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    Added on: 19/11/2002 22:45
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    Spider-Man (2 Discs) (UK)

    8 / 10
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    With great power comes great responsibility
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 116 mins
    Retail Price: £24.99
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    Peter Parker (Maguire) was a shy, quite nerdy teenager...until he was bitten by a genetically altered spider. Now with the heightened senses and incredible strengths and abilities of a spider, Parker has become the amazing Spider-Man. The long awaited Spider-Man will be one of 2002`s biggest hits!

    Special Features:
    1st Time Ever on DVD - Set top interactive comic book
    Audio / Video Commentary: Cast & Director
    Spider Sense "White Rabbit"
    Exclusive Behind the Scenes featurettes
    Blooper Reel
    Tobey Maguire Multiple Screen Tests
    Storyboard Process Workshop (with artist)
    Alternate Music Workshop for Opening Sequence
    Music videos
    Activision promo/trailer - the making of the PS2
    Game: including gamer hints
    DVD ROM content - including Activision test level for PC - DVD exclusive
    Weblinks - and exclusive dot.comic
    `Spider-Man Blue` - limited edition comic book
    Easter Eggs
    Spider Man 101 documentary - a comprehensive look at the history of Spider-Man
    The Loves of Peter Parker Featurette
    A Conversation with Stan Lee - "An Appreciation: What Spiderman Means to Me"
    The Art of Spider Man - to include morphs of the Spiderman and the Green Goblin comic book characters through time
    Comic to screen comparisons (with angles)
    Contest of Champions - Spiderman Trivia Game
    Animated character files: Rogue Gallery
    Storyboard to film comparisons (with angles)

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Sam Raimi

    Written By:

    Tobey Maguire
    Willem Dafoe
    Kirsten Dunst
    James Franco
    Cliff Robertson

    Casting By:
    Lynn Kressel
    Francine Maisler

    Soundtrack By:
    Danny Elfman
    Corey Taylor
    Pete Yorn
    Jerry Cantrell

    Director of Photography:
    Don Burgess

    Arthur Coburn
    Bob Murawski

    Costume Designer:
    James Acheson

    Production Designer:
    Neil Spisak

    Ian Bryce
    Grant Curtis
    Heidi Fugeman
    Steven P. Saeta
    Laura Ziskin

    Executive Producer:
    Avi Arad
    Stan Lee

    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    10 / 10
    Brillant Film with Fanatastic Extras.

    It even includes the Hero Music Video which was one of my favourite tunes of 2002.

    Behind the Scenes stuff goes really deep to show what went the making of the biggest film.

    The Making of Spiderman Comics was very cool to look at.

    Shame it doesn`t have DTS Sound but it is still a Top DVD. It is one of my Favourites.
    posted by barry110 on 4/1/2003 16:32
    8 / 10
    The entire world went to see a Spider-Man movie. I went to see a Sam Raimi movie. Go figure. I've never ever read a Spider-Man comic, but I vaguely remember watching the animated TV show and TV movies from the 80's as a kid. But who really needs to have studied their Spidey for this film. Spider-Man is such a famous icon, even your granny knows the basic plotline. Raimi directs the film with his usual flair and while he caters for the mainstream he gives his fans some stuff too. The olds mobile and Bruce Campbell. Yep Bruce was the "coolest" thing about the film. I hear he has a bigger role in the sequel. The story crackles along, with the origins of Spidey perfectly and affectionately handled. MaGuire and Dunst makes likeable leads and Dafoe hams it up hilariously as the Green Goblin. But it's J.K. Simmons who steals the show as Parker's boss. It is simply the funniest role of 2002 and if I thought it would bring some glory, I'd start a campaign for Best Supporting Actor for J.K. all by myself.

    Video: It's a pleasing transfer, but for a 2002 film you'd expect better. Too be honest there's not particularly wrong with the transfer but then again there's nothing particularly great about it either. Defects are not noticeable and grain is small, sharpness is at times fantastic and at times disappointing. The CG segments look like they come from a different print than the film. Now I hate most CG, but this film was so good I they didn't distract me. In light of reference quality titles like The Fellowship of the Ring, or Attack of the Clones, this seems lacking. I'll give it an 8, but it deserves 7.5

    Audio: Now this is better. Nice use of the surrounds (particularly in Dafoe's paranoia scenes). And although action is big and full of bass, the film scores better for me in quieter scenes where an atmosphere is created. Danny Elfman's score is superb. This isn't going to be a new demo for you but it is nice. A SOLID 8

    Extras: The pack of the case takes forever to read and is misleading. 2 Commentaries on the first disc. Raimi is a fantastic commentator but he seems to have been waken up for this one. He slips in a few witty remarks, but this disc is primarily Dunst, Ziskin and the other guy. A nice listen but hardly great. The SFX commentary is a surprise and by a surprise I mean it isn't as achingly boring as most SFX commentaries. It's still boring though. The Trivia- Track is full of interesting stuff and worth your reading. Some featurettes in the form "Web-I-sodes" are spread out through the film. Using your title button smartly could prevent this tedium. Trailers and music videos round off disc 1.

