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
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits image quality that appears to be virtually the same as the previously released DVD. 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 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. Distractions, like edge enhancement and pixelization, are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)
I am most interested in the formats (audio) of DVDs. I buy a DVD, and then it is re-introduced in a deluxe package some time later. I am not that interested in the extras, but the DVD is invariably upgraded in sound. This is usually DTS ES surround but in some cases DTS ES 6.1 (discrete). Most reviews (Home Theater, Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, Sound And Vision) do not address this situation. I am subscribing to Widescreen Review, hopefully, to solve this problem. I am looking forward to my first issue and a long relationship with your magazine.