In the late 20th century, mankind began to change. Suddenly, teenagers developed incredible abilities that science classified as the next stage in human evolution. In response, Professor Charles Xavier created The Institute for Gifted Youngsters so the young "mutants" could learn to control their uncanny abilities and live in harmony with the non-mutant members of society. From then on, Xavier's students - the X-Men - intervened to protect the peace until a mysterious explosion devastated Xavier's school. Leaderless and without direction, the X- Men disbanded and the man known as Wolverine struck out on his own.
One year later, the once fiercely-independent Wolverine must reunite the X-Men to prevent a horrible vision of the future where the X-Men have given up on Xavier's mission, and the world has fallen into chaos. With great tragedy in their past and their future, Wolverine must lead Xavier's disillusioned heroes against the forces of fate and destiny. Only together can the X-Men steer the course of history away from catastrophe and save us all.
This past Friday (January 23rd), the NickToons Network kicked off the new animated series Wolverine & the X-Men
with a three-part debut episode, "Hindsight." Lionsgate is getting ready to put this show's premiere story into your hands pretty quickly on DVD, with an April 21st
availability of Wolverine & the X-Men - Volume 1: Heroes Return Trilogy
Like Disney's releases
of the classic '90s cartoon (which come out a week later), the street date is timed to tie in with the May 1st box office premiere of the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine
film starring Hugh Jackman.
This single-disc release will cost $14.98 SRP, and runs 68 minutes long. Video will be widescreen, and audio in English 5.1. There's also a Spanish language option as well (we're not certain if that's audio or subtitles, but it could possibly be both), and closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Extras will consist of:
- "Nicktoons Network Going InScene," Wolverine and the X-Men
- Character Profiles: Wolverine and the X-Men
- Making of Wolverine and the X-Men
- Audio Commentary with Writers Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson
- Audio Commentary with Directors Boyd Kirkland and Steven Gordon
Here's a look at the package art, which will feature an embossed "o-ring" card that the disc case will slide into from the top or bottom: