Wolverine and The X-Men Fate of The Future
OVERVIEW: This February, Marvel Animation and Lionsgate bring Wolverine fans the fourth DVD installment from Nicktoons Network’s hit animated series Wolverine And The X-Men. Wolverine And The X-Men: Fate of the Future features five all-new action-packed adventures following the embattled Mutants as their tumultuous past lives resurface putting the future of the X-Men and the world in peril! Wolverine finds himself in the precarious position of protecting his fellow mutants before the future becomes obsolete. The successful television series which has already sold more than 450,000 DVD copies to date, makes its new DVD available at retail the same day as Marvel’s highly anticipated Planet Hulk DVD and Blu-ray release. Wolverine And The X-Men: Fate of the Future features 3D lenticular packaging and will appeal to fans of all ages when it arrives on February 2, 2010.
SYNOPSIS: Wolverine and the X-Men race through time to regain control of their destiny in Wolverine And The X-Men: Fate of the Future. Evil attempts to rewrite the past, and the mutant heroes must prevent a perilous future in these five time-bending episodes. History repeats itself when Wolverine's past resurfaces, forcing him to repay old debts in "Stolen Lives." In "Code of Conduct," Wolverine's history returns again when the X-Men are threatened by the Silver Samurai, who challenges the adamantine hero to another duel. In "Badlands," Logan’s captivity helps spawn a new breed of Sentinels to terrorize the future. And before Mojo rips their friendship apart, Nightcrawler struggles to convince a brainwashed Wolverine of their lost days together in "Hunting Grounds." Finally, in "Backlash," when Wolverine learns that Master Mold is the same nemesis for tomorrow's X-Men, he must protect his fellow mutants before the future becomes obsolete.
REVIEW: The action continues in this electrifying series, and although we are still to see a series pattern from each episode; Volume four opens many opportunities to develop a highly entertaining story. In this volume the audience gets to explore more of Wolverine’s past, watch Xavier and future X-men in action (finally), and see their favorite X-men heroes in action. However since the episodes stand alone for themselves and do not follow a cohesive sequence the DVD loses some intensity.
It is hard to rate a DVD that has five episodes, it is harder when the episodes are in the middle of the season, when they do not add nothing new or resolves any problems. Nonetheless, I got to say that Fate of the Future succeeds in keeping the series alive, and it does it following the same formula they have had since the beginning: Leaving the most emotional and violent guy in charge. Although this volume does not feature any X-men big villain, each episode seems to keep the main character struggling for his survival, as well as his friend’s and the future’s, and what keeps the episodes exciting is that the audience can see that even though Wolverine’s intentions and action seems to be the right ones at the time, the story throws the audience a curve ball with the final result like in “Stolen Lives” and “Badlands." This plus some actions scenes featuring Sabertooth, a shocking discovery between Wolverine, Mystique and Weapon X, and watching Wolverine being the bad guy are enough to keep you in your seat for the whole 110 minutes.
The quality of the video and sound on this volume are pretty much the same as its predecessors and of course like them there is not any special features but and audio commentary with Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, and Chris Yost. In my mind, this series has all the elements that characterize the x men universe: imaginative and appealing stories that cover past present and future, exciting and well develop characters, and great animation. Unfortunately and I have said it before, its distribution strategy sucks, it is hard to recommend someone a five episodes DVD, X-Men fans should wait for the box set, kids might be disappointed in seeing just five episodes without resolving anything at all, if you really like this series I recommend to wait for a better bundle, and on the mean time just rent it.
Widescreen (1.78:1) 16x9
English 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
SPECIAL FEATURES: The DVD comes in a beautiful holographic case where we see the two wolverines hero and villain. And like the previous DVDs the only special features is the audio commentary.
Audio commentary with Supervising Producer Craig Kyle, Head Writer Greg Johnson and Writer
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