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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Writers: Bryan Singer, Dan Harris, David Hayter, Michael Dougherty, Zak Penn
  • Producers: Bryan Singer, Avi Arad
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 2
  • 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 (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CC798
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,331 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!


X-Men 2 picks up almost directly where X-Men left off: misguided super-villain Magneto (Ian McKellen) 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 in 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 instalment. 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 amboline VINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I can think of very few films which manage to tick all the boxes of powerful character-led drama, a relentless all-action plot, gorgeous special effects AND sharp social satire the way that this one manages to. Under the guise of a comic-book superhero movie, we get the music of Mozart and the literature of T.H. White as crucial plot elements as well as an action hero (Hugh Jackman's Wolverine) to put Jean-Claude and Arnie to shame and the finest tortured gothic anti-heroine (Anna Paquin's wonderful Rogue) since Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The first thing that struck me about this film was how on earth the studio ever allowed it to be put out, given the thinly-veiled references to the western world in the aftermath of 9/11. The allegory of the "Mutant registration act" and of the deranged Pentagon scientist advocating the total destruction of a new and unquantifiable "menace" surely couldn't have been lost on the boardroom bigwigs; so perhaps there's some cultural merit in a film which very much puts the case in favour of the vilified underclass! Without getting too highbrow, though, this is also a ripping yarn in the grand tradition. From the opening rampage of Alan Cumming's camp blue Nightcrawler through the White House to the inevitable destruction of the evil Colonel Stryker's military research base, the action doesn't let up for a minute. The mutant medley pull off a whole host of fantastic special effects from conjuring up walls of ice to diverting missiles in mid-air. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen ham their way gloriously through the script as the elder statesmen of mutantkind, and Brian Cox's Stryker is the kind of terrifying fusion of Blofeld and Dr. Strangelove who gives you moments of real anxiety for the future of our planet.
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