* Trailers for "The Simpsons Movie," "Live Free Or Die Hard."
* English and Spanish subtitles.
* A commentary track by Tim Story. This commentary is fun to listen to as Tim Story's passion for the material is evident when he discusses how he lifted certain aspects from comic books such as Mr. Fantastic's computer and Stan Lee's cameo. The highlight of the track, however, is when Story reveals how he wanted Nick Fury in the film, but instead replaced had to make do with the General.
* The second commentary track with producer Avi Arad, writer Don Payne, and editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy is dull at best. Arad mainly talks about his obsession with the Fantastic 4 switching powers, Payne talks about re-writes and switching scenes (like the London set piece) around, and the editors mostly complain about what they would have done differently like not allowing Silver Surfer to open his eyes at the end. Note: The four are not speaking on the track together (only Hoy and Elliot recorded together). The 3 groups recorded a track separately and the DVD producers slapped bits and pieces from each one into track (as far as I can gather).
* Still galleries of behind-the-scenes photos, characters, and concept art.
* Trailers for "Fantastic 4," "X-Men," "X-Men: United," "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Dark Angel," "Deck The Halls," "Futurama: Bender's Big Score," and two theatrical trailers for "F4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer."
* 5 deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Tim Story) titled "Full Main Title," "Fantastic Store," "Wedding Montage," "Reed Gets Crushed Ring," and "Doom Builds Arm Band And Covers Up His Mask." The only scene worthy of mention was the "Fantastic Store" which is a hilarious scene with Johnny in a F4 merchandise store realizing the Thing action figures are more popular than the Human Torch figures.
* An interactive Fantasticar extra in which you can look at different angles of the vehicle.
* A thorough 46-minute making of titled "Family Bonds." This extra takes a look at the pre-production and production processes. We see Story and crew location scouting, looking at props and sets being built, as well as the crew shooting actual scenes. My favorite moment is when Story first sees the Fantasticar and geeks out.
* A 4 ½ minute featurette titled "Scoring the Fantastic." As you can guess, this extra is about film composer John Ottman giving us insights into scoring (such as creating character themes and re-using themes from the first film).
* An 11 ½ minute "Character Design With Special Motion" featurette that showcases the Thing suit design, make-up, and how actor Michael Chiklis goes through the process of wearing the suit.
* "The Power Cosmic" (15 minutes) extra discusses how Weta did the Silver Surfer visual f/x/design and how they used actor Doug Jones to do motion capture and acting.
* A 10 ½ minute featurette called "The Fantasticar: State Of The Art." This extra covers everything you want to know about the original comic designs of the Fantasticar, how they modernized the vehicle, plus how it was designed and how it works.
* Finally, there is the 38 ½ minute "Sentinel Of The Spaceways: Comic Book Origins Of The Silver Surfer" featurette, which is arguably the best extra. Interviews with Ron Marz, Stan Lee, Steve Englehart reveal the various forms of Silver Surfer, his backstory, and how his alien perspective of the Earth's problems speaks to people.
Not only is "Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer" an enjoyable blockbuster for the masses, but it's also a memorable comic adaptation that should please hardcore comic book fans. Buy it.
Film and television enthusiast Nick Lyons recently had his first book published titled "Attack of the Sci-Fi Trivia." It is available on Amazon.com.