Alexandra DuPont Tells All About Upcoming X-MEN dvd
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So I was discussing the DVD medium with my special-needs younger brother the other night, and we both agreed on a couple of points w/r/t DVD's direct-access, media-by-the-slice, multiple-cuts-on-one-platter convenience:
- Watching a DVD on a good home theater is, with notable exceptions, a vastly better experience than going to the movies. These days, owning the disc costs only slightly more than hauling oneself to a greasy cineplex with a hungry date and the jabbering ne'er-do-wells you'd encounter in the movie theatre are at least invited ne'er-do-wells when it's at your house.
- More important, the medium's capacity to store multiple cuts and other effluvia is making it so that filmmakers are crafting their movies for DVD rather than for the cineplex. This is because DVD far more than celluloid, far more than retail videotapes is the unassailable final punctuation mark on any film project.
If I may further ascend the lofty slopes of Mt. Obvious, point (2) represents a profound shift in the way movies can be bargained over creatively. Directors fighting the studio on a given scene might concede to deleting that scene if they get to restore it on the disc. The dirty little secret, of course, is that everybody sort of wins: The Suits can claim Round One for themselves and keep their fannies nice and shiny, but the filmmaker gets the last word and on a medium that will last infinitely longer than celluloid. This sort of negotiation is already happening, and it will happen with greater and greater frequency as "The Industry" figures out just how much the landscape's been altered since mid-1997.
Which brings us, in a roundabout way, to X-Men DVD which streets Nov. 21, day and date with the VHS. Given point (2) above, geeks 'round the world have their hopes up for this platter mostly because of the following:
- Because it's been rumored on the Internet for months that there's a treasure trove of character-driven deleted scenes;
- Because X-Men director Bryan Singer proved on his Usual Suspects DVD commentary track that he's second only to P.T. Anderson in wittily chatting up his own work;
- And because the disc is being advertised as having an "Extended Branching" feature that allows us to watch a protracted cut of the film a cut that one presumes will be Singer's restored "vision" for X-Men.
Well, I've seen the disc, and I'm here to tell you that you may need to lower your expectations a little down to "reasonably high" from, say, "the stratosphere." Extras-wise, this is a good, not great, platter for a very good movie. There's no commentary track, and "Extended Branching," I'm sorry to report, comes off as a not-entirely-effective gimmick. (More on that later.)
Following is my spoilerific analysis, which includes a fairly explicit detailing of the disc's two "Easter eggs." But first I'm going to talk about what I thought of the movie; if you've seen X-Men and you devour "X-Men" comics and your opinion is an already-hardened, flame-retardant block of granite, skip ahead to Part IV, which is devoted to the extras.
II. FOR THE REST OF YOU, BUT QUICKLY: HERE'S THE STORY
Evolution has produced a new social caste of "mutants" who have nifty powers, brood and scuffle more than they ought, and serve as a catch-all metaphor for every oppressed class in history from gays to minorities to that dork who was really shy in class and wore glasses and drew pictures of dragons and barbarians on his Pee-Chee (not coincidentally, that latter oppressed person represents the target audience for the film.) Several of the above mutants make grandiose plans and fight; special effects ensue. Based on the Marvel comic.
III. ALSO QUICKLY: WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE MOVIE
I liked it. I liked it a lot, actually. If I may distill from previous writings on the subject:
As directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men sort of came off like the greatest TV-movie pilot launching an X-Men television series that could possibly be made, if that makes any sense. By which I mean Singer does extremely solid work with his team for less money than usual pulling a character-driven, occasionally moody film out of his hat where other filmmakers might have pulled out something more like the "X-Men" coin-op game.
What struck me most about the first third of the movie which is primarily devoted to introducing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) before they form teams and fight was its almost weighty sense of loneliness. Key introductory and meeting scenes are shot in somber, wintry tones; there's an intro set during the Holocaust (quite a tone-setter, that) that looks for a good minute like it was shot in black and white. There's another scene where McKellen's arch-villain Magneto says "by any means necessary" making subtext text w/r/t the movie's broadly sketched Malcolm-X-vs.-MLK-Jr. theme. (Granted, this Planet of the Apes-caliber social commentary is seriously clouded by the fact that people on the MLK Jr. side spend a lot of time beating up people on the Malcolm X side, but still....)
