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Blu Ray

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    from 3 reviewers
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  • X-Men's 4K debut impresses visually, remains audibly unchanged; a franchise pioneer.

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  • Video
  • X-Men trilogy's 4K UHD release showcases subtle, yet impressive enhancements in detail, color richness, and contrast across the board, offering a visually refined viewing experience.

  • Audio
  • While lacking Dolby Atmos or DTS-X, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track on the 4K releases impresses with immersive audio, strong bass, and clear dialogue, enriching the cinematic experience despite no upgrade.

  • Extra
  • The 4K UHD disc mainly features audio commentary, missing the extensive bonus content of Blu-ray releases, including deleted scenes and documentaries, reflecting mixed reviews on their depth and quality.

  • Movie
  • X-Men's cinematic debut in 2000 was a resonant phenomenon, setting a tone for the franchise with its emotional depth and a focus on tolerance, now available in a 3-Film 4K Collection.

    Video: 83

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "X-Men" represents a meticulous upgrade that honors the visual essence of the original film, while introducing a heightened level of detail and color fidelity that marks a significant improvement over previous home video formats. Captured using Panavision Panaflex Platinum and Millennium cameras on 35mm film, this release benefits from a recent 4K scan that generates a native 2160p resolution image. The resulting visual presentation, analyzed on high-end Ultra HD equipment, reveals an appreciative uptick in sharpness and textural detail across the board. From the intricacies of costume design to the architectural elements of the X-Mansion, there's a palpable enhancement in clarity, notwithstanding occasional softer moments that remain true to the source material's original photographic intent.

    Color reproduction takes a forefront in the 4K UHD improvement narrative, with the application of High Dynamic Range (HDR10) technology bringing out richer hues and deeper blacks. This is most evident in scenes where the wider color gamut (WCG) breathes new life into the visuals, making environments such as the concentration camp and Rogue’s attire strike with more vibrant tones. Additionally, specular highlights and contrast ratios are noticeably superior, offering a luminous quality to metallic surfaces and a realism to the characters' flesh tones that wasn’t as pronounced in the 1080p Blu-ray version. While primary colors benefit from this enhancement, so too do the subtle secondary hues which exhibit greater depth and variation.

    Despite these improvements, the presentation maintains a faithful grain structure that reaffirms its filmic origin without succumbing to digital noise or compression issues. Moments of less-than-optimal resolution and softness in certain CGI effects are present, yet they do not detract significantly from the overall viewing experience. The dynamic range, especially evident in darker scenes, produces rich, inkier blacks while ensuring shadow details are not lost. This nuanced approach to black levels contributes to an image with more pronounced depth and dimensionality. Through this meticulously crafted 4K UHD presentation, "X-Men" not only respects its cinematic roots but also embraces the potential of modern home theater technology, offering both longtime fans and newcomers alike an exemplary visual feast.

    Audio: 85

    The audio presentation of the "X-Men" 4K UHD Blu-Ray retains its original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, as pinpointed in multiple reviews. Despite this limitation and the absence of upgraded audio formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, the track demonstrates a notable prowess in delivering an immersive and aggressive auditory experience. The soundscape effectively utilizes the surround channels, creating a rich layer of ambient noise such as waves, crowds, and more subtle effects that enhance scenes without overwhelming the dialogue or central sound elements. Bass response is robust, enriching the action sequences with depth, particularly noted in scenes involving Magneto’s reactor, where the low-frequency effects are especially pleasing.

    The audio mix excels in clarity and detail, maintaining a broad and spacious soundstage that fills the room with engaging background activities. The surround sound envelops the listener in a well-crafted array of actions and atmospheres, ensuring an enveloping experience. Despite the absence of object-based audio options, the mid-range remains crisp and articulate, with dialogue cutting through cleanly and maintaining intelligibility against the backdrop of visual and sonic mayhem. This consistent quality across the trilogy ensures that the audio retains its dynamism and atmospheric integrity, making for a compelling home theater experience.

    Noteworthy is the audio's ability to engage even without the modern object-based formats, thanks to the inherent strength of the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. While some audiophiles might lament the missed opportunity for a format upgrade, these soundtracks nonetheless do justice to their visuals with vigorous low-ends and a well-layered mix that brings each scene to life. The use of Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality can further enhance this experience, spreading ambient and action-driven elements more effectively into the listening space, thus partially compensating for the lack of native atmospheric tracks.

