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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2011

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"X-Men: First Class (Blu-ray)"  - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for.Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear holocaust at a time when Russia and the US were at the zenith of the Cold War

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 13 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD-Master Audio
  • Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon
  • Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Sensuality
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This flick is a pretty good re-boot after the dismal Wolverine movie from a few years back. The CGI is slick, though some of the mutants are less than interesting (dragon fly wings really are not that amazing and one guy can scream so hard he can fly). The parts of the movie that dragged a bit were the scenes where the mutants were not front and center, yet the conflict between Prof. X and Magneto are solidly set-up. Perhaps the movie tries a little too hard to explain things like how Beast became blue and furry, or how Xavier ends up in a wheelchair, but overall the movie stayed fresh and believable. Certainly worth an evening in the "man cave".

Technical

The picture quality is almost demo quality as was the sound. The climactic battle scene with the navy exhibited tremendous low frequencies and hyper active surrounds. Most of the CGI looked realistic and the HD picture did not make it seem too fake. Contrasts and skin tones were natural and colors were lush.

Extras

X Marks The Spot, composer's isolated score, Cerebro: Mutant Tracker, Children of the Atom, 8 part featurette series and deleted scenes.