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Fantastic Four - World's Greatest Heroes: Season 1 (2008)

Hiro Kanagawa , Lara Gilchrist  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hiro Kanagawa, Lara Gilchrist, Christopher Jacot, Brian Dobson, Sam Vincent
  • Writers: Cyril Tysz, Thomas Barichella
  • Producers: Benoît di Sabatino, Christophe di Sabatino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 790 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00157OI9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fantastic Four - World's Greatest Heroes: Season 1" on IMDb

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When an experimental space voyage goes awry, four people are charged by cosmic rays. Together they become the Fantastic Four and use their unique powers o help the world battle multiple thetas, and to foil the evil plans of their equally powerful enemy, Doctor Doom.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a longtime fan of the Fantastic Four, it's hard not to be judgmental when you first catch a peep of this show. But if you can get past the retooled character and costume designs (for the FF and their villains), and Reed's unruly mop of hair and Johnny's anime-influenced spiky do, and that spray-painted "4" on Ben's chest - then you might get that this is a pretty good animated series. Or was, anyway, since it's been canned already.

FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES debuted in September 2006 on the Cartoon Network. For the curious ones, this happens to be the fourth television incarnation of Marvel's first superhero family, succeeding the 1967, 1978 (with H.E.R.B.I.E. taking over for the Torch), and the 1994 versions. It's the hippest and funniest TV adaptation yet.

The series captures the essence of these characters. I've always liked Reed Richards, but he's never been the ideal leading man. Here, he seems to be younger but as typically bland and henpecked (thanks, Sue), although at times his personality channels the hipper Ultimate Reed Richards. Johnny Storm, patterned after the live action film's version, has never been more brash and immature, but he grew on me, and there are many times when he landed me in the silly giggles. He and H.E.R.B.I.E. provide a lot of the humor. The ever-lovin' Thing is still a tragic monster, but big-hearted, as demonstrated in "Contest of Champions." Johnny's older sis, Susan, consistently plays the role of the grown-up in the team and makes a formidable second-in-command. I'm glad that H.E.R.B.I.E. is back in the mix. This time H.E.R.B.I.E. is the self-aware computer system which Reed constructs to help run the Baxter Building. I dig how persistently cheerful and neurotic this new incarnation of H.E.R.B.I.E. is.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The FF: revamped June 5, 2008
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Let's get one thing straight, this is not a FF series for old-school Marvel fanboys; the kind who complain that an adaptation is cheesy if it is 100% faithful to the original material but go ballistic if they change anything from the comic. I know you know who I'm talking about. This series is a fresh reinvention of the superheroes we know and love and personally I enjoyed it. A lot.

The animation is certainly above average for a cartoon; it's not exactly Pixar, but it's far superior to the more traditional Fantastic Four - The Complete Animated Series with it's horrible theme song. The look is a uniquely modern mix of eastern and western styles with some nice CG, all of which may be off-putting to those who just want an animated version of a forty year-old comic book (that's already been done...twice) but it works nonetheless. The series' best attribute by far is it's sharp sense of humor. For example, in one episode Dr. Doom manages to switch bodies with Reed Richards after imprisoning himself. Reed, in Doom's fully armored body, escapes and hails a cab. As he sits down in the back of the taxi, the driver eyes him for a second before commenting, "Hey, you're that Iron Man guy, ain't ya?". Reed/Doom -rather than explain the insane situation- simply looks at him and responds, "Yes. Yes I am.". Great stuff, but if the notion of poking fun at classic comic characters is sacrilegious to you, skip this show. Johnny Storm's obnoxious insistence that everyone call Annihilus "The Annihilator!" as if he was a professional wrestler won't earn him any fans among the overly earnest Marvel old guard of fandom. But his Doom impression is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show March 24, 2008
By Damon
Updatem 6/6/08, I've seen the first season box set at work as YES it is widescreen. Can't wait til 6/10/08 to pick it up

I have the first 3 volumes, which I think makes up the first season. UNfortunately the first 3 volumes are in fullscreen. Everytime I watch an episode, I think, this looks like it was made in widescreen.

I am happy to see that this boxset is in widescreen.

I love the animation, kind of anime, with CGI mixed in. Very fun stories. I am not a purist an I love this version of the F4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4: Worlds Greatest Heroes May 31, 2008
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This is the one I waited for, as I ignored the 3 volumes of episodes releases, which only made up half this season in total.
Now you can buy the lot, and see the latest Fantastic Four series, no doubt inspired by the movie.
I don't know of any Season 2 ever being made. So this gives you the whole 26 episode series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT WITH SOME ANNOYANCES August 22, 2008
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes is the fourth animated TV series for Marvel Comics's flagship title. Premiering on the Cartoon Network the show has had a bit of a spotty broadcast history but now you can see the complete first season, including several unaired episodes, in this set just released by Fox Home Video.

Now a word of warning, while the series is largely faithful in idea to the comics, this is a re-imagining of the characters and they are given a more 21st century look. This results in both good and bad. The updated looks are just fine and who really wants to see Sue Storm with a bouffant hairdo anyway? The only exception is Johnny Storm who looks like he belongs in a Dragon Ball Z cartoon rather than the Fantastic Fantastic Four. Ughh! Just horrible! It doesn't end with Johnny's/The Human Torch's look. His character absolutely annoying. Even a teenaged Johnny Story was never this obnoxious in the comics. After a few episodes his personality begins to grate on you.

Reed Richard's personality and voice acting (Hiro Kanagawa) is also week. Reed sounds like a frat boy nerd who lacks confidence, almost the opposite of the analytical, often emotionally stunted scientist from the comics. On the other hand, The Invisible Girl and the Thing are done quite well. Admittedly, it's not hard to do Ben Grimm buy Brian Dobson nails him as well as you can. Lisa Gilchrist gives us a Sue Storm who is more forceful and self-assured. With a nod to the animated show of the 70s, there's even a return of H.E.R.B.I.E, this time as the F.F.'s super-computer.

As far as the stories goes, this series has the most dynamic array of villains and guest stars in any FF cartoon series yet. Thankfully it's not all about battling arch-nemesis Dr. Doom over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
This was exactly what I was looking for, I only got to see a portion of the show on cable. I'm glad they collected the series, however brief it was, as a box set.
Published 24 days ago by Jes D.
5.0 out of 5 stars good animation
although the carctures are somewhat two dimensional and Johnny storm is a total himbo this show is well animated unlike many cut rate "flash animation studio" productions! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adrian William Kop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Fantastic
The Fantastic Four are a classic superhero team, but this show doesn't do them justice. Its not a bad show, but it could have been more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kirk55555
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
So far I watched the whole disc one and I gotta say its great so far, there is action almost every min of the episodes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I loved this show. It was well written and had the elements I was looking for in a fantastic four show. Thank you seller for keeping it in such a good condition!!
Published 8 months ago by HappyFace
4.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Fantastic Four
This 21st Century version of the Fantastic Four, for the most part, succeeded in updating the Fantastic Four for a New Generation without losing the fun which made them such great... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
The animation for this versión of Fantastic Four is really good, the show is really well done. I Love the intro music.
Published 12 months ago by L. G. Cespedes
5.0 out of 5 stars everything old is new again!
this series is so fresh and so much fun i cant understand why so many fantastic four fans hated it! yes everything is redesigned but thats part of the fun! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! fun for everyone
First off I have purchased the fantastic four series before this one 94-95 from Amazon.com, I got this one to compare the two (see my review under Todd B. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Todd B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Plots and dialog are mediocre compared to other excellent animated series. I would rather watch Justice League Unlimited for the second or third time than watch this.
Published 14 months ago by Mark Stein
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