X-Men: Volume 1 (1997)

Genre(s): Action / Animation
Disney || NR - 368 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, "Days of Future Past" was originally a story written in 1981 - yet here we are in 1993 exploring that story in TV form.

Volume 1 includes the first 16 episodes of the Series shown in production order instead of air date. While some may consider this being an issue, it actually helps the story flow a bit better since Fox often ran these in random fashion at the start of the series showing what they thought were the "better" episodes first. Looking at various air dates/production dates this only seems to affect a handful of episodes and the Series still starts off with the 2-parter "Night of the Sentinels" and ends the Season with the correct episode. This Volume includes every episode from Season One and the first three from Season Two (ending with "Whatever it Takes"). As far as I can tell this is the best news for fans as the story flows perfectly throughout each episode.

Episodes Include:

• Night of the Sentinels (Part 1)
• Night of the Sentinels (Part 2)
• Enter Magneto
• Deadly Reunions
• Captive Hearts
• Cold Vengeance
• Slave Island
• The Unstoppable Juggernaut
• The Cure
• Come The Apocalypse
• Days Of Future Past (Part 1)
• Days Of Future Past (Part 2)
• The Final Decision
• Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)
• Till Death Do Us Part (Part 2)
• Whatever It Takes



.::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 1” 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!