Saturday, October 13, 2007


The plucky underachiever of Marvel Comics movie franchises, the troubled FANTASTIC FOUR, returns with a second installment that, as seems to be the case with these series, is an improvement over the first.

Unfortunately, two of the titular four are still hideously miscast, the horribly ill-conceived version of Victor Von Doom returns, and the direction by Tim Story is still purely by-the-numbers. That said, I’ve read worse FF adventures in the comics over the years, and the film’s portrayal of the noble space sentinel, the Silver Surfer, is pretty damned cool.

Fox has given the film a nice 2-disc deluxe edition right out of the gate (instead of waiting a year or so like with the first film), with a crystal sharp 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (there’s a full-frame version on the flip side), and 5.1 Surround sound mix on disc 1. There are also two commentary tracks, by director Story and other crew members. Disc two includes a bunch of extended/deleted scenes, a slew of "Making Of" featurettes, several still galleries, trailers, and a cool doc discussing the comic book origins of the Surfer.

You already know if you want to buy the movie, most likely, and if you’re a fan of the film, this is a great DVD package and worth picking up. Otherwise, rent it.

BUY: Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer (The Power Cosmic Edition, 2-Disc Set)