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X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy)

X-Men: First Class (DVD + Digital Copy)


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X-Men: First Class is available to pre-order now.

X-Men: First Class brings together the epic scale and action of a classic blockbuster with a character driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga–and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. The British dream team behind Kick-Ass–director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman–are joined by a stellar cast including James McAvoy (Wanted), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) and Jason Flemying (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) in one of the biggest comic book blockbusters.

Special Features:

  • Five deleted scenes
  • Digital copy

X-Men: First Class – Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

X-Men: First Class is available to pre-order now.

X-Men: First Class brings together the epic scale and action of a classic blockbuster with a character driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga–and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe. The British dream team behind Kick-Ass–director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman–are joined by a stellar cast including James McAvoy (Wanted), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) and Jason Flemying (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) in one of the biggest comic book blockbusters.

Special Features:

  • Cerebro: The Ultimate Mutant Database replicates what happens when Charles locates mutants through Cerebro and allows you to learn more about various mutants, connect them to key events, decipher connections between them and much more (additional mutants can be unlocked through BD Live).
  • Children of the Atom–Multi-part documentary on the X-Men including the following elements: Second Genesis, Band of Brothers, Transformation, Suiting Up, New Frontier: A Dose of Style, Pulling Off the Impossible, Sound and Fury and Untitled Closing.
  • 13 deleted scenes:
    • Erik in Argentinean Airport
    • Shaw with Cuban Generals
    • Charles and Moira’s Tryst, Part 1
    • Charles and Erik Recruit Angel (extended)
    • The Russian Truck (extended)
    • Erik vs. Russian Guards (extended)
    • Shaw’s Plan (extended)
    • Havok Training, Part 1 (extended)
    • Banshee Training, Part 1 (extended)
    • Havok Training, Part 2 (extended)
    • Banshee Training, Part 2 (extended)
    • Hank and Raven in the Lab (extended)
    • Charles and Moira’s Tryst, Part 2
  • Digital copy

Dragneto – X-Men: First Class deleted scene

This scene from X-Men: First Class was deleted, which is a shame as it would have added to the more light hearted moments between Charles and Eric. Perhaps Michael Fassbender didn’t like the idea of appearing in drag? Never mind, you can see what all the fuss is about before X-Men: First Class hits the shelves.

“You’ve never looked more beautiful, darling.”

Review – X-Men: First Class

I’m sure by now you read most of the reviews for X-Men: First Class, and they’re all good. Well guess what, they’re all right. Matthew Vaughn has successfully breathed life back into Marvel’s X-Men movie franchise.

First of all I have to say that I’m not one of the X-Men: The Last Stand haters. Yes it was deeply flawed, with too many characters, Scott Summer’s “death” and the wasted potential of using the Phoenix force. However, Famke Janssen looked great as she flicked from Jean Grey to Dark Phoenix and the scene between her and Xavier was brilliant. Brett Ratner was accused of taking the heart out of the series and yet in the final moments between Phoenix and Hugh Jackman’s, I couldn’t help but feel emotional as he killed Jean.

Matthew Vaughn has continued to deride The Last Stand, and perhaps he feels justified in doing so, as First Class delivers so much more than the previous installment.

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

With the film taking place during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the franchise continues to ground itself in our world, giving it a true feeling of realism – despite the blue and yellow costumes making their appearance. Surprisingly not looking too camp even though set in the sixties.

I loved the fact that the opening, featuring a young Erik Lensherr being separated from his parents, was shot scene for scene from Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie. Kevin Bacon plays the evil Nazi scientist role really menacingly, without going overboard, as he does Sebastian Shaw. Seeing the Hellfire Club set in swinging 60s Las Vegas was a real hoot, along with Rose Byrne’s Moira MacTaggert and the other totties strutting in their underwear. The whole thing smacked of early James Bond with the tiniest touch of Austin Powers – groovy baby!

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy scenes together are just brilliant and adds to that great “friendship” we saw with portrayed by Ian McKellan and Patrick Steward in the previous X-Men trilogy. I love it that they play chess in a number of scenes together while debating their points of view on how to handle mutants and humans. Charles plays the role of mentor to the fledgling band of mutants, helping them develop and control their abilities, while Erik tries to teach them they’re now the evolved and dominant species. While Charles wants Raven to hide her true form from the world, Erik tells her to be proud of her true self, slowly seducing her to the dark side.

We have the emotion with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto as he searches for the man responsible for the death of his mother in the Nazi concentration camps. We have the heart, as Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, searches for other mutants to help mankind. There’s also some touching scenes between Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult).

However there are a few points I’d like to pick out which slightly disappointed me. Riptide (Álex González) and Azazel (Jason Flemyng) had no character development, they were just there to move the plot along and the same could be said for Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) and Havok (Lucas Till). I was also unhappy with the ending, as the divide between Charles and Erik happened too soon. I had hoped that we would’ve seen more of their great friendship develop, only to then pull apart over the course of two or three films.

There’s two funny cameos featuring Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn. Certainly made this nerd laugh!

Ultimately X-Men: First Class is an excellent origins movie which isn’t bogged down by striving to have all the background story. By concentrating mostly on Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, we’re treated to wonderful chemistry between the characters, as well as Fassbender and McAvoy. The story is well paced and at no point did I feel its 132 minutes running time. Bad points aside, Vaughn delivers a classy film with all the 1960s chic geek appeal it deserves.

All the X-Men: First Class clips & trailers

We’re off out to see Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class in a short while. Before we maybe kinda write a review, here are all the clips and trailers for you to enjoy – all on the one page.

Official International Trailer

Picking Codenames

Acceptance

With Us or Against Us

X-Men Family Tree

Training Montage

Banshee Flies

Locating Shaw

Shaw Attacks

Never Again

Meeting Hank

Magic Trick

Banshee

Havok

Beast

Mystique

International Trailer

X-Men: First Class “Family Tree” featurette

New X-Men: First Class featurette released by Fox has the cast and crew talking about the latest installment in the X-Men franchise. There’s some new footage not see before, including more action scenes. So spoiler alert time!

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.

X-Men: First Class cinema release is 1st June 2011.