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Fantastic Four movies pulled from digital sites in advance of reboot's debut

06.09.2015

If you were hoping to binge watch the original FANTASTIC FOUR movies in advance of the release of Josh Trank's reboot, you are out of luck unless you own the DVDs. 20th Century Fox has elected to remove both of Tim Story's original films from platforms like Amazon and iTunes so as to keep focus on the new version of the film.

While manipulating the availability of films related to a new release is not a new marketing tactic, you tend to find movies are pushed to the forefront to capitalize on their association. When THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN hit theaters, the Sam Raimi films were re-released to try and boost sales for the new movie. With JURASSIC WORLD and TERMINATOR: GENISYS debuting soon, all of the preceding films in the franchises are getting nice new covers to try and make some extra money in the process.

The key difference in this case is that most people disliked the campy FANTASTIC FOUR movies released in 2005 and 2007. While I think seeing the original and the new Josh Trank version in succession would be like binging the Adam West Batman TV series before watching Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS, Fox is not going to risk any more bad publicity for their new film.

FANTASTIC FOUR has endured a lot of scrutiny thanks to the change in ethnicity for Johnny Storm while Marvel Comics cancelled the comic book featuring the characters. Whether any of this has an bearing on the quality of Trank's film is unknown, Fox has already greenlit the sequel for 2017. Here's to hoping the movie proves us all wrong when it hits theaters.

FANTASTIC FOUR hits theaters August 7th.

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10:00AM on 06/11/2015
the campy Fantastic Four films weren't great. But they had ONE thing going for them. Jessica Alba.
To be quite frank, I'd rather watch Jessica Alba do anything than Ms Mara. Just a personal preference.
the campy Fantastic Four films weren't great. But they had ONE thing going for them. Jessica Alba.
To be quite frank, I'd rather watch Jessica Alba do anything than Ms Mara. Just a personal preference.
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10:09AM on 06/10/2015

This is Good News!

Two crappy movies removed from the Cinematic Lexicon? Awesome! Now we just have to make it through the new Fantastic Suck-Fest and we'll be in the clear.
Two crappy movies removed from the Cinematic Lexicon? Awesome! Now we just have to make it through the new Fantastic Suck-Fest and we'll be in the clear.
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6:54AM on 06/10/2015
This is a sore spot with me I used to have movies on Amazon. They ripped me off, took away a lot of movies because they lost their license, I never got an email saying it was done and I had to call to get a refund. Read the fine print people they have a legal right to do this. I wrote a paper on this company they've been doing it since they first started using e books. They introduced kill switches to delete books they lost the license to and did not bother to inform anyone. When they had a
This is a sore spot with me I used to have movies on Amazon. They ripped me off, took away a lot of movies because they lost their license, I never got an email saying it was done and I had to call to get a refund. Read the fine print people they have a legal right to do this. I wrote a paper on this company they've been doing it since they first started using e books. They introduced kill switches to delete books they lost the license to and did not bother to inform anyone. When they had a fall out with Disney they did it again. People have sued the company over this. Now they do it again, I'd advise anyone who goes through this to call the company and complain be persistent it's the only way you'll ever see your money again.
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9:05PM on 06/09/2015
Guess they're afraid people will think the previous two movies are better than this new one.
Guess they're afraid people will think the previous two movies are better than this new one.
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8:14PM on 06/09/2015

FOX FUX UP ANOTHER ONE - AGAIN.

I could give two turds about the new FF4. Fox, do us a favor and give back the Silver Surfer at least. Rise Of SS was the only chance we got to see a really cool character. Now this reboot crap. Why? Why not just do a continuation story? Another chapter? Starting over, again [link]. What's the point? If no one cared with the first two, why would they start caring now? Makes no sense. You can't do Marvel. Time to toss in the towel and realize Sony actually was smart in giving back
I could give two turds about the new FF4. Fox, do us a favor and give back the Silver Surfer at least. Rise Of SS was the only chance we got to see a really cool character. Now this reboot crap. Why? Why not just do a continuation story? Another chapter? Starting over, again [link]. What's the point? If no one cared with the first two, why would they start caring now? Makes no sense. You can't do Marvel. Time to toss in the towel and realize Sony actually was smart in giving back Spiderman. Now it's your turn FUX!
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7:57PM on 06/09/2015
A lot of people dislike the first two films, but both films in my opinion perfectly captured the tone and spirit of what the Fantastic Four should be. Light hearted, fun, and with heart. I'm not expecting any of those things from this new rebooted piece of shit.
A lot of people dislike the first two films, but both films in my opinion perfectly captured the tone and spirit of what the Fantastic Four should be. Light hearted, fun, and with heart. I'm not expecting any of those things from this new rebooted piece of shit.
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9:19PM on 06/09/2015
They do! Fantastic Four supposes to be a light-hearted fun for the whole family and those two movies did that perfectly. I haven't read Fantastic Four comics in a big while but I remember it wasn't as dark as the new movie is.
They do! Fantastic Four supposes to be a light-hearted fun for the whole family and those two movies did that perfectly. I haven't read Fantastic Four comics in a big while but I remember it wasn't as dark as the new movie is.
9:53PM on 06/09/2015
I have to agree. The Fantastic Four movies with Alba seemed to have the perfect tone, though I felt Dr. Doom was underused, and I was a bit disappointed with Galactus. Other than that they were pretty fun.

