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Trailer for 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".
Kind of makes you sad they at least didn't release the movie on DVD or VHS back then I should say. Got to feel bad for the actors to do all that work and not see it released.
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Here's the trailer for the actual movie.
And the actual movie is on youtube. No telling how long they'll leave it up.
Some info from wiki on the movie.
The Fantastic Four is an unreleased low-budget superhero film completed in 1994. It was produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger, who went on to produce another Fantastic Four movie in 2005. The film was based on the long-running comic book by Marvel Comics and featured the origin of the Fantastic Four and that superhero team's first battle with the evil Doctor Doom, combining the superteam's origin from The Fantastic Four #1 and Doom's origin from Fantastic Four Annual #2 with original elements.
A 1993 magazine article gave a tentative release date of Labor Day weekend 1993. During that summer, trailers ran in movie theaters and on the video release of Corman's Carnosaur. Cast-members promoted the film at a clips-screening at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and at the San Diego Comic-Con International. By this time, the world premiere was announced to take place at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 19, 1994, with proceeds from the event earmarked for the charities Ronald McDonald House and the Children's Miracle Network.
Eichinger then informed Sassone that the film would not be released. Speculation arose that the film had never been intended for release, but had gone into production solely as a way for Eichinger to retain rights to the characters; Marvel Comics' Stan Lee in 2005 said this was the case, insisting, "The movie was never supposed to be shown to anybody," and adding that the cast and crew had been left unaware.
Corman and Eichinger dismissed Lee's claims, with the former stating in the same article, "We had a contract to release it, and I had to be bought out of that contract" by Eichinger. Eichinger, also in that article, calls Lee's version of events "definitely not true. It was not our [original] intention to make a B movie, that's for sure, but when the movie was there, we wanted to release it." He said future Marvel movie impresario Avi Arad, at this point in 1993 a Marvel executive,
...calls me up and says, 'Listen, I think what you did was great, it shows your enthusiasm for the movie and the property, and ... I understand that you have invested so-and-much, and Roger has invested so-and-much. Let's do a deal.' Because he really didn't like the idea that a small movie was coming out and maybe ruining the franchise.... So he says to me that he wants to give me back the money that we spent on the movie and that we should not release it.
Arad recalled in 2002 that while on a trip to Puerto Rico in 1993, a fan noticing Arad's Fantastic Four shirt expressed excitement over the movie's upcoming premiere, of which Arad said he was unaware. Concerned how the low-budget film might cheapen the brand, he said he purchased the film "for a couple of million dollars in cash" and, having not seen it, ordered all prints destroyed. Eichinger continued negotiations to produce a big-budget version, speaking with directors including Chris Columbus, Peyton Reed, Sean Astin, and Peter Segal. After preproduction briefly went underway in 1996, Eichinger and his company, by now called Constantin Film, began production in 2004 of Fantastic Four with an estimated $90 million budget. Following that film's 2005 release, Eichinger and Constantin produced a $130 million sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).