Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Fantastic Four DVD

I just picked up the new two disc edition of the Fantastic Four movie and I just had to comment on two of the bonus features on disc 2. They're two of the best comic related documentaries I've ever seen. The first deals with the history of the FF comic, with in depth interviews with people like Stan Lee, Joe Sinnott, John Romita, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Rich Buckler, and many others. Stan's surprisingly candid in his recollections of the origins of the book. It covers the history of the series from 1961-2005.

The other documentary focuses on the life and art of the one and only Jack Kirby, who drew this early FF cover on the right, which was always one of my favorites. With help from his co-workers, family, and former assistants Mark Evanier and Steve Sherman, the hour long show features tons of pencil art, rare family photos, and personal remembrances about the King of Comics.

The FF movie itself is just OK. I'm curious to see how the sequel turns out. But this set is worth getting just for these two documentaries. They're worth the money just by themselves.

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