X-Men 1.5 DVD Review
PictureThe anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer is identical to the earlier release, and boasts the same strengths and minor flaws. Detail levels are high, there's no grain and compression artefacting is absent. However, there is some slight colour-bleed in a few shots and a few traces of edge-enhancement.
SoundThe original, excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is now joined by a superb DTS mix. The soundstage has been opened up even more, with plenty of use of the surrounds for spatial effects, and the extra bass improves to every part of the mix (especially Michael Kamen's previously quite underwhelming score).
ExtrasThis two-disc set easily outclasses the rather disappointing original DVD when it comes to extra features. The film is accompanied by an 'enhanced viewing mode' that provides a feature-length commentary, plus branching links to extended scenes and featurettes.
Disc Two is split into several sections. Special Effects of the X-Men is an documentary with seamless branching to a Senator Kelly effects breakdown and four multiangle scene deconstructions. Producing the X-Men includes a 64-minute documentary with links to two multiangle featurettes and footage of the Canadian Prime Minister (don't ask). X-Factor focuses on the development from comic to screen and includes a documentary with branching providing access to costume tests, a make-up test and a gallery. Reflections of the X-Men is a short retrospective with links to Premiere footage, and Bringing the X-Men to Life features a documentary about the casting with links to screen test footage and a gallery. In case you miss any of the links, each item is also available as an individual option on an index page. Finishing off the package are an eight-minute X-Men 2 preview, trailers for X-Men 2 and Daredevil, and a game trailer.
VerdictIt might be the same film all over again, but the DTS mix and the wealth of extras mean this is a release fans will have to own.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99