This prevailing thoughtful tone is abetted by the actors, who almost uniformly underplay their roles. McKellen and Patrick Stewart (as Professor X) lend, as if from on high, gravity and class and intelligence to their scenes. Save one "witty" quip about toads and lightning uttered by poor Halle Berry, who's barely in the film, nothing and no one in X-Men insulted me. Given that people are flying around hitting each other, that's marvelous news.
And though some may have marked the absence of a certain "oomph," a certain adrenaline rush, to the proceedings, Singer still crafted something with well-sketched characters, a watertight plotline and genuine thematic weight and I'm happy to report all that stuff stands out even better on DVD (plus you get a more leisurely chance to notice the director's placement of "X" visual motifs throughout the film; there are more than you may remember from the theater).
I suppose Singer's "genius," if I may totally abuse the word, was to approach X-Men as one might approach one of those somber, broadly sketched science-fiction morality tales that Hollywood doesn't make much any more. It's more like Gattaca with fistfights than it's like Batman and Robin, which is in my opinion a very good thing. And while there's no relentless Woo-Ping-choreographed fight sequence crowning the film (and there certainly isn't one in the DVD's deleted scenes), in every other sense, this was the comic-book adaptation that vocal sectors of the geek community had been clamoring for a superhero movie that took the notion of a superhero universe really, really seriously.
IV. HERE'S WHAT'S ON THAT "SPECIAL FEATURES" MENU
(1) But First, A Word on the Menus and Fox DVD Promo: Before I begin, I want to address the Fox DVD promo (horrid tag line: "GET INTO IT!") that blares at you like an unsubtle neighbor, uninvited, for a couple of minutes after you first pop in the disc. First off, we bought the DVD already why are you trying to sell us on the medium? Second, Fox advertising executives might re-consider their promotion in the commercial of what they call their "full 3-D cutting-edge menus!" It comes off like Nintendo pimping its N64 games by yelling, "Totally awesome Top-10 score rosters!" I mean, really.
And for that matter, the menu screens on the X-Men DVD are among the first sort-of-blah screens Fox Home Video's come up with since they cleaned up their act last year with their Alien Legacy DVDs. The main menu is preceded by a long fly-around of the Cerebro chamber that's about as interesting as a slow orbit of a Christmas ornament; and the Special Features menu has a high-speed POV of Wolverine's high-speed motorcycle ride (a good idea) addled with blaringly loud motorcycle effects that grate after literally 10 seconds (very, very bad idea).
Anyhoo, on to the extras:
(2) The "Extended Branching" Feature. Here's how "Extended Branching" works, as stated on the relevant DVD menu: "By selecting the Extended Branching Version, you have the opportunity to see unfinished scenes that were not included or edited differently from the movie. With this option selected, an 'X-Men' emblem will appear during the film to indicate that the player is locating the additional scene. There will be a short pause before and after the scenes are played. Upon completion of the added scene, you will be returned to the movie.... To view the unfinished scenes independently of the film, select specific scenes from the scene listing."
It's an awkward but quite accurate description: "Seamless" this ain't. When "Extended Branching" is on, the movie's tempo is broken at six points by a one-second dark screen; then you see a semi-murky deleted scene (with some artifacting) that may be an extended cut of something you just watched or will be watching next; and then you're returned to the movie. It's a little awkward, truth be told though I'm certainly grateful the deleted scenes are on the disc and can be viewed separately, which is what I'll probably be doing from now on.
As for what those deleted/unfinished scenes entail:
- "Storm Teaching Class" Halle Berry (in one of her many cute tops) lecturing a class (which includes student Kitty Pryde) on the Roman Emperor's conversion to Christianity foreshadowing the ultimate fate of Sen. Kelly, the film's right-wing bogeyman. Much of this footage was incorporated into the tour of the school Logan takes with Prof. Xavier.
