X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

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In X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut, mutant Rogue (Paquin) finally joins the other original characters from the original X-Men film trilogy. They join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike.This Rogue cut of the film takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. (Gary Reber)

Both the theatrical version (02:11:35) and the unrated Rogue Cut version (02:28:45) are available. Special features include commentary by Director Bryan Singer and John Ottman, commentary by Singer and Writer Simon Kinberg, the featurettes Mutant Vs Machines (HD 52:41) and X-Men: Unguarded (HD 30:11), a gallery, a second-screen app, the Fantastic Four sneak peek (HD 01:49), and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC Arri Alexa digital picture is absolutely terrific, though, this is the 2D version, not the 3D conversion by Stereo D. The imagery exhibits a wonderfully saturated color palette that slightly mutates, depending on the time period and segment environments. The scenes of the future are effectively contrasted with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation, while the scenes from the past are varied, from a bit of undersaturation to naturally normal. Fleshtones are healthily rendered for a natural appearance. Resolution is superb, in backgrounds and foregrounds, and especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The diversity of scenes and production design is effectively engaging throughout. This is a superb reference-quality picture that will surely thrill fans of the X-Men trilogy. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is terrific as well, especially with respect to dialogue integration, which enhances the realism. Atmospherics and sound effects effectively deliver a sense of realism in all scenes, with image-specific directionality and with .1 LFE extended bass either providing foundation or enhancement of intense action. At times the bass extends powerfully to sub-25 Hz frequencies, which is readily felt. The added two channels in the 7.1-channel mix provide an enveloping and spatial presence throughout the soundfield, with an aggressive, immersive surround presence. The orchestral score is dynamic, with an extremely wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surround channels. Recording quality is excellent. This is a dynamic and beautifully executed holosonic® soundtrack that is reference quality. (Gary Reber)