New on DVD/Blu-ray: X-Men – First Class

X-Men First Class (2011) Movie Blu-ray Cover

They’re here, they’re proud, get used to it. Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”, his prequel to the lucrative “X-Men” superhero franchise, lands on DVD, Blu-ray, and for Download September 9th, 2011 from 20th Century Fox. The film, certified uber fresh by critics and fanboys alike, arrives with a whopping 2 hours of bonus content to satiate all your mutie needs.

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

As a stand-alone movie, “X-Men: First Class” is a definite win, and deserves all the accolades it received upon release earlier this year. As part of the X-Men canon that Fox has been nurturing through the years, it’s still a winner, though admittedly there are parts of the film that don’t quite jive with Singer’s two “X-Men” movies or, for that matter, the oft-mocked Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: Last Stand”. (And don’t even get me started on “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Ugh.)

The film traces the origins of X-Men founder Professor X (here played by James McAvoy with a bountiful of hair) and his close friendship with would-be Mutant Brotherhood founder Magneto (Michael Fassbender, all vengeance and fury). It’s not just about them, of course. Kevin Bacon provides slick villainy as the head of the Hellfire Club, a group of powerful mutants determined to ignite a world war that would take out humanity, leaving mutants the new kings of the planet. It’s up to Professor X and Magneto, and their new group of student/soldier recruits to save the day whether humanity likes it or not.

Set in the ’60s, the film certainly makes great use of its time period, in particular the White Queen’s uniform as capably worn by the ice cold January Jones. Say what you will about Jones, but the woman sure makes Emma Frost look good. The film also provides the first major studio work for indie darling Jennifer Lawrence, here playing Rebecca Romijn Jr., aka blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique. Other notables roles belong to Lucas Till as the destructive Havok (brother of Cyclops, FYI), and Nicolas Hoult as the soft-spoken Beast, here still trying to control his basic instincts.

“X-Men: First Class” deserves to be highly regarded. It’s one of the better comic book movies out there, and definitely one of the better comic book origins movie. Matthew Vaughn makes great use of the film’s over two-hours runtime, and his script (with partner-in-crime Jane Goldman) brilliantly interweaves the ongoing plot with the Hellfire Club, Magneto’s revenge, and the founding of the X-Men as we would eventually come to know them as. There is plenty of humor, over-the-top comic book action, and the slick look that can only come with a big Hollywood studio budget. In a nutshell, “First Class” has it all. So if you didn’t get to it on the big screen for whatever reason, now’s the time to catch up.

January Jones and Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class (2011) Movie Image

The Blu-ray comes with two discs, the first holding the movie and extras, and the second containing the digital copy of “First Class”. Special features on the first disc include:

10 Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics with exclusive “X-Men: First Class” Backstory Comic

Cerebro Mutant Tracker: An interactive character database featuring all the mutants that have showed up on in the X-Men universe so far, from the Singer movies to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Essentially just a bunch of footage featuring the character you selected, followed by their stats. Not exactly exhilarating stuff, I’m afraid.

Children of the Atom: An hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film. Lots of interviews with the cast and crew about the genesis and then the making-of of the film. Lots of inside stuff for those of you who really wants to dive into your movies. I’m curious why they didn’t integrate a lot of this stuff into the “X Marks the Spot” function (below).

“X” Marks the Spot: 20 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes featurettes and mini-docs that can be played either separately or while you’re watching the movie, which, I have to admit, can be pretty distracting since the featurettes cut in on the movie and suddenly you’re watching a documentary on the making-of the film and not the movie itself. My advice: watch the whole movie through first before you give this a try.

Extended and Deleted Scenes: 14 minutes of stuff that never made it into the finished movie. Since the film is over two hours long, I think it’s safe to say they got most of it in. You get more of Professor X and Moira McTaggert, Hank and Mystique, and more of Professor X teaching his students how to control their powers.

BD-Live Portal with additional Cerebro Mutant Tracker profiles

Composer’s Isolated Score

Theatrical Trailer

Buy “X-Men: First Class” on DVD or Blu-ray September 9th, 2011 from 20th Century Fox.

