When a production is confused and doesn't know what it is about, one can't really blame the audience for finding themselves stumped, and not being certain what it's supposed to be. This special, located on the X-Men 1.5 DVD, released in 2003, starts with a handful of brief parts of the actors in the film, essentially every one of them that the audience might know from elsewhere, each saying something brief(that doesn't necessarily make any sense, at least out of context), and that isn't the last thing that will suggest something about what the contents are, without any of the things really taking charge and becoming the focus. The people in this talk about casting, their experiences making it, and what they like about this, and/or think it's about(McKellan and Stewart come off as well-spoken, charming and wise... Paquin and Berry, however, each say one or two things that make them come off, let's say, less than smart, and I'm honestly not sure that's accurate). I could go on. That sounds like a lot, no? Oh, it is. And at 24 minutes, this doesn't have the length to do it all justice, and it really winds up coming across as almost a dumping ground for great footage(admittedly, it is) that doesn't fit in anywhere else. I also got the feeling that this was mostly a commercial than an exploration; it's "we have such good intentions!" before "what's worth noting and considering herein is...". Yes, both are there, but the latter is marred by the, at times(no, not always) seemingly utterly randomly chosen, clips of the movie that are inter-cut, that seem to be picked for the action and otherwise aesthetically appealing aspects over those the movie have to offer that are interesting, deep. The editing is somewhat half-hearted and sloppy, it frankly seems somewhat thrown together. In addition to interview bits, this also holds some behind-the-scenes material, which isn't bad, as well as what is arguably the best this has to offer: The portions of scenes that were trimmed, or removed entirely, from the finished piece. All in all, this isn't devoid of worth... it's just a messy mish-mash of stuff stuck together, perhaps based entirely on being unwilling to exclude it completely, even if they couldn't assemble enough on each subject to make a solid featurette on any of them. I recommend this to fans of the silver screen effort, though I'm not sure I'd go for more than a single viewing. Then again, to each his own. 5/10
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