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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KGCN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,323 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When new teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming, Goldeneye) appears inside The White House and attempts to assassinate the President, the X-Mens’s world is thrown into danger. Rebel baddie Stryker (Brian Cox, Manhunter) is behind it and plots an elaborate plan to capture all mutants including the pupils at Professor Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart, Star Trek) School for the ‘Gifted’. It is then up to the indestructible Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, Swordfish) to discover the truth about what is going on, and in the process, the story behind his own identity. Meanwhile, the villainous Magneto (Ian McKellen, Lord of the Rings) breaks free from prison with the help of his shape-shifting comrade, Mystique (Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, Femme Fatale), creating more cataclysmic events for the X-Men. As danger beckons, the mutants call upon their powers to an even greater extent.

Dr Jean Grey (Famke Janssen, Goldeneye) reaches extraordinary new levels using her powers of telepathy alongside weather-manipulator Storm (Academy Award winner Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball), life-force zapper Rogue (Anna Pacquin, Buffalo Soldiers), laser beam Cyclops (James Marsden, Disturbing Behaviour) and the cool Ice-Man (Shawn Ashmore). United with further newcomers including the iron claw-clad Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu, The Scorpion King) and fingertip firestarter Pyro (Aaron Stanford), X-Men 2 contains the most spectacular array of super-hero powers you have ever seen!

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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 By S. Polling on 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 By BB38 on 27 Feb. 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Roberts on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The first X-Men film introduced not just the main characters, but also the raison d'être of mutant elders Magneto and Xavier. Magneto considers the mutants to be an improvement over 'standard' humans - the next evolutionary step and the future ruling race. Xavier wants harmony between both mutants and non-mutants but, as for society in general - debate continues but many politicians use fear to promote their argument that all mutants should be registered and viewed as a potential threat to security. These are uncertain times for those who possess powers beyond normal human capabilities, especially when Colonel Stryker seizes a chance to kill all mutants, a move with much support after a failed mutant attempt on the president's life.

The first film was lumbered with dragging the X-Men comic baggage to the big screen, but it pulled it off and the result was incredibly effective - those unfamiliar with the comics didn't feel like outsiders, and long-time fans could enjoy the knowing nods to established heritage and marvel (pardon the pun) at the live action version of their heroes. This sequel is darker in tone and the political messages surrounding the responsibility of the military in social affairs alongside a sobering reflection on genocide, remain after the credits have rolled and feel more poignant in a post September 11th world.

Before, we were given a simplistic plot which was enhanced by great character stories, the story this time is much more involved but we still get the developing characterisations, this may run for over two hours but it certainly doesn't drag. Wolverine is clearly the lead character and although efforts are made to ensure he always remains cool, his role as guardian gives him added depth, and a warmth which hints at an inner softy.
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