X-Men: First Class (2011) Movie Blu-ray Cover



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Well this is a definite must own. My only problem is I can only afford either this or Thor when hits Tuesday. For me this was the first true X-men film as it didn’t focus on Wolverine but Xavier, Erik, and the team.

    • Juggernaut

      I actually worked some overtime in the last few weeks to be able to pick both Blu Rays up. Talk about getting your priorities straight! Lol. This is definately the best X-Men film to date. I’d even go as far as to say it is top three superhero/comic movies (behind The Dark Knight and Ironman). I loved it! On it’s own, without the pretense of the comics continuity and letting go of the slight inconsistancies with the other X films it is excelllent. It will be interesting to see exactly where they go from here since it can be taken as a prequel or a reboot. I’ve actually been throwing together my own treatment for a sequel recently. I’ve gotten most of the characters down and have gotten their back stories going. I have a skeleton of a story already thought out. Next step is an putting together an actual script. Lol.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Not surprising from you lol. And yeah its a great film and definitely agreed as one of the top 3. I’d have to say I put my CBMs into two categories: True adaptations and loose adaptations. “Sin City,” “300,” and “Watchmen” are what I would call True Adaptations as they are adapting a specific story and had to stay very close to the source. The “Spiderman” franchise, “Batman” (Nolanverse) franchise, “Captain America,” “Thor,” “Iron Man,” etc are loose adaptations as they use the characters, world, and such but weave their own stories. I love a True adaptation but I prefer the loose ones for characters as it allows more creativity
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        • Juggernaut

          I like and totally agree with the two categories thing. Those would be my top picks for the true adaptations as well! Obviously my loose adaptations are the ones that I already listed.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          I don’t see why you can’t have a “true” adaptation and have creativity with the character. They just can’t try and cram so many villains and story lines into one movie.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            You can but it depends on the story and the characters. For example a true adaptation of “Batman: Year One” could’ve been done, but its not a well known story outside of fans, hence we got “Batman Begins” which had a little of that story in it. But don’t look forward to seeing a true adaptation to “Batman the Killing Joke” because they haven’t established Barbara Gordon or anything. My point is that the stories from the comics have a history and a foundation and the films are just building that, and they can’t just spin a great story that fans want without having the world and situations properly set up either. Hell half the major story arcs in comics are set up with stuff an issue or two in advance. It’s also hard to be creative with the characters with a set storyline as they have to hit certain emotional beats throughout so its hard to play with them too much when they’re supposed to be in a specific mindset during those events. You can’t really do an Armor Wars flick in Iron Man and have him all of a sudden be at peace with what happened to his tech in the middle of the film, cause that wouldn’t work for the story. I think the way they pick and choose parts from great stories to weave original tales is great, as I get glimpses of the stories I love but get something new at the same time.
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          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            The problem is they’re trying to do it all in one movie. Say for Capt America. That was a hit. Now they know people will watch another one. So instead of making a 2nd one off movie, do a duology or trilogy. Pick an arc from his comics and let it play out.

            I never read Capt. America comics so I can’t suggest a story line that would be a good example to try.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            But Cap wasn’t a “True Adaptation” in my eyes. It was a version of his origin, but it also told its own story. It’s not that they try and fit too much but certain stories are just too much to be adapted into one film. Like I’d love to see a “Days of Future Past” flick but that’s at least 2 films.
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          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            No, i wouldn’t say the CA film was a true adaptation. But now that the franchise looks like it’s go from the first film, the next one or two could have the green light to do a more true adaption.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            What story though? My definition of a true adaptation is doing a specific storyline like if they did “Spiderman: Craven’s Last Hunt”
            Sent on the go!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            What story though? My definition of a true adaptation is doing a specific storyline like if they did “Spiderman: Craven’s Last Hunt”
            Sent on the go!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if you have one in your area, but Barnes & Noble stores currently have a killer 40% off blu-ray sale going on all their stock. I’ll definitely be checking my store first

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        I kinda do but getting there is next to impossible now. Major flooding and all yesterday.
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  • baddog

    Get X-men it was better. Thor can wait.