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The Visual Effects of X-Men (2003)



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Credited cast:
Tom DeSanto Tom DeSanto ... Self
Michael L. Fink Michael L. Fink ... Self
Matt Granger ... Self
James Marsden ... Self
Anna Paquin ... Self
Theresa Ellis Rygiel Theresa Ellis Rygiel ... Self (as Theresa Ellis)
Bryan Singer ... Self


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This documentary on the visual effects for the film X-Men (2000) is featured on the 2-disc DVD, released in February 2003. See more »


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Hidden strings pulled by invisible hands

This is a special feature found on the X-Men 1.5 DVD release, which came out in 2003, and, as the title tells you, it deals with the visual FX of the film. They talk about how many techniques were used, and go into detail about several of them. There are interview bits, both from the set and from a studio, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. It stays nicely on topic and has a reasonable amount of information, though a little of it is explained so much in technical terms that those with animation experience may be the only viewers to fully comprehend it. Almost all of the "talking head" material is of the crew, and Paquin doesn't speak(she appears in some of the movie clips, hence the credit), and neither Marsden nor Singer are in it much, not to say that what they say isn't good. There are spoilers herein, so it would be best to hold off on this until you've watched the film itself. Various of the stuff described, one thing in particular, is rather impressive. Pacing isn't bad. The editing is fine, one transition is about as subtle as a jackhammer making its way through the contents of a china shop, and really gimmicky, too, but hey, one can understand why they did it. On the whole, this is decent enough, and definitely worth watching for anyone who wants to know more about the effects of the film, practical(including getting to see actual takes of them) and computer-generated alike. I recommend this to anyone who fits in that group, but if you're not a CGI wiz, maybe make sure to watch it with someone who is. 6/10

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11 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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