Just the Features: X-Men: Apocalypse (Target Exclusive Digibook) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots



Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD 


Released by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: May 27th, 2016 (Theatrical)
                        October 4th, 2016 (Blu-ray)

Production Year: 2016

Region Code: A/B/C (blu-ray)
                        1 (dvd)

Run Time: 2h 24m

Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 
             Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
             French: DTS 5.1
             Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Video: 1080p (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio) 

THE FEATURES [3.5 out of 4]



Deleted/Extended Scenes (28m 11s, HD) Optional Intro by Bryan Singer Before Each Scene

-Hey Brother

-Welcome Scott + Jean Archery (Extended)

-Magneto Reborn +Apoc Alley

-Be Good Brother

-Nice to Meet You (Jebilee and Birds) (Extended)

-Raven Tour + Jubilee Tour (Extended)

-Original Mall (“Safety Dance”)

-Old House + You’ll Find It a Little Different

-Jet Memories

-“You Don’t Know Me”

-“It’s Over”

-Cyclops is Born + “I Don’t Need Luck” + Moira Arrests Stryker

 As with most deleted scenes, most of the scenes here were taken out for a good purpose. Most of the scenes here come from the first half of the film and are mostly character scenes. In fact, there are no action scenes or even action beats deleted from the film.

That being said, who knows if Singer and Fox will release some sort of extended edition in the future. I wouldn’t put it past them.

You can skip this section of the disc because there really is nothing much here.

Gag Reel (8m 20s, HD)

Some really good laughs found here, not just mugging for the camera like so many gag reels turn out to be. There is a scene where Jennifer Lawrence elbows a guy in the face and it is the most emotion that we see from her in this entire package.

Wrap Party Video (4m 46s, HD)

Two different montages presented here. The first is to a classic rock song and the second is to a dubstep song.

Not bad, but wouldn’t watch it again.

X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed (1h 3m, HD)

This doc is divided up into smaller featurettes that can, thankfully, be played all at once.

-En Sabh Nur: Setting the Stage for Apocalypse

-Clan of Akkaba: Apocalypse and His Horsemen

-Answering the Call: Assembling the New X-men Team

-The End of Times: Creating a New Age of Apocalypse

-Unlimited Power: VFX, Stunts, and Set Pieces

-What’s Next

I don’t know if it is me or if filmmakers feel the need to shoot documentary stuff while shooting the film, but I am getting a little bit worn out from these docs on newer films. The film doesn’t even get time to be a film before it is broken down into little bits to be analyzed. By the time we are done with this doc, we know everything about the making of this film. Don’t get me wrong, I love making-ofs, but give the film a little bit of breathing room before you give away all of its secrets.

That being said, I was surprised by how much practical work was done on the film. They had the actors do most of the work and added CGI later if needed. The scene where Apocalypse grows in size and throws Xavier around was done practically with different elements being shot separately and then layered together in editing.

This is a good doc that could have been better if put together with some reflection.

Audio Commentary with Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg

Singer has provided a commentary track on almost every film that he has directed, so it goes without saying that he loves recording them. He is joined by Simon Kinberg who produced the film and helped Singer write the script.

This is a good commentary, but one that I had a bit of a tough time getting through. The two filmmakers are game for anything and talk about everything from pre-production to the final version and everything in between. The film is a long one (at 2 ½ hours) and the commentary grows a little stale by then.

Gallery

-Concept Art

                -Characters

                                -Apocalypse (1m 8s)

                                -Four Horsemen 3600 B.C. (28s)

                                -Four Horsemen 1983 (28s)

                                -X-Men (1m 3s)

                Locations

                                -Nile Valley (1m 28s)

                                -Cairo, Egypt (58s)

                                -Pruszk√≥w, Poland (18s)

                                -East Berlin (28s)

                                -X-Mansion (38s)

                                -Alkali Lake (18s)

They are galleries. They have pictures. Move on.

Theatrical Trailers

                -Teaser (2m 26s, HD)

                -Theatrical Trailer 1 (2m 17s, HD)

                -Theatrical Trailer 2 (2m 37s, HD)

The teaser trailer got a lot of people hyped for the film and the first theatrical trailer helped keep that buzz, but I think that the second theatrical trailer helped keep people away. That trailer is a hodgepodge of scenes and has no clear idea. It is set to a mix a generic music and “Hey Man Nice Shot” buy the band Filter. It also gives away what could have been a great cameo.  

THE PACKAGING: [3.5 out of 4]


I am reviewing the Target Exclusive Digibook release of the film. Everything on the discs are the same, but the packaging is different. Instead of the regular eco-case b.s., we get a nice digibook that looks like a yearbook from the year that the film takes place in. We get pictures and remembrances and even signatures from the other students. I like this package and wish that they would do more of these.

I took pictures of the digibook itself and the pages, the outside is the same, just a little bit wider than the normal case. The pictures are at the bottom of this page. I am not a professional photographer so if you could look past that I would appreciate it.

The two discs (1 Blu-ray, 1 DVD) are held on either sides of the digibook and don’t take away from what the packaging is trying to do.

The blu-ray is region free and the dvd is region locked “1”.

THE FILM: [3.5 out of 4]




I really liked this film. I had a fun time watching it and never really grew bored of it. I thought I would because I have with all of the other X-Men films. They are good films, but I don’t think that they are great. I think that the writing could have been better and the casting isn’t all that great either.

This film, however, never grew stale for me. The run time was scary to me. I thought that the film would run out of things by the time the 2 ½ hours went by, but it didn’t.

The film has a great villain in Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaacs. This is the best villain that the X-Men films have had and I will say that this is the best comic book movie villain in a long time. I don’t even think that the Marvel films have had a villain as good as this film’s villain. They keep teasing Thanos, but that is going to have to be one damn good villain to topple Apocalypse.

I was a little leery that Apocalypse would be all bark and no bite, but I underestimated Oscar Isaacs and the way the film plays out. I found Isaacs to be a damn scary character that show that he means business.

The other performances are really good as well, with Michael Fassbender rocking his performance as Magnetto. The scene in the forest is so heartbreaking and powerful that I watched it three times just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. I would go as far as to say that this is the Marvel film, that Marvel doesn't have the rights to, that everyone should be talking about. This film is way better than "Civil War", just in performances alone. 

The film is well made too. The action scenes are well handled and exciting and Singer didn’t resort to “shaky cam” to add intensity. I like that he is more of a classical director who values the composition of a shot more than the realistic nature of it. He is directing a film about superheroes, he doesn’t need to add realism.

I will say that this is one of most violent PG-13 films I have ever seen. Sure, there is the bloodless violence that inhabits most PG-13 action films, but then there is the blood that actually is shown. 
There is a scene in the film that ends with a blood splatter. There is also a few decapitations that I was surprised by. I am not against any of it, just shocked.

I think that X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the better comic book films released this year. It has everything that the previous X-Men films had, but it adds better action scenes and a bigger scope. I did think that the film had too much going on at times, but that was ok. I got caught up in this film and look forward to watching it again.

OVERALL: [3.5 out of 4]


Fox has given us a nice package here. We knew that the picture and the sound were going to be great, but we also got a number of worthwhile special features. Add to that the Target Exclusive Digibook and you get a flawed but nice package.   

MORE SCREENSHOTS ON PAGE TWO


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