Movie Review: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Blu-ray Combo Pack

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE was directed by Bryan Singer and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy, and Oscar Isaac.

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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Welcome to the year 1983 where the ancient mutant Apocalypse is awakened and wants to destroy the planet and rebuild it in his own sinister way. What’s left of the X-Men from First Class have recruited a new team of students that have to grow up really fast and become a part of the team so they can go up against this new threat and his newly assembled team of mutants. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto once again goes from bad to good just like he did in the other two movies and that kind of bugged me a little. I think the showstoppers and scene stealers where Evan Peters’ character Quicksilver who gets yet another amazing super slow-mo, effects heavy sequence that is much bigger and more grand in scale than what we saw him do in Days of Future Past. He’s such a fun character to follow plus he gets to save a lot more people this time! Quicksilver is becoming a little responsible and he’s slowly becoming a hero. The other showstopper/scene stealer has to do with a cameo from a certain fan favorite mutant and I’ll just leave it at that.

Even though this wasn’t my favorite X-Men movie, I still had a really good time watching it. My two favorites are still X-Men: United and Days of Future Past aka the two middle movies from each trilogy – both also directed by Bryan Singer. The story here was really interesting and I’m so glad that Apocalypse was finally used as a big screen villain because he’s one of of my favorite characters from the X-Men comics. He’s probably the baddest villain in the comics and he’s pretty badass in the movie as well. The always impressive Oscar Isaac did a fantastic job bringing this ancient mutant to life, too! Most of the First Class heroes return here with a lot of familiar faces joining them and they all did a really good job with their characters. Most of them are familiar faces but these are much younger versions of these characters. I think maybe there are actually too many characters this time and that hurt the film just a little. Moving on, the sets were all massive and amazing looking as well as all of the special effects created for the movie.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The keepcase is silver with a small X-Men logo in the top center. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs also feature some “X-cellent” artwork. The reverse sleeve includes some artwork that features the “Four Horsemen” on one side and “Apocalypse” on the other. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, X-Men: Apocalypse was a really good movie but it wasn’t quite on the same level as First Class and Days of Future Past. I’m not sure what it is but it just felt like something was missing or maybe there was too much of something – like too many characters. Maybe? This third and final entry in this second X-Men trilogy was still full of fast-paced action and it featured some impressive special effects. All of these characters have powers and it takes some impressive SFX to create most of them and it all looks great on screen. Bryan Singer has been around this franchise from the very beginning and he knows the X-Men universe inside and out. The director always delivers a fun watch and this time we get to see the big screen version of the villainous Apocalypse who is still as destructive and deadly as he is in the comics. Apocalypse is a character that I wanted to see show up on the big screen and thankfully it finally happened. Something else this movie offers is kind of an official formation of the X-Men who all sport some familiar looking uniforms at the end. Wrapping things up, maybe things have just gotten a little stale with this group of mutants so let’s give the X-Men a break and promote X-Force into the big screen mix. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack released on October 4th and is worth checking out.

Distributor:  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 144 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French DTS 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with some amazing extras that include some deleted/extended scenes, a must see gag reel, an in depth featurette that focuses on how this movie was made, audio commentary, an image gallery and trailers.

  • Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer (28:11)
  • Gag Reel (08:20)
  • Wrap Party Video (04:46)
  • Hour long documentary, X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed (1:03:58)
  • Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg
  • Concept Art and Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers (07:15)
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