X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut – Blu-ray Review

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X-Men: Days of Future Past was the best X-Men films to date. It’s exciting, thoughtful and emotionally resonant. Singer manages to put together an epic film that brings together the old and new timelines seamlessly. It was reported earlier that Anna Paquin’s scenes in Days of Future Past were cut out entirely. Enter X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut, a 17-minute longer cut which shows how the film would’ve looked like with her scenes included. Does the extended cut add anything new to the film?

Unfortunately, the extended “Rogue Cut” doesn’t do much to improve on the original film.

The changes are introduced slowly with extended cuts here and there but these additions never feel necessary. Rogue is never fully introduced until the third act of the film. Even then it’s pretty apparent as to why her scenes were cut in the first place.

Mind you, even though the additional 17-minutes are unnecessary, they do very little to weaken the film. It’s one of the most ambitious films anchored by some great performances from the cast. If you don’t own X-Men: Days of Future Past then this version is for you since it contains both extended and theatrical cuts of the film. If you do own Days of Future Past, then this double-dip might not be for you unless you’re curious as to how Singer envisioned Rogue’s inclusion in the film.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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Video

X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut is presented in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC-encoded video with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. This transfer thoroughly impresses with its stunning details and excellent clarity that showcases Singer’s dire future and vibrant past. With much of the future scenes taking place at night, the blacks are still deep while still retaining strong shadow detail. The whites are also bright without any clipping whatsoever. The color saturation, much like the original release, is on point. It definitely highlights the neon colors mixed with the dark and blue tones of the future. In contrast, the vivid retro tones of the ’70s are highlighted as well. Overall, X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut is a fantastic transfer that’s free from any major technical issues. The future and the past never looked so good.

Video Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Audio

X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio mix. The audio provides a fantastic mix filled with well-nuanced atmospheric sequences, deep bass and dynamic surround. The film’s various action scenes showcase some of the best parts of the audio mix. The playfulness of the audio during these scenes comes from its lofty presence and use of speaker directionality. The dialogue is also very clear even during the busiest of sequences. Overall, the audio is an immersive and powerful mix that provides a great aural accompaniment to the fantastic visuals.

Audio Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Special Features

The Rogue Cut extras come with the a few extras.

One is the 52-minute documentary, “Mutant vs. Machine.” This goes in-depth on why the filmmakers chose to adapt the Days of Future Past comic arc from Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin. We get to learn the changes they made from the comic to movie, the struggles of trying to get all the actors into the film due to scheduling conflicts, design choices for the future and the past, why the Rogue Cut was omitted and why Bryan Singer wanted to do a Rogue Cut, and the filmmakers teasing fans on what they can expect from X-Men: Apocalypse.

The second featurette, “X-Men: Unguarded”, is a 30-minute discussion with the cast and crew as they talk candidly about their experiences with the franchise. Bryan Singer and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) openly admits that they weren’t raised with the X-Men comic books, and James McAvoy reveals that he was a fan of the ’90s animated series.

We also have a photo gallery and a sneak peek for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Final Reaction

Overall, X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut is a must-have for die-hard X-Men fans or those who don’t own the film yet. While it’s clear why Rogue was cut from the film, it’s interesting to see what Singer envisioned for Rogue’s scenes in the film. The video and audio is still as pristine as the original Blu-ray release of the film and is still a great film to demo your fancy home theater system (see: Quicksilver’s scene).

Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms 
NR 4 Atoms - B

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