by Mark Humphreys, published on July 9, 2012|
Released on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for this year's Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California (July 12 - 15), Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope is an ambitious documentary about the thousands of fans who gather together each year at the above said comic book convention. This time around, Spurlock plants himself entirely behind the camera, a move that both benefits yet hinders the film.
Unlike some of his previous efforts, Comic-Con leaves plenty of breathing room for its audience to connect to its subjects. This subdued atmosphere does the film particularly well as the story progresses, as we slowly come to realize just how ambitious a project it truly is. Unfortunately, when all's said and done, the film is a bit too detached for its own good. While there are certainly enough charming moments to make us smile, the passion infused throughout is more often seen than felt.
Comic-Con's two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack provides a solid audio/visual transfer, including an appropriately natural yet potent-sounding 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtrack, and a decent variety of extra features. Included in the supplemental material are deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and extended interviews with Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Ellen Page, Harry Knowles, and many others.
Ratings: IMDb - 7.1/10 Metacritic - 64/100 Rotten Tomatoes - 83%
Movie Grade: B Disc Grade: B+