X-Men: First Class Review and Bluray Features
X-Men: First Class
3 Jun 2011
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The latest reboot of x-men is first class indeed, with first class entertainment.
To prepare for his role as Erik Lensherr, Michael Fassbender studied Sir Ian McKellen’s performance as Lensherr in the previous X-Films, but also looked through the comics as he decided to make his own version of Magneto: “You want to respect what someone else has done, especially because the fan base really liked what Ian has done with it. But while I could have gone and studied him as a young man and brought that to the performance, I don’t think Matthew is very interested in that. So I’m just going my own way and working with whatever is in the comic books and the script.”
The uniforms the X-Men wear are colored blue and yellow, in homage to the original blue/yellow suits the X-Men wore in the comics from 1963 (their debut) until (original artist and co-creator) Jack Kirby’s departure from the book. After several costume changes throughout the years, the costumes used in X-Men (2000) inspired new black leather uniforms seen in the Grant Morrison written 2001 New X-Men comic).
The ending fight between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr was going to have them use their powers, but Matthew Vaughn reasoned that since it was an origin story about the early X-Men the fight had to be a more conventional brawl: “Fox were saying, people want to see super heroes use their powers… but not in this film. Sometimes they just want to punch each other. That, to me, is what’s different.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
This blazing “pre-boot” breathes new life into the sagging franchise (Click here to see)
Good, clean summer movie fun where the money they spend is up on the screen – with actors and effects(Click here to see)
Magneto used to be a globe-trotting Bond-a-like and Xavier was a beer-chugging ladies man? Admit it, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart suddenly seem much more interesting. (Click here to see)
As visually impressive as X-Men: First Class can be, Vaughn is a natural storyteller and he never loses sight of what the big picture is. (Click here to see)
It’s not the artistry of X-Men: First Class that’s particularly striking; though it’s finely crafted, the film feels less the product of a visionary director than of the Marvel movies machine working at maximum efficiency (Click here to see)
My Favourite X-Men Movie. This was definitely the best one, i though the story was very original, I mean bringing the origins of each mutant and that kind of stuff (the way that the characters become throw out the movies), i did like it a lot, and the casting was just perfect, James McAvoy. Michael Fassbander, Jennifer Lawrence and January Jones, amazing. — (Filmsareawesome/MetaCritic)
No surprise here. X-Men: First Class is one of 20th Century Fox’s top-tier releases for the year, so you know it looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The movie has been given a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that’s crisp, colorful, and naturally filmic, with a rich-but-unobtrusive patina of grain that’s untouched by digital noise reduction or unnecessary edge enhancement. Most of the film is satisfyingly sharp, with more-than-ample fine detail visible in nearly every frame. See the rippled texture that covers Mystique’s body or the fuzzy wool of Professor X’s suits, Beast’s facial hair and the intricate design of the costumes the mutants don for the finale. There are a few shots that look slightly less resolved, but this softness seems to be inherent in the source material, and not any kind of transfer defect. Color fares wonderfully too; there’s a creamy quality to the picture’s highlights and a slightly warm cast that pervades most of the film. The grading balances vibrant hues–blues and yellows, purples and reds–with skin tones that look consistently natural. Black levels are deep without ever looking oppressive to shadow detail, and contrast is finely tuned. The encode is solid as well, with no overt compression problems like banding, blocking, or excessive noise. I did have two instances where I thought the image “skipped,” for a lack of a better word, causing a temporary judder, but I rewound the film I couldn’t replicate it. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. Regardless, this Blu-ray presentation is sure to impress.
The same goes for the film’s lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which delivers all the sonic explosiveness and attention to detail you expect in a modern day superhero movie. This is one of those mixes that works best if you don’t have next door neighbors. That is, it sounds great when you turn it up loud. The more action-oriented scenes assault you with immersive sound effects. The LFE channel roars and throbs to accentuate Erik’s attempt to magnetically restrain Shaw’s submarine. An anchor attached to a chain whips wildly through the rears and a mutant-induced tornado surrounds you from all sides. The X-Men’s SR-71 whooshes between speakers, and elsewhere you’ll hear pinpoint/cross-channel effects from gunshots, missiles, and various impressionistic swooshes and other sounds, like Xavier’s voice floating in the space behind your head. Of course, it wouldn’t be an action movie without at least a few good explosions, and yes, they’re more than suitably rumbly here The rear channels do cool off, however, during the more dramatic, dialogue-heavy scenes–as you’d expect–but some of these quieter moments probably could’ve benefited from some additional ambience. Nothing loud or distracting, just room noise Henry Jackman, one of Hans Zimmer’s proteges, gives the film a stabbing, brass-heavy score that works really well and sounds great, full and dynamic. Throughout it all, dialogue is clean, balanced, and easy to understand. The disc also includes English descriptive audio and French and Spanish dubs, all in Dolby Digital 5.1, along with English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
- X Marks the Spot Viewing Mode (1080p, 19:55): X Marks the Spot is the film’s pop-up video mode. If you turn this option on, the film will be periodically interrupted by mini-featurettes–there are eight in total–about the story, editing, sound design, special effects, etc., with interviews and lots of behind-the-scenes footage. You can also view these separately from the extras menu.
- Cerebro: Mutant Tracker (1080p): Take your own trip inside Cerebro in this interactive featurette, which allows you to “track” mutants and click on them with your remote, opening up a short video clip and a bio for each. Includes mutants from all of the X-Men films.
- Children of the Atom Documentary (1080p, 1:09:49): A terrific 7-part documentary that covers the origin the story, the choice of mutants, the differences between the comics and the films, visual and make-up effects, sound design and score, costuming, the influence of the early James Bond movies, and the possibility of sequels.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (1080p, 14:07): There are thirteen excised or trimmed scenes shown here in full.
- Composer’s Isolated Score (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- BD-Live Exclusive – “Dogfight” Stunt Test (720p, 2:13): “Proof of Concept” test footage for the aerial dogfight between Angel and Banshee