The first two volumes of the “X-Men” animated series contained some of the most memorable episodes in the show’s five-year run. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Volumes Three and Four. In fact, many of the episodes that appear are nothing more than retreads of previous stories, like the four-part “Dark Phoenix” saga and the two-part “One Man’s Worth,” which plays out like “Days of Future Past: Part Deux.” Throwaway villains like Sauron (“Savage Land, Strange Heart”) and Shadow King (“Xavier Remembers”) also return, even though there are far more interesting baddies in the X-Men universe that have yet to appear. It isn’t all doom and gloom, however, as we do get guest appearances from Dazzler, Iceman, X-Factor, Nightcrawler and Psylocke, as well as some great one-off episodes featuring Wolverine (the cleverly titled “Weapon X, Lies and Video Tape” and “The Lotus and the Steel”). And in keeping with the comics of that time, the two-part “Sanctuary” is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Chris Claremont’s short-lived, three-issue “X-Men” run. It’s not good enough to rank among the best episodes, but it’s definitely one of the high points of these surprisingly hit-and-miss two-disc sets.

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