- "Logan Notices Jean and Cyclops / Rogue in a Classroom with Bobby and Storm" Specifically, Logan notices Jean and Cyclops holding hands as they teach what appears to be a motorcycle-repair class (is Xavier's school preparing students for careers in the automotive aftermarket?). The moments in this clip featuring Rogue in class was also incorporated into Logan's school tour; however, there's a fairly touching moment after class when Rogue asks Storm, "Can he cure me?" and Storm answers, "I don't think it really works like that." Redundant, but not without merit.
- "Extended Bedroom Scene" For my money, the best of the deleted scenes, and the first I wanted to see in the final cut of the film. It's Logan and Jean talking and Cyclops warning Logan to "stay away from my girl" all over again, but with approximately twice the dialogue including Logan calling Cyclops "a little restrained" for Jean, Jean defending Cyclops, and Cyclops telling Logan, "I'd feel better if you were taking this more seriously." Why for the love of St. Peter did they cut this?
- "Bobby Walks Rogue to Her Dorm Room / Xavier and Jean in Cerebro" Featuring more of Patrick Stewart strapping on a silly-looking headset while underplaying, only with worse lighting. Adds nothing to the narrative; glad they cut it.
- "Xavier and Jean in Xavier's Office" Jean discussing Wolverine's "sense of honor" while wearing what looks to be a tony cocktail dress. Features a good Xavier line, well-delivered by Patrick Stewart: "I think if you're going to read minds, there are safer minds to start with than Logan's." Adds resonance to the Cyclops/Logan/Jean romantic triangle; again, sad they cut it.
- "Ready Room Scene" When I first read the scene title, I thought this snippet might depict the thrilling "Danger Room" from the comics, where the X-Men train but in fact it's Cyclops telling Logan to put on a uniform. All of 20 seconds long, this is noteworthy for Logan's response to Cyclops' question about his ability to take orders: "I dunno," Logan says. "Give me one."
(2) Fox Special: "The Mutant Watch": One of the things I rather enjoyed about X-Men was the fact that clichéd right-wing demagogue Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison) gets a chance to make his case for fearing mutants and to grow during the course of the film. Somehow, this 22-minute Fox TV special promoting the film makes him seem less nuanced. Written by Marshall Brutus Drazen and directed by Tom Grane, it's set during some hearings of a "Senate Subcommittee on Mutant Activities," and features Davison calling mutants "deceitful" and all but twirling his mustache as he refers to "genetically pure and patriotic Americans" and says, "One should love the mutant but hate the mutation." Another sledgehammer touch: Every senator challenging him is a minority, a woman, or both. Subtle!
As infomercials go, though, this is still a pretty good one. Its closing moments are funny and a little chilling, and there are interviews with Stewart, McKellen, Singer, Jackman, Tyler Mane, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Tom DeSanto, Avi Arad and Bob Harris of Marvel Comics, makeup designer Gordon Smith, Lauren Schuler Donner, and of course Stan Lee (who goes out of his way to give his late "X-Men" collaborator and comics genius Jack Kirby his due, God bless him).
(3) Bryan Singer Interview: Rather than the coveted director commentary, we're given about 10 minutes' worth of clips from a TV interview Singer conducted with the esteemed Charlie Rose. The subjects? "Why he made X-Men," "Bringing X-Men from comic book to big screen," "Directing actors," "Learning from actors," and "The challenges of making a studio film." You're left wanting more, of course Singer barely hints at the obstacles he faced when the studio moved his production deadline up by almost six months but the clips are valuable in revealing the director's solid grasp of character and theme as he worked to transcend the comic-book genre. He talks about X-Men in a way that, say, Steven Spielberg did not talk about Jurassic Park on the JP DVD.
(4) Hugh Jackman's Screen Test: This is one of my favorite extras, actually, because it's devoted to the best thing about X-Men: the woman-melting, star-making performance of Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. As The New Yorker's review of the film rather breathlessly put it, Jackman's charismatic, hairy-chested performance was an act of "pure sex," but there's more to it than that: Jackman speaks for the audience (or, rather, for whom the audience wishes it could be when it's having a bad day at the office), making fun of the code names and the uniforms and pretty much every other superhero trope even as he quietly relishes the fantasy heroism.
