Lenticular Steelbook Edition Review

We analyze in Cinemascomics the Lenticular Steelbook Edition in Ultra HD 4K + Blu-Ray of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the latest movie from Marvel’s group of mutants

At Cinemascomics we have reviewed the home edition of the Lenticular Steelbook Edition of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which includes the film in both Ultra HD and Blu-Ray format, and that it is the end of the Marvel mutant saga told by 20th Century Fox, before its future reboot within the shared universe of Marvel Studios

In addition to this Lenticular Steelbook edition, X-Men: Dark Phoenix it is also for sale in stores in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD; as well as in digital format. The North American film, which puts an end to the adaptations of marginalized mutants under the umbrella of 20th Century Fox, is distributed in Spain by 20th Century Fox Home Spain. Along with this film, other Marvel hits developed by 20th Century Fox have also received this spectacular lenticular edition, such as Logan and the two premiered installments of Deadpool.

Simon Kinberg (Star Wars Rebels) directs and co-writes this film starring Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), James McAvoy (Glass), Michael Fassbender (Assassin’s Creed), Jennifer Lawrence (Red Sparrow), Jessica Chastain (IT: Capítulo 2), Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Alpha), Evan Peters (Scarlet Witch and Vision), Alexandra Shipp (With Love, Simon) and Scott Shepherd (El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie), among others.

In the 1990s, during a rescue mission in space, Jean Gray (Turner) transforms into the infinitely powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. When Jean loses control, and her amazing powers threaten the entire planet, the X-Men must band together to face their most devastating enemy: one of their members.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix It is shown in its version in Lenticular Steelbook Edition in Ultra HD 4K + Blu-Ray with more than 90 minutes of extras, which we have analyzed for Cinemascomics readers. The analysis of the tape is completely free of spoilers, in case you have not had the opportunity to see it yet and want to know what extras this 4K Ultra HD edition contains, being four times sharper than HD, with brighter highlights, deeper shadows and more realistic colors.

Technical characteristics:

  • Format: 16: 9
  • Duration: approximately 113 minutes
  • Contiene 2 discos: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray
  • Not recommended for children under 12 years


  • Dolby Atmos: English
  • Dolby Digital 5.1: Spanish, German, Italian and French


Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish


Extra Content:

Deleted scenes (9 minutes):

With optional audio with commentary by Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

  • Edwards Air Force Base
  • Charles come home
  • Mission Preparation
  • Beast, missing in action
  • Charles says goodbye

Rise of the Phoenix: How the Dark Phoenix Was Made:

Plot and pre-production (10 minutes):

This film is very different from the previous X-Men, according to the director, being darker and more realistic. Sophie Turner indicates that “the goal was not to make it look like a superhero movie,” but to prioritize Jean’s emotional journey. For the cast, this movie is the most dramatic and realistic.

Simon Kinberg confesses that a decade ago he had no interest in directing films, but that in recent years he has wanted to have more authorship of his own scripts. To this, actress Jennifer Lawrence adds that she has wanted Simon Kinberg to direct a Marvel mutant movie for years, because he was very active as a producer and as a screenwriter. And in the same way the rest of the actors think.

Here’s a look at the shooting day where Chris Claremont, the writer of the original material for this film and many X-Men stories, comes to make a cameo appearance.

The cast (29 minutes):

The Dark Phoenix story is the most praised and captivating plot in the X-Men comics, says Simon Kinberg, who explains how he designed the script around the character of Jean Gray and the conversations he had. with the interpreter Sophie Turner about the evolution of her character. For the director, there is no scene in the film that does not involve Jean.

Thus, they continue commenting on the preparation carried out by the actress to face this evolution of the charismatic character, investigating especially on schizophrenia. For Sophie Turner, her character is not a villain or a superhero, but just a tormented and devastated girl, submerged within her own inner reality. Thus, her co-stars highlight her arduous commitment to the project and the performance of the interpreter, recognized worldwide for her performance in Game of Thrones.

