A Solid Joy to Collect Some of the Best of '90's Television
Phoenix Child | USA | 06/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a child of the '90's, growing up in a time when television was in something of a golden age -- the action was kicking harder, the humor was getting funnier but was still fresh and clean, and landmark shows such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" were getting their starts. Among this age, FOX network created FOXkids!, a viewing block that aired in the afternoons after school let out and also on Saturday mornings. Within this time, "X-Men: The Animated Series" came into being.
Dealing with large social issues such as prejudice and good vs. evil, "X-Men", like the comics the show was based on, wrapped these issues in fun packaging with "mutants" and "super powers." Going on to be one of the most successful cartoons in FOX's history, "X-Men" ran for a phenomenal five seasons. This is the first time that these beloved episodes are available in high-quality DVD format.
Volume Three of this collection picks up where Volume Two left off -- the Phoenix Saga, one of the greatest of all comic book story arcs. Jean Grey joined with the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force and sacrificed her life to save the universe. Now, the Phoenix has been driven mad by Jean's humanity and her telepathic powers, helped by the mental manipulations of the sinister Inner Circle club, beginning the start of the epic Dark Phoenix Saga.
Follow the X-Men as they fight for Jean Grey's soul, as Apocalypse rises and the battle not only evil but prejudice and social adversity time and time again. Featuring everyone's favorite comic characters (from Nightcrawler to Iceman to Archangel, to Cable and Apocalypse and Magneto), Volume Three will continue to delight fans of both comic and show.
Although there are regrettably no special features, these DVD collections -- with a price tag of $15 a piece -- are well worth collecting as a shining example of a time when television was more than just reality shows and sexual humor; a time when the media was relevant.
5 out of 5 stars."
Why Can't We Get What We Remember Watching on TV
John Eberts Jr. | Ormond Beach, FL | 09/25/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was so happy to buy the 3rd and 4th volume of X-Men on DVD. Granted I am very upset that these people who put out these DVD's can't seem to keep them the way we remember watching them on TV. My Examples of this are Transformers put out by Rhino and now by Shout Factory I am hearing there are still issues with these, Captain N The Game Master was messed up on release (whole parts of episode cut out) also made by Shout Factory, and now finally X-Men. I read some of your reviews and didn't realize that an episode was left out "No Mutant Is An Island". Good luck getting that missing episode as a special feature on volume 5. I also noticed that some little scenes on certain episodes were left out from the tv versions, for example on the "Courage" episode when Morph is in the cave at the end fighting Master Mold, there is a second flashback where he is being shot by the Sentinels showing his fear of fighting master mold. I checked my vhs tape after making sure I remembered this scene correctly and sure enough I was right, it was left out. I also noticed voice changes on Phoenix Saga with some of the characters and the music is different from the tv version. Some of the shots from a gun or lazer fire didn't transfer correctly from say a gun, a robot would get hit but there was no firing of the weapon. I agree with the reviews some of you say they should have done better, I agree and don't understand why we can't have what we remembered enjoying on TV.
Another terrific volume of X-Men!
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 09/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
The team of good mutants named Beast, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Rogue, Jean Grey, and Professor Charles Xavier are still struggling to fight for mutant rights and fight those bad ones that want to harm the human race for good.
This DVD contains the later half of the third season with the first half of the fourth season as it starts off with the 2-parter called "Savage Land, Strange Heart" set in the Savage Lands where a caveman who became a dinosaur-esque monster named Sauron with similar powers to Rogue's is summoned by a sorceress to kidnap Storm so he can use her unique powers to bring a powerful god back to the world but can the X-Men save her in time?, followed by "Obsession" where Archangel vows to destroy Apocalypse to learn his weak spot whom his life was destroyed no thanks to that monster as Beast comes up with an alternate plan to imprison the all mighty mutant Apocalypse for all time. The 4-part "Dark Phoenix" saga has Jean Grey who is still possessed by The Phoenix returns back to Earth trying to continue to take over her will but has grown into more darker power for Cyclops with the team must find a way to get the Phoenix ou of her body even if it means to fight for her.
"Cold Comfort" deals with Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman who lives up to his name was a former member of the X-Men before walking out on them was caught breaking in a secret government facility as Professor X must try to find out why he was doing that and why he's turned a little bad. "Orphan's End" has Corsair the space pirate wrongfully accused of a kidnapping he didn't commit and heads to Earth to tell Cyclops that he is his long lost father, next up is "The Juggernaut Returns" where the stepbrother of Professor X returns for a vengence but his life is at risk when someone else discovers the mystical crystal that transformed him into the human Juggernaut as Wolverine and Cyclops together must help him back to his self even if they don't like it. "Nightcrawler" tells the viewer about the blue devil-esque mutant's origin for when the Rogue, Gambit & Wolverine are on a Ski trip in Germany they must try to protect him from angry yet confused local village folk. "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape" is a Wolverine story about Logan whom receives a crypic postcard that unleashes painful memories of his past including a former lover of his named SilverFox as him and Beast must go to the source of his memories to be reunited with SilverFox, Maverick and his old enemy Sabretooth to see who is messing with their heads. The 2-part episode "One Man's Worth" is a time traveling tale with the return of Bishop as his mission to go back in time in 1959 where Xavier is targeted for termination by two mutant assassins to change the future and present as they team up with future husband and wife Storm and Wolverine to try to fix the problem or the future is not set. And finally "Courage" reunites Morph after feeling better from Mr. Sinsister's evil trickery as he rejoins the team once again for now Sentinel maker Master Mold has returned with his army of Sentinels to take on the human and mutant races alike as they prepare themselves in combat.
These episodes are wonderfully remastered with great picture and sound quality that hits high on DVD."