X-Men: Volume 2 (1997)

Genre(s): Action / Animation
Disney || NR - 391 minutes - $23.99 || April 28, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-04-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

“X-Men: The Animated Series” has been a long time in coming to DVD. Fans have asked over and over when Fox (and now Disney) would release the show on DVD and the day has finally come (not including those horrific, random 4-5 episode DVDs released 5 years ago with random cover art that make no sense to the episodes on the actual disc).

As a kid, X-Men was always my favorite comic book and I would go to the local comic book store to get a new issue as soon as they hit newsstands. When Fox launched the TV series my heart literally stopped - I would be able to watch the X-Men I knew and loved in comic book form on television every Saturday morning. Since the cartoon designs are based upon the late 80's/early 90's X-Men I already knew which characters I liked and which I didn't care for.

With that out of the way is the show worth your time? Absolutely. Even though I'm an adult these cartoons still hold up very well in repeat viewings. The characters are very well defined and the show was capable of handling adult story lines. One of the great things about the cartoon is that it takes bits and pieces from the comic book series and inserts it into the show. For instance, "The Phoenix Saga" was originally a story written in 1976 - yet here we are in 1994-1995 exploring that story in TV form. This story just so happens to be my favorite among the X-Men series (both in Comic, Cartoon and Film) so I'm glad to see this again.

Volume 2 includes 17 episodes (From Seasons Two & Three) of the Series. Unlike Volume 1, it appears these are shown in Production order and Air date order - nothing was moved around. This Volume includes almost ever episode from Season Two (continuing where Volume 1 left off) and the first seven from Season Three (ending with the conclusion to the Phoenix Saga, "Child of Light").

Episodes Include:
• Red Dawn
• Repo Man
• X-Ternally Yours
• Time Fugitives (Part 1)
• Time Fugitives (Part 2)
• A Rogue's Tale
• Beauty & The Beast
• Mojo Vision
• Reunion (Part 1)
• Reunion (Part 2)
• Out of the Past (Part 1)
• Out of the Past (Part 2)
• The Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Sacrifice
• The Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Dark Shroud
• The Phoenix Saga (Part 3): Cry of the Banshee
• The Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Starjammers
• The Phoenix Saga (Part 5): Child of Light



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

In reality the disc has no Special Features however I am glad to see Disney has included the "Previously on X-Men" recaps before each episode. Most TV shows on DVD tend to exclude these so it’s a treat that Disney actually included these. I also believe each episode is presented Uncut (judging by the run times).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“X-Men: The Animated Series Volume 2” is Presented in its original 1.33:1 (Full frame) on 2 DVDs. Considering the only way to watch these previously was through alternate means I am very glad to have these officially on DVD. The show has never looked better - the bright neon colors of the early 90's are well represented.

Disney has included English, French and Spanish Audio and Subtitle tracks. Given the low budget for the series (especially the first and second season), the quality here is probably a notch higher compared to what aired fifteen years ago. It’s sufficient.



.::OVERALL::.

“X-Men: The Animated Series” is a fantastic cartoon that easily holds up over time. Old fans and new fans of X-Men will enjoy not only some original stories but the "re-imagining" of classic story lines from the comic books. Here's hoping Disney brings the remaining episodes to DVD!