This reviewer must first admit that he didn't like "FANTASTIC 4"! While initially awaiting it with high expectations, the film failed on almost every level with which the vastly superior "X-MEN" film succeeded. Whereas Singer treated his material with reverence, Tim Story treats the original comic source material for his film as nothing more than a subtext to commercialize anything and everything possible. There's no substance to be found here! However, this reviewer also has to admit his fondness for Jessica Alba, the one saving grace in the film! It's just a shame she's not in it even more. She can't make the film "good", but she saves it from being horrible.
Criticism did nothing to slow down the film's box-office success and a sequel is nearly completed. Hopefully, there'll be some focus on a decent narrative this time out, and Jessica will be featured even more than in the previous endeavor.
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The source material for this transfer is wonderful. This is one of the cleanest looking images we've viewed in a while. The detail is more than an improvement over the average dvd transfer. Almost every scene offers outstanding depth and three-dimension-like realism. There are a few instances wherein the image veers towards being too dark, but even in these the detail stands out. Colors also tend to veer towards an oversaturated look, in some spots, but, overall, this is an impressive BLU-RAY transfer.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix. As there are no receivers available for decoding this mix with full resolution, the available mix is down-converted to a DTS 5.1 mix at 1.5 mbps. This is a "GREAT" mix. Discrete, panning and bass effects are provided with great impact. The bridge attack sequence is great demonstration scene of the mix's effectiveness. Viewers will really feel part of a 360 degree landscape here and the fidelity is awesome!
FOX didn't carry over all of the extras offered on the dvd. The video diary with Jessica Alba is gone, as are the deleted scenes. But, the audio commentary is intact and there are some trailers.