Register / Log in

View Classic Site
Latest News
Outer Limits, The
Finalized Street Date for Kino Lorber's Release of 'Season 1' on DVD, Blu-ray
Pink Panther Show, The
'MisterJaw: The DePatie-Freleng Collection' Scheduled for DVD, Blu-ray
Dogfather, The
Kino Lorber Sets DVD/BD Date for Godfather Parody Cartoon Series
Three's Company
Packaging for 'Complete Series' Re-Release Shows It's EXACTLY The Same DVDs
Hey Arnold!
'The Jungle Movie' TV Film is Already Scheduled for DVD in 2018!
more news
Pick of the Week
Latest Review

Police Woman
The Complete 3rd Season
Blu-ray

Togetherness
The Complete 1st Season

X-Men: Evolution - Season 1 Vol 1 - UnXpected Changes Review




Buy from Amazon.com (US)
Buy from Amazon.ca (CAN)
Buy from DVDEmpire.com (US)

Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   3/10

Cool cartoon
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
10/10/2003

They're the X-Men, a group of mutated humans with extraordinary powers. Led by Professor X, this group battles discrimination and the forces of evil led by Magneto. The X-Men are: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Storm, Shadowcat and Nightcrawler. More will be added to their ranks in the coming episodes. This DVD contains episodes 1-3 from the first season.

The Episodes
Strategy X: Cyclops has an "accident" with his optical beam while trying to defend Toad at a football game.
The X-Impulse: Professor X and Jean take the Blackbird to Chicago to meet Kitty Pryde, a young girl with phasing abilities, arriving just in time to save her from mutant menace Avalanche.
Rouge Recruit: Mystique transforms into Wolverine and tries to scare Rogue out of joining the X-Men.

Video

Like most cartoons, the video quality of this is very good. Since computers are now used to color the episodes everything is crisp and colors are solid. Computers can sometimes cause the picture to look pixelated, and we see much that in X-Men Evolution, particularly with thin objects such as ropes or other lines. There aren't any chapters in the episodes either.

Audio

Pretty basic audio tracks on this release. Everything sounds good; it just lacks the punch found on some other DVDs. There are a couple of nice panning effects and some rear speaker sounds, but little else that made me excited. Warner Bros has provided us with English, French and Spanish Dolby Surround Stereo tracks, and matching subtitles.

Extras - How we rate extras

Episode Introductions (6:26)
Producer Boyd Kirkland, executive story editor Greg Johnson, director Frank Paur (episode 1), director Gary Graham (episode 2) and director/character designer Steve Gordon provide introductions to all 3 episodes on the disc. Each intro lasts about 2 mins, but they pack a ton of information into the time.

The Evolution of the X-Men (5:53)
Boyd Kirkland (producer), Frank Paur (director), Greg Johnson (executive story editor), Avi Arad (executive producer, president and CEO Marvel Studios, CCO of Marvel Enterprises), Steve Gordon (director/character designer) talk about the origins of the show, the character design and the universe the characters exist in. Nice little featurette.

X-Men Evolution Trailer (1:22)
A trailer for the 4 DVDs which make up the first season of the show.

Summary

This is a pretty cool show. I didn't really get into the comic books when I was younger, but I was familiar with the characters. I like how they approached the show, introducing the characters slowly over the first few episodes. It's a good show, and this is a good DVD.


Copyright 2001-2017
CBS Interactive
Contact us - Sitemap - Privacy Policy - Terms of Use
A CBS Interactive Site