Warning: These DVDs do not come out this week and made their home market debut on the 15th of September. However, the screeners arrived late, hence the delay in this review.
X-Men - Buy from Amazon: Volume Three and Volume Four
Trying to catch up on all the late reviews. This one is easier than most, because I've reviewed the first two volumes here. It also helps that the X-Men are arguably the most famous super hero team on all of comic book history, which further reduces the amount of background information I need to give on this 1990s cartoon. Instead, I can jump right into the highlight episodes.
Like the previous releases, volume three has a balance of one-off episodes and multi-story arcs. However, unlike volume one, the balance is shifted to the one-off stories. The 2-disc set does start out with a two-part story with the X-Men traveling to the Savage Land, a land ruled by cavemen and dinosaurs, including the mutant known as Sauron. The main story on this set, however, is The Dark Phoenix, a four-part story that follows up on The Phoenix Saga from volume two. These four episodes will be enough to convince fans of the show to buy this DVD. That said, there are also stand out episodes including Obsession, which has Archangel continuing his quest to destroy the immortal Apocalypse. Wolverine leans more about his past in Weapon X, Lies, and Video Tape, while an alternate timeline version of Wolverine and Storm must stop an assassin from killing Professor X in the past in One Man's Worth - Part 1 and 2.
The highlight of Volume Four is Beyond Good and Evil, which is a four-part story with the return of Apocalypse. Other strong episodes include Sanctuary, where Magneto constructs an orbiting space station as a home for mutants, but betrayal from within threatens his paradise. All of disc two are single episodes, but almost all are merely average. The season finale, Family Ties, is the best of the second disc. In that episode Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch and Magneto are lured to Wundagore valley separately, but when there they will learn of a powerful connection between the three. It is important to note that while there are not as many great episodes, almost all are worth checking out and most have enough replay value that the two-disc set is worth picking up.
There are no extras on either disc, but both have play all buttons, subtitles, and proper chapter placements.
While I wish X-Men Volume Three and Volume Four were loaded with extras, they are loaded with quality episodes. For fans of the show, or of the comic in general, both are worth picking up, and I look forward to reviewing the fifth and final series soon.