X-Men review

Film description

In a nutshell:

Professor X and his band of mutants face adversity from prejudiced humans and radical rival Magneto. Superhero movies will never be the same again.


Trust a few. Fear the rest.


Magneto: ‘Welcome to the future.’

Wolverine: ‘Hey, bub, I’m not finished with you yet.’

Cyclops: ‘Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?’


Congressman Robert Kelly is trying to pass an act that will force mutants to come out into the open and reveal themselves, which makes him a target for radical mutant Magneto and his band of followers.

Meanwhile, I young girl goes on the run after discovering, via an inconvenient first kiss, that she’s a mutant with the power to absorb the life force of anyone she touches. Suffering from major teen-angst, she hits the road.

Along the way she meets cage-fighter Wolverine, who happens to be a steel-clawed mutant badass with regenerative powers. The pair seek sanctuary in Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, where they learn that mutant powers can be harnessed for good…

Better on Blu-Ray:

Fox’s BonusView feature is put to fluid, entertaining use on all three films (which incorporate most of the extras released across myriad DVD releases) with interviews, behind-the-scenes gubbins and concept art all easily accessible during the movies via your remote’s colour buttons.

Every important player contributes, from Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner and Hugh Jackman on down, the comprehensive approach uniting the films and providing a common sense of depth, thought and creativity.

All three films also impress in 1080p, the effects augmented, the performances boosted and the molecule-deep cool oozing out of every freaky-deaky mutant moment amplified.

‘The trainwreck’

Rogue has fled Professor X’s School For Gifted Youngsters when Wolverine catches up with her on a train in Grand Central station. But Magneto is also on her trail, mind-ripping the train in half and snatching Rogue, then emerging into the New York streets, sending police cars sky-high.

Blu-ray blasts this impressive sequence to the next level: flames scorch and you can see each line on Magneto’s face in incredible detail as he unleashes hell.

Blu-ray Extras:

•    Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer & Brian Peck
•    Extended/Deleted Scenes with commentary
•    Mutant Watch
•    Bryan Singer Interview
•    Animatics
•    Art Gallery
•    TV Spots
•    Marvel Universe Trailers
•    Easter Eggs

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X-Men: First Class is released on 1 June 2011.

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
May 4th 2011
UK DVD release
June 21st 2004

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