this quality. I have found that it is possible to watch this film several times, which makes it an ideal DVD purchase. The film should also be capable of being enjoyed by a wide selection of the population - it's not just for comic book geeks, folks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel 27 Feb 2004
By BB38
Format:DVD
In the year 2003 the movie industry subjected us to a year full of sequels. Out of the many that I saw, X-Men 2 was the only one that was worth waiting for. The first film felt as if it was introducing the world of X-Men and it's characters. As director Bryan Singer says in the DVD version, in the sequel he is able to produce a real X-Men movie. Also there is less cheesy dialogue in this script.
In the last film we only got a brief glimpse as to what had happened to Wolverine in his past. This film goes deeper into past and explains part (not all) of how he came to be. It also develops the love triangle of Wolverine-Jean Grey-Cyclops.

The film opens up with an excellent special-effects scene with an assassination attempt on the president. The scene is a taster of the action and effects to come. Yet the special effects do not take anything from film; they complement it and are used when necessary. The last film did not seem to have many characters so this one introduces new ones without making it too much of a special effects bonanza or slowing the plot down. It is also interesting to see how many characters from the cartoon/comic you can spot during the film.

One of the more enjoyable parts of this film are the performances by the cast. Brian Cox gives an excellent performance as the bad guy. He gives you a perspective into the "mutant problem" and has a real motive for his actions rather than just a plain evil baddie. Hugh Jackman once again delivers as the confused and short-tempered Wolverine but it's the performance of Aaron Stanford as Pyro is most enjoyable as a teenage rebel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A great movie for a night in, a blast from the past. Fun and enjoyable, would definitely recommend. Some of the best characters so far included in this one.
Published 13 days ago by Mishka Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars "X2: X-Men United" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US'...
The 2nd and still-satisfying part to this never-ending saga - "X-2: X-Men United" is an obvious BLU RAY purchase as a stand-alone. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great movie. A little buffering issues at the wrong time, but great film to watch. Children also love this movie
Published 1 month ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Film
Action packed film with many strong and different characters. A unique story line. Will no doubt be watched many times.
Published 1 month ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars The film
Was good and the film came on time happy with the service and I would use again and I would recommend them
Published 2 months ago by Sasha Cudmore
5.0 out of 5 stars x men 2
so far as yet have not yet watched this blue ray film. the film arrived well before time and was well packed. would recormend. thanks.
Published 4 months ago by lindsay murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of films
My son wanted to see the whole series, what with the new Wolverine coming out, so I got all 5 films and even I enjoyed sitting down and watching them with him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. M. Stone
2.0 out of 5 stars won't play on my psp
I don't understand why 5 umd movie's out of 33 that I bought from the same seller won't play on my psp.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Blockbuster of the Decade
Brillant,Action Packed,Thrilling and Gripping Edge of your seat Excitement start to Finish. X2 Has Extraordinary Effects,Action,Thrills and top class Performances this is a worthy... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joe O
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie, haven't watched the second CD yet.
Arrived on time
Sold at a very cheap price so would recommend to others
Published 13 months ago by Aysha Ingar
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