Fantastic 4
The Making of the Movie

Author: Various
Titan Books
RRP 14.99, US $19.95
ISBN 1 84576 083 2
Available 22 July 2005

Individually they are: Reed Richards, aka the super elastic Mr Fantastic; Sue Storm, the forcefield wielding Invisible Woman; Johnny Storm, the hot-headed Human Torch; and Ben Grimm, the rock hard lump of bad attitude known as The Thing. Together, they're the Fantastic Four, and they're here to battle the metallic madman known as Dr. Doom! If they can stop arguing amongst themselves for a moment, that is...

Fantastic 4: The Making of the Movie is an odd beast. It's part script book, part look behind the scenes and part souvenir arty big picture book. It's also the work of more than one author - which, if handled incorrectly could have been a bit of a fractured mess. Thankfully, whoever was responsible for the editing made sure that this book speaks with one voice.

Whatever else you say about this book, you can't say it isn't beautifully illustrated. This release is packed to bursting with gigantic colour images from the movie, behind the scenes shots and production designs. And on the textual content, it's full of interviews with the cast and crew as well as little bits of inside information on the movie's special effects. And, for those that are interested there is a huge section that reprints the movie's original script.

This is indeed a fantastic release, and one that fans of the movie will cherish. As official companions go, you are going to be hard pressed to get anything as well thought out and beautifully presented as this little beauty.

Nick Smithson

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