- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles: English SDH
- Region: A
- Rating: Not Rated
- Discs: 3
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Blu-ray Release Date: October 12, 2010
- List Price: $44.99
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This 26-episode series from Marvel Entertainment, timed to coincide with the Wolverine movie, finds the popular comic book superheroes in disarray. A mysterious explosion at the Xavier mansion results in the disappearances of Professor Xavier, the leader and teacher of the X-Men, and Jean Grey. Distraught, the band of mutant superheroes dissolves, only to come together again under the leadership of Wolverine.
Apparently, Professor Xavier has traveled to the future and seen a dystopian future the X-Men must help prevent. He’s told Wolverine of this scary fate, and appointed him the leader of the X-Men. The group of heroic mutants must now come back together, not only to ward of this frightening future, but also to stop an increasingly powerful MRD (Mutant Resistant Division) put together by the government to control and detain all mutants. In addition, the X-Men have to face all their usual enemies and conquer their own faults to keep their group together.
The series is one of the better ones put together by Marvel, because it’s sole focus is not on the action, but, rather, there is ample opportunity for drama and growth of characters over the course of its 26-episodes. The animation is superb, as to be expected, and the twists unexpected.
At first glance, Wolverine and The X-Men’s 1.78:1 AVC/MPEG 1080p encoding looks brilliant, with vibrant colors, sharp, detailed line art and little in the way of artifacts to get in the way of your viewing pleasure, but upon further inspection, there is a lot of noticeable color banding that becomes a bit distracting.
The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is big and dynamic, but a bit boring for program material such as this. The surrounds are used mostly for atmospheric effects. Low frequencies are nicely extended down to the upper low range. High frequencies are just a little gritty sounding, but not too unbearably so.
Wolverine and The X-Men definitely gets an A+ for effort in the supplements department with the 29 audio commentaries with the show creators, but if you’re someone who doesn’t care much for audio commentaries or if you would rather a little more variety in your extras then you’re out of luck. Only two brief featurettes are provided beyond the audio commentaries, and they fall into the typical “making of” type category.
The supplements provided with this release are:
- Audio Commentaries:
- Audio Commentaries
- Audio Commentaries
- The Inner Circle: Reflections on Wolverine and The X-Men (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 0:18.51) — The writers discuss coming up with the story for the Wolverine and the X-Men story.
- Making Wolverine and The X-Men (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:05.15)
The Definitive Word
Wolverine and The X-Men may have started out as an obvious attempt by Marvel to cash in on the growing popularity of one particular X-Men character, but the resulting series is satisfying nonetheless. Kudos to Marvel and animation and comics fans should without a doubt enjoy this one.
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