Storyís casting choices here are the only unconventional thing about the film. On the cookie cutter side we have Invisible Girl Alba, who is strictly here for eye candy (in a role that clearly requires someone older, with more life experience!), Chris Evans, who seems too at ease playing young, cocky Johnny Storm (I sense very little acting here!), and Ioan Gruffudd, who plays a rather dull Mr. Fantastic. (For a more passionate Gruffudd, check out KING ARTHUR!) But the other two roles are played by TVís most controversial actors and the film is better for it. Michael Chiklis, who is a powerhouse dynamo on F/Xís THE SHIELD, is terrific as The Thing, bringing a drama and angst visible even beneath the layers of exceptional make-up. And NIP/TUCKís (also on the great F/X network!) Julian McMahon brings a smarmy and seductive quality to Dr. Doom, showcasing the films only dark elements. Both these guys save this film from just being light fare. In all honesty, FANTASTIC FOUR has it all - jokes, effects, and big summer movie set pieces galore Ė itís a big studioís wet dream. But the film itself is not unlike a politician; it doesnít want to offend anyone, so it tries to please everyone, and in that respect, FANTASTIC FOUR gets the popular vote.
Deleted Scenes (2:27): This one can be used as a learning tool for all filmmakers and fans alike. Itís a great example of why scenes are deleted. (Namely because they all stink!) Can be watched either individually or in a play all.
ē Reed Test Plants (1:01): Just about as exciting as it sounds, this one deserved to be deleted.
ē Reed And Sue In Planetarium (1:04): Most of the dialogue in this one was played out in other scenes and itís a good thing. The planetarium is great to go to, but not fun to watch on film. The lights on the faces of the actors here are less then fantastic, theyíre damn distracting!
ē Reed And Sue Walk And Talk: Wolverine Insert (0:22): While itís cute to have Reed shape shift the face of Wolverine on his own face, itís completely out of place in this film. Fire and water donít mix.
Fantastic Four Video Diary (19:47): In this one, we take the press circuit tour with the leads. Itís about as exciting for us as was for them. (Aka not very!) But itís mostly Alba, who produced this - filming, blowing kisses, and showing off her ass. This one is a visual medium, so itís strictly for those with a hankering for all things Alba.
Making Of Fantastic Four (5:11): Another mini-doc that suffers the fate of having too much film footage. Everyone explains the story and characters. Same old stuff Ė except for the last few minutes, where the effects guys talk and reveal interesting tidbits that are fantastic!
Fantastic Four: Making A Scene (8:05): Originally designed for Fox Movie Channel, this one is a riveting look at the bridge sequence from design to execution. This one definitely clobbers the rest!
Fantastic Four: Casting Session (8:06): Took a few features, but finally, the great Stan Lee makes an appearance in this one. (They really should have given him his own featurette!) He definitely livens up what could have been a dud! (Love you too, Stan!)
There is also a Music Video section featuring Everything Burns, Come On, Come In and a Music Soundtrack Spot. Also there is a Trailers section with the Fantastic Four Teaser and Theatrical Trailer, as well as a Marvel Avengers animated trailer.
And finally, the feature that everyone is waiting for, namely the Inside Look at X-MEN 3, is available on the main menu. Is it good? No spoilers here, judge for yourself!