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By Robert T. Trate     January 13, 2014

I sat across from Alex Hyde White once a Pacific Title. We started talking comics and he then told me that he was in a comic book movie a long time ago. I asked him which and he told me the Fantastic Four. The one that was never released. I had the opportunity and I blew it. I could have asked him for a copy, not some pirated bootleg, or even ask what the hell happened? Well now we can all know, Marty Langford‘s documentary DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” promises to go behind the scenes and reveal the details behind the only Roger Corman film to never see the light of day. Check out the trailer below. Mania will try and keep you up to date on the release and screening of this documentary. 

Synopsis: Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” is a feature length documentary tracking the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon’s/Constantin Films’ “production, “The Fantastic Four”.

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DarthBob 1/13/2014 6:46:16 PM

Looks cool, gonna try to catch this somehow.

Dazzler 1/14/2014 3:11:55 AM

Maybe it will be a dvd release with the movie?  I have a bootleg somewhere.  I liked it, even with toon Human torch which I thought looked cool.  It could have been worse special effects.  

macthorn 1/14/2014 5:54:31 AM

I'd like to check out the documentary, to see what if anything they say about when the Torch went full "Flame On", that whole sequence was practically a frame by frame grab from the old Fleischer Superman cartoon.

I had always heard it was pretty much made so the studio could keep the rights. 

tallman 1/14/2014 6:47:13 AM

 I actually had this film! Got off ebay a while ago, sadly lost or broke now. Was on par with cap america of the 90's possibly slightly better. Gutted I don't have it no more.... ebay here I come!



Wiseguy 1/14/2014 7:13:40 AM

I'd like to see this but I'd like even more to see the actual film

kinetoscope 1/14/2014 7:14:16 AM

I was able to get this about 15 years ago. I still have a copy. I enjoyed it at the time. I had been really excited seeing photos of up before it was supose to come out. (maybe in Cinescape,  I can't remember) I think a "Special Edition" would help this movie. The Human Touch scenes are bad, even for that time. I've done lots of Star Wars deleted scenes work (youtube), this was always one project that I thought would be fun to mess around with to try to clean up and change some special effects. Maybe this documentary will push me over the edge.  I look forward to this. 



Davewriter 1/14/2014 8:22:31 AM

I remember going to an LA comic convention where the gusts for the show were the cast from the FF.  Maybe it was a subconsious thing, but the cast all seemed rather uncomfortable as they sat there.  It wasn't the "I'm on the verge of becoming a household name" thing... it was more of a "my contract says I've got to."   They probably had an idea of what a stinker of a flick they had made.

The Thing costume was up on display and I remember thinking how good it looked - later to find out that it looked good until it had to move around very much.  But at the time, a lot of thought seemed to have gone into making it look right.

They showed clips - just enough to give you hope that maybe this time there would be good Marvel movie out there.  Remember, up to this point about the only "good" Marvel thing that had ever been made had been the TV version of Hulk.

Only the FF movie never made it's release date.  And now with the rights being held by two movie companies that will now ever be at war with each other Marvel rights... I doubt that we'll ever see a "clean" version... let alone a "new and improved" ala Lucas version.

tallman 1/14/2014 8:36:51 AM

 Wise its actually not bad. Hard to get hold of now though. I've still got the case for my bootleg which adds to the pain even more.

kinetoscope 1/14/2014 8:40:16 AM

 Davewriter, if you haven't had a chance to see the "clean" version it's pretty easy to find these days. It's worth the watch if you are a fan. I would rank it above the first Punisher (Lundgran) and Nic Furry (Hasslehoff) and maybe a couple more... 

kinetoscope 1/14/2014 8:41:52 AM

 PS - Let me know if want to find a copy... ; )


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