In the screen test, which focuses on Jackman and Paquin playing an earlier, longer draft of their scene in Logan's truck (there are references to his possible wife's photo), Jackman plays it so cool he almost looks bored but the clip reveals his stillness as a major factor in the success of his performance, and the success of the film. (Whenever I read that Mission Impossible 2's rather underwhelming baddie Dougray Scott almost played Wolverine, I invariably blanch; good heavens, they dodged a bullet with that one.)
(5) Trailers and Promotional Spots: Two theatrical trailers, three TV spots all well-produced plus one "Music Promotional Spot" for Michael Kamen's tuneless score. But get this: Remember how I said DVD gives the director the last word? And remember the horrid wire work in the very first theatrical trailer as Wolverine rounded the Statue of Liberty's crown? Well, Fox (or Singer) have placed recut trailer(s) on this disc with the bad wire-fu effect apparently replaced by the (much better) final version of the shot. "Trailer A" is, in effect, not exactly "Trailer A."
It's a minor quibble, but I find this revisionist history mildly appalling: It would have been nice to be able to track the progression from early trailer to final cut, and for my money something's lost when the DVD is no longer an accurate historical document of what was shown in theaters. (That said, it's entirely possible the trailer[s] were re-cut while still in theatrical release. But still.) Please discuss.
What is nice is that the first of two "Easter eggs" can be found in the "Trailers and Promotional Spots" lobby menu: Click on the rose, and you get the shortest of blooper reels.
(6) Art Gallery: These are fairly standard collections of character- and production-design sketches and still photographs; my personal favorites were a close-up of a dummy Westchester Tribune newspaper with mutant-fearing headlines and some far-grosser depictions of the mutated Sen. Kelly.
In the "Art Gallery" lobby menu, you also find Easter Egg No. 2: Click on the Wolverine dog tag, and you'll find preliminary ILM sketches of "The Beast" and "The Blob," two characters who didn't make the final cut (and from looking at the sketches, I'd say it was due to budget constraints; I'd keep an eye out for The Beast in the inevitable sequel). For fans of the comic, I'm happy to report that The Beast looked very bow-tied and professorial save for his thumbed feet and hypertrophied limbs. The Blob looked like The Kingpin in a wrestling singlet.
(7) THX OptiMode: This is a relatively new feature that you can also find on Fox's Fight Club and Disney's Toy Story discs, and I like it: It's essentially a tutorial that provides audio and video tests to help you balance your speakers and calibrate your TV set. Kudos to Fox for including it.
(8) Animatics: These play, essentially, like groovy soundless video games for two action bits: the "Train Station Fight Sequence" and the "Statue of Liberty Fight Sequence." These are notable for their differences from the final cut; framing and pacing and logistics, particularly on the Statue of Liberty fight, are considerably altered.
As you can see, there's a considerable amount to enjoy here even if it isn't the "Director's Cut" many had longed for. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if there's an extras-packed, two-disc edition of X-Men in the works for next summer I've heard rumours of rumours at mysterious martini lunches, and of course Fox has a two-discer of Die Hard in the works, so why not X-Men? But all of this is, of course, obsessive snobbery. Extras and gewgaws and trailer recuts aside, the bottom line is this: There's a fantastic transfer of a very entertaining, well-crafted, 90-minute movie called X-Men hitting stores in three weeks and it's well worth checking out. Just keep that "Special Features" menu volume turned way down....
- Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1)
- Single-sided, dual-layered disc (SS-DL)
- Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (English, French)
- English and Spanish subtitles
- Six deleted or alternate scenes, available individually or in an "extended branching version"
- Fox TV special "The Mutant Watch"
- Five interview excerpts of Bryan Singer on "The Charlie Rose Show"
- Trailers and TV spots
- Soundtrack promo
- "Art Galleries" character and production design
- Animatics of two special-effects sequences
- THX Optimode calibration
- Two "Easter eggs"
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Oct. 30, 2000, 2:46 a.m. CST
I'm not trying to start shit here. I just don't get what made this movie so special. Batman and Blade were two much more superior superhero films. Why go nuts over a movie that borrowed so much from those two. The only thing that I really enjoyed about this flick was toad. Guy looked like a punk. but that is just me. I think green hair is cool. I will say, however, that Hugh Jackman did rock. I will be interested to see the deleted scenes. Maybe the character development is all there. I was pissed off when I heard that they cut out 45 minutes of character development to "pick up the pace". That's all I have to say.
