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Brett Ratner
Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
Writing Credits:
Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn

After a controversial cure is discovered, mutants can choose to retain their superhuman abilities or give up their unique gifts and become normal.

Box Office:
$210 million.
Opening Weekend
$102,750,665 on 3690 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 6.1
English Dolby EX 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
French DTS 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Castillian DTS 5.1
German DTS 5.1
Italian DTS 5.1
Czech Dolby 5.1
Polish Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 104 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 9/25/2018

Available Only as Part of “X-Men 4K Trilogy”

• Audio Commentary with Director Brett Ratner and Writers Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn
• Audio Commentary with Producers Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter
• 12 Deleted Scenes
• Trailers


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-Marantz SR7010 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Surround Receiver
-Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
-Chane A2.4 Speakers
-SVS SB12-NSD 12" 400-watt Sealed Box Subwoofer


X-Men: The Last Stand [4K UHD] (2006)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 9, 2019)

Today’s definition of irony: I went to a movie in May 2006 that ran a trailer for the then-upcoming Superman Returns, and a woman behind me bemoaned that “Hollywood’s run out of ideas!” She stated this after she’d dropped her eight bucks to see X-Men: The Last Stand.

Whatever creativity Superman Returns offered gets examined in that review, but now we’ll look at how well Stand expands on the X-Men franchise. The third iteration in the series looks at the continued tension between humans and mutants.

A pharmaceutical company develops a “cure” for mutations and makes it available. This causes controversies as some mutants see this as nothing more than an attempt at genocide.

A group of disgruntled mutants headed by Magneto (Ian McKellen) called “The Brotherhood” pursues that view. On the other side of things, we find Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the MLK to Magneto’s Malcolm X. Xavier heads his “X-Men”, less radical mutants who don’t support the status quo but who avoid the Brotherhood’s violent attempts to follow their agenda.

Much of the movie follows the lead-up to their climactic confrontation connected to this “mutant cure”, and a few character-related side issues also occur. The main one comes from the resurrection of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).

A telepath who died at the end of the last flick, she miraculously comes back to life. However, this isn’t the same Jean.

Now known as Phoenix, the darker side of her personality dominates and makes the powerful mutant an exceedingly dangerous force. We see how Xavier and Magneto battle for Jean’s allegiance and soul, really, and also watch a few other personal issues along the way.

I liked both of the first two X-Men flicks, though neither impressed me tremendously. X2 was the better of the pair, mainly because it seemed more self-assured.

It didn’t top the first film to a huge degree, though. Both remained enjoyable though short of classic status for the genre.

Some fans feared that Stand would offer a letdown, largely due to a change in director. While Bryan Singer led the first two flicks, he skipped Stand so he could helm Superman Returns, and he turned the reins over to Brett Ratner.

Best known for the Rush Hour films, this wasn’t a popular choice, and I understand why. Ratner favors cheap humor and recycled action in his work, neither of which inspired optimism in me.

Does Ratner treat Stand like another Rush Hour flick? Happily he doesn’t, though I can’t say he does much to bring a lot of personality to the movie. While he holds back his more annoying filmmaking tendencies, he doesn’t manage to create anything distinctive.

Perhaps he was overwhelmed by the scope of Stand. Ratner got to concentrate on a couple of characters for the Rush Hour flicks, while an X-Men project requires a much broader focus.

This movie brings back plenty of returning roles and adds a few new ones to the mix, so that’s a lot to balance. Ratner keeps things moving at a reasonably brisk pace and balances the concerns acceptably well, but he does seem a bit overwhelmed. He can’t quite manage all the challenges well enough to do much more than keep things together on a basic level.

That leaves Stand as a fairly fun flick, but not one with much personality. Perhaps that’s as good as I can expect from Ratner, as he’s competent at best but never inspired or impressive behind the camera.

I appreciate the fact the Ratner seems respectful of what came before him. He tries to ensure that Stand feels like it fits with the first two X-Men flicks, so he doesn’t do a Joel Schumacher and attempt to put a dramatically different stamp on things.

Unfortunately, this means that Ratner lacks his own creative impression. Granted, given the fact that I’m not wild about his usual broadly comic overtones, it might be for the best that he tries to emulate Bryan Singer here. I still feel the movie lacks a great sense of personality, though.

Usually I criticize modern movies due to excessive length. Stand, on the other hand, could’ve used a good extra half an hour or so.

The flick boasts an unusually complex storyline, with plenty of opportunities to explore moral and ethically issues. It doesn’t do so well, though, as it rushes through all the elements.

The movie shortchanges the potential for depth. The subject of “the cure” is a really interesting one that just doesn’t receive the exploration it deserves.

