X-Men: First Class Blu-ray Review – a prequel that changes history

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I received the new X-Men: First Class DVD (20th Century Fox) for review on my dad blog. This X-Men movie is actually the fourth DVD in the X-Men series. X-Men: First Class takes place before the first three X-Men movies. It’s about a time when Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) were young and still friends. Bottom line: X-Men: First Class was a bit long, but very entertaining. It was interesting to see characters that had not been introduced in the other four X-Men movies. X-Men: First Class is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. The list price is $29.98 ($18.99 on Amazon) for the DVD and $39.99 ($27.99) for Blu-ray + Digital Copy.

X-Men: First Class Blu-ray ~ 20th Century Fox

It’s the Division X vs the Hellfire Club
In First Class, there are two groups of mutants. There’s Division X (good guys), which includes Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Darwin, and Havok. The other group is the Hellfire Club (bad guys), which features Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Riptide, Azazel, and Angel Salvadore. In this movie, the Hellfire Club is trying to start a war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Professor X has hair
If you follow the X-Men comics or seen the first four X-Men movies, you’re going to be in for a surprise. Professor X has hair and isn’t in a wheelchair. I’ve seen Xavier without a wheelchair before, but this was the first time I’ve seen him with hair. I have to admit, it took a little getting use to. Same issue with James McAvoy playing Professor X instead of Patrick Stewart. They’re both excellent actors, but their characters are different. McAvoy’s Xavier is younger and a little more flamboyant, while Stewart’s Xavier is older and more reserved.

It’s a prequel, but some things have changed
Even though this is a prequel to the other X-Men movies, it’s an alternate take on the X-Men storyline. For instance, Emma Frost and Professor X are strangers in First Class even though a much older Professor X met a younger Emma Frost at the end of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. In both X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine, Professor X is bald before he loses the use of his legs. In First Class, Professor X still has hair when he loses the use of his legs.

Rated: PG-13
It’s rated PG-13 for violence, language, and brief sexual content.

Wolverine makes an appearance
Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) makes a brief cameo in First Class. He’s in a bar when he tells Professor X and Magneto to f*** off when they try to recruit him. Same old Logan. First Class also features James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Laurence Belcher (Charles Xavier at 12 years), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), January Jones (Emma Frost), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy / Beast), Jason Flemyng (Azazel), Caleb Landry Jones (Sean Cassidy / Banshee), Zoë Kravitz (Angel Salvadore), Lucas Till (Alex Summers / Havok), Álex González (Janos Quested / Riptide), Edi Gathegi (Armando Muñoz / Darwin), Bill Milner (Young Erik), Beth Goddard (Mrs. Xavier / Mystique), Morgan Lily (Young Raven at 10 years), Oliver Platt (The Man in Black), Corey Johnson (Chief Warden), and Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine). X-Men: First Class was directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Special features look interesting
In addition to the digital copy on the Blu-ray title, X-Men: First Class also includes the following bonus features:

  • X Marks The Spot
  • Composer’s Isolated Score
  • Cerebro: Mutant Tracker
  • Children of the Atom – 8 Part Featurette Series
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
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