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X2

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    30
    from 1 reviewers
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  • X2: X-Men United's 4K UHD upgrade offers great video, with audio unchanged but excellent.

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  • Video
    65
  • X2: X-Men United's 4K UHD by Fox enhances detail and color, with coarser grain and some CGI flaws, yet achieves visual depth, especially in tones and textures.

  • Audio
    70
  • The release retains the excellent DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track from the original 1080p Blu-ray, praised in Marty's review, yet audiophiles may ponder the potential benefits of a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X upgrade.

  • Extra
    75
  • The 4K UHD disc retains solely the Commentary from Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel, without any additional features.

  • Movie
    65
  • The X-Men Trilogy 4K UHD refresh offers subtle visual enhancements without new audio upgrades, amidst a lull in franchise releases, evoking nostalgia and slight disappointment for extras.

    Video: 65

    X2: X-Men United" receives a mixed yet visually intriguing upgrade in its 4K UHD presentation on 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, showcasing a 2160p transfer that both astounds and disappoints at intervals. The film, presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, is said to benefit from a new 4K scan. However, comparisons with its predecessor suggest that the level of detail and the finesse in grain texture don't match up to the original "X-Men" 4K outing. The grain, while still retaining a natural appearance, becomes notably heavier, especially in the early White House sequence and in visually lighter scenes laden with snow, where it may appear distractingly noisy to some viewers.

    Despite these grain issues, the transfer offers moments of sharp enhancement over its 1080p counterpart—especially noticeable in CGI elements and detailed textures such as the intricate patterns on characters' faces. What truly impresses in this UHD upgrade is the vibrancy and warmth of the color palette. Interior scenes in Charles' mansion, for instance, are imbued with rich, golden honey tones, creating a visually more appealing aesthetic. Reds and other colors during key sequences also benefit from this enhancement, showcasing deeper and more saturated hues.

    However, not all is perfect with this 4K presentation. Certain CGI components come across as aged or poorly integrated, particularly evident in scenes involving a dam that plays a crucial narrative role. Two instances—one introducing Wolverine and another towards the film's climax—highlight backgrounds and elements that not only look outdated but also suffer from a noticeable lack of detail and softness, anomalies that are unfortunately made more apparent by the 4K resolution. While the upgrade introduces a richer color profile and moments of enhanced detail, these technical inconsistencies might detract from the overall viewing experience for aficionados seeking a flawless 4K rendition of "X2: X-Men United.

    Audio: 70

    The audio presentation of the 4K UHD Blu-Ray of "X2: X-Men United" continues to harness the capabilities of its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, initially lauded for its performance in the original 1080p Blu-ray release. This enduring choice reflects a consistency in delivering a robust and immersive auditory experience, carrying over the high-quality sound profile acknowledged in previous reviews. The track’s adept handling of the film’s dynamic range, from subtle ambient sounds to the bombastic action sequences, showcases its strength in creating a detailed and enveloping soundscape that remains impressive to this day.

    However, for the discerning audiophile, the absence of an updated Dolby Atmos or DTS:X mix on this format may surface as a notable omission. This sentiment mirrors insights from previous assessments, specifically addressed in discussions around the potential enhancement of the film's auditory immersion through these advanced audio technologies. While the existing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track stands as a competent choice, there's an underlying curiosity among enthusiasts about the unrealized auditory dimension that a move to Dolby Atmos or DTS:X could have unveiled. These formats, known for their ability to deliver more nuanced and spatially engaging soundscapes, might have elevated the audio experience to new heights, particularly in leveraging overhead sound channels for a truly atmospheric presentation.

    In sum, while the 4K UHD Blu-Ray of "X2" retains its commendable audio quality through the proven prowess of its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, the lingering question of what an updated Atmos or DTS:X mix might have contributed adds a layer of contemplation for audiophiles. Despite this, the audio continues to be a testament to high-fidelity sound design, expertly balancing clarity, depth, and dynamic range to provide a fulfilling auditory experience to viewers.

