Fantastic Four: Double Feature – Blu-ray Edition

fantastic four double featureFantastic Four:

Four astronauts, who are in space to try and conduct research which will help cure diseases and the like, are exposed to a radioactive cosmic storm and it seems to change their whole physical makeup. The astronauts are instilled with powers typical of each of their strong suits and flaws. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd – Black Hawk Down, Titanic), now known as Mr. Fantastic, whose naïve dreams turns into a power of unlimited flexibility and stretching abilities, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba – Sin City, Never Been Kissed), now known as the Invisible Woman, as an independent and opinionated woman develops the ability to disappear and to throw off powerful force fields, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans – Cellular, Not Another Teen Movie), now known as The Human Torch, whose quick temper turns into the power to turn his whole body into a ball of flame, and Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis – from television’s ‘The Shield’), now known as The Thing, a man with a strong character becomes an incredibly powerful rock man. They are now a band of super heroes knows as The Fantastic Four. The downside is that the wealthy sponsor of the space mission, Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon – from television’s ‘Nip/Tuck’), is also exposed and he becomes a dangerous super villain. This sets the stage for a battle between The Fantastic Four and the evil Dr. Von Doom.

This is the type of film that has nothing else as its purpose other than to ‘entertain’ the viewer. It is full of action scenes, some romance with beautiful people, humour, and some eye catching special effects. It doesn’t make any pretenses to being anything other than superficial fluff and in some instances that is ok. What I kind of enjoyed about this film was that it did not take itself too seriously – for God’s sake people; it’s based on a comic book! There was plenty of over-the-top humour and kitsch, which I enjoyed. I know some fans of the comic book series were upset with some of the changes that were made by the makers of the film, but I do not think this is necessarily wrong because they are trying to attract as many people as possible to the film and not just uber-fans. I think it would be impossible to stay completely true to the comic book as is the case with all previous super heroes who have been adapted to film (Batman, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, etc.); they have had to make some compromises to the characters. Director Tim Story (Taxi, Barbershop) keeps the story and action moving. He does not stretch out the film unnecessarily to make it reach that mystical 2-hour mark that seems so popular with directors lately. The acting in the film is decent and the cast fits in well with the roles they’ve been cast in. Pop some popcorn and sit down in front of your television and prepare yourself to have fun for an hour and 45 minutes.

Special Features:

-Deleted scenes
-Fantastic four video diary
-Making of Fantastic four
-Fantastic Four: Making a scene
-Fantastic four: Casting session
-Music videos: ‘Everything Burns’ and ‘Come On Come In’

-Digital Copy

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer:

After their defeat of Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon – from television’s Nip/Tuck), the members of The Fantastic Four’s lives are more manageable. Sue Storm (Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four, Sin City) and Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd – King Arthur, Black Hawk Down) are thinking of finally getting married and their wedding is the biggest news of the year. The Thing/Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis – from television’s The Shield), usually a grumpy block of stone, is finding happiness with blind sculptor, Alicia Masters (Kerry Washington – The Last King of Scotland, Little Man). Johnny Storm (Chris Evans – Cellular, London)…well, he’s just having a good time! They should have known that this down time was just a blip on the radar.

General Hager (Andre Braugher – Poseidon, City of Angels), who is not the biggest fan of the Fantastic Four, calls on Richards to developing a machine that will be able to track the climatic/electric disturbances that have been happening all over the world. Hiding the fact that he’ working on this instead of focusing on his wedding, Richards develops the machine and right in the middle of the wedding ceremony it goes off. A creature dubbed the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones – Lady in the Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) appears and causes the wedding to grind to a crashing halt. Hager and the Fantastic Four realize that the very existence of Earth is at risk, so they jump into action. Another shock is in store for the four super heroes as they not only discover that Dr. Doom is not dead but they are asked to work with him to bring down the Silver Surfer. This could be the Fantastic four’s biggest test yet.

Unlike many of the modern super hero films, there is no darkness to the Fantastic Four and there are even plenty of moments of comedy to be found in the two films. I don’t know if this means that director Tim Story (Taxi, Barbershop) is trying to make a less ‘serious’ super hero film or what. Doesn’t matter, the end result is that the film is full of action coupled with comedic moments. I don’t mind campy, but I am not sure that that is what they were going for. Is it funny or just silly?

This latest Fantastic Four film’s story will be like one of those black cases in Mission:Impossible as it will self-destruct the moment you finish watching it. You will not remember any of it. And that is because there is nothing memorable about the film except the cool special effects used to create the Silver Surfer and his board. Other than this particular effect the story is quite weak with a few logic problems and the acting is mediocre. Sometimes I wonder about Jessica Alba…The latest Fantastic four film won’t require any thought from you and it is the perfect type of film to watch when you do not have the energy to think, but don’t expect anything other than good special effects from it.

Special Features:
– Extended/Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director Tim Story)
– Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic four: Rise of the silver Surfer documentary
– Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of The Silver Surfer featurette
– The FantastiCar: State of the Art featurette
– The Power Cosmic special effects featurette
– Character Design With Spectral Motion featurette
– Scoring the Fantastic featurette
– Interactive FantastiCar concept images gallery
– Theatrical Trailers
– Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes/Characters/Concept Art)

-Digital Copy

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