February 5, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

The X-Men 1.5 (which is the stupid special edition title for DVD of “X-Men”) and the DVD for X2 are must-owns for any DVD collector as they’re both perfect examples of the special edition done right. They’re both packed with special features but all the special features are actually interesting. The films aside (“X-Men” is good, “X2″ is excellent), they’re favorites in my collection.

If you’ve never owned them before or just wanted to see them in hi-def (and “X2″ will probably hold up; I’m not so sure if the CG work in “X-Men” will hold up) they’ll be available on Blu-ray on April 21st. Oh, and so will “X-Men: The Last Stand” but I don’t care for that movie. It’s not a horrible movie, but it has the disadvantage of coming after “X2″ and it’s a really poor effort. Wasting The Dark Phoenix storyline is just unforgivable in my book. Okay, tangent over. Check out the full list of features below. We’ll be sure to bring you the artwork once we have it.

Oh, and the set has a digital copy of each film. As digital copies become more and more prevalent, I need to get myself an external hard-drive. And a higher-capacity iPod. Good thing the economy isn’t horrible.

X-Men Disc One

· Commentary by Bryan Singer and Brian Peck

· Behind-the-Scenes Footage

o Poland Prison Camp

o Senate Chamber

o Cage Fight

o Battle in the Snow

o Xavier’s Office

o Logan, Jean & Scott/ Classroom (Extended Scene) with Optional Commentary

o Mystique/Senator Kelly

o Magneto’s Lair

o Bedroom

o Senator Kelly Dangles

o Cerebro

o Train Attack

o Magneto vs. Cops

o Map of New York

o X-Jet

o Storm Vs. Toad / Wolverine Battles Mystique

o Statue of Liberty

o Sabretooth vs. Wolverine

o Plastic Prison

· Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Commentary by Bryan Singer and Brian Peck

o Storm Teaching Class

o Logan Notices Jean and Scott/Rogue, Scott and Storm in Classroom

o Extended Bedroom Scene with Logan, Jean and Scott

o Bobby Walks Rogue to Dorm/Xavier and Jean in Cerebro

o Xavier and Jean in Office

o Ready Room

· Easter Egg: Blooper

· Fox Special: “The Mutant Watch”

· Bryan Singer Interview

o Why He Made X-Men

o Bringing X-Men From Comic Book to the Big Screen

o Directing Actors

o Learning From Actors

o The Challenges of Making a Studio Film

· Animatics

o “Liberty Head”

o “Train Station”

· Art Gallery

o Character Design

o Production Design

· Three TV Spots

· Music Promo

· Enhanced for D-Box Motion Code Systems

· BD-Live: Wolverine Exclusive

· HD Marvel Universe Trailers

X-Men Disc Two

· Disc Intro by Bryan Singer

· The Uncanny Suspects

o Hugh Jackman’s First Reading

o Hugh Jackman’s Screen Test

o Character Still Gallery

· X-Factor: The Look of the X-Men

o Cyclops Costume Test and Visor

o Storm Costume Test

o Toad Makeup Test

· Image Gallery

o Hardware

o Locations

o Magneto

o Xavier’s School

· Production Documentary Scrapbook

o Multi-Angle Train Splitting

o Multi-Angle Fight Rehearsal

o The Prime Minister of Canada

· The Special Effects of the X-Men

o Senator Kelly Effects Breakdown

o Liberty Head (animatic/film)

o Toad vs. Jean Grey (animatic/film)

o Wolverine vs. Mystique (animatic/film)

o Wolverine vs. Sabretooth (animatic/film)

· Reflection of the X-Men

o Ellis Island Premiere

o Premieres Around the World

· Marketing the X-Men

o Three trailers in HD

· TV Spots

o “Those We Fear”

o “Those Among Us”

o “Changing”

o “Powerful”

o “Human Evolution”

o “Event”

o “Skills Nick”

o “Event Review”

o “Future Rock”

· Internet Interstitials

o “Generic”

o “Director”

o “Professor X”

o “Magneto”

o “Wolverine”

o “Storm”

o “Rogue”

o “Cyclops”

o “Jean Grey”

o “Sabretooth”

o “Mystique”

o “Toad”

X-Men Disc Three

· Digital Copy

X2: X-Men United Disc One

· Commentary by Bryan Singer and Tom Sigel

· Commentary by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter

· Generation X: Comic Book History

· Enhanced for D-Box Motion Code Systems

· BD-Live: Wolverine Exclusive

· HD Marvel Universe Trailers

X2: X-Men United Disc Two

· History of the X-Men

o The Secret Origin of X-Men

o Nightcrawler Reborn

· Pre-Production

o Nightcrawler Attack – Multi-Angle Study

o Evolution in the Details – Designing X2

o United Colors of X

· Production

o Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal

o The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men – Making X2

o Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler!

