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X-Men Volume 1 :: DVD Review

Reviewed by on Apr 21, 2009
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Experience the classic Marvel legacy as the X-Men animated TV series finally explodes onto DVD for the first time. Featuring stories adapted directly from the original comic books, this collection is a piece of Marvel history and a must-have for every X-M

Experience the classic Marvel legacy as the X-Men animated TV series finally explodes onto DVD for the first time. Featuring stories adapted directly from the original comic books, this collection is a piece of Marvel history and a must-have for every X-Men fan.

The Story

In a world that hates and fears them, several mutants (humans who are born with unique powers and abilities) have banded together to fight the hatred – and eventually fight for their lives.

The Characters

Under the tutelage of Professor Xavier, the most powerful telepath on the planet, the mutants learn to master their powers.

  • Cyclops, the team leader, can shoot laser beams from his eyes.
  • The rebellious and feral Wolverine can heal himself and has metal claws.
  • Jean Grey is a telekinetic and telepath.
  • Rogue has super-strength and the ability to fly, but can never touch another human being.
  • The eloquent Storm can control the weather.
  • The Cajun thief Gambit can charge any object with kinetic energy... making the smallest objects powerful bombs.
  • The Beast has superhuman intelligence, agility, and has a body covered with blue fur.
  • Jubilee is the new girl, a confused teenager with the ability to shoot plasma from her fingertips.

  • Together they form the X-Men, fighting mutants like Magneto and Mystique, as well as stopping hate-mongers like Graydon Creed, Henry Guyrich and Senator Kelley. Catch them and all their adventures on the newly released X-Men Volume 1 DVD, which includes the amazing Night of the Sentinels saga.

    Night of the Sentinels

    Night of the Sentinels is a two-part episode of the X-men animated series. It’s loosely based on “Uncanny X-Men #14.” It introduced an X-Men team composed of Professor X, Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Storm and Jubilee.

    Night of the Sentinels: Part 1

    The episode opens with TV news footage of Sabretooth attacking police, indicating a time of unrest between mutants and humans. Jubilee’s foster parents register her under the Mutant Registration Act, designed to help mutants. Later, Sentinels attempt to apprehend Jubilee at the mall. The sentinels are stopped by a group of X-Men who happen to be shopping. Jubilee wakes up, confused, at the X-Mansion, Storm explains the purpose of the X-Men to Jubilee: to fight for peaceful existence between humans and mutants.

    While the X-Men were briefed on the incident in the mall, Jubilee leaves the mansion to see her foster parents. There, she is ambushed and captured by the Sentinels. Before she passes out, Jubilee sees Henry Peter Gyrich, who is with the Sentinels.

    The X-Men discover that the group running the Mutant Registration Program intend to track down and eliminate mutants. Storm is assigned to lead Beast, Morph, and Wolverine into the Mutant Control Agency headquarters to destroy the registration files. The four mutants break in, while Cyclops, Gambit, and Rogue observe from the outside. The episode ends in a cliffhanger when Storm opens the door to a room where many armed soldiers are hiding, waiting to ambush the X-Men.

    Night of the Sentinels: Part 2

    Wolverine smells the soldiers’ gun oil and quickly closes the door before the soldiers fire. Storm enters and sweeps the guards away with her wind power. After destroying the files on mutants, the X-Men escape to the Blackbird, but are stopped by the sentinels. During the fight with the Sentinels, Morph is shot and presumed dead. While Beast gets blasted against the fence and gets electrocuted and is captured. The rest retreat to the Blackbird on Cyclops’ command. On TV, the President of the United States states that several mutants attacked the Mutant Control Agency and that there will be a counter-offense. But after meeting with Gyrich, the President decides to cancel the Mutant Control Registration.

    Later that night, Cyclops goes to Jubilee’s foster parents’ house. Jubilee’s foster father calls Gyrich, to tell him Cyclops is in his house. Gyrich sends some Sentinels, but later the father regrets his decision when his wife tells him that Cyclops thinks that Jubilee was kidnapped by the Sentinels. Subsequently, he tells Cyclops everything. Cyclops leaves, but is attacked by a Sentinel. Cyclops blasts the Sentinel’s arm off. The wounded Sentinel escapes and the Blackbird follows it to the Sentinels’ base.

    Landing clumsily, the wounded Sentinel damages the electrical box and the electricity goes out on the base. While the X-Men attack the base, Gyrich and Trask try to escape. After the sentinels are defeated and Jubilee rescued, Jubilee decides that it’s best to stay at the Mansion and waves goodbye to her foster parents, heading for a new future.

    Disc 1

  • Episode 1: Night of the Sentinels (Part 1)
  • Episode 2: Night of the Sentinels (Part 2)
  • Episode 3: Enter Magneto
  • Episode 4: Deadly Reunions
  • Episode 5: Captive Hearts
  • Episode 6: Cold Vengeance
  • Episode 7: Slave Island
  • Episode 8: The Unstoppable Juggernaut

  • Disc 2

  • Episode 9: The Cure
  • Episode 10: Come The Apocalypse
  • Episode 11: Days Of Future Past (Part 1)
  • Episode 12: Days Of Future Past (Part 2)
  • Episode 13: The Final Decision
  • Episode 14: Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)
  • Episode 15: Till Death Do Us Part (Part 2)
  • Episode 16: Whatever It Takes

  • X-Men Volume 1 DVD Rating: 4

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