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  • Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
  • UPC #024543471042
  • Model #2247104


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      The world's most famous team of astronauts-cum-superheroes returns in the effects-heavy sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As the story opens, Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Girl [Jessica Alba]) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic [Ioan Gruffudd]) prepare for their upcoming, superhero-studded wedding celebration. But Reed cannot stay focused on the nuptials -- he's distracted by wire reports of a bizarre, comet-like object hurtling toward the Earth with tremendous force, triggering brownouts, blackouts, tropical storms, and various other climatological disasters. When the said object hits the island of Manhattan, destroying much of the city in its wake, its identity becomes resoundingly clear. "It" is actually a "he" -- a psychotic villain known as The Silver Surfer (voice of Larry Fishburne) who intends, for some unascertainable reason, to destroy much of the Earth, just as he obliterated dozens of planets before it. Feeling compelled to rally their old gang and save the day, Sue and Reed summon Ben Grimm (aka The Thing [Michael Chiklis]) and Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch [Chris Evans]) to take on the Surfer -- and end up battling not only him, but an obnoxious Army general (Andre Braugher) and the cantankerous Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who has broken out of his icy prison that held him captive at the end of the first movie. Tim Story returns to direct this sequel. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Science Fiction, Action
    Movie Level Themes
      Mutants, Heroic Mission, Invisible People
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Humorous, Menacing, Rousing

    DVD Features

    • Commentary by director Tim Story
    • Commentary by film editors Peter Eilliot and Bill Hoy
    • Saving the World One Question at a Time triva game
    • Who Dares Defy Cactus ? strategy game
    • Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems
    • Extended and deletedd scenes with optional commentary by Tim Story
    • Family Bonds - The Making of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary
    • The Fantasticar: State of the Art featurette
    • The Power Cosmic featurette
    • Scoring the Fantastic featurette
    • Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of the Silver Surfer documentary
    • Still Galleries: Behind the Scenes, and Concept Art
    • Theatrrical trailers in High Definition
      AMG Rating


        The Fantastic Four is back -- returning with the same creative team that delivered the lukewarm first film, though thankfully they got it a bit more right this time, despite the appearance of some of the same hiccups that will continue to plague the series. What the sequel does right is bring with it an air of fun that families and uncritical fans can sit back and enjoy after suffering through far too many mega-serious comic adaptations (Superman Returns) or commercial junk that somehow earned money despite its high reading on the junk meter (Ghost Rider -- you're it). Sometimes tone is everything, and that's really what saves Rise of the Silver Surfer from its obvious blemishes. There's a buoyant air to the flick, made even more amusing since the plot is basically "the end of the world if saved by a dysfunctional superhero unit." New to the series is the title's main character -- The Silver Surfer, who though voiced by Laurence Fishburne, is brought to life with grace by performance actor and frequent Guillermo del Toro collaborator Doug Jones. Just watching this shiny alien being is a big-screen wonder, which, thanks to the seamless FX, makes this a mighty marvel to behold indeed. As far as the story is concerned, the film is thankfully not weighed down by any kind of origin tale, which adds much to the overall product. Sadly, there are just some things that this series cannot live down -- the biggest problem being the casting. Though Ioan Gruffudd fares better this time as the brainy man of rubber Reed Richards (he gets extra points for the ultra-silly dance scene -- not unlike Spider-Man 3's from the same year), as his wife, Jessica Alba is just as invisible as her character's superpowers. Additionally, Julian McMahon continues to weird audiences out with his plucked eyebrows and inability to bring a true menace to the character of Dr. Doom. And the less said about Kerry Washington and her annoying blind-person acting, the better. Rounding out the gang, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans trump much of the rest of the cast, with Evans once again stealing the spotlight and actually accepting a bit of the dramatic weight that Chiklis hefted in the first film. Of course, questions about the production still persist -- something that comic fans will no doubt be scratching their heads over. As usual, director Tim Story doesn't go all the way with the adaptation, disappointing anyone looking for an actual physical appearance of the planet-eating Galactus. One gets the feeling that by trying to appeal to the smallest audience member and by not going the extra mile with the budget, the film ends up being a bit too accepting of its middle-of-the-roadness -- which can be said about its comedy as well as its action. One thing is for sure, though, a bit of lightness and spectacle can go a long way, and for that, Rise of the Silver Surfer gets a passing grade, even if it comes with a resigned sigh for what the franchise could still be. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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