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Rating
Video:   7/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   0/10

Almost done...
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
10/01/2009

    The action reaches all-new heights in Volume 4 of the landmark X-Men animated series. With adventures adapted directly from the original Marvel comic books, this collection is a rich piece of the X-Men legacy and a must-have for every X-Men fan.

    The X-Men must join forces with the heroes of the future when Apocalypse, a mighty mutant, is driven completely mad by his powers! Discover the stunning conclusion to the 4-part epic "Beyond Goof and Evil" in this sensational 14-episode set.
I love that Disney has been releasing two volumes of the show at a time, as one volume isn't quite enough to quench my thirst for X-Men! This 2-disc set includes the next 14 episodes (49-62) in the series:

Disc 1 (2:47:39)
Proteus Part 1 (21:18)
Proteus Part 2 (21:18)
Sanctuary Part 1 (21:18)
Sanctuary Part 2 (21:18)
Beyond Good and Evil Part 1 (20:24)
Beyond Good and Evil Part 2 (21:14)
Beyond Good and Evil Part 3 (20:24)
Beyond Good and Evil Part 4 (20:25)

Disc 2 (2:03:53)
Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas (20:17)
The Lotus and the Steel (21:16)
Love in Vain (20:24)
Secrets, Not Long Buried (21:16)
Xavier Remembers (19:25)
Family Ties (21:15)

Video

The X-Men is presented in Full Frame (1.33:1), which isn't a surprise for a 90s cartoon series and if you've seen the first two releases then you'll know what to expect. The set still has specs of dust and debris in the picture, and the animation still suffers from frames that include fields of two frames, leaving a strange look to any movement. There are chapters in each episode, but not one directly following the opening of the show. Each disc contains a "play all" feature.

Audio

Though Disney is known for using Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks on their newer releases, X-Men is a bit too old for the format, so they've included Dolby Surround audio tracks in English, French and Spanish. I found the rear speakers were rarely used, and the majority of the audio comes from the center channel. There are English, French and Spanish subtitles on the episodes.

Extras - How we rate extras

Nothing at all.

Summary

Looks like there's just one set left to finish off this series (episodes 63-76). Now, the big question is, will Disney release a complete series with bonus material down the road? I have absolutely no insight into any plans to do that, but it would be a way to get fans to rebuy the series (and, no doubt, upset some in the process). When is volume 5 coming? I've heard rumors it may be early in 2010.


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