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X-Men: The Legend Of Wolverine DVD Release
Review by Stu

X-Men: The Legend of Wolverine
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: April 11th, 2003

Synopsis: When a familiar face from Wolverine's former life resurfaces, he must wage a war he never intended. Ultimately, the X-Men must join forces with Magneto in a fight to save all mutants from annihilation. Discover the truth of Wolverine's secret past and watch his decisive battle as he is forced to make a choice that will forever affect the fate of the X-Men.

Special Features:
-Audio commentary by Stan Lee
-Interview with X-Men writer Chris Claremont
-Bonus Episode - "X-Men: The Final Decision"

Review: The first of Disney’s X-Men releases is a mixed bag, but that’s more due to their lacklustre marketing department rather than anything else. I might as well say it now, because it became pathetically obvious during the course of watching this disc, this show absolutely needs seasons sets in order for the episodes to be understood.

There’s no denying the statement. The fact that one of the episodes included is the finale of a 3-part story only goes to show just how clueless they are when it comes to these single disc releases. With X-Men 3 approaching next year, I can only hope we’ll get those season sets as they’re long overdue.

The features included here are arguably the best of Disney’s Marvel discs. We get the usual Stan Lee stuff, which is a little better than his Spider-Man sopabox’s, but the real treat is Claremont’s commentary. It’s only in specific parts of the episode (usually after each chapter stop) but he does have a lot of interesting topics throughout the disc, especially his comments about Wolverine. This man arguably defined the X-Men as the group we know them as today, so I’m glad he was able to comment on this DVD.

Production wise, we get some very cool animated menus, with a fine transfer and decent audio. I never expect wonders from this point of the disc, but Disney did a fairly impressive job. It certainly beats the donkey years old VHS’ I used to watch these episodes on.

Not a bad disc, but the show itself is too difficult to contain in a measly four episodes, however good they are.

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