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X-Men
Volume 3

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-Y7

Running Time: 345 minutes

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $23.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, French Stereo, Spanish Stereo, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Episode Selection, Two-Disc Set

Released: September 15th, 2009

 

 

This third volume of "X-Men" cartoons looks pretty decent, though not as sharp as when these episodes originally aired back in the 1990s. A few blemishes and specks are on the episodes, and there is a little noise, but what's mainly detracting is how there is an overall softness to the image. Still, the animation flows smoothly, detail is pretty good and the variety of colors are well-saturated and never bleed. Very watchable, but I wish everything looked a tad better.

The episodes feature stereo tracks (in English, French and Spanish) — also as they were originally presented back on TV. These tracks fit the show well and hold up, all things considering. The show's instrumental music cues and theme music do sound pretty nice, while dialogue always sounds clear and is easy to hear. Coming off best though are the wide variety of sound effects. In addition to your typical action-packed moments (such as explosions), there are the superpowers that give off some energy in the sonic field: the popping of Wolverine's claws, Cyclops's laser beams and much more. For stereo tracks, the sounds here can be a bit discrete for what they are and definitely engage. Fidelity is also pretty high, too. 

Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are also included. 

 

Nada.

 

"X-Men" has become quite a franchise this decade largely thanks to the movies, but this DVD release of the 1990s cartoons should satisfy old and new fans. It features 15 episodes, including the Dark Phoenix saga. While there are no extras, the episodes look and sound more than decent. This release is certainly recommended for all X-Men fans — be it the comics, live-action movies and those who watched this series in their pajamas during its initial run.