Oct. 30, 2000, 3:30 a.m. CST
I did like it. A lot. And part of liking X-Men has to do with coming to terms with what has been left out... Of course I wanted there to be further character development, more cameos from familiar faces, an older actress to play a more mature Storm (sorry Halle, you know I love you!), more everything and anything X-Men. But, in the end, I wanted there to be more because what was there worked so well that I bought into these guys as the characters I know from my childhood, come to life and up on that screen. That's saying a LOT. Batman was a superior movie? It was not because it DIDN'T HAVE BATMAN IN IT, it had BATMICHAELKEATON. Definitely not a bad actor to go with, but not Batman. Alexandra's comment that the underspoken (for the genre) performances made the movie is COMPLETELY TRUE. In fact I would have even preferred fewer fight scenes and more down time, more battle damage, more destruction and less destructive powers - this is what *destructive* powers DO, people! And yet, I only wanted this because Singer gave me something I could buy into, an entertaining, rich, and character-driven world which wholly surpassed any superhero movie to come before, save maybe Lawrence of Arabia... Superheroes are not interesting in a superhero world, we have Rocky Horror for that... Superheroes are an alien, even dangerous, element trying to make good in a world not contorted by wacky wire-fu physics and infrastructure so amazingly funded that all the wrecked sky-scrapers in Metropolis can be repaired within hours. Batman had hints of this, yes, but the detective work was not detective work but inventory-taking with the aid of a supercomputer (!) and THE JOKER DIED, after somehow developing a super-nerve-gas singlehandedly and recruiting a painfully loyal army of inner-city youth... huh? So far, X-Men is all we have in terms of a moving superhero movie,and it remains vivid, entertaining, and feasible enough for us to take a stake... even the Superman franchise died for me with Superman IV (not to mention III)... so live it up! This movie was genious for the problems it avoided, for the way it portrayed two worlds with which we are already intimately familiar (the world of Xaviers and Magnetos and also the world in which we live), and it gave everything for which we could ask in a package with which it's nearly impossible to niggle or feel betrayed... Could it be a TV pilot? Hell yes! But given that the franchise (for now) will be released on the screen, here's to seeing the Forge-Storm relationship, Gambit, Colossus and that fabulous fastball special, etc. in X-Men II! And after six or seven movies, we might be ready for Dark Phoenix, Apocalypse, or even the Brood! Doesn't it just make you salivate?
Oct. 30, 2000, 3:50 a.m. CST
This sounds like a great DVD, eben without the directors cut. Can't wait to see that extended scene with Wolvie, Jean and Cyclops. By the way, check out my ass-kicking X-Men review at www.heres-looking-at-movies.com
Oct. 30, 2000, 5:31 a.m. CST
I hate to whine but I love director commentary on DVDS. I can't believe that a project like Ximen won't have one...Hell even pitch black had two!!!
Oct. 30, 2000, 8:56 a.m. CST
Thanks for the info, this is exactly the information I want at this stage of the game. If there's more content to be had then I want MORE, and I'll pick up the inevitable 2-disk set when it arrives, and hand the November release down to somebody. Meanwhile I'll be enjoying the disk in November along with everybody else. I agree that Blade kicked ass in the action department. But what made X-Men so great to me was the delicate handling of familiar characters, evrybody was in character -- the movie was kinda heavy and serious and emotional, but P.S., there was some ass-kicking. What made both those movies the two best comicbook movies ever (that's right, you heard me)was the humanization of the icons, the way we saw these larger-than-life characters in pretty much contemporary real life, as pretty much believable people. Keepin it real yo. That's why I'm sort of glad we didn't get the big blue CGI Beast looking all obvious in the middle of all these actors, and I'm sort of glad they didn't try to do Angel or Nightcrawler or some other obvious special effect type character. The lack of this human touch is what would make me think twice before betting the farm on a best picture Oscar for Superman Vs. Lobo. Hey studio bigwigs, how 'bout Mighty Mouse versus ACTION LEAGUE NOW!
