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X-Men: Volume 5 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection) - animated DVD / family DVD / television series DVD review
X-MEN, VOLUMES 1 & 2 (MARVEL DVD COMIC BOOK COLLECTION) Not rated 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 Studios Home Entertainment
DVD release: 04 May 2010 Feature runtime: 308 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
DVD Features Aspect ratio 1.33:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Spanish), Fourteen episodes

X-MEN: VOLUME 5 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection)Well, the fifth volume of X-Men: The Animated Series has come around at last. Fans will be happy to know that all the remaining episodes are included in this two-disc set. So how did Disney do on this release?

My only complaint about the previous volumes of this program has been that the episodes are out of order from the original air dates. While some purists might be upset that the original order has been modified, I can see the logic in folding the last two seasons together to make for a more coherent storyline for the DVD releases.

Unfortunately, the last two seasons take a slight hit in story and production quality. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice a few changes in the visual style and sound as the series moved to a different production company to squeeze out an extra season after the Season 4 finale. These additional episodes are its biggest flaw as budget cuts and other misfortunes took their toll.

While translating the mature, often complex issues of the comic book to a Saturday morning cartoon is no easy task, these episodes meet the challenge. Major story lines from the comic books such as the Phalanx Covenant make an appearance.

Fans of the show should definitely pick up this release. I'd also recommend it to those wanting to explore the X-Men universe in greater detail; this program paints a greater picture than the film releases.
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reviewed by Ryan Strampe
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