More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” a documentary about the geek orgy known as Comic-Con, set a long time ago (2010, can you imagine?!?) in a galaxy far, far away San Diego).
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Cast: Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith
Official Synopsis: “Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ — a film by Morgan Spurlock, explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.”
“A gentle, almost nostalgic look at fanboy- and fangirl-dom.”
“A breezy romp among the freaks and geeks.”
“The movie showcases a strange tension not unlike the experiences of many Con attendees: It’s both in favor of the event and illustrative of its diminishing returns.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:
“With [Spurlock] present only as a name in the credits, ‘A Fan’s Hope’ is as good as its word in introducing a collection of determined conventiongoers who have come to San Diego in 2010 to pursue their different but connected dreams.”
“Spurlock neither conveys the appeal of this world, nor does he ever, for one minute, stand outside the phenomenon and objectively examine it.”
“Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” is now available on VOD, and is playing in select cities.