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A handful of heroes become superheroes under unlikely circumstances in this action drama adapted from the long-running Marvel comic-book series. Four astronauts are on a mission aboard a new experimental spacecraft when they are unexpectedly exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays. The accident causes strange and unexpected transformations in all four. Reed Richards Ioan Gruffudd, top scientist and leader of the mission, can now stretch his body like elastic and is dubbed Mr. Fantastic. His partner and ...
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A handful of heroes become superheroes under unlikely circumstances in this action drama adapted from the long-running Marvel comic-book series. Four astronauts are on a mission aboard a new experimental spacecraft when they are unexpectedly exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays. The accident causes strange and unexpected transformations in all four. Reed Richards Ioan Gruffudd, top scientist and leader of the mission, can now stretch his body like elastic and is dubbed Mr. Fantastic. His partner and sweetheart, Sue Storm Jessica Alba, develops the ability to become invisible at will, and becomes known as The Invisible Girl. Her younger brother, Johnny Storm Chris Evans, is renamed The Human Torch for his new talent of being able to summon up fire from his body when he chooses. And Ben Grimm Michael Chiklis, pilot for the journey, mutates into a monstrous creature with superhuman strength and muscles like stone, known as The Thing. Together, the travelers become known as the Fantastic Four, and they set out to use their unusual skills to fight crime, quickly gaining a nemesis in another altered hero who uses his talents for evil, Doctor Doom Julian McMahon. A long-gestating project that had been talked about by a number of filmmakers since the early '90s, Fantastic Four was previously the basis for a pair of animated television serials, and was made into a feature film in 1994 by producer Roger Corman, though that film was never officially released. Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee has said the 1994 film was made only so that the producers could hold on to the rights to the characters, and that it was never intended to be distributed to the public.
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Special Features

