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X-Men [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Patrick Stewart , Hugh Jackman , Bryan Singer    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Bryan Singer, David Hayter, Tom DeSanto
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Bill Todman Jr., Joel Simon, Kevin Feige
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX8J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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X-Men (Widescreen Edition)


Although the superhero comic book has been a duopoly since the early 1960s, only DC's flagship characters, Superman and Batman (who originated in the late 1930s) have established themselves as big-screen franchises. Until now--this is the first runaway hit film version of the alternative superhero X-Men universe created for Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and others. It's a rare comic-book movie that doesn't fall over its cape introducing all the characters, and this is the exception. X-Men drops us into a world that is closer to our own than Batman's Gotham City, but it's still home to super-powered goodies and baddies. 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 (who has retractable claws and amnesia), and Anna Paquin's Rogue (who sucks the life and superpowers out of anyone she touches). The plot has to do with a big gizmo that will wreak havoc at a gathering of world leaders, but the film is more interested in setting up a tangle of bizarre relationships between even more bizarre people, with solid pros such as Stewart and McKellen relishing their sly dialogue and the newcomers strutting their stuff in cool leather outfits. 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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Three 11 Oct 2006
By Kalah
Yes, yes, yes, yes. This movie rocks. In fact, I can't think of a single reason not to buy it.

Let's start with the cast. The two juggernauts Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are in the centre of this epos, going head to head against each other - one militant using force to establish a new world order where mutants are at the top, the other wishing to build bridges between mutants and humans for a better understanding; justice and peace for all. Then there's Halle Berry (hot as usual) as a quite convincing Storm, Famke Janssen as the graceful Jane Grey, Anna Paquin as the fugitive Rogue and Hugh Jackman as the wild and mysterious Wolverine. There is not - in my opinion - a single cast member who does not play his/her part well, and they are all well-suited for their respective roles.

The plot is what makes this film stand out. The focus is on the difference in philosophy between the two old friends Xavier and Magneto, the appearance of a new powerful mutant named Rogue and her encounter with the loner Wolverine. The film is an introduction to the story of the X-men, and is very well suited as the beginning of a trilogy. Wolverine is an important character: basically, he's a mystery. He doesn't remember much about his past, and throughout this film (and indeed in the next) he quests to learn more about himself while at the same time opening the door to his heart in one rare instance for the vulnerable Rogue, who is placed in the middle of the battle between two old friends who have different views on the relationship between humans and mutants.

The film will leave you with a desire for more. Trust me when I say you don't really need it. This film yields a preliminary result of a continuing battle between the two great old men, and that's the way it should be. You can always continue the story yourself, in your own imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We are the future Charles, not them!" 11 May 2006
2000's X-Men saw the first of the really high calibre super-hero franchises of the 21st century, The X-men, Spidey, the Hulk(come on it was all right!) to name but a few. Like the beginning of all great franchises, whilst being a film of small scope, it hints at huge back stories and since its character development was so interesting, the moolah that it generated financed the more detailed and excellent X2.

It opens to bleached rainy 1944 in the jewish ghetto where a young Jewish boy is wrenched from his parents in a tear jerking sequence. The wire gate bends and buckles to his anger, he is knocked unconscious by the butt of a rifle... The themes of discrimination could not be hammered home more bluntly. We move to the near future where a young girl in the first flush of love is agonisingly separated from her loved ones because she is different with dangerous powers. We move to a sweaty dingy cage where a feral young Clint Eastwood look alike dominates the ring, yet he is a tortured individual with a backstory. These miscreants are given shelter by Charles Xavier at his "special" academy. These mutants are feared and ostracised by society especially ambitious Senator Kelly who wants a mutant registration act. Charles Xavier believes in the good of mankind but Eric Lensha (our boy from WW2) is bitter and wants to dominate mankind. The film floats between super hero cheese but keeps a foot in reality and this is why it's been such a success with the outsiders in fact Bryan Singer feels it has a Gay connotation! This may or not be true but this is a very satisfying and thought provoking film with an occasional burst of humour. When Wolverine is asked to verify that he's the real deal and not a doppelganger by Cyclops he utters"You're a Dick!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An impossible mission accomplished 25 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I've talked to many avid X-Men comic fans and this was really the film that they had been dying to see since they first picked up the comic book.
To see it finally on film is probably something I personally have been waiting for since I was about 7 (many many moons ago) and to say I was impressed was an understatement.
Making a film from a comic book is hard. You have to appeal to the die hards "It's not close enough to the story line; its not in depth enough; Rogue doesn't look like THAT!" and to the mass market "What the hell is an x-man?" means you have to make sacrifices on both sides to get the ideal movie.
This has HUGE potential to fail - but the balance is right in this movie.
Instead of trying to appeal to fans with deep characterisations of all characters (10 hour movie, anyone?) they've concentrated on Wolverine and Rogue, balanced off against the die hards moaning that their fave character isn't in it enough (wait for the next movie, will ya!)
Instead of revealing the entire history of the Xavier/Magneto saga (which after 100's of comics still hasn't been resolved) they've given what I consider the ideal solution - brief history, but not much detail (die hards complain again, but it is in the spirit of the books!).
And instead of trying to follow the complex plot lines (who REALLY knows the history of Wolverine - anybody?) they've stuck to the basics - he himself isn't really sure.
I get the feeling that they have spent WEEKS just discussing how to execute this movie, and I for one think the result far exceeds most people's expectations - however, like any crossover movie, everyone is gonna have their winge about how it wasn't EXACTLY what they wanted.
If I was you, I'd leave your mind open and just watch Wolverine and Sabretooth fight it out : )
And where was Gambit?
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