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Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis head a sexy, star-powered cast in this explosive adventure about a quartet of flawed, ordinary human beings who suddenly find themselves with extraordinary abilities.
After exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronauts become the most remarkable, if dysfunctional, superheroes of all time. Unfortunately, the mission's sponsor has also been transformed ? into the world's most lethal supervillain ? setting the stage for a confrontation of epic proportions. Packed with nonstop action, big laughs and awesome special effects, Fantastic 4 is "powerful fun" (The Baltimore Sun) from start to finish!
Marvel Comics' first family of superherodom, the Fantastic Four, hits the big screen in a light-hearted and funny adventure. It begins when down-on-his-luck genius Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd, Horatio Hornblower) has to enlist the financial and intellectual help from former schoolmate and rival Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon, Nip/Tuck) in order to pursue outer-space research into human DNA. Also on the trip are Reed's best friend, Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis, The Shield); his former lover, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba, Dark Angel, Sin City), who's now Doom's employee and love interest; and her hotshot-pilot brother, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans, Cellular). Things don't go as planned, of course, and the quartet becomes blessed--or is it cursed?--with superhuman powers: flexibility, brute strength, invisibility and projecting force fields, and bursting into flame. Meanwhile, Doom himself is undergoing a transformation.
Among the many entries in the comic-book-movie frenzy, Fantastic Four is refreshing because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Characterization isn't too deep, and the action is a bit sparse until the final reel (like most "first" superhero movies, it has to go through the "how did we get these powers and what we will do with them" churn). But it's a good-looking cast, and original comic-book cocreator Stan Lee makes his most significant Marvel-movie cameo yet, in a speaking role as the FF's steadfast postal carrier, Willie Lumpkin. Newcomers to superhero movies might find the idea of a family with flexibility, strength, invisibility, and force fields a retread of The Incredibles, but Pixar's animated film was very much a tribute to the FF and other heroes of the last 40 years. The irony is that while Fantastic Four is an enjoyable B-grade movie, it's the tribute, The Incredibles, that turned out to be a film for the ages. --David Horiuchi
On the DVD
The principal extra on the DVD is a spirited commentary track by Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, and Ioan Gruffud. Self-avowed FF fan Chiklis explains why the Thing doesn't have a craggy brow, Alba recalls which things were "cool," and they talk about looking forward to the sequel. There are three short deleted scenes (including a goofy Wolverine reference), 20 minutes of barely watchable hand-held video footage from the press tour, music videos, and some short featurettes including an appearance by FF creator Stan Lee. --David Horiuchi
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Fantastic Four Soundtrack
The Fantastic Cast
Jessica Alba as Sue Storm
Michael Chiklis as The Thing
Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards
Chris Evans as Johnny Storm
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 2218778
- Director : Tim Story
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 46 minutes
- Release date : December 6, 2005
- Actors : Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Hamish Linklater
- Dubbed: : English, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Chris Columbus
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00005JNTU
- Writers : Jack Kirby, Mark Frost, Michael France, Stan Lee
- Number of discs : 1
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First what the movie got right was capturing many of the core elements of the comic books. For instance, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) was portrayed as immature and impetuous. It had Reed Richards promise Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) he’d reverse his condition when he turned into The Thing. It also played with the characters’ powers like Grimm not being able to pick up utensils because his rock hands were too big or Johnny making popcorn by holding a popcorn bag in his hand and heating it up with his superpower.
There were still some problems. Casting Jessica Alba as Sue Storm and making her dye her hair blond was not a good look. The make up they did on Chiklis to transform him into The Thing also needed a lot of work. He didn’t look big or menacing like the character was supposed to. They also had some bad writing like Grimm’s fiancé dumping him on a bridge after he just saved some people or Johnny getting bored so he decides to take part in a BMX event on ESPN.
Still, the story overall was good with them facing off against Victor von Doom (Julian McMahon) at the end. People could hold their nose through the questionable parts and enjoy the movie overall.
I am not a comics reader, and so I have no idea which film better follows the "official" situation. If there even is one; apparently, everything changes every so often, so what does it matter what a film does?
If you skipped this one and didn't like the remake, you might want to try the original. You might like it better.
Top reviews from other countries
The Story tells of the formation of the Fantastic Four and the Evil Dr Doom, all of whom develop genetic modifications to there DNA, as the result of a freak storm in space that they had gone out to invesigate and perform experiments in, arrives early and catches the four unaware. The resultant storm gives each of the four there super powers. Stretchy, Invislbity, Fire and "The Thing" who is super strong and tough as his body has become stone! What the 4 don't intially realise is that the Victor Doom who was on the station also, and footing the bill for all this out of space experimentation, is also affected by the storm, and as his mutli billion dollar empire starts to crumble his evil persona start to take root.
So lets look at the Blu Ray and what you get.
Picture quality is very good with lots of the usual shiny effects and dazzling images. The sound is excellent quality too though as seems to be a constant gripe with me and blu rays the extras are noted by there abscence! This is rather annoying and I know adopt my own Blu-Ray mantra which is "Standard Definition Extra's are better than none!" Please Please Please Blu-Ray makers head my plea!!!
Over all a good romp and although quite camp acting its well within the characters of the film. What else would you expect from a hero whos tag line is "Its Clobbering time" :) Enjoy:)
The DVD set is great too. Plenty of special features and things to watch. The limited edition packaging is nice too.