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Review: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted DVD

The motion comic is available on DVD for your viewing enjoyment.

When the previews for the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic came out, people either liked it or hated it. I got the impression that the negative comments came from the idea that these would try to replace traditional printed comics. I think it's pretty clear that isn't the intention with this. This was just a way to present a good story with great art in a different way. 
 
Shout Factory will release the DVD version on September 28, 2010. It has been available elsewhere such as iTunes but this is an easy way to watch it on your television. I have to say, even though I watch it on DVD (versus a Blu-ray), it still looked really good on my TV. John Cassaday's art really stands out when seeing it a bigger screen. 
 
The release contains all six episodes of the Gifted storyline in the first six issues of Astonishing X-Men. A lot that happened here still has a strong impact on current continuity in the X-Men comics. Since you've probably already seen the clips or perhaps even some episodes, is this release worth picking up? 
 == TEASER == 
Besides the six episodes, the special features include the "Rise Up" music video (which you can see here), a trailer for Gifted, History of the characters (you use your arrow keys to scroll through the pages), Behind the Scenes: Marvel Knights Animation (with Joe Quesada, Alex Maleev and others), Artist's Gallery (John Cassaday's art, scroll through with arrows), some episodes of Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! ("Voice Auditions," Episode 1: "There's No Business Like Snow Business," Episode 2: "Red Carpet M.O.D.O.K." and Episode 11: "Deadpool FYC") and some trailers for other motion comics releases (Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD, Black Panther and Iron Man: Extremis). 
 
If you're still not familiar with how this story translated into a motion comic, check out some scenes from the third episode: 
  
   
I do like the idea of seeing certain stories translated into motion comics. I don't think Gifted came out as well as Spider-Woman or Iron Man. While Cassaday's brilliant art helps, some of the movement felt a little awkward at times. Still, I think it's a really nice way to see a story I enjoyed given special treatment. I do not see this, in any way, replacing regular comics. It's simply a different way to view it and one that non-comic book readers might enjoy. Think about the Joss Whedon fans that might not want to actually read an X-Men comic.
 
Should you buy this? Places like Amazon are selling it for just over ten bucks. I mentioned the art looks really nice on a big screen, despite some of the awkward movement at times. If you really enjoyed the story arc and you're a fan of John Cassaday, I'd say to definitely check this out. Giving it a rating, I'd say it hovers at a 3.5 out of 5. To me, the execution was about average. I think the motion comic technology has improved drastically (again, Iron Man Extremis blows this away) but there's some cool stuff here. 
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Posted by Bestostero

This wasn't so bad, the voices arent that bad either...it was ok

Posted by leokearon

It's amazing how Marvel hyped this, when this type of stuff was done in the 60's
Posted by sora_thekey

I will definitely buy this...
I saw the first two episodes, and I enjoyed this a lot.

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Posted by csimon

I like 
Posted by spider-man 2996

When will this be avilable in Ireland???
Posted by G-Man
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Posted by Shadowdoggy

you can watch these online for free though 
and, although they're very cool, I don't know if they warrant a purchase
Posted by sonic5328

I watched all the episodes when they were released on iTunes and they are amazing. I wish Marvel would do the next story arc.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

 
I do not think I will get this DVD. i can either read the comic or just buy it on Itunes. 

Posted by shankarma

i thought this was amazing i will be picking this up but maybe on black friday
Posted by ComicCrazy

I would like to get this so much but it probably won't come out in Australia.
Posted by Journey Into Chaos

i'm gonna buy it even though i prefer stander comics. (the ones with papper.)

Posted by Mainline

Can anyone tell me if all the episodes have lip sync? 
 
A while back I bought a motion comic on the basis of the trailer which had lip sync but then the actual motion comic did not... I'm worried that despite it showing in the trailer it might not be in the episodes again.

Posted by charlieboy

i have to buy this. it has kitty in it.
Posted by Aspenite

How long runs the dvd? And how long is one episode?

Posted by ViciousCesar!

i watched this on Hulu when it first came out and i loved it. i'll most likely get it on dvd. 
 
@Aspenite: if i remember correctly each episode was 20 minutes long, but that included some lengthy credits.  

Posted by Aspenite
@ViciousCesar!: thx for the info :)
Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows

I hope they will do all of Whedon's run in the motion comic format.  I'd love to put the whole thing on my mp3 and take it with me wherever I go.

Posted by ZaberCat

Not bad for the Astonishing X-Men.