But I guess dark and gritty is the new super hero trend which is a shame because I'd like to see diversity of tone in super hero movies.
I have to agree. The Fantastic Four movies with Alba seemed to have the perfect tone, though I felt Dr. Doom was underused, and I was a bit disappointed with Galactus. Other than that they were pretty fun.

But I guess dark and gritty is the new super hero trend which is a shame because I'd like to see diversity of tone in super hero movies.
1:22AM on 06/10/2015
Well they are not the worst comic book films, but far from the best either. I can tolerate them at least. I have my doubts about this new reboot, so we'll have to see what the reaction is first.
Well they are not the worst comic book films, but far from the best either. I can tolerate them at least. I have my doubts about this new reboot, so we'll have to see what the reaction is first.
11:12AM on 06/10/2015
I really enjoyed the first Chris Evans/Alba FF. Good fun, light hearted, always loved Doom and thought they nailed his look well. I didn;t care for the plain voice though, he needed more of a menacing voice augmnetation via his mask.
I really enjoyed the first Chris Evans/Alba FF. Good fun, light hearted, always loved Doom and thought they nailed his look well. I didn;t care for the plain voice though, he needed more of a menacing voice augmnetation via his mask.
6:05PM on 06/09/2015
Im still optimistic for the new movie. The cast is solid, the director did well with "Chronicle", and the trailers have done nothing to indicate that his will be a bad movie. I feel that unless a big name director was attached,like Christopher Nolan or Spielberg, there is nothing this movie could do to instill confidence in it's audience. Those last movies were so terrible and Fox forced this movie into production to keep the rights, have clouded this film in such a bad mist. I'm gonna wait
Im still optimistic for the new movie. The cast is solid, the director did well with "Chronicle", and the trailers have done nothing to indicate that his will be a bad movie. I feel that unless a big name director was attached,like Christopher Nolan or Spielberg, there is nothing this movie could do to instill confidence in it's audience. Those last movies were so terrible and Fox forced this movie into production to keep the rights, have clouded this film in such a bad mist. I'm gonna wait until i see this movie before i bash it.

remember when they rebooted Batman? people said that there was no need after the campy crap of "Batman and Robin" and the studio trusted a little known director who's only done 3 obscure films before that, and none of them action movies.

Or how about the time they got the guy who did ELF to direct the new Iron Man movie with Hollywood burnout Robert Downey Jr? It's possible that this could be a very good movie. Although, it's also possible i'll be eating crow when this movie turns out to be the worst film of the year. We dont know yet. Just hold your tongues a little while longer, then you can complain
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5:45PM on 06/09/2015
LMFAO, there's these things that still exist called DVDs, go home Fox you are drunk.
LMFAO, there's these things that still exist called DVDs, go home Fox you are drunk.
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5:17PM on 06/09/2015
Those older movies were such camp, I remember going to the theater, good times. "Hi I'm Stan Lee." "yeah sure you are." "no just check the list!" Best cameo still
Those older movies were such camp, I remember going to the theater, good times. "Hi I'm Stan Lee." "yeah sure you are." "no just check the list!" Best cameo still
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5:03PM on 06/09/2015
I wish the dog walkers in my area would bag their Fant4stic instead of leaving it on the street.
I wish the dog walkers in my area would bag their Fant4stic instead of leaving it on the street.
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5:02PM on 06/09/2015
whoa whoa...you got it all wrong. They pulled the movies so that people would have to go see the NEW movie instead of the superior early 2000 versions.
whoa whoa...you got it all wrong. They pulled the movies so that people would have to go see the NEW movie instead of the superior early 2000 versions.
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4:56PM on 06/09/2015

I can't believe you just compared:

Batman Begins to this new piece of crap from Fox that isn't even worthy of being called the Fantastic Four. Bad form.
Batman Begins to this new piece of crap from Fox that isn't even worthy of being called the Fantastic Four. Bad form.
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4:17PM on 06/09/2015
I'm already looking forward to the reboot being pulled in advance of the next reboot.
I'm already looking forward to the reboot being pulled in advance of the next reboot.
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