X-Men 1.5 DVD Review
PictureThe picture is presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and looks brilliant. The image is sharp and very detailed indeed, with a strong colour palette which is well saturated and natural looking. Fleshtones are spot on as well as being highly detailed and the blacks are solid and stable. Overall this is a first rate transfer with no problems apparent, and easily makes this demo quality.
SoundFor this release we get the inclusion of a dts 5.1 track as well as the original Dolby Digital 5.1 mix from the last edition. The sound track is brilliant is setting the scene for the movie, with an incredible enveloping feel to it. Split surrounds are used to great effect through the action scenes, and my favourite moment is Professor X's voice chasing Wolverine around the hallways of the school. It is here where the dts track excels giving a more natural and clear feeling with the voice just appearing in the sound field and not jumping around like it does on the Dolby Track. The dts track also adds a more open and precise feel to the soundstage with bass being tight and deep.
ExtrasThis is where the real difference is made against last years release of this title, the disc is packed with extras. On disc one we get a new commentary track from Director Singer and Brian Peck which is very interesting and definitely worthy of a listen. There is also an enhanced viewing mode which takes you behind the scenes at various points throughout the feature and also includes 17 all new featurettes and 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary. Moving over to disc two we are given a sneekpeek behind the scenes at X2 which is introduced by Singer and includes a look at the sets as well as an extended trailer edited together. We then get to the main body of the extras which feature 8 featurettes which can be watched individually or all as one, a section containing trailers and TV spots and an art gallery. There are just too many extras to go through here; the review would be 6 pages long, a fully loaded package indeed.
VerdictIf you don't own a copy of X Men then get this edition, great film even better disc
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £26.99
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