Oct. 30, 2000, 9:31 a.m. CST
The subject says it all. Just what did X-Men borrow 'so heavily' from it? Also, as much fun as I had with Batman back in 1989 (and still love it now) X-Men is more faithful to the source material and personally, is a better movie to me.
Oct. 30, 2000, 12:35 p.m. CST
If there is any reason on God's green earth to apply cloning research to humans, Hugh Jackman is it. God bless Bryan Singer, and let's have a Wolverine solo film!
Oct. 30, 2000, 12:43 p.m. CST
Sorry, got carried away with the Hugh Jackman thing...Wonderful review as usual. I look forward to owning this film.
Oct. 30, 2000, 1:01 p.m. CST
yep - I ordered this DVD BEFORE we got a DVD player at home. Come to think of it....I ordered the Gladiator DVD also. Thank god we're getting our DVD Player this weekend! Oh ya, Hugh Jackman: The BEST ebodiment of ANY comic book character EVER. Period. Excelsior!
Oct. 30, 2000, 1:10 p.m. CST
what a shame. i was hoping for the rumored cyclops-discovering-his-powers scene.
Oct. 30, 2000, 2:38 p.m. CST
by Village Idiot
That is, X-Men: The Pancake, as opposed to what might have been, namely X-Men: The Birthday Cake, or even X-Men: The Casserole, and indeed, a more satisfying snack. Never has the fantastic seemed so flat. Ultimately, a forgettable film.
Oct. 30, 2000, 2:44 p.m. CST
by Village Idiot
For those of us who are ignorant of such matters, please explain.
Oct. 30, 2000, 3:14 p.m. CST
Oct. 30, 2000, 3:34 p.m. CST
I have to admit, I thought you guys were gonna crucify me for me previous comments. Instead you just answered my question. Oh... by the way, what I thought was so good about Batman had nothing to do with the casting. It was the fact that Tim Burton took what could have been typical summer fare and made a wonderful detective/noir film. I enjoyed the characters of Eckhardt, Knox and Grissam. That's all for now.
Oct. 30, 2000, 6:21 p.m. CST
OffTopic: Has anyone heard if there is going to be a dvd of the SciFi series Exposed? I would love to have most of those shorts on DVD. OnTopic: I enjoyed X-Men alot. I went in to it not expecting much but was pleasently surprised. I would love more action but you have to admit, all the characters were dealt with properly. What is it with Singer and commentaries?!?
Oct. 30, 2000, 9:04 p.m. CST
It IS on the DVD according to thedigitalbits.com.
Oct. 30, 2000, 9:06 p.m. CST
Don't get me wrong, loved the movie. But if I'm going to pick up a DVD, I'm going to make sure it's the SUPER DELUXE SPECIAL BONUS FANTASTICO version. I already got burned on "The Green Mile" DVD, and almost did on the "Dogma" DVD. So unfortunately I'll have to rent this DVD a few times until Fox decides they've ripped off enough folks and put out the good version.
Oct. 30, 2000, 9:06 p.m. CST
Ms. Dupont actually mentioned the blooper reel easter egg, which includes the aforementioned Spiderman scene.
Oct. 30, 2000, 9:09 p.m. CST
Check out dvdfile.com and thedigitalbits.com regularly to keep up-to-date on DVD news. That way, you'll know all of the features of the DVD before you buy it.
Oct. 31, 2000, 7:04 a.m. CST
by Sith Lord Jesus
First of all, I say here and now that the X-MEN DVD WILL BE MINE! It sounds tres fab. I saw the flick twice in the theaters and while it didn't knock my socks off the way the first SUPERMAN movie did back when I was but a wee mutant, it got a solid thumbs up from *me.* But when O when, Cartuna-chan, do we get the ultra-kawaii Sailor Moon-esque caricature of Madamosille DuPont that we all crave?? It'd be so coooool! Comeon, we all know you can deliver--or has she threatened to disembowel you if you did? Hmm, perhaps something in a more DC/Marvel vein would be appropriate. . .
