"Marvel Heroes Collection" 8-Disc Box Set DVD Review
May 16, 2008 by James Harvey
Where to begin? So, here we have a plethora of Marvel-based movies, all released by 20th Century Fox, in one very nice embossed foil cardboard slipcase. Basically, these are all the movies you've already seen repackaged, price dramatically reduced, and available in one very, very convenient box set. So, the question that comes to mind, for the very few people out there looking at this release and wondering whether or not to plunk down on the check-out counter, is, "Should I get this?" Well, no fear, that's something I will gladly answer right here and right now, once we get the synopsis out of the way!
Fox Home Entertainment packages some of the biggest movies in the Marvel Heroes Collection. Containing the entire X-Men movie trilogy, both Fantastic Four live-action films, Daredevil: Director's Cut and the female-driven Elektra spin-off feature film, plus a collection of episodes of acclaimed Fanastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes animated series, plus bonus material exclusive to this box set. Get ready to relive the adventures of your favorites heroes with these eight action-packed DVDs and get the chance to revisit classic stories from Marvel's part with the collectible bonus features available only here! Marvel Heroes Collection is perfect for any superhero or movie fan!
With the summer movie season upon, with it comes countless comic-book themed movies, and, of course, all the home video tie-ins one can could want. And Fox Home Entertainment has just what you're looking for (possibly) with their new Marvel Heroes Collection.
Now, there's a problem with reviewing a collection such as this. There's a huge possibility that most people reading this review will have either have already seen all of these movies, purchased the DVDs, or opted to just skip some released entirely. So, in effect, the review becomes about the release itself. Not the movies found within, but the actual physical product that, for some, will be a welcome addition to their collections. And, don't get me wrong, for the price this is being sold for, this is a very attractive package, but I'm getting ahead of myself here. So, in the briefest possible way imaginable, I'll quickly provide my thoughts on the features (and episodes) found within before reviewing the actual physical box set itself.
First off, the set includes all three X-Men movies; X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand, and it's a fairly enjoyably trilogy. It has a great set-up in the first picture, plateau's in the second, then crashed in the third. However, all three of them, to some extent, are enjoyable. As brainless as X-Men: The Last Stand may be, there's some really impressive action sequences, and the entire trilogy, as a whole is worth it. After that, we get Daredevil: Director's Cut and its' spin-off, Elektra. Now, the Daredevil: Director's Cutis definitely worth checking out in all of its' R-rated glory. Elektra? Not so much, but, given how cheap this title is available for, it's worth at least one peak to see how they could fail on nearly every level with a Marvel flick. After that we get Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One. Again, given the price, the first two live-action Fantastic Four movies are worth at least a watch, and the single-disc Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One has some great episodes on it. Again, all worth it for the low retail price of the set.
Now, I know that's not the best review of any of the content above, but I felt it should be included, as brief as it was, for those interested. If I had to rate this collection, based on the feature content included, I would have to give this set a rating of Recommended. Not all the films are great, but, to an extent, all are enjoyable on some level, and Marvel Comics fans should appreciate what they find.
First off, let's make something clear. The DVDs found within are exactly the same as the previous one-disc release of each of the titles. Infact, everything about these discs are exactly the same. The only difference is that each movie is housed in a slimcase instead of the regular Amaray case. But, aside from that, everything else is the same. The menus, the extras, video/audio transfers, all of it. All the same. So, like I said earlier, if you own any of the movies already found in this collection, you already know what extras are included. However, for those who may not know, I'll provide a brief rundown of extras. Extras include theatrical trailers, features, commentaries, and deleted footage. And all of this content is included on nearly every release found within. Be warned, however, some DVDs will have more extras than others. This collection includes the one-disc releases of X-Men, X2: X-Men: United, X-Men: The Last Stand, Daredevil: Director's Cut, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One.
As for the packaging itself, it's really sharp. The cardboard slipcase is very sturdy and looks great on a shelf. It easily commands presence. Each movie included uses the original cover art to each movie's original theatrical release, with only slight changes made to the back for the one-disc bonus features content. And as previously stated, each disc, save for the CR-ROM case, is held in a new slimcase. All of it looks really well-designed and put together.
Now, the new content here is strictly for collectors. With this box set, aside from the bonus content found on the discs included, you'll get an extra The Origin of the Silver Surfer CD-ROM, a Marvel Universe postcard, and reprints of two classic X-Men comics. And that's really it. Please note the CD-ROM, bonus comics, and postcard are placed in a regular Amaray case. It's a nice incentive for fans looking to add to their collection, but for movie fans in particular, you may want to ask yourself if this exclusive bonus content is worth it. If you're a comic fan, this may be worth picking up, particularly the The Origin of the Silver Surfer CD-Rom and the original artwork on the Marvel Universe postcard.
Overall, it's a solid collection of comic book films. It's not the best, and there are a couple stinkers to be found, but, still, there actually is something for nearly everybody in here. The question is deciding whether or not this is worth getting for the price. If you own maybe 2-3 of the movies found in here, then it's probably worth the purchase. However, for any of the movies included, if you own the special edition or two-disc versions, and you opt to pick this up, don't ditch the two-disc releases. Like I said, these are only the one-disc releases of the movies included, so, if you're a fan of bonus features, keep those two-disc sets. For hardcore collectors, I can easily Recommend this set, but for anyone else, you may want to do some research before committing to the purchase.
Marvel Heroes Collection is now available to own on DVD.