Posted Fri Feb 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Fox has unveiled final specs for the 'X-Men' trilogy, which will see all three films hit Blu-ray this April as stand-alone three-disc special editions, as well as bundled together as a three-pack collection.
As previously reported, Fox had alerted retailers last month to its plans to issue the first two 'X-Men' films on Blu-ray on April 21, timed to promote the upcoming theatrical release of 'Wolverine: Origins.' (Fox previously released a single-disc Blu-ray version of the trilogy-capper 'X-Men: The Last Stand' in November 2006.)
Final details are now in, and Fox will now not only issue the first two films in the series -- 'X-Men' and 'X2: X-Men United' -- as two-disc Blu-rays. but will also re-issue 'X-Men: The Last Stand' as a new double-platter special edition. (Note that the previous single-disc 'Last Stand' release will be discontinued.)
Fox will also bundle all three Blu-ray stand-alone sets together on April 21 as the 'X-Men Trilogy.'
Tech specs for each stand-alone release will see the respective feature film on a BD-50 dual-layer disc, with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround audio.
In addition, each film will receive two full discs of extras, outlined as follows:
'X-Men' will feature audio commentary with director Bryan Singer and Brian Peck, an eight-part documentary, 20 behind-the-scenes vignettes, 12 internet interstitials, a Singer interview, the "Mutant Watch" Fox TV special, deleted and extended scenes, animatics, an art gallery, a music promo, TV spots and trailers.
'X2: X-Men United" enjoys two audio commentaries (with Singer, plus a producer/screenwriter track), the "Generation X: Comic Book History" documentary, an additional four-part making-of documentary, deleted scenes, art galleries, additional "Locations and Sets" vignettes, on-camera graphics breakdowns, storyboards and concept art, and trailers and TV spots.
Finally, the new re-issue of 'X-Men: The Last Stand' boasts two audio commentaries with director Brett Ratner, the producers and screenwriters, over two dozen deleted scenes (including three alternate endings), a Brett Ratner Video Diary, the "X-Men Up Close" interactive gallery with stills and video, two Fox Movie Channel TV specials, an "Anatomy of a Scene: Golden Gate Bridge" featurette, additional Vignettes, Blog entries and "Previz Animatics," art galleries, theatrical trailers, and easter eggs.
Exclusive to all three Blu-ray releases is BD-Live connectivity, which will offer an exclusive download preview of 'Wolverine: Origins.' The discs will also come with D-Box motion codes compatible with D-Box home theater equipment.
Finally, each set includes a third DVD disc with Digital Copy (in standard-def) compatible with PCs, PSP and iTunes.
The 'X-Men Trilogy' will feature each stand-alone release only, bundled as a three-pack. At presstime, Fox has not announced any additional content or exclusives for the set.
Suggested list price has been set at $34.98 each for the stand-alone Blu-rays, and $79.98 for the three-pack.
You'll find the latest specs for all 'X-Men' titles linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under April 21.
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