Oct. 31, 2000, 8:14 a.m. CST
by The Game
Having seen this film about 12 times at the cinema & being a total X-MEN freak this DVD will be mine. By the way, I've listened to the soundtrack a few times and although I admit it's not amazing it's okay and compliments the film pretty well. Plus, the tracks 'cerebo' and 'X-Jet' kick ass & the opening title music in the film is quite simply the best intro music since Elfman & Goldenthal's Batman themes. Can't wait to see what Beast & Blob look like though.
Oct. 31, 2000, 8:44 a.m. CST
The X-Men DVD is very cool, we're having a contest on my site, where you can be one of the first to own it. Take a look it's at EclipseMagazine.com, http://www.eclipsemagazine.com
Oct. 31, 2000, 9:39 a.m. CST
In the novelization, there were a few scenes depicting Cyclops discovering his powers on prom night, Storm's "awakening" after being pummelled by the village children, and one with Rogue and another boy from school a couple months after she kissed the one in her bedroom. Then she ran away. Also there is no cage fight in the book, which makes me beleive that the cage scene may have been added near the end of filming or during a re-shoot, since it probably wasn't in the script that the novelization authors used to write the book.
Oct. 31, 2000, 3:59 p.m. CST
And that's about the first positive thing I've written in a long time. But this is a terrific review that points out many of the reasons I liked this (perfect moniker) "TV pilot." Terrific stuff, as a review and as consumer information.
Oct. 31, 2000, 6:56 p.m. CST
How about a little remedial journalism class with Ms. Dupont as the teacher all the other AICN correspondents want to sleep with?Before anyone chimes in with "stop whining about their writing" or some similar platitude, I have this to say: It's so bad I can't understand what many of them are saying (Case in point, Harry's intro to Ms. Dupont's review). If a website has aspirations to professionalism, as AICN seems to, it really needs to be coherent.
Oct. 31, 2000, 7:39 p.m. CST
Hmm, I think I just fell in love with Alexandra DuPont. Well, perhaps it was merely the relief of not having to machete my way through a jungle of participles as per Lighthouse's exercises in grammatical dysfunction. But then again, who can really say?
Nov. 1, 2000, 3:53 a.m. CST
Oh...man! I hope they bring out Blob for the X-men sequel, Beast would be nice too! The classic mutants are definetly the coolest!
Nov. 1, 2000, 1:44 p.m. CST
by Village Idiot
Nov. 1, 2000, 3:23 p.m. CST
I reported it to El Cosmico or someone else...and no reply...no care...no nothing...not the first time either...so fuck it. I have a copy of the disc without graphics on it....ooooo big news.two weeks too late guys. once again that is. it sux. Gamblor.
Nov. 2, 2000, 1:27 p.m. CST
If I'm not mistaken, that was in reference to the movie, not to actually historical occurrences... That is to say, that if one were to carry the Magneto=Malcolm X and Xavier=MLK analogy too far, the movie would depict the analogues of MLK's followers beating up on the analogues of MX's followers. Get it? Basically, if the movie's trying to draw parallels to MLK/MX, they basically drop the ball on their version of MLK's movement, because the X-Men beat up on Magneto et. al. whereas MLK and his supporters never beat up MX and his supporters as a way to defeat his "by any means necessary" philosophy. Okay, I'm going to stop now....
Nov. 3, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST
by Village Idiot
I misread the statement, as I think you've gathered. Now I understand. Thanks for the hand. Now you know why my name is not Village Genius.
Nov. 18, 2000, 8:02 p.m. CST
Hey all, I am not fortunate to own a DVD player, so I a DEFINITELY BUYING X-MEN on VHS. One question though. Does anyone know what the 10 minutes of never before scenes are supposed to be? And are they going to be separate from the actual movie, or are they edited into the film itself?
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