Disc One:; Both the original theatrical version and extended edition included; Cast commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis; Commentary by director Tim Story, producers Avi Arad and Kevin Feige and screenwriters Michael France and Mark Frost; Extended/deleted scenes; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer trailer; Silver Surfer featurette; ; Disc Two:; Heroes Are Born: The Making of Fantastic Four documentary; The Baxter Building: Declassified featurette; The World's Greatest Comic Magazine documentary; Jack Kirby: Storytellet documentary; Visiting the Stately Ross Museum documentary; From Comic Book to Film featurette; Multi-angle scene studies; Still galleries
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A generally faithful comic-book adaptation that would have been impossible to make before the advent of computer-generated imagery, Fantastic Four does right by its four-color inspiration. Screenwriter Mark Frost deviates in small ways from the printed-page paradigm created in 1961 by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, but his script retains the comic's essence, especially its flamboyant approach to action. While working in a space station, research team members Reed Richards Ioan Gruffudd, Sue Storm Jessica Alba, Sue's younger brother Johnny Chris Evans, and Ben Grimm Michael Chiklis are buffeted by cosmic rays that alter their molecular structures in various ways and give them super powers. Reed discovers he can stretch his body almost without limit; Sue gains the ability to disappear and bend light waves into force fields; Johnny becomes the Human Torch at will; and poor Ben acquires incredible strength, although he is also transformed into an inhuman-looking Thing. The team's sponsor, industrialist Victor Von Doom Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon, having also survived the cosmic rays, undergoes not only a physical metamorphosis but an emotional one as well, turning evil as a result of his inability to cope with the changes to his body. As is usually the case with movies intended to inaugurate a series, Fantastic Four takes quite a while to introduce its characters and flesh out their relationships before progressing to the major action. But director Tim Story makes the exposition interesting in its own right; when the Four finally use their powers in unison for the first time -- in an extended sequence set on the Brooklyn Bridge -- we already know how they feel about each other and how they will react in a crisis situation. Frost's principal contribution to the Lee-Kirby mythos is a romantic triangle: Von Doom shortly to become known as Doctor Doom initially has romantic designs on Sue, who has broken up with Reed prior to the beginning of the story. This lends a personal dimension to the inevitable conflict that follows. The movie's outstanding special effects make the Four's most implausible feats quite believable, especially the Human Torch's flying scenes and use of flame. And our hats are off to Chiklis, who spends most of the movie smothered in his bulging Thing costume, which perfectly resembles the character as drawn by Kirby but is a less than ideal medium for emoting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 024543440499
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ioan Gruffudd Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba Susan Storm/The Invisible Girl
Chris Evans Johnny Storm/The Human Torch
Michael Chiklis Ben Grimm/The Thing
Julian McMahon Dr. Victor Von Doom
Hamish Linklater Leonard
Kerry Washington Alicia Masters
Laurie Holden Debbie McIlvane
David Parker Ernie
Kevin McNulty Jimmy O'Hoolihan
Maria Menounos Sexy Nurse
Andrew Airlie Compound Doctor
Technical Credits
Tim Story Director
Rikki Gagne Stunts
Monique Ganderton Stunts
Lani Gelera Stunts
Mike Godenir Stunts
David Gorder Associate Producer
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Lars Grant Stunts
Silke Guglielmo Costumes/Costume Designer
Braden Haggerty Stunts
Regis Harrington Stunts
Jason Hawkins Set Decoration/Design
Robert Hayley Stunts
Adrian Hein Stunts
Doug Hemphill Sound Mixer
Curtis Hibbert Stunts
Brian Ho Stunts
Dave Hospes Stunts
Kim Howey Stunts
William Hoy Editor
Kathy Hubble Stunts
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Four [Extended Cut]
1. A Deal With Von Doom [:02]
2. Uneasy Alliance [1:47]
3. Nine Hours to Contact [3:16]
4. The Cosmic Storm [2:51]
5. Quarantine [2:37]
6. Running Hot [3:55]
7. Man on Fire [:04]
8. Metamorphosis [:34]
9. Thing [:16]
10. Panic on the Brooklyn Bridge [1:47]
11. The Fantastic Four [:04]
12. Back to the Baxter Building [2:00]
13. Victor's Visit [2:05]
14. Tests [3:28]
15. Terrible News [3:25]
16. Reed's Plan [2:31]
17. Vengeance of Von Doom [4:28]
18. The Torch Breaks Out [4:19]
19. This Is Who We Are [3:09]
20. Alicia [2:47]
21. Take Charge [1:23]
22. Seeds of Doubt [1:10]
23. More Power [3:39]
24. To Be Ben Grimm Again [:18]
25. A Better, Stronger Being [:17]
26. Flame On! [1:52]
27. Call Me Doom [:27]
28. It's Clobberin' Time! [:05]
29. Doomsday [2:20]
30. Celebration [1:50]
31. The End? [:16]
32. End Titles [:07]
1. A Deal With Von Doom [:02]
2. Uneasy Alliance [1:47]
3. Nine Hours to Contact [3:16]
4. The Cosmic Storm [2:51]
5. Quarantine [2:37]
6. Running Hot [3:55]
7. Man on Fire [:04]
8. Metamorphosis [:34]
9. Thing [:16]
10. Panic on the Brooklyn Bridge [1:47]
11. The Fantastic Four [:04]
12. Back to the Baxter Building [2:00]
13. Victor's Visit [2:05]
14. Tests [3:28]
15. Terrible News [3:25]
16. Reed's Plan [2:31]
17. Vengeance of Von Doom [4:28]
18. The Torch Breaks Out [4:19]
19. This Is Who We Are [3:09]
20. Alicia [2:47]
21. Take Charge [1:23]
22. Seeds of Doubt [1:10]
23. More Power [3:39]
24. To Be Ben Grimm Again [:18]
25. A Better, Stronger Being [:17]
26. Flame On! [1:52]
27. Call Me Doom [:27]
28. It's Clobberin' Time! [:05]
29. Doomsday [2:20]
30. Celebration [1:50]
31. The End? [:16]
32. End Titles [:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fantastic Four [Extended Cut]
   Us Theatrical Version
      Play Movie
      Language Selection
         Audio
            English 5.1 DTS
            English 5.1 Dolby Digital
            Spanish Dolby Surround
            Commentaries
               Cast Commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, and Michael Chiklis: On/Off
               Director/Producer/Writer Commentary by Tim Story, Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Michael France, and Mark Frost: On/Off
         Subtitles
            English for the Hearing Impaired
            French
            Spanish
            None
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         Extended and Deleted Scenes
            Play All
            Icy Reception
            Fan 4 Wake-Up
            Push Into Plant
            Victor/Sue's Dinner
            Storage Room
            Ben's Birthday
            Sue Cloaks Envelope
            Reed Tests Plant
            Planetarium With Kiss
            Wolverine
            Ben Finds Gallery/Johnny in Limo/Art show
            Thing on a Bench/Johnny's Bar Tricks
         Marketing
            Theatrical Teaser
            Theatrical Trailer
            Tv Spots
               Tv Spot A
               Tv Spot B
               Tv Spot c
         Cast Commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, and Michael Chiklis
         Director/Producer/Writer Commentary by Tim Story, Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Michael France, and Mark Frost
      Inside Look
   Extended Cut
      Play Movie
      Language Selection
         Audio
            English 5.1 DTS
            English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Subtitles
            English for the Hearing Impaired
            French
            Spanish
            None
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         Extended and Deleted Scenes
            Play All
            Icy Reception
            Fan 4 Wake-Up
            Push Into Plant
            Victor/Sue's Dinner
            Storage Room
            Ben's Birthday
            Sue Cloaks Envelope
            Reed Tests Plant
            Planetarium With Kiss
            Wolverine
            Ben Finds Gallery/Johnny in Limo/Art show
            Thing on a Bench/Johnny's Bar Tricks
         Marketing
            Theatrical Teaser
            Theatrical Trailer
            Tv Spots
               Tv Spot A
               Tv Spot B
               Tv Spot c
         Cast Commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, and Michael Chiklis
         Director/Producer/Writer Commentary by Tim Story, Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Michael France, and Mark Frost
      Inside Look
Disc #2 -- Fantastic Four [Extended Cut]
   Production
      Heroes Are Born: Making of Fantastic Four
      The Baxter Building: Declassified
      Multi-Angle Animatic to Scene Study
         Play All
         Fantastic Four Hit by Cosmic Storm
         Brooklyn Bridge
         Ben Hits Johnny
         Reed and Doom Fight
         Johnny Chased by Missile
         The Thing and Doom Fight
   Comic Book
      The World's Greatest Comic Magazine
      Jack Kirby: Storyteller
      Collectibles
         Visiting the Stately Ross Museum
         Gallery
      From Comic Book to Film
   Still Galleries
      Behind the Scenes
      Character Sculpts
      Characters
      Concept Art
      Costumes
      Human Torch Flame Tests
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great actors, mildly enjoyable movie

