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X-Men, Volumes 3 & 4 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection) - animated DVD / family DVD / television series DVD review
X-MEN, VOLUMES 3 & 4 (MARVEL DVD COMIC BOOK COLLECTION) Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Featuring: Cathal J. Dodd, Cedric Smith, Norm Spencer, Lenore Zann, Alison Sealy-Smith
Creator: Stan Lee Distributor: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 15 September 2009 Feature runtime: Vol. 3: 345 minutes, 2 discs; Vol. 4: 322 minutes, 2 discs
Format: Animated, Color, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features, Volume 1: Aspect ratio 1.33:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital Stereo - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish), Fifteen episodes (including 4-part "The Dark Phoenix," 2-part "Savage Land, Strange Heart," and 2-part "One Man's Worth"); Volume 2: Aspect ratio 1.33:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish), Fourteen episodes (including 2-part "Proteus," 2-part "Sanctuary," and 4-part "Beyond Good and Evil")

Fans of the original television airings have been waiting for the X-Men Volume 3 and Volume 4 DVDs to land for quite some time. Past releases of this series have been limited to VHS, broken up, and incomplete.

However, not all here is as it should be. I assumed that these two releases would contain the remainder of the episodes, but, these discs do not complete the series. Enough episodes are missing to justify a fifth volume (which I hope is in the works), but the best of the remainder are here, such as "One Man's Worth" and "Beyond God and Evil."

I do have one major complaint: these episodes are out of order. Missing and out-of-order episodes (expletive deleted)? Why? It seems like great care was put into the first two volumes, and I can't think of any reason to rearrange things now. I'd recommend any prospective viewer check out the series' Wikipedia entry for the correct viewing order (and hopefully volume 5 will materialize to fill in the gaps). Also, alas, my hopes for any special features and/or commentary track failed to make the cut. There is still plenty to enjoy in these releases, such as the introduction of fan favorites Psylocke and the Silver Samurai.

Fans of the series probably aren't waiting for any review to determine whether or not to purchase this set - they already have them in their collection. As for the rest of you, what are you waiting for? This is a great series and a perfect addition to the media library of any X-Men fan, regardless of its flaws.
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