We’ll admit it – X-Men: Apocalypse was a bit of a disaster. In our one and a half starred review of the film, we said that there was “very little worth defending” in the film, and after a re-watch of the film on Blu-ray, we still stand by that statement. That being said, there is quite a lot, not only worth defending but, worth celebrating on the home entertainment packaging of the film. The following are our top 5 reasons to purchase X-Men: Apocalypse on Blu-ray.
- Gag Reel: If you’re even a casual reader of our Blu-ray reviews, you know very well that the first special feature we look for on a home entertainment package is the gag reel. We have to admit that most gag reels, where the actors and/or crew members are typically shown having fun behind the scenes or during flubbed line readings, are hastily strewn together and aren’t much fun to watch. On this disc, however, we get treated to the ever relatable Jennifer Lawrence repeatedly asking for lunch and an outtake of James McAvoy riffing on how much he enjoys Michael Fassbender. For all those (like us, we’ll admit it) who have missed the overt homo-erotic-ness of the scenes between McAvoy and Fassbender, you’re in for a treat watching the gag reel.
- X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed featurettes: There are 6 of these featurettes in total on the Blu-ray package but our personal favorite was the nine minute long Answering the Call: Assembling the new X-Men team featurette. Within it both McAvoy and Fassbender joke about being replaced in the X-Men franchise and yet also bestow heaps of praise onto new additions Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner.
- Wrap Party video: We’re assuming this 4 minute video was shown to the cast and crew at their wrap party because there’s zero footage of the actual wrap party from the title. Instead we’re treated to behind the scenes footage set to a techno beat. Normally we’d complain about this misleading title but when we’re treated with snippets of Michael Fassbender dancing and JLaw slow dancing with Oscar Isaac, we’re going to let the misdirection slide.
- In-depth feature commentary track by director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg: When we first pressed play on the commentary track we honestly weren’t planning on listening to the entirety of it in one sitting. Yet each reveal by Singer and Kinberg were so fascinating that the running time just flew by. Among the pages of notes we took, here are the most interesting nuggets of knowledge we learned. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender can both cry on cue, Rose Byrne performed stunt scenes while 4 months pregnant, Canadian director Xavier Dolan came to visit the Montreal set because his Father is featured prominently in a pivotal scene, Singer learned more about the character of Psylocke from actress Olivia Munn than he did from reading the comics, and Jennifer Lawrence accidentally elbowed a stunt man while filming one of her scenes. Again, we took pages and pages of notes but those will have to wait for another post.
- What’s Next: This special feature poses the question to members of the cast and production team yet the most promising answers are by the film’s stars McAvoy and Fassbender, who both eagerly say that they’d definitely return for more X-Men installments. Here’s hoping there’ll be more in the future!
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD.