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  • X-Men [2000] X-Men | DVD | (21/06/2004) from £2.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (80.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    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

  • X-Men 1.5 Extreme Edition [2000] X-Men 1.5 Extreme Edition | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £3.37  |  Saving you £14.51 (72.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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 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

  • X-Men Trilogy - X-Men/X-Men 2/X-Men - The Last Stand X-Men Trilogy - X-Men/X-Men 2/X-Men - The Last Stand | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £29.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (26.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    X-Men The Movie (Dir. Bryan Singer 2000): Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future... X-Men The Movie 2 (Dir. Bryan Singer 2003): The time has come for those who are different to stand united... The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine... X-Men The Movie 3 - The Last Stand (Dir. Brett Ratner 2006): Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations lines are drawn amongst the X-Men led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) and the Brotherhood a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally Magneto (McKellen).... The third film in the big-screen X-Men film franchise which plays host to the addition of fan-favourite characters (including Beast Juggernaut and Angel) further explorers the mutant human divide and also provides a glimpse into the fate of Jean Grey reborn as Phoenix...

  • X-Men / X-Men 2 [2000] X-Men / X-Men 2 | DVD | (08/05/2006) from £2.48  |  Saving you £10.76 (67.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    X-Men: Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future... X-Men 2: The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine...

  • X-Men Triple (X-Men, X2, X-Men The Last Stand) X-Men Triple (X-Men, X2, X-Men The Last Stand) | DVD | (12/03/2007) from £5.35  |  Saving you £14.64 (73.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    X-Men The Movie (Dir. Bryan Singer 2000): Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future... X-Men The Movie 2 (Dir. Bryan Singer 2003): The time has come for those who are different to stand united... The X-Men have to band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life while the Mutant Academy at Westchester is attacked by military forces prompting some uncomfortable home truths for Wolverine... X-Men The Movie 3 - The Last Stand (Dir. Brett Ratner 2006): Take a stand... When a pharmaceutical company publicises a 'cure' to suppress mutations lines are drawn amongst the X-Men led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) and the Brotherhood a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally Magneto (McKellen).... The third film in the big-screen X-Men film franchise which plays host to the addition of fan-favourite characters (including Beast Juggernaut and Angel) further explorers the mutant human divide and also provides a glimpse into the fate of Jean Grey reborn as Phoenix...

  • Definitive Edition - X-Men [2000] Definitive Edition - X-Men | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £3.19  |  Saving you £9.80 (75.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future...

  • X-Men [UMD Universal Media Disc] [2000] X-Men | UMD | (08/05/2006) from £11.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (27.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

  • X-Men [2000] X-Men | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers - the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes. Storm can manipulate the weather at will. Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. But under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) these and other outcasts learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Now they must protect those who fear them as the nefarious Magneto (Ian McKellen) who believes humans and mutants can never co-exist unveils his sinister plan for the future...

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