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The Fantastic Four – Rise Of The Silver Surfer (Blu-ray)


Picture: A-     Sound: A-     Extras: C     Film: C



After the surprise success of the first film, Fox forged ahead with a Fantastic Four sequel and the result is the family/teen/child-friendly Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007) which introduced the famous and much-celebrated alien into the live action realm (voiced by Laurence Fishburne) looking like the T-1000 from Terminator 2 with a depression problem.  With Tim Story on board directing again, the film just picks up where the previous one ends and with the lost of Michael France, the Don Payne/Mark Frost screenplay does not go anywhere too new.


If anything, the film often feels like a spin-off film despite the fact that Surfer was introduced in the FF comics.  The original cast returns in their roles and their chemistry holds up well enough.


For more on that first film, you can try these links for the expanded DVD:




And the Blu-ray:




Unfortunately, they cannot even save the film from its overly narrowed limits, disappointing adult fans profoundly, but the film was about as big a hit and we should still see a few more sequels.  Dr. Doom is back and Galactus debuts, but the film simply never adds up to more excitement that the first and is for younger fans only with a sense of humor at best.


Fortunately, the 1080p AVC @ 27 MBPS 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition transfer is top rate, with decent digital video effects and Director of Photography Larry Blanford delivers A-quality images for the big budget Superhero genre entry.  Not all the digital is great, of course, but the jokey nature of the film seems to make their flaws less of a problem.  I was not as happy with the sound on the first film as many others were, but this time, the mix is more dynamic.  This is the first time Fox has ever included English Dolby Digital 5.1 on any of their Blu-ray releases, but the DTS HD Master Audio (MA) lossless mix annihilates it and this is another of a series of Fox Blu-rays with D-BOX Motion Control Systems enhancement.  The last film did not have that either.


I don’t know if it because this is a 50GB Blu-ray and the first film was a 25GB Blu-ray, but this is a much better playback experience (we have seen some good 25GB Blu-rays too) and at times, Rise Of The Silver Surfer is demo worthy material.


Extras include audio commentary by Director Tim Story, another separate audio commentary by Producer Avi Arad, Writer Don Payne and Film Editors Peter Elliot and William Hoy, Saving the World One Question at a Time Trivia Game, Who Dares Defy Galactus? Strategy Game, extended/deleted scenes with optional commentary by Story, Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Fantasticar: State of the Art, The Power of Cosmic (Multi-angle VFX featurette), Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of the Silver Surfer, Character Design with Spectral Motion, Scoring Fantastic, still galleries and HD trailers.  Not bad for fans, families and young children, but this time, the film at least moves with a smoother sense of self, which is rare for a sequel.


Now we’ll see if the series can really take off with the next installment.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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