    Extra: 75

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "X2" shines not only through its visual and auditory upgrade but also in its extras, albeit with a notable focus on one key feature. The package is somewhat streamlined in terms of additional content, centered primarily around an insightful commentary track. This singular extra, the Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel, has been directly ported over to the 4K UHD disc, ensuring that fans and newcomers alike have the opportunity to delve deeper into the filmmaking process, thoughts, and decisions behind this acclaimed sequel. While some may find the extras section lacking in quantity, the quality and depth provided by this commentary offer significant value, enriching the viewing experience by granting a peek behind the cinematic curtain of one of the early 2000s most impactful superhero movies.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel: An engaging commentary track providing insights into the film's production, storytelling choices, and visual effects.

    Movie: 65

    The 4K UHD release of "X2: X-Men United" arrives not as part of a new promotional push for an upcoming X-Men title, but as a standalone homage to the earlier successes of the franchise. This edition is included in the X-Men Trilogy 4K bundle, offering fans a chance to revisit one of the saga's more compelling stories. Amidst the crowded field of superhero movies, with recent attention largely diverted to the likes of "Logan" and "Deadpool 2," "X2" stands out both for its intricate narrative and the plethora of well-crafted characters it juggles. This reissue brings with it enhancements in visual detail and color nuances that are both subtle and significant, enhancing the viewing experience for aficionados and newcomers alike.

    However, it's worth noting that while the visual upgrades are appreciable, those expecting new advancements in audio technology may find themselves wanting. The 4K UHD disk maintains the same audio options as previous releases, a decision that, while perhaps sticking to the adage 'if it isn't broke, don't fix it,' might disappoint audiophiles looking for something new. Additionally, those who prefer an all-in-one viewing experience without switching discs might be slightly let down by the extras—or lack thereof—provided solely on the commentary tracks within this 4K UHD edition.

    In reevaluating "X2" within the context of its 4K UHD presentation, it's clear that the film continues to hold up remarkably well within the X-Men canon. Despite some missed opportunities to fully update the auditory experience to match its visual improvements, this release reaffirms "X2" as a pivotal entry in the X-Men series. It not only showcases the franchise's capacity for complexity and character depth but does so with a newly polished visual aesthetic that enriches its already engaging narrative.

    Total: 30

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "X2: X-Men United" continues the trend of delivering high-quality sequels not just in terms of narrative and action but also in the sphere of home entertainment presentation. While the leap in video quality from its predecessor is noticeable, with colors appearing more vibrant and details sharper, it doesn’t achieve a monumental upgrade, retaining a slight gap in definition compared to the first film’s 4K release. Audio quality remains top-notch, echoing the excellence found in previous entries of the franchise without any new enhancements specifically for this release. The inclusion of only the commentary track as a supplement on the 4K UHD disc might be seen as minimalistic, yet it ensures the focus remains on the feature itself.

    In dissecting the technical aspects, it's evident that the 4K UHD presentation of "X2: X-Men United" prioritizes refinement in visual and auditory realms. The decision not to overhaul the audio but rather maintain its already excellent quality can be viewed through a lens of 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it', which seems appropriate given the stellar reviews of the sound in its predecessor. The downside for collectors and enthusiasts might be the scant bonus material on the 4K disc itself, pushing those interested in more extensive extras to seek out other editions or formats for a more comprehensive package.

    In conclusion, "X2: X-Men United" on 4K UHD Blu-Ray delivers an enhanced viewing experience that consistently aligns with the quality expectations set by its precursor. Although it might not redefine the standard for home media presentations, it solidifies its place as a worthy addition for fans and collectors alike. The subtle yet appreciable improvements in video quality paired with the carryover of outstanding audio from previous releases articulate a successful balance between new technology and existing merits. Despite the minimal bonus features, this edition underscores a commitment to quality that will undoubtedly satisfy enthusiasts looking for an upgraded revisit to this beloved sequel.