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Opening in high seriousness with paranormal activity in a WW2 concentration camp and a senatorial inquiry into the growing "mutant problem", Bryan Singer's film sets up a complex background with economy and establishes vivid, strange characters well before we get to the fun. There's Halle Berry flying and summoning snowstorms, James Marsden zapping people with his "optic beams", Rebecca Romijn-Stamos shape-shifting her blue naked form and Ray Park lashing out with his Toad-tongue.
The big conflict is between Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Ian McKellen's Magneto, super-powerful mutants who disagree about their relationship with ordinary humans, but the characters we're meant to identify with are Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Anna Paquin's Rogue. There are in-jokes enough to keep comics fans engaged, but it feels more like a science-fiction movie than a superhero picture. --Kim Newman
On the DVD: X-Men 1.5's two-disc set offers little more than the original X-Men release. The six extended scenes which can be incorporated into the feature on Disc 1 were already available on the initial DVD version (though they're cleaned up a bit here), and when played within the film's original cut they seem disjointed and tacked on, adding very little to the overall story.
Disc 2, meanwhile, will have little appeal to any but the most diehard of fans. The X-Men 2 Sneak Peak, the X-Men 2 trailer, the Daredevil trailer and the Activision Wolverine's Revenge trailer are little more than adverts. The four-part documentary, meanwhile, is impressively interactive (with multi-angle segments and two play modes), but unfortunately it's also a bit dull and self-congratulatory. --Robert Burrow
Great Film and I have added it to my x-men collection.Published 7 months ago by Elizaabeth Georgina Ann Glassey
This product arrived wrapped as a new DVD but when opened was revealed to include only one disc despite the packaging clear stating this edition should contain two, namely disc one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Holmes
:D it is such an amazing movie and has to be the best buy I've made in a while :DPublished 21 months ago by Chris Rooney
Many thanks for my new dvd X men 1.5 this is my last one to my collection of xmen greatPublished 22 months ago by Dean Evans
As comic movies collector I am very please with the purchase of this DVD, specially cause I am a big fan of how a movies are made and this DVD delivers!Published on 31 July 2010 by Marcos E. Ruiz Rivero