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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray from director Bryan Singer, Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the unraveling of X-MEN: Apocalypse.

Apocalypse or En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) is the world’s first mutant and after being betrayed by his own people, he is left buried under a pyramid of rubble. When Moira Mactaggert (Rose Byrne) discovers that the mutant has been discovered, she isn’t the only one who knows something is wrong.

Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) also knows something is wrong and looks for Moira to find answers when an earthquake shakes the planet. Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) rescues Kurt/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and in the process knows there is something wrong with Eric/Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

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As Apocalypse gets his era bearings, he begins to find other mutants that will help him. First there is Ororo/Storm (Alexandra Shipp), then Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and finally Angel (Ben Hardy). Knowing that Magneto is angry once again, he uses that to his advantage.

Raven returns to the Gifted School and sees Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). When Apocalypse enters the school, it is his intention to take Charles but not before attempting to demolish the school. Peter/Quicksilver (Evan Peters) rescues them all but not before being taken by the military.

That won’t stop anything as they all end up back in Cairo, Egypt to put a stop to Apocalypse’ plan for world destruction – but they will need each other to save not only the world but one another.

McAvoy as Charles has this role down pat. Although I didn’t realize there was a storyline about why Charles would later become bald – thrilled to know now.  McAvoy is just endearing and he continues to be one of my favorite actors because he takes on such diverse roles.

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Fassbender as Eric/Magneto gets a chance to show this characters more ‘human’ side of his character. Now what I did believe was his response to being angry. Fassbender and McAvoy could read a phone book and I’d be happy, thought I’d throw that out there too. These two have given a young men’s perspective on the original Charles and Eric relationship and I’ve enjoyed it.

Lawrence as Raven/Mystique seems to be the Mom of the group. Wanting to protect each of them and reaching out to Erik she will do what’s necessary in the name of X-men. Hoult as Hank is smart and clearly still dealing with emotions about his gal-pal blue counterpart.

Smit-McPhee as Kurt/Nightcrawler was actually sweet, fast and even a little funny at times. Hardy as Angel has issues with his wings that end up being more sharp than feathery. Shipp as Ororo/Storm is the observant one of the bunch. Munn as Psylocke isn’t happy with the results of the final battle and I have a feeling she will be back.

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Turner as Jean basically spends the film waiting for her moment in the brightness. Sheridan as Scott gets a new look by the films end. Byrne as Mactaggert finally gets a little memory about Professor Charles and gets caught up in the mayhem. Isaac as Apocalypse is well hidden under a ton of makeup and costuming.

My golden tub of popcorn for the film goes to Evan Peters as Peter/Quicksilver. I just love this character with his wit, charm, humor, and every scene he is in. His smart quips to the admission about living in his Mom’s basement are so filled with fun that I loved every scene Peters is in. Can we do a film about Quicksilver?

Other cast include: Josh Helman as Col. Stryker, Lucas Till as Alex Summers/Havok, Lana Condor as Jubilee, Warren Scherer as Pestilence, Rochelle Okoye as Famine, Monique Ganderton as Death and of course Mr. Stan Lee makes his appearance that always makes the audience cheer!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give X-MEN: Apocalypse three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This film comes in at over 143 minutes (that’s two hours and 23 minutes kiddies!) and is filled with enough action and cgi to keep comic fans happy. There is an hour long documentary X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed that is what is going to really set fans into happy mode.

The Bluray-DVD-Digital HD includes the Special Features: X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed, Wrap Party Video, and Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer. The Bluray-DVD includes Gag Reel, Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer & Simon Kinberg and a Gallery.

The Digital HD means you can watch the movie anywhere including television, computer, tablet and Smartphone.

X-MEN fans are going to go and go they should. After everything I’ve said I can honestly say the film is cgi entertaining enough. There are a few surprises that I’m not about to give away – sit through the film to find for yourself.

In the end – only the strong will survive!

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