X-Men: Volume 1

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Cathal J. Dodd as Logan
Cedric Smith as Professor Charles Xavier
Norm Spencer as Cyclops
Lenore Zann as Rogue
George Buza as Beast
Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm
Catherine Disher as Jean Grey
Alyson Court as Jubilee
Chris Potter as Gambit
Lawrence Bayne as Cable
John Colicos as Apocalypse
Ron Rubin as Morph
Christopher Britton as Mr. Sinister

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 368 Minutes

The Series:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Experience the classic Marvel legacy as the popular 1990s X-Men animated series explodes onto DVD! With stories adapted directly from the original comic books, this collection is a piece of Marvel history and a must-have for every X-Men fan.

Discover the origins of your favorite characters and uncover the secrets of Magneto and more of the world’s most diabolical villains in ‘X-Men: Volume 1.’ Relive the first 16 episodes, beginning with the 2-part “Night of the Sentinels,” in this thrilling collection. ”

“X-Men: Volume 1″ is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I used to watch this TV series when it first aired on TV. I was impressed with how the show managed to merge classic X-Men stories with some of the more recent ones. You got classic stories like Days of Future Past, the Phoenix Saga, and other greats. But you also got newer stories (at least for the early 90′s) like with Bishop, Cable, and Gambit. Up until that point most animated series based on comics did their own thing. Rarely did you see them following the lead of the comic books, much less recent ones. So this kind of set a precedent for other Marvel animated series.

As cool as it was at the time, it does have some problems. The animation is all over the board as far as quality goes. Some of it is quite good. Other scenes you could tell they were cutting corners. And in some of the episodes they’re trying to jam just too much into one episode and it would make little sense to someone not familiar with the comics. This also came out about the same time as “Batman: The Animated Series” and the difference in quality is quite dramatic. “X-Men” pales in comparison.

Any X-Men fan will want to add this to their DVD collection. Younger fans, like my son, will enjoy discovering it for the first time. While watching it he told me, “The Sentinels killed Morph!” And for once I knew exactly what he was talking about.

Unfortunately, there are no bonus features on this DVD. Note that Volume 1 and Volume 2 are both going on sale at the same time. Pick them both up!

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