    I watched this mostly because of Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon. After discovering them in the Hornblower films and Profiler, respectively, I really wanted to see more of their work, and since a lot of their other stuff isn't quite my cuppa tea, I thought Fantastic Four would be a perfect opportunity. In a way it was: I liked them both in their roles, and I certainly enjoyed looking at them. But I didn't really like the movie. The action sequences were a lot of fun, but the characters seemed flat, their development disjointed and awkward. And while I understood why the characters were at odds, I didn't feel as invested in the resolution as I wanted to be. I'll probably still watch the sequel, but this isn't one of my favorite comic-book adaptations.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic Four

    This is a great action-packed show.It has humor,romance and lotsa action.It's way better then the sequel.A definite must watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sequel is much better

    This is not a good movie in general, and you can practically feel the cash-in on the idea. They mishandled the characters in some respects and it just feels empty. Watch the sequel involving the Silver Surfer- it's a better movie by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An insult to the work of artist Jack Kirby.

    This film's utterly idiotic mishandling of Dr. Dooms character with it's needless origin changes, added powers, and doofy explanation for his trademark facemask is enough of a travesty by itself. Factoring in the obnoxious Mountain Dew ad take on Johnny Storm combined with a totally emascualted Reed Richards and blandtastic Sue Storm it joins the ranks of Schumachers last Batman outing. Ben Grimm "The Thing" fares slightly better. Seems to be the only aspect of the film where anything about the core concept made it from the comic page to the screen though the same can't be said for the characters look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was fantastic!

    It's been a long time waiting for this comic book team of heroes to hit the big screen, and it was worth it! I loved this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!

    I enjoyed seeing my favorite superheroes coming to life on the big screen. It's full of action, laughs and...love. I am looking forward to seeing a series of sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent action movie

    The critics tore "Fantastic 4" apart when it was released,but they missed the point.This is nothing more than a good old-fashioned action movie,and on that level it works wonderfully.It's got a good story,fast-paced direction,solid production values,and terrific special effects.And thanks to great performances,it's also got some depth and humor to the characters.Jessica Alba,Michael Chiklis,and Julian McMahon are wonderful, and Ioan Gruffdd is good.But Chris Evans steals the movie in a rousing and delightful performance,and he's the best thing in the movie.The whole thing is a lot of fun!Sit back and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

    Many critics didn't give this superhero movie the time of day, but it's not the typical superhero movie. Fantastic Four is the exact opposite of all the rest, with some comical and flashy moments, and some dark scenes to break up the comedy. Those who follow the orginal series of the Fantastic Four knows that you really can't take the superhero stuff too seriously, other wise it's no fun, and that's what this verson was all about. Fantastic Four is a funny, exciting, light hearted approch to many dark superhero movies already out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not The Best Movie Ever, But Still Good

    Now, while Marvel has put out some phenomal dramas and in-depth (messed up) heroes, you can only see a certain side of the comic book story. Fantastic Four finally chose to do what comic movies were probably meant to do - a quick, in-and-out movie that made you laugh and enjoy the action, but didn't really impact you. It was meant to be enjoyable, and I loved the humor (particulary the Torch who else?) It tries valiantly at a deeper plot, but still retains an interesting comical innocence. The humor was humorous, the acting was good, the action and special effects phenomenal, and the soundtrack wasn't bad either. While it may not be on-par with the X-Men movies, I still enjoy it enough to watch it as a quick action-drama-comedy. All hail to comic movies that remain true to their origins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, but cheesy

    This movie had some genuinely exciting and funny scenes, but suffered from a somewhat inferior script. Invisble Woman was great and so was Mr. Fantastic. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie

    The first part of this movie is a little skimpy on character development, but as it goes on the relationships evolved to my satisfaction. The special effects are second to none. Give this movie a spin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing...an action hero movie right? It was a romantic movie!

    Fantastic Four fails and I knew it would: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffud, Chris Evans did really good acting, and I was very, very bored. It felt like 45 minutes, and was slow and boring. My grade: 4 D+ *

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