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  • Actors: Lori Alan, Joseph Burns (II), Megan Cornelius, Jim Cummings, Donna D'Errico
  • Directors: Mark Hamill
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V47B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Comic Book - The Movie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with Mark Hamill & cast
  • "Four Color Frenzy"-the making of "Comic Book: The Movie"
  • "Behind The Voices" featurette with the top voices in animation
  • Don Swan in-depth with Kevin Smith
  • "Commander Courage" radio show
  • Stan Lee on comic book movies
  • Don Swan's complete Bruce Campbell interview
  • Hugh Hefner on comics and women
  • Deleted scenes and bloopers

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Comic Book - The Movie

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Who knew Luke Skywalker was such a geek? As the director-coproducer-star of Comic Book: The Movie, Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill embraces his inner nerd and pays affectionate tribute to those who are attracted (either casually or obsessively) to the fantastical realms of comic books. As "Don Swan," high school teacher, lifelong comic collector, and microbudget filmmaker, Hamill joins legions of fans at San Diego's epic-scale ComiCon International (the world's largest sci-fi/comic convention), on a mission to thwart a dubious Hollywood makeover of Captain Courage, his favorite "Golden Age" comic superhero. Hamill's experiment in "mockumentary" is unscripted, haphazard, not very funny, and a bit too "inside" for mass appeal, but its spontaneous spirit hides a worthy agenda that any fan can relate to: While exploring the lively atmosphere of ultimate fandom, Comic Book: The Movie investigates the schism between Hollywood and fandom that results, too often, in lackluster big-screen adventures for beloved comic-book characters. By recruiting a cast of prominent cartoon-voice talent (like himself), in addition to an all-star list of comic-artist cameos including Stan Lee, Matt Groening, and many others, Hamill has crafted a casual yet thoroughly researched portrait of one of America's most vibrant subcultures. The abundant bonus features are arguably better than the feature itself, most notably the extended interviews with Stan Lee, Hugh Hefner, Kevin Smith, and B-movie king Bruce Campbell, all of whom (like Hamill) have played influential roles in the fandom they celebrate. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in comic books and movies.
tvtv3
It's loaded with guest stars like Donna D'Errico, Stan Lee, Tom Kenny, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Peter David, Bruce Campbell, Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters.
Bruce Easley
It's so bad you can't even watch it as a good bad movie experience; it's just too painful.
Duane Thomas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 16, 2005
Format: DVD
A funny, laugh out loud inside look at comic book fandom, Mark Hamill's Comic Book: The Movie chronicles Don Sawn's (played by Hamill) quest to save his favorite Golden Age hero, Captain Courage, from being butchered by Hollywood in the upcoming big budget movie.

What Swan is hired to be a consultant on the film, it seems he has his chance prevent his childhood hero from being modernized. What results is an epic and hilarious battle between Swan and Hollywood producers.

While this movie is full of comic book in-jokes, it is also full of celebrities such as Kevin Smith, Hugh Hefner, Bruce Campbell, and Stan Lee. Also comic book creators including Peter David, Mark Evanier, Maggie Thompson, and multiple others appear through the movie. However, even bigger than that is the treat of seeing voice actors being able to step in front of the camera.

Now for the comic books fans: one of the best gems of this movie is that at least half of the movie was filmed during Comic-Con International in San Diego. Seeing the convention center, creators, fans, and over all wackiness brought back many sweet memories of having been there. It was a great bonus!

The bottom line is this is a hilarious, laugh out loud film treat, especially for comic book fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Mark Hamill shines in this brilliant mockumentary about the inside world of the big BIG business of comics. As a tremendous fan myself, the most enjoyment I took from this film was seeing how much fun Mark had digging into his character, Don Swan, the obsessive comics old-schooler who's prepared to go to the ends of the earth to preserve the integrity of his cherished childhood hero, Commander Courage.
In this the era of the pure genius of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy and their improvisational masterpieces Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, Comic Book: The Movie sings sweetly the song of our fandom. Some performances are a little flat, but Mark Hamill could esily hold his own with the likes of improv masters like Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Catherine O'Hara. His depth and attention to detail with evey aspect of his character is stunning. For those of you who can't seem to get beyond his living legend in the days of 'space operas', this is your chance to see Hamill break out. He produces, directs and stars in this absolute gem of a film.
Of course going in, the only downside is the overall appeal of this production. To fans like me, this will be a treasure... and to those looking for a more polished mockumentary style film like Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap, you may feel a little disappointed. This is intended for a select audience and not for mass consumption... and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Brilliant work, Mark... please give us more!!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Easley on December 3, 2003
Format: DVD
Mark Hamill is obviously a knowledgable and passionate fan of comics. He has made a movie for fans, about fans and starring fans. It's a hillarious look at what happens when a Hollywood studio tries to make a comic book into a film. Keeping the die hard fans happy isn't easy, especially when the world's biggest fan is working for you (but secretly working against you).
This is a faux documentary a bit on the lines of Spinal Tap or Best in Show. It's loaded with guest stars like Donna D'Errico, Stan Lee, Tom Kenny, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Peter David, Bruce Campbell, Sid Caesar and Jonathan Winters.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Hurst on February 2, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a good little movie. The beginning is a little slow, and the ending is lacking a big emotional impact, but the middle part of the movie is a lot of fun, very enjoyable.
The film follows our hero, Don Swan (Mark Hamill), a high-school teacher who also owns and operates a comic book store in Wisconsin. Swan is an expert on the fictitious Golden-Age comic book hero Commander Courage. (Is "fictitious comic book hero" an oxymoron? Oh well, you know what I mean.) A movie studio wants to make a movie about Commander Courage, but they want to use the darker, more modern version, Codename: Courage, and they've hired Swan to go to ComicCon where the studio plans to make their big announcement and film some footage which they can use on the DVD version to jack up the price of the DVD. Swan has a different idea, though, to drum up support and convince the studio to use the kindler, gentler Golden-Age version of Commander Courage.
The movie is shot in the mock-documentary style most recently and successfully used by Christopher Guest in Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and Waiting For Guffman. The actors only had a rough outline for a script, so most of the movie is improvised. One thought that occurred to me watching the movie is that this might have been better if it had been scripted a little more. While the cast is great and very funny, I don't think improvisation is their strongest skill.
The beginning of the movie is hurt by an unnecessary interview with Hugh Hefner. Why Hamill thought this was necessary, I'm not sure. Hefner apparently wanted to be a comic book artist at one point. But this doesn't really advance our plot, and we don't really do anything with Hefner.
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