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Matt Hawes
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"DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four" (1994) has been released and I just watched the copy I ordered tonight. It was a nice documentary that told the sad tale of how the rights holder for the film had it shelved, and apparently never intended to have it released to begin with due to rights issues.

Director Marty Langford was able to speak to most everyone directly involved with the film, cast and crew, and some others that were a part of making the film. It's sad that the cast and crew put all the effort they could into the film and it never got an official release.

I would recommend the documentary to fans and even to people who would be interested in learning about some of the things that can happen in Hollywood when making a small budget film and the situation with movie rights issues.

Here is the link to the official site for the documentary:


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I actually like the 1994 FF film, flaws & all!  Yeah, it is a mess in many ways and the cheap budget and special fx are obvious. The casting was decent and it is a shame it was made just to keep the films rights from reverting back to Marvel.  Fast forward to today...nothing has changed.
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I supported this project early on.  I was one of those people who was extremely stoked about the movie, even if it looked cheap, because of how much I loved the FF.  Then it just vanished.  In those pre-internet days, there was never an explanation to be found easily.  Then I saw a guy selling VHS dubs for $10 at a comic convention and I bought it.  I loved how they addressed that phenomenon in the docu.

Wholly recommend this doc.  The weird part is how little Roger Corman appears.  It seems he was bought off by Avi Arad and didn't like talking about how he was complicit in cancelling the release.  Other Corman staffers seemed a bit more angry about the movie just going away.  I suspect Corman got a good chunk of change to make it go away.


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The special features on the Blu-Ray for "DOOMED!" has more extensive footage of Corman, who gives more details about the rights issues. It made me wonder if his comments were edited from the full-length documentary for legal reasons?
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Doomed. The story of the first. And the second. And the third ... 
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Finally, a documentary that has plenty of room for sequels!
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I think Marvel Cinema should do what Hanna-Barbera did in 1967. Take a really good FF adventure and adapt it for the screen. No matter how crappy the FF is being treated now, there is an amazing history of great stories just waiting to be presented.

I think the characters and chemistry should remain the same. That had a lot to do with the books' success... and I STILL haven't seen a DC or Marvel movie with the idea of family first, super hero team second (although the first two newer movies got kinda close.)

And Dr. Doom doesn't have to be the villain in the first - and every subsequent - movie. Maybe leave something for the second film? The Mole Man works for the first one, and lets the CGI department go wild with the special effects porn.
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Let's pause a moment to recall a time when readers didn't know and didn't care about any of this stuff, and the industry seemed a whole lot healthier.
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Shaun Barry
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For those who might still be interested, but weren't willing to spend money on a physical copy, it's now up and streaming on Amazon Prime... just stumbled upon it tonight and watched it all in one sitting.

Fascinating stuff!





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Thanks, Shaun!
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