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Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 45 (Jan/Feb 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Tyler Mane & Anna Paquin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes an extended version accessed through seamless branching, a making-of featurette

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000640
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/21/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Bryan Singer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Professor Xavier (Stewart) is the brains behind a talented group of genetically altered humans known as the X-Men. These mutants are a worldwide peace-keeping force against the bad mutants who wreak havoc on the world. Bruce Davison is a skeptical senator who seeks to identify and restrict the movements of all mutants

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits image quality that, at times, can be stunning. The picture opens with an intentionally contrasted, monochromatic setting during the holocaust. As the movie progresses, the dark picture becomes more vibrant and balanced, though director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC opted for a more muted look compared to other films based on comic books. The result is a dark picture with vibrant spot colors, with excellent balance throughout. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with even the darkest scenes appearing well defined. Images are sharp and finely detailed into backgrounds, with excellent depth and clarity. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with excellent visual information between darkness and picture black. Distractions, like edge enhancement and pixelization, are minimal, if noticed at all. (Suzanne Hodges)

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