X-Men: Volume 4 (1998)

Genre(s): Action / Animation
Disney || NR - 322 minutes - $23.99 || September 15, 2009
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2009-10-06


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: 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::.

I received volume 4 of X-men when I got volume 3. Season 4 is interesting in that that show was still good but signs of decline were beginning to happen.

Volume 4 follows much the same pattern as volume 3 with roughly half of its episodes being two part or multi part epics the standout being by far, "Beyond good and Evil" an 4 part epic that was(originally) intended to be the series finale of the show but ended up being just an "event" mid season due to Fox renewing the show for a 5th season at the last minute. "Beyond.." sees The X-men team up with Cable, Bishop, Archangel and others to stop Apocalypse's biggest world conquering scheme to date. So big in fact that he enlists every other major villain from the series to help him!(Magneto, Sinister, Sabretooth, Mystique, just about everybody). Other goodies include the 2 part "Sanctuary" which is a story loosely based on the 1991 x-men vol. 2's first few issues about Magneto having missiles pointed at earth from his haven for mutants, the space station Asteroid M, "Love in Vain" in which Rogue deals with a former love and the x-men face Aliens, and the love it or hate it classic "Have yourself a Morlock Little Christmas" which is yes, folks, and X-men Christmas special. It's quite silly but I enjoy it.

The signs of decline happened during the 4 part Beyond good and evil. Although it was a good storyline and 4 parter in general, little things started to bother me. Magneto, who had had the same voiceactor for the first 3 seasons and even during the two part "Sanctuary" earlier during this volume now had a new actor. Apocalypse's voice actor had been replaced during volume 3 as well as Mystique's and (quite irritably) The Sentinal robots. It's hoped that these actors simply weren't available for these episodes and they had no choice but if they were replaced voluntarily, it was a bit jarring for me, especially with such a well cast show. Also, with Beyond Good and evil, the show's fourth part is a mess compared to the first 3 as if the writers had no idea how to end it and just decided to "have sh*t happen".

Like volume 3, The episodes aren't all in order and it is bothersome but a good episode guide online can help you watch them in order I suppose.

Volume 4 is a nice mix of multiparters and single episodes and is really the last great volume of the show. Volume 5 won't be as great (if memory serves).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Sounds great and looks great. There are a handful of noticeable animation mistakes but that was typical in early 90's animation. Having DVD quality makes them more noticeable though. Can't complain about the sound at all though. The infamous and catchy theme song sounds ultra bass-tastic coming out of my speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

X-men volume 4 is a curious beast. It wasn't the ratings juggernaut that volume 3's episodes were and I felt like the producers of the show were simultaneously getting more experimental with the plots but maybe lazier on some of the writing and casting. Still a great addition to any x-fan's collection though.