Disc Spotlight: 'X-Men: First Class'

X-Men: First Class (Blu-ray) (PG-13)

Movie: 4 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Arguably the finest offering thus far in the "X-Men" franchise, director Matthew Vaughn's "First Class" is an origin/prequel that pulls off the rare feat of being smart, entertaining and supremely well-acted. Vaughn and his crew were also able to convincingly pull off a period setting (the early 1960s) while comfortably fictionalizing a major news event and giving the story a brilliantly realistic air; something we rarely get from science-fiction. Performances across the board are fantastic, but Kevin Bacon as a loathsome evil foil is especially memorable.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/2.35:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), subtitles: English SDH, Spanish.

Special features include:

Deleted and alternate scenes

8-part featurette

Digital Copy option

"X Marks the Spot" viewing option

Isolated musical score

Behind-the-Scenes documentary

(Fox, $39.99)