o Nightcrawler Stunt Rehearsal

o Nightcrawler Time-lapse

o FX2 – Visual Effects

· Post-Production

o Requiem For Mutants – The Score of X2

o X2 Global Webcast Highlights

· Deleted Scenes

o Extended Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight

o Wolverine Kills the Intruder

o Mystique in Stryker’s Files

o Nightcrawler BAMF to Save the Students

o Jean and Storm in the X-Jet

o Jubilee at the Museum

o Pyro Starts the Campfire

o One of the Children is Sick After BAMFing

o Rogue Helps the Children Escape

o Professor X and Cyclops Escape

o Arriving to an Empty School

· Galleries

o Characters

· Locations and Sets

o Alkali Lake Dam

o Cerebro

o Dark Cerebro

o Deathstrike’s Office

o Drake Residence

o Museum

o Mystique & Laurio

o Plastic Prison

o Stryker’s Base

o White House

o X-Jet

o X-Mansion

o Mutant X-Rays

o Nightcrawler Circus Posters

· On-Camera Graphics

o Museum

o Plastic Prison

o Ronny’s Room Posters

o Stryker’s Base

o X-Jet

o X-Mansion

· The Unseen X2

o Angel (Archangel)

o Danger Room Set Construction

o Danger Room Set Design

o Danger Room Storyboards

o Sentinels

· Three HD Trailers

X2: X-Men United Disc Three

· Digital Copy

X3: The Last Stand Disc One

· Director and Writer Commentary by Brett Ratner, Zack Penn and Simon Kinberg

· Producer Commentary by Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter

· HD Deleted Scenes (Optional Director and Writer Commentary by Brett Ratner, Zack Penn and Simon Kinberg)

o Xavier Voice-Over for Main Titles

o Jimmy in Laboratory

o Alternate Version: Beast Meets Logan

o Pyro Tells Magneto About the Cure Announcement – Clean Shaven Version

o Pyro Tells Magneto About the Cure Announcement – Bearded Version

o Alternate Version: Guard Yells at the President

o Extended Fight Sequence at Jean Grey’s House

o “Psychic Battle” Voices

o Alternate Version: Bobby & Kitty Skate

o Original Version: Jean Displays Her Power at the Encampment

o Plastic Weapons Manufacturing

o Hank Warns Trask of Magneto’s Plan

o Original Version: X-Men Board the Jet

o Jean Senses a Scared Little Girl

o Magneto Asks Jean To Help in the Battle

o Storm Creates a Wave

o Beast Breaks A Neck

o Bobby Freezes Phat

o Alternate Version: Here’s Juggy

o Magneto Tortures Logan

o Extended Dark Phoenix Destruction

o Alternate Ending: New School Year Begins

o Alternate Ending: Rogue Returns

o Alternate Ending: Logan Returns to Alberta, Canada

· Enhanced for D-Box Motion Code Systems

· HD Easter Eggs:

o Beast Recites Shakespeare

o X-Jet Lands in D.C.

· BD-Live: Wolverine Exclusive

· HD Marvel Universe Trailers

X3: The Last Stand Disc Two

· Brett Ratner’s Production Diary

· X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy

· X-Men Up Close – Interactive gallery with stills and video

· Generation X: Comic Book History

· Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School

· Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session

· X3: The Excitement Continues in HD

· Anatomy of a Scene: Golden Gate Bridge in HD

· HD Vignettes

o Prophecies

o X-Men Politics

o Clothing vs. Costume

o Make-up Chair Confessions

o Weapons of Choice

o On Set Effects

o Learning to Fly

· HD Blogs

o Production Teaser

o Live From the Danger Room

o MARVELous Cameos

o Editing Magic

· Previz Animatics

o Young Jean Grey

o The Danger Room

o Mystique’s Interrogation

o Jean Rises From the Lake

o Logan and Storm Look for Scott

o Jimmy Meets Mutant Playmate

o Angel Escapes

o Mystique’s Prison Break

o Jean Kills Xavier

o Angel Lands at School

o Magneto Talks to Jean in the Woods

o Logan Fights with Spike

o Multiple Man Decoy

o Magneto Moves Golden Gate Bridge

o Angel Joins the Battle

o Angel Saves His Dad

o Ash Burns Soldiers

o Omega Muties Break into Lab

o Juggernaut Chases Kitty

o Dark Phoenix Finale

· Galleries

o Character Stills

o Concept Art, Storyboards & Models

· Easter Egg

o Colossus Throws Logan Into the Camera

· Three HD Trailers

X3: The Last Stand Disc Three

· Digital Copy

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