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X2 (X2: X-Men United)
Widescreen
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Stars:
Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Kelly Hu & Anna Paquin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5+
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
Internet Links
http://www.x-men2dvd.com

Special Features
Disc One of the two-disc DVD set offers two audio commentary tracks: one with director Bryan Singer and cinematographer Tom Sigel, and the other with producers Lauren Shuler Donner and screenwriters Ralph Winter, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris & David Hayter. Disc Two is packed with supplements split up into sub-menus. The History Of The X-Men is a selection that takes you to two comic book related featurettes: the 15-minute The Secret Origin Of X-Men (learn how it evolved into, so far, the two movies) and the eight-minute Nightcrawler Reborn. Pre-Production offers a multi-angle study (effects and animatics) on Nightcrawler


 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2009202
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sci-Fi action/violence, some sexuality and brief language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 134
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bryan Singer
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Special Notes:
Also available in a 1.33:1 edition, and also in a two-pack with "X-Men 1.5."

Story Synopsis:
"X2" (also known with the title "X2: X-Men United") is a highly entertaining sequel that will thrill moviegoers and fans of the comic book alike! The world is in a heightened state of chaos when a mysterious teleporting mutant tries to assassinate the President of the United States. Humans have become increasingly intolerant of mutants and Professor Xavier

DVD Picture:
The picture on both the D-VHS D-Theater and DVD, both framed at 2.35:1, are certain to impress; but the D-Theater is superior in its definition, clarity, and delineation of the finest details. Starting with the anamorphically enhanced DVD, images are sharp and well defined, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Colors are fully saturated, with satisfying fleshtones, rich hues, and deep, solid blacks. The darkest scenes, like the storming of the X-Men compound in Chapter 14, offer just enough visual information to get in on the action! The high-def D-Theater picture is something to be seen with its deeper levels of shadow delineation, smoother and more detailed images, and better chromatic purity. Pixelization is not bothersome with the DVD, but the picture does look slightly digital when compared to the slick images on the D-Theater. While the DVD exhibits some edge enhancement at times, the distraction is all but absent on D-VHS D-Theater. Only the pickiest viewers may notice its occasional presence, but the picture is impressively clean. (Suzanne Hodges)

Soundtrack:
The 5.1 audio presentations continue in the spirit of the excellent, creatively distinguished soundtrack for the original. Fidelity is absolutely state-of-the-art and superlative, and the tonality overall is neutral and comfortable to the ears. This a wide-ranging sound mix, often with quiescent to moderate spatial engagement. And then of course there are the many instances of active, dynamic, emotionally heightened activity that really takes effective advantage of the surrounds. But beyond all this, perhaps the primary distinguishing factor for this soundtrack is the sound design, namely the artistic crafting of the myriad sound effects, particularly those for objects that don

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D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Rating:
4.5

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