X-MEN: FIRST CLASS DVD Review
Almost 10 years after the first X-men film was relased, 20th Century Fox brings us the prequel to that series, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, for our DVD viewing pleasure. The premise behind X-Men: First Class is to tell the beginning of the story. As X-Men fans are aware, the first film starts with Xavier and Magneto as enemies with two very different agendas, and with the X-Men class as adults fighting to help save the world. X-Men continued with the franchise with X2 and X-Men The Last Stand, adding and subtracting mutants as it went. With nowhere else left to go, X-Men went back to the beginning, which I believe was a fantastic choice.
The movie begins by showing a young Erik and the circumstances surrounding how he became aware of his powers. It then focuses on young Charles and young Mystique and their first meeting. Have you wondered how the X-Men got their beginning? Do you want to know why Xavier and Magneto are enemies when clearly they were friends at one time? How did they form the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants? Are you curious as to how Xavier managed to find all of these mutants? X-Men: First Class answers all of these questions and more. Plus, it introduce us to new mutants such as Havok, Frost, Angel, Banshee, Riptide, Azazel, and Darwin. Plus, you have Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, the main villian of the film. How can you go wrong with Kevin Bacon?
The X-Men: First Class DVD is loaded with extras, over 2 hours of them. There were 8 behind-the-scenes features that were, at most times, too technical for my liking. It was not at all unexpected given how many sound effects, special effects, costuming, etc. went into this movie. However, that just is not something I am generally interested in. The behind-the-scenes features covered everything from how they decided what the beginning of the movie would be, guest spots for returning X-Men, lens distortion, and how they spent a lot of time and energy to make the movie have a 60’s James Bond type feel. That was repeated so much thoughout all of the extras that at some points I felt like screaming.
Other extras include a Composer’s Isolated Score, a game called Cerebro: Mutant Tracker that, when activated, has you collect and read more information on various mutants. Once you have them all, you unlock additional content. There was a feature called “Children of the Atom” that went behind-the-scenes in a less technical way and discussed casting, centering the story around Charles and Erik, how they costumed and styled the movie in that 60’s/James Bond way (yes, mentioned again!), and then how they made more special effects. Generally I enjoyed these features better than the first more technical ones. Finally, there were 13 deleted or extended scenes equaling plenty of additional movie content. My favorite deleted scene involved Part 1 of Charles and Moira’s Tryst. I understand why it was deleted as the writers opted not to have a love story, but it was good nevertheless. Finally, the DVD does have access to additional digital content on your computer.
I find that I am enjoying prequels much more than sequels these days and X-Men: First Class is no exception. Having not read the comic books, I truly did not know the back story to this franchise and I loved seeing it all played out. Whether the story stayed true to the comics, I do not know. I suspect, as usual, the writers took some creative liberties, but from what I can tell it certainly worked.
X-Men: First Class is a DVD I would recommend. It had a great storyline, recognizable and excellent actors, and was a fun time. If you are an X-Men fan, that is even more reason for you to own it. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out!
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