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, at times, can be stunning. 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, ASC 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. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with excellent visual information between darkness and picture black. Distractions, like edge enhancement and pixelization, are minimal, if noticed at all. (Suzanne Hodges)
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