Good action scenes redeem The Last Stand, and I do think the movie entertains. I might be too hard on the flick because it had so much potential. Ultimately, it keeps us interested but it disappoints since it could have been much more than just the simple smash ‘em up it is.

Note: stick around through the finish of the end credits for a very intriguing coda.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio A/ Bonus B

X-Men: The Last Stand appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Like the other two movies, Last Stand looked good but not great on 4K UHD.

Sharpness was generally fine, but some softness interfered at times. I could credit spotty visual effects for some of these issues, but not all of them. Still, the majority of the movie offered pretty positive delineation.

No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge enhancement. Source flaws also remained absent.

Stand stayed with a subdued palette. Bright colors cropped up mainly via Jean’s reds, as the image otherwise preferred a low-key setting. Within those parameters, the tones seemed accurate and well-displayed, and the disc’s HDR added power to the hues.

Blacks were deep and firm, though they could seem “crushed” at times. Low-light shots usually came across as clear and easy to discern, though a few could seem a bit dense. Overall, this became an appealing presentation but not one that dazzled.

I felt more impressed by the excellent DTS-HD MA 6.1 audio of X-Men: The Last Stand. The soundfield was consistently terrific. As expected, the movie’s many action scenes created the greatest impact.

From flying objects to Storm’s weather manipulations to explosions and blasts, the soundfield used all five channels to excellent effect. The elements swarmed all around us and firmly placed us in the action.

Quieter scenes also worked well. These formed a nice sense of atmosphere, though they also produced some involving effects.

For example, telepathic elements cropped up from all around the room. At all times, the mix used the different speakers to their full advantage.

Never did the quality of the audio disappoint. Effects remained concise and robust. They presented great dynamics and lacked any distortion or other problems.

The score occasionally threatened to get buried under the onslaught of action effects, but the music managed to stay lively and bright nonetheless.

Speech was crisp and distinctive and bass response seemed terrific. Really, I found a lot to like and virtually nothing to criticize from this superb soundtrack.

How did the 4K UHD compare with the prior Blu-ray release? Both came with the same DTS—HD MA 6.1 audio, so expect no changes there.

As for visuals, they got a boost in terms of definition, colors, and contrast. However, I didn’t think this was an enormous jump over the Blu-ray, as it seemed a little erratic for 4K UHD.

On the 4K UHD disc, we find two separate audio commentaries, and the first comes from director Brett Ratner and writers Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific chat. They talk a lot about the characters and story issues.

We hear about the integration of all the different mutants and related concerns along with other plot and script topics. In addition, we get some info about sets and locations, various effects and stunts, comic book allusions, and a few other production topics.

The three participants manage to make this a fairly entertaining track, if not one of the most informative discussions I’ve heard. A lot of joking occurs – probably too much, as it sometimes becomes tough to tell factual statements from comedic exaggerations.

There’s also more praise than I’d like. Nonetheless, we get a decent amount of information in this genial and generally likable piece.

For the second commentary, we hear from producers Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter. All three sit together for their own running, screen-specific chat.

They discuss production basics like sets and locations, effects and visual concerns, cast and characters, and a mix of technical issues. All of these act as a satisfactory look at the flick, but none of them stand out as particularly memorable.

Inevitably, some information repeats from the first commentary. However, since that one focused more on the story and script, the amount of duplication never becomes extreme. Ultimately, the producer track is acceptable but without much spark.

On the included Blu-ray copy, we find a trivia track. This offers the standard mix of factoids about the production and the comics. It proves reasonably satisfying.

12 Deleted/Alternate Scenes fill a total of nine minutes, 13 seconds. As you can guess, none of them last very long; the one-minute, 41-second “Extended Fight Sequence at Jean Grey’s House” is the lengthiest clip. It’s also arguably the most interesting, as it adds some fun battle elements.

Of the three alternate endings, one with Rogue offers the most provocative change. We also get a tease in which Wolverine returns to Canada that looks like it existed to prod along another flick.

The other scenes offer very minor changes or extensions, so don’t expect much from them. Heck, two of them are the same sequence, and they only differ in that Magneto sports a beard in one but is clean-shaven in the other.

We can watch these with or without commentary from Ratner, Penn and Kinberg. They give us basic notes about the scenes and usually let us know why they cut the sequences. The commentary fills out matters well.

Promotional elements comprise the rest of the disc’s supplements. We get trailers for Stand as well as Fantastic Four (2004), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the 2001 Planet of the Apes.

I think X-Men: The Last Stand offers the weakest of the three films in the series, and it suffers from some unnecessary flaws. That said, it still packs enough of a comic book punch to entertain. The 4K UHD provides solid audio as well as generally good picture and some decent extras highlighted by a pair of reasonably useful audio commentaries. This is the worst of the three X-Men movies but it has enough going for it to warrant a recommendation for the fans.

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