    Extra: 78

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray edition of "X-Men" primarily features an audio commentary ported from the previous Blu-ray release, offering insights from director Bryan Singer and Brian Peck. While this commentary covers a range of topics from production to fan reactions, it doesn't delve deeply into the mutant lore, leaving comic enthusiasts wanting more. The transfer misses the additional extras disc from the original release, notably lacking in the enriched supplementary depth many fans may expect. This package includes the commentary across both the UHD and the accompanying Blu-ray. However, older special features like the Mockumentary "The Mutant Watch," deleted scenes, and various promotional materials are only available on the Blu-ray, presented in standard definition. Despite being an upgrade in visual quality for the main feature, this release might feel slightly incomplete for die-hard fans due to the absence of the second disc’s materials and the underwhelming utilisation of extra features in enhancing the film's universe or production intricacies.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary: Insightful chat track with Bryan Singer and Brian Peck.
    • In Movie Mode: Option to view deleted/extended scenes and gallery pictures within the film (Blu-ray only).
    • Enhanced Viewing Mode Deleted/Extended Scenes: Six scenes with optional commentary (Blu-ray only).
    • The Mutant Watch Fox TV Special: A 20-minute feature blending mockumentary style with behind-the-scenes content (Blu-ray only).
    • Bryan Singer Interview: A six-minute segmented interview with the director (Blu-ray only).
    • Animatics: Pre-visualization clips for key action sequences (Blu-ray only).
    • Art Gallery: Exhibits of character and production design (Blu-ray only).
    • TV Spots: Three distinct television advertisements for the film (Blu-ray only).
    • Music Promo: Promotion for the film's score (Blu-ray only).
    • Marvel Universe Trailers: Additional promotional content for Marvel universe films (Blu-ray only).

    Movie: 83

    Before Bryan Singer's "X-Men" graced the screens in 2000, comic book adaptations were not the cinematic juggernauts they are today. The film brought a gravitas and respect to its source material that was arguably unprecedented at the time. Focusing primarily on the characters of Wolverine and Rogue, "X-Men" not only introduced audiences to a vast array of mutants but also imbued them with substantial emotional depth, most notably seen in Magneto's backstory. This focus on character-driven storytelling, against the backdrop of a relatively straightforward plot involving the prevention of a doomsday weapon, not only served to entertain but also to engage with larger themes of prejudice, tolerance, and the quest for peace. These elements, combined with performances from an esteemed ensemble cast, guaranteed the film’s legacy and served as a catalyst for the modern superhero genre.

    The release of "X-Men" on 4K UHD as part of the X-Men Trilogy 4K offers an opportunity to revisit these complex narratives with improved visuals and nuanced color palettes, even if it brings slight disappointment due to the absence of new improved audio options or extensive supplemental content. The stunning detail and clarity provided by this release highlight the meticulous production design and visual effects, immersing viewers fully into the world of mutants. While some may lament the exclusivity of commentary tracks as the primary bonus feature on the 4K UHD discs, this offering nonetheless represents a significant upgrade for enthusiasts aiming to experience the film in the highest quality possible within their home theaters.

    Reflecting on the impact of "X-Men" through the lens of this 4K UHD presentation underscores the film's pivotal role in both capturing and cultivating an audience’s imagination. It masterfully balances action with deeper societal reflections, thus marking a pivotal moment in cinematic history. The stellar performances by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen bring depth to their characters, rendering "X-Men" not just a piece of entertainment but a nuanced exploration of identity, acceptance, and the fight against discrimination. This release allows both long-time fans and newcomers to experience one of the cornerstone films of the superhero genre with enhanced visual fidelity, ensuring its enduring appeal for future generations.

    Total: 70

    The "X-Men" 4K UHD Blu-ray collection delivers an impactful immersion into the world that Bryan Singer skillfully crafted, marking a pivotal point in the evolution of comic book movies. This set, presented by Fox, boasts a commendable transition to 4K, with the native resolution upholding fine details and presenting vibrant colors that enhance both the dark and light elements exceptionally. However, it retains the original DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track without any upgrade to more contemporary formats like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, which might be a missed opportunity for audiophiles seeking the utmost immersive sound experience. Despite this, the audio remains robust, delivering deep bass and precise effects placement that adeptly compliments the visual upgrade.

    Fans of the franchise will find substantial value in this package, as it consolidates the initial trilogy into a six-disc combo pack, replete with 4K HDR10 presentations for each film. While the video quality sees a notable improvement, echoing a renewed vivacity in this iconic series, some may find the absence of new supplemental content or the necessity to switch to the included 1080p Blu-ray disc for extras a minor inconvenience. The supplemental materials included are familiar to those from previous releases, lacking any fresh additions to enhance the overall collectibility of this set.

    In conclusion, the "X-Men" 4K UHD Blu-ray collection faithfully elevates the visual experience of these seminal films, meticulously preserving their essence while enhancing their presentation for a new generation. While it excels in providing a pristine picture quality that both newcomers and long-time fans will appreciate, the unchanged audio track and recycled extras may leave some yearning for more. Nonetheless, this collection stands as a recommended acquisition, serving not only as a testament to the franchise's legacy but also as a significant piece for collectors and enthusiasts within the realms of both comic book adaptations and cinema history.