Next, the director talks about the role of Raven (Mystique) and the performance performed by Jennifer Lawrence in this installment, as well as the role that she develops within the plot, where the actress confesses that she thought she had already developed her maximum character within the franchise, but owed a final farewell to the fans. Along with this, they talk about the presentation in the Jessica Chastain saga, where she plays a character who has been searching and chasing the force that Dark Phoenix possesses throughout the galaxy. To this they add that the name of the actress was the only one they probed for the role of Vuk, and her co-stars talk that it has been a pleasure to share the screen with her.

On the other hand, the filmmaker confesses that he constantly told the actors to be radical, and not to stagnate in the interpretations of their older versions of the original trilogy. In this way, with the character of Hank, the main objective was to give him the opportunity to challenge Charles and contradict him, thus seeing his way of maturing as a leader and as an individual. Regarding the new additions of mutants, the one of Dazzler stands out, which is one of the favorites of fans of mutant comics, where he dazzles with his presence.

Production Design (12 minutes):

The production design was carried out by Claude Paré, who says that they are shooting in Montreal, where he had to find a large number of real locations for a film that is described by its director as a psychological thriller centered on its main protagonist. We also see the way they created Genosha, which is the country they gave to mutants who had no home to go, a kind of refuge for lost mutants, says actor Michael Fassbender, who plays Magneto. For the movie, they gave Genosha a more realistic look than the futuristic version shown in the comics. And then we see how they recreated Jean’s neighborhood, where from a large gravel plot they built a whole neighborhood of lower-middle-class residential houses.

Finally, they talk about the design of the jet and Charles’s chair, and also how they had to build the entire Fifth Avenue stage on the set, because they were not going to let them shoot for ten nights in a row in the real location, or destroy the urban environment. So they recreated the New York street on the Montreal set.

Special Effects (13 minutes):

Simon Kinberg comments that in this class of films the usual thing is to have a main unit, the one for filming the dramatic scenes and dialogues, which directs the main actors; and then also a secondary unit, responsible for directing the stunt scenes and dangerous sequences with stuntmen and stuntmen, this time made up of Guy Norris, with the help of Brian Smrz, who remade some of the shots.

In this way, Guy Norris explains that his role as director of the second unit is to try to be as faithful to reality as possible, so he uses tricks and we see the stark action in front of the camera. Thus, they show us how the dangerous action scenes were shot, especially the car accident at the beginning of the film, but also the party in the forest, the confrontation in the neighborhood of Jean Gray and the scenes developed in Genosha.

Shooting and assembly (18 minutes):

For the director, one of the most beautiful things about having made the X-Men films, and has been doing them for 15 years now, is that the team has become a little family for him. In this way, they review the entire technical team behind the cameras, and how the filming has been possible thanks to the collaboration of all. In addition, they explain that most of the shots were recorded handheld, an unusual method in the superhero genre and in Hollywood blockbusters, which they say gives it a different, more intimate and personal touch.

On the other hand, Simon Kinberg asserts that he developed with a professional linguist a unique and new extraterrestrial language to give more realism to the language used by the invaders. In this way, the linguist Adèle-Elise Prévost explains that the director wanted the language to sound very aggressive, threatening and extraterrestrial, that is, it did not resemble any language spoken on our planet.

They then comment that the film’s editor is Lee Smith, who had previously been an Academy Award winner; to whom they describe their work as fast, with a lot of instinct, patient and very meticulous. Thus, Simon Kinberg comments that he is not a mere editor who cuts the material that the director records, to follow the rhythm or the narration; rather, he shapes the story and the characters of the film, bringing his own ideas.

They end by showing the last day of filming for each member of the cast.

How to fly a jet into space with Beast (2 minutes):

Nicholas Hoult, characterized as Beast, teaches us how to fly a jet in space, seeing the incredible detail of the recording set.

Audio comments (114 minutes):

Comments during the film’s playback by Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

Finally, let’s hope you enjoy buying X-Men: Dark Phoenix, now available to take home on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook lenticular edition, Blu-ray and DVD; as well as in rent and digital sale. And so you can see it as many times as you want at home.

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