Blu-rays for the Weekend: Origin stories

The latest installment in the X-Men franchise – X-Men Apocalypse – launched in cinemas across the country on Wednesday.

Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, X-Men Apocalypse is the ninth film set in the X-Man universe, and focusses on the origins of the mutants. In the film, an ancient mutant – known as Apocalypse – wakes after being in hibernation for thousands of years. Disgusted at how the world has changed, he decides to wipe humanity off the face of the planet and start again. Only the X-Men can stop him once and for all.

If you’re planning to go and see X-Men Apocalypse this weekend, why not take a look at our pick of the best origin stories available on Blu-ray:

Star Trek

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana and Simon Pegg, 2009’s Star Trek takes us back to the start of the story of Captain Kirk and his Starship Enterprise crew.  Star trek

After tricking his way onto the Starship Enterprise, Kirk embarks on a mission to answer a distress call from the planet Vulcan. After flying straight into a trap, the Enterprise and its crew begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with an alien ship, a game which could ultimately lead to the destruction of Earth.

Star Trek comes with a wealth of special features, including documentaries on casting, set design, and locations, as well as a gag reel, teasers and much more.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins takes us right back to the start of the Bruce Wayne story. Starring an ensemble cast Batman Beginsincluding Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Liam Neeson, Batman Begins shows us how Wayne goes from orphan to billionaire playboy, before finally learning how to face his fears and become the hero Gotham needs.

The Blu-ray comes with a number of special features bound to excite any Batman fan, including an exclusive prologue, documentaries on casting and the shooting of the film.


Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Arguably one of the most famous film franchises of all time, Star Wars simply wouldn’t be complete without an origin film.Star Wars Episode 1

Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace introduces us to a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master, Qui-Gon Jin, as they attempt to settle a trade dispute. Meanwhile, an ancient and dark force lurks in the shadows, threatening to shatter peace in the galaxy.

Why not pick up The Phantom Menace as part of the complete saga box set, available on Blu-ray? You get all six original films, plus a whole host of documentaries and extras – a must-own for Star Wars fans.

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