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In the 1980s, an ancient mutant is awakened and bent on world domination. After gathering a few followers, including Magneto, he embarks on a quest to reshape the globe and control the minds of every human and mutant on Earth. Professor Xavier and his young group of X-Men learn of the plot and band together to stop Apocalypse before it’s too late.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Blu-Ray Movie Review

X-Men: Apocalypse - Movie Cover
20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios
2016, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hrs 24 mins
DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, 2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Directed by Bryan Singer



Violence: Yes
Sex: No
Language: No

X-Men: Apocalypse - Blu-Ray Movie


I’ve always appreciated the tone of X-Men films. They have a different feel than other Marvel stories. Rather than the flippant comedy and massive battle scenes we’ve come to expect from Avengers movies, X-Men spends a little more time exploring characters’ relationships and how they manage to deal with their mutation. Most of them are classic anti-heroes who never asked to be different or to be given the responsibility of protecting mankind. They are more-often thrown into difficult situations and left to adapt on their own.

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To be clear, Apocalypse is a continuation of the timeline from X-Men: First Class. The characters are played by the same actors except we have a new, almost-grown-up Jean Grey. Some elements loop back to the original three films which starred Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier. And we get a short appearance by Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. He doesn’t utter single word but manages to provide some entertaining moments anyway.

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The movie is very entertaining mainly for its stunning special effects. There seems to be no limit to what can be created with CGI. I was especially impressed by the sequence where Quicksilver (Evan Peters) zips through Xavier’s mansion saving all the students while it explodes from the inside. It’s truly spectacular.

If you’re a fan of X-Men films in general, Apocalypse is one of the better ones. I’ll be adding it to my collection.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Blu-Ray Review


The image is near-reference quality in every respect. Color is nicely saturated and contrast is broad and deep. Surface textures are rendered with extreme precision and detail. I enjoyed the use of different color palettes to indicate various eras in the timeline. My only nitpick is I thought the overall presentation was a bit dark.

X-Men: Apocalypse showcases some of the best low-frequency effects I’ve ever heard. Rather than the bombastic approach taken by most action films, the sound engineers have opted for a precisely-controlled foundation layer that exists through most of the movie. There’s plenty of room-rattling to be sure but the result is more felt than heard. Owners of large subs will certainly be adding this Blu-ray to their demo suite.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Movie Review


Bonus features include an hour-long look into the X-Men universe including some teasers of upcoming films, 28 minutes of deleted scenes, a gag reel and a wrap party video. You also get a gallery of still photos, audio commentary and trailers.