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A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT, Very TACKY, another incompetant comic book documentary.
on December 18, 2014
Very disappointing. Despite winning 7 different awards, this video is nauseating. Though the 3(!) directors of this video obviously put a lot of love and work into this production, we ended up with lot of useless shallow crap here. We see endless, useless testimonials from various "celebrities" (Kevin Smith? Lou Ferrigno? no thanks!!) talking about how wonderful Stan Lee and Marvel Comics is. Then we see a lot of time spent at Stan's Los Angeles home with his wife and maid.....which is not what a true Marvel fan wants to see. Then we have a scene devoted to the emotional distraught caused by a newspaper article in 1967.... Who cares???
Technically, the directors put a lot of work into this. There's a lot of motion graphics used to explain the history of Stan Lee, but some of the graphics and videos are obviously just low quality jpgs and mpegs and look terrible. Also much of the graphics and video are distorted and shown at the incorrect aspect ratio, which makes this production look very TACKY. The directors had access to a lot of great old interview footage, but it's hardly ever used, and it's not used in the Bonus Features. The Bonus Features are JUNK and totally disappointing! I had hoped we'd get to see more of Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, and John Romita talking about their memories of Marvel, but instead we get more crap. We get a useless bonus feature about "The Sound of Cinema" ?? (Why is this here ???) The makers of this video had posted some great interviews with Gene Colan and others on Youtube, but those videos are missing from the final DVD....I hope that the directors go back and re-do this DVD and make it BETTER! Maybe they could release a revised edition someday that has the full interviews with Thomas, Colan, Romita and Flo Steinberg, plus the archival footage of Stan Lee being interviewed in 1977, 1979, and his complete home movies from the 1950s..... etc.... That would have made this DVD worth owning. (One of the few decent bonus features was the "Lifelong Partnership" which showed Stan working with his brother Larry on the Spiderman daily strip. )
What made Stan Lee famous were his MARVEL YEARS WITH JACK KIRBY, and true Marvel fans would like to see more time devoted to those years, with more interviews with Stan's contemporaries (John Romita, Larry Lieber, Gene Colan, etc.) We don't need to see an entire "History of Comics" documentary here, and we certainly don't need to see a lot of time devoted to the bogus "Stan Lee Media" fiasco. That is not what made Stan Lee great!!!
I hope the directors of this video are reading this review. They need to try to be more like Ken Burns (think QUALITY and MATURITY) and less like a cheesy MTV video. Give us the archival footage of Stan the Man!!