Summer is officially over — which means that the hot summer films and blockbusters will finally wend their way to DVD. And kicking off September is ‘X-Men: First Class,’ director Matthew Vaughn’s deft undertaking of the X-Men backstory and history that has outstanding performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. ‘X-Men: First Class’ will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray this Friday.
What It’s About: This summer blockbuster charts the beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known: nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
It’s Kinda Like: ‘The X-Men’ meets ‘Legends of the Fall’
What the Critics Say: While most critics agreed with Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News when she said that the film was ” … big, bright, savvy, and so expansive you’ll undoubtedly leave feeling you got your money’s worth” there were some detractors. David Denby of the New Yorker said ‘X-Men: First Class’ “Looks and feels like a very cheesy Cold War-era B movie … ” and Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times said the film was “Undone by a frustrating mire of multiple plots, overreaching special effects, leaden ancillary players and world-ending military standoffs that have all the tension of a water balloon fight.” In the end, however, the fanboys loved it and made it a blockbuster, agreeing with Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post: “‘First Class’ happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised.”
• Extras: The Blu-ray offers hours of behind-the-scenes and interactive footage as well as 10 Marvel ‘X-Men’ digital comics.