X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Year: 2011
Release Date: September 9, 2011
Run time: 132 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
Region: A

An outstanding effort, what a superb early summer this has been! The characters, effects, and story were all beyond great. Bryan Singer is back and it clearly showed. Add Vaughn’s touch and both display an amazing vision that rivals that of the now classic X2. They manage to keep the story intense and flowing but filled with depth and heart. They also kept an eye on what has come before without being burdened or overly tied to it. If you’ve never seen any x-film, you’ll still love this movie. That said, it builds for another installment and I absolutely can’t wait to see it and to see where we go next. The Singer and Vaughn team also manages to deliver a little bit of everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. There’s intrigue, romance, conspiracy, drama, conflict, historical context, retro flavor, fun, humor and of course, kick butt comic book style slugfests.

I think this is now the best comic book movie summer ever (even though it’s not even officially summer yet) and I’m not exaggerating. 2008 was great but I think we have a new king. Thor was pure greatness and Captain America looks superb. This was the only question mark from Marvel’s stable and they absolutely hit it out of the park. Erick and Charles are now given room to thrive and breathe, find their own voice and their own distinctiveness. The plot becomes more intricate as the situations become more dire. Not many adaptations have ever dug as deep as First Class. These are truly some of the most complex characters I’ve ever seen in a super hero based movie. They’re a group of characters who are so well written and full of small, personal moments that they match the best of their rich, four-color origins. They become living, breathing people whom have pasts, presents and futures and I can’t wait to see where this new cast takes us from this point forward.

I love this youger Xavier and the fact that his youthful flaws are fully on display. Charles is caught up in himself as most people are in their youth. He is proud and confident young man, and he’s ceratinly not the selfless person that we saw in the X-Men trilogy. I love the fact that the writers were smart enough to convey these elements and show a young man in need of growth. They easily could’ve made him a “mini me” version of Patrick Stewart’s Xavier. Instead they went much deeper and the result is much more interesting. Charles’ relationship with Raven/Mystique is facinating especially when you compare both character to what they will become later. She’s an assistant to him and he cares for her, but his ego causes unintended consequences. At times, Charles gives off a condescending, big-brother attitude and that fits so well to the growth the character needs to undertake. You see it in the way he treats the others. In the trilogy, he’s exorcised that from his personality. Here, his ego is on a par with Magneto and that makes for an interesting dynamic.
Movie Quality: 10/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:39:1 aspect ratio. ‘X-Men: First Class’ is one of those films that you would like to break out for friends are over to show them the excellent picture quality of Blu-ray. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation.
Print Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. Bass is bombastic and I felt like there was a sonic boom multiple times throughout while viewing this film. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • X Marks the Spot Viewing Mode [HD]
  • Cerebro: Mutant Tracker [HD]
  • Children of the Atom Documentary [HD]
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes [HD]
  • Composer’s Isolated Score
  • BD-Live Exclusive – “Dogfight” Stunt Test

Special Features: 6/10

Final Thoughts

I loved the music throughout which gave the movie a real hip and upbeat feel. Special effects were amazing. And as I said before, I didn’t feel any of the mutants really upstaged each other. It was an all around great cast and a great depiction of the early comics, complete with yellow jumpsuits! Overall this is a fantastic showing on Blu-ray for the fifth X-Men film.
Overall Rating: 9/10