With the exception of "AFTER THE SUNSET", all of Director Brett Ratner's previous films have been horrible. He has absolutely no vision! He makes Joel Schumacher look good! But, his films generally made money, so he was given the reign of this franchise. And, as mediocre as the film is, compared to the previous films, it still was a huge hit at the box-office.
The least imaginative of the trilogy, "X-3" is basically mini-sequences devoted to various characters, while Magneto prepares his mutants for a final war. Everyone's been given less to do here, with the exception of "Storm", but even as beautiful as Berry looks, Ratner fails to make the best of her. The film feels like Ratner just threw money in trying to create more explosions and more effects, but lost the entire heart of the story. There was a real sense of reverence pervasive in the earlier films. It doesn't exist here.
Still, fans of the film will take delight in the BLU-RAY transfer provided by FOX here! FOX has presented a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The film was shot in Super 35, wherein grain is inherent. So, there is plenty of grain, albeit intentionally, in almost every scene. Colors are solid but never over-saturated. The contrast is outstanding, with deep blacks and grays. The opening "training" sequence looks absolutely spectacular, hinting correctly at things to come! The detail is impressive in every scene and there were no artifacts.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 6.1 mix. Although there are no receivers available to decode with full resolution until '07, viewers will appreciate the down-converted mix provided. It's an extremely aggressive mix, with noticeably better fidelity than the standard dvd. Surrounds are used with maximum impact in virtually every scene. The dynamic range is outstanding, as evidenced in the opening sequence. Listeners are engaged in a fully 360 degree environment from beginning to end. There are ample bass effects. In fact, this one's sure to test the limits of any sub-woofer, so warn the neighbors!
FOX has provided the same extras from the dvd. There are two audio commentaries(warning Ratner's comments are sure to induce sleep and self-induced knocks on the head) There are plenty of deleted scenes(some good)and three alternate endings. The theatrical trailer is presented in full 1080p!
A high-def exclusive in the format of a "Marvel Trivia Track" is included.