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Release Date: June 15, 2007
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Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm, make up the Fantastic Four in FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. Photo credit: Diyah Pera


The Fantastic Four meet their greatest challenge yet in FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As he races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery before all hope is lost.

FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER is the second installment of the live-action film series based on what fans around the globe know as "The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine." "Fantastic Four" directed by Tim Story and released in the summer of 2005, had a worldwide theatrical gross of $330 million and became one of Twentieth Century Fox’s most successful DVD titles ever.

For FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, an intriguing element is added to the cast of characters of the 2005 hit – the Silver Surfer.

Academy Award® winning visual effects house Weta Digital (“The Lord of the Rings,” “King Kong”), working with the film’s visual effects supervisor Scott Squires (a three-time Oscar® nominee whose credits include “Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace”), created the ultimate computer-generated Silver Surfer, which will be true to the Marvel Comics character beloved by fans worldwide.

Weta developed an advanced CG process to bring added dimensionality to the character. Doug Jones provided character and movement references for the digital wizards at Weta.

The Silver Surfer joins the returning family of superheroes from the Marvel Comics universe, including Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, who can stretch and contort his body into any shape he can imagine and, as the group’s leader, is known as Mister Fantastic; Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, who is able to render herself invisible and to create and project powerful force fields as Invisible Woman; Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, known as The Human Torch, who can engulf his body in flames and take flight at will; and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm, whose freakish transmutation into a rock-like, superhumanly strong creature led him to be called The Thing. Julian McMahon reprises his “Fantastic Four” role as the Four’s steely-eyed, iron-fisted nemesis, Dr. Doom. Kerry Washington is back as Ben’s love interest, the blind sculptress Alicia Masters.

Recent Emmy®-winner Andre Braugher joins the cast as General Hager, a tough Army official who seeks the Four’s help in combating a global menace, and Beau Garrett, who appeared in Fox Atomic’s debut film “Turistas,” plays the general’s aide, Captain Raye. And Oscar-nominee Laurence Fishburne, whose many credits include “The Matrix” and “Mystic River,” voices the Silver Surfer.

“Fantastic Four” helmer Tim Story returns, along with producers Ralph Winter, Avi Arad and Bernd Eichinger. The screenplay is by four-time Emmy winner Don Payne, a co-executive producer on “The Simpsons,” and noted author and screenwriter Mark Frost, who co-scripted “Fantastic Four.”

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Squires, who worked closely with Weta in creating the Silver Surfer, also supervised many of the film’s other state-of-the-art effects, including enhanced powers for the Four; mile-long, perfectly-smooth craters – the handiwork of the Surfer; and the creation of Galactus (also known as The World Destroyer), another character long-known to comics fans as a being of incredible power and scale. “It was a delicate balance meeting the comics fans’ expectations for the look of Galactus, and making him truly spectacular and cinematic to those not familiar with the character,” says Squires.

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The Silver Surfer is an enigmatic, intergalactic herald who comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction, in FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. Photo credit: Weta

Fantastic Four - The Complete Animated Series (1994)

Starring: Quinton Flynn, Stan Lee Director: Tom Tataranowicz

the longest-running Marvel series in history arrives for the first time on DVD in this spectacular four-disc set, featuring all 26 episodes of the heralded 1990's animated series. Learn the origin of the Fantastic Four, and be there as Mr. Fantastic,

The Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing save the world from the dastardly Doctor Doom and his legion of villains. Now you can relive every action-packed episode, complete with exclusive introductions by Stan Lee. It's a fantastic DVD collection you'll want to experience over and over again.

The entire adventures of Marvel Comic's greatest superhero team. When Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm and pilot Ben Grimm take a premature space flight on a new shuttle, they find themselves massively bombarded with cosmic radiation.

Barely managing to re-enter and land safely, the quartet find themselves forever transformed with superpowers. Deciding to use these new powers to help people, they form the Fantastic Four, a superhero team dedicated to the protection of Earth from menaces like the Latverian King Dr. Doom and Galactus, the planet consumer.

• Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Animated, NTSC
• Language: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
• Number of discs: 4
• Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
• DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
• Run Time: 569 minutes

DVD Features:
• Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
• All 26 Episodes from the 1994-95 series
• Stan Lee's Soapbox
• Episode Introductions by Stan Lee

Notes on the Fantastic Four - The Complete Animated Series from amazon.com, by David Horiuchi:

Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four animated series (1994-95)-- depicting the first family of superheroes--got significantly better as it went along.

The series always had good intentions, borrowing plots, concepts, characters, and even lines of dialogue from the classic Stan Lee-Jack Kirby comic books that kicked off the Marvel age of comics. And it was willing to spend two or even three episodes on a single story line. The early episodes, however, had serious drawbacks, such as a clumsy animation style (the Silver Surfer never looked less noble), weak humor (the origin episode created a framing sequence in which the FF appears on the Dick Cavett Show), and an awful theme song by Giorgio Moroder (Flashdance, Top Gun).

Fortunately, the animation improved in the second season, and instrumental theme music replaced the song. Memorable moments from the series include the monumental Frightful Four-Inhumans tie-in and Galactus's search for a new herald. Memorable characters include villains Doctor Doom, the Skrulls, the Mole Man, and the Puppet Master, and heroes Daredevil, the Black Panther, Thor, and the Hulk. Guest voices include Ron Perlman, Michael Dorn, Kathy Ireland, Mark Hamill, and John Rhys-Davies. It's worth a look for FF fans, especially in the complete four-disc set that contains all 29 episodes, a welcome change from Disney's single-disc compilations of the Spider-Man series from the same time period. (Ages 8 and older: cartoon action, threatening situations, some mature concepts) -Find out more about the Fantastic Four - The Complete Animated Series

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