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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray review by John Delia

September 11th, 2011 No comments





If you are looking for action and sci-fi adventure it’s here on Blu-ray and DVD.  Just 3 months after it’s theatrical release X-Men: First Class a top-notch production that thrills blasts into your living room.  Seeing the film on the blu-ray format the only difference in the presentation from theatre to home theatre is size, and it doesn’t lessen the experience all that much.


In the event you missed the storyline when it was released in theaters X-Men: First Class goes something like this: It’s the beginning of the saga of the special superheroes and we find Magneto (Michael Fassbender) being haunted by the death of someone close him.  Escaping the clutches of the evil Nazi war criminal Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Magneto meets Charles Xavier (James McAvoy).  The two make a pact to find other mutants and help them work for justice.  When Shaw rears his ugly head with super powers of his own, the world puts everything on hold in hopes for a miracle to protect them, enter the X-Men.


I love the screenwriting style of Ashley Miller (Thor) who brings so many dynamic characters to life with amazing super powers and in X-Men: First Class she presents some very imaginative baddies along with her heroes.  Directed by Matthew Vaughn who gave us the action laden Layer Cake and Kick Ass nothing’s held back on his radical style of introducing characters with destructive powers. Here he puts Lee’s characters to the test and comes up with a winner. The film runs 2 hours and 12 minutes and is rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.


Now on to the quality of the presentation; the visual and sound presentation throughout the 2-Disc set is top notch offering 5.1 DTS-HD and some features in 5.1 Dolby Digital with optional subtitles on widescreen 2.40:1 for those who take their viewing seriously.  In other words it’s very cool, especially since you can pause the action, rewind and slow-mo to please any wish you desire.


The disc has great features including some exceptionally awesome stuff like access to 10 Marvel “X-Men” digital comics with exclusive “X-Men: First Class” back story comic.  When you started perusing this little gem I found myself in pulp heaven.


How about 2 Hours of never before seen extras including; Cerebro Mutant Tracker a complete interactive Mutant Database with interactive videos offering a learning experience for those who have never delved into the superheroes and a closer look for those that have.  There’s behind the scenes, extended and deleted material and a lot more to keep you up late at night pressing the repeat button.


Included in the 2 Disc Blu-ray set is a fine little jewel us regulars lovingly call the traveler.  It’s a digital copy of the film you can download onto your laptop or other portable device so you can relive the action no matter where you go.  Oh, the schoolroom is definitely not the place to take it and I warned you here first.


FINAL ANALYSIS: A science fiction thriller (B+)


X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Trailer gets Fan Base Viewing

February 9th, 2011 No comments


On February 10, Facebook’s Worldwide Community of X-Men Fans Will Come Together at Facebook.com/XMenMovies,

For Exclusive First Look at Long-Awaited Trailer

LOS ANGELES, (February 10, 2011) – The first trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS will debut February 10, exclusively on Facebook.  The event will bring together the social networking site’s worldwide community of millions of X-Men fans – at Facebook.com/XMenMovies – to experience the unveiling of footage from the June 3 release.

As the number of fans who share the trailer grows, a specially designed X-App will subsequently unlock special content. The X-App gives users the power to evolve their Facebook experience and customize their profile pictures.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events.  Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon.  In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon.  Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) directs, and the producers are Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer.  Singer, who helmed the acclaimed blockbusters “X-Men” and “X2,” wrote the story for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

X-Men Origins Wolverine- Written Movie review

May 2nd, 2009 No comments


Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Will.i.am, Lynn Collins, Kevin Durand, and Daniel Henney

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity

By John Delia

With a resounding YES! Wolverine slashes his way into theatres and I loved the film for the storyline, non-stop action, excellent direction, seamless CGI and cinematography mix, exceptional acting and much more. If you love action adventure films that pull no punches, then X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a must see. Guys, get ready for pumped up adrenaline levels. For the girls who are not afraid of a lot of carnage, there’s a cool love story.

The film opens with a sequence of Wolverine as a youngster, the death of his parents, and his participation along with his brother Victor (Schreiber) in wars from the Civil War to Desert Storm. Do not come late to the film or you will miss an amazing opening. I was like watching clips from The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan and Platoon to name a few.

This chapter of X-Men deals with Wolverine (Jackman) and how he got involved with the diabolical William Stryker (Huston) who is putting together an unbeatable fighting team to safeguard America. Wolverine resists the killing he is ordered to do and flees the fearsome team of super-combatants. We find Wolverine on a mountaintop sharing a cabin with Kayla (Collins) with whom he falls in love. But, the storm is brewing between a US General and Stryker because of the abundant deaths by the team causing a falling out. Taking matters in his own hands, Stryker makes a move to consolidate all the mutants, including Wolverine. When he attempts to bring in Wolverine against his will using his brother, a battle for supremacy begins.

The use of amazing cinematography combined with seamless CGI takes the X-Men to new heights in bringing comic book characters to life on the big screen. Very realistic, powerful and seemingly indestructible the mutants put on a great show. Direction by Gavin Hood, who although doesn’t have a big track record, is incredible bringing the stellar cast together and controlling their creativity in order to make the film brilliant. His ability to see how computer graphics mix just right to create the mutant powers realistically, shines in this film.

To tell you more about the film may hurt the experience, but I will add that the film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity so be aware of this when allowing immature pre-teens to see the film.

FINAL ANALYSIS: The most explosive, enjoyable and entertaining action flick of the year. (5 of 5 Palm Trees)

X-Men Origins Wolverine-Movie review

May 1st, 2009 No comments