Ready for a little X-Men storyline ala this summers Avengers helmer Joss Whedon? Then check out the review of the new to DVD "Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous" from Shout! Factory below.
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 69 minutes
Release Company: Shout! Factory
The Flick: I don’t think I’m the audience for this one. Having not seen any of the previous "Astonishing X-Men" series or read the comics and graphic novels in the series, I was completely lost from the get go with Joss Whedon’s Dangerous story line. (And it didn't win over my 10-year-old son either!) Certainly not easy to pick up and almost impossible for the uninitiated, Dangerous is nevertheless not impressive. From the unmemorable voice casting of the characters (where’s Nathan Fillion when you need him!) to the drab motion comic animation (makes those cheesy Saturday episodes of "Spiderman and his Amazing Friends" look like high gloss digital animation!), this feels like one for fans of the series and nobody else. Hope the normally skilled with the pen Whedon (with the exception of "Alien Resurrection!") doesn't take the same narrow approach for "The Avengers" – alienation may be great for Superheroes, but not for fans looking for fun.
Best Feature: No features – an explanation of the episodes and their genesis would have helped a ton!
Best Hidden Gem: Sorry – does the fact that the episodes were uber-short count?
Worth the Moola: Again, if you're a fan of this series you might think this is the second coming. But for those coming in fresh, you’re dangerously out of luck.