    Disc 2: The comic book section is the better section. The Mythology of the 21st century is a fine is somewhat short documentary. It only feels like it's scraping the surface of something bigger. The movie documentaries are extended promo guff, with slight moments of humour. Watch when Raimi calls MaGuire "average looking". Funny! Video profiles for Raimi and Elfman are nice touches but I would have liked them to delve into their past films. Outtakes, comic character profiles and screen test round off the package.
    There is also an extensive DVD-ROM on both discs, which is why I've hired the rating to 8.

    Overall: One of the best summer films in ages. A servable transfer and pleasant if lacking extras. I can only assume this disc was packaged more for the young than cinefiles. An ULIMATE edition to come out? Maybe.
    posted by directorscutIMDb on 7/2/2003 22:29
    8 / 10
    i thougt this was an enjoyable film but the actor who was spiderman was bit ordinery. goblin was a good badguy and the effects and action were also good. i didn’t like his descision in the end coz we all no hes got to go off and be spiderman

    a good dvd
    posted by black_chuck on 5/3/2003 15:13
    7 / 10
    I was told not to expect a lot from this movie, but still, I had *some* expectations, which weren`t that high.
    After watching it, though, I can honestly say, this is a bad movie.
    Talk about a stupid and childish plot, talk about characterless characters and talk about predictability.
    As if this wasn`t enough, Spiderman 2 is on its way. Oh, my.
    The video transfer is very good. The transfer reveals no compression signs and the colors are well saturated. However, quite a few CG scenes are too obvious and could`ve been done a lot better (from a CG point of view).
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good. The surrounds are nicely used, but the soundtrack could`ve been a lot more aggressive.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include: Disc 1 - 2 commentaries, information bubbles (MTV-like), 2 music videos and some DVD-ROM features (a comics book).
    Disc 2 - two behind the scenes featurettes, several screen tests, some outtakes, a picture gallery, a 3D gallery, tips for the computer game and some DVD-ROM features (a screen saver, skins and a game demo).
    Bottom line - despite the decent presentation on the disc, the movie doesn`t deliver the goods due to a total lack of a script.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 8/3/2003 13:09
    9 / 10
    OK, so I`m a big Spider-man fan, so I`m going to be ever so slightly biased to the film, but it is a very enjoyable film, that really does nail the mythology. So it doesn`t follow the very first Spidey storyline, and it does deviate in other areas, but it doesn`t matter when it is this enjoyable. The direction is very good (and quite clearly Raimi), and the characters have been nailed across the board. Maguire really is Parker, and Dafoe is very good hamming it up as The Green Goblin. The best one is J Jonah Jameson. He is perfect in the movie. The visuals on the whole are excellent. The sets are very good, as are the costumes. It is let down in some areas by the CGI, which I will admit was bad in places, but the last shot promises much for the sequel. The film also probably suffers due to the re writing that was required after September 11th. Some of the added dialogue is very forced and corny because of this, and anyone who saw the fantastic teaser trailer will know what was promised and unfortunately had to be cut.

    Not the best transfer ever, but all the bright colours of the wonderful imagined New York created for the movie come across well. Very little grain, but would have been better in 2.35.1

    A DTS track would have been nice, but the 5.1 is very good, with nice surrounds and good bass, and all the dialogue is clear.

    A bit hit and miss. The commentaries are OK, but a little dull, particularly the SFX teams one, as they usually are. the trivia track is quite nice though. Also on disc one are some trailers-but not the teaser- and then some music videos. I don`t really like Nickleback or Sum 41, but, if you do, nnnghh. Onto disc two, look at the comic book side first. This is fantastic, and gives a lot on what you need to know if you a newcomer, and has a nice documentary for truebelievers alike. There is also a look at the comics through the years, as well as a look at the hero and the villains and loves. Onto the movie section, and this is not so good. A couple of made for TV (HBO and E!) features don`t delve very deep and are nothing more than talking heads with some short behind the scenes shots. Also an OK blooper reel and some screentests, with the Maguire one being very odd. The ROM content is very good, with a demo of the good looking but hard to control PC game, and some comic books and other delights.
    posted by cartoonjonah on 13/6/2003 00:32
    8 / 10
    Plot- A socially inept teen named Peter Parker gets bitten by some gentically mutated spider. He starts to gain incredible strengths and improved senses of a spider. He uses them to fight crime.

    Video- In 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colours are sharp and well defined. Slightly grainy in places but you need to focus on the picture.

    Sound- You only get basic DD 5.1. From the action sequences to Danny Elfman`s score booms on all speakers. If you want DTS, go get the Superbit version of Spider-man

    Extras- Disc 1, we have a commentary from Raimi and co. Another commentary from the SFX crew. They focus on the technical issues.

    A trivia track "Weaving The Web" is like Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown trivia tracks. You have to be a quick reader as they appear in a flash.

    A follow the white rabbit Web-i-sodes. A wee spidey head will appear from time to time which lets you view small featurettes.

    Usual ingredients such as trailers and music vids.

    The DVD-ROM feature is fairly interesting, you can compare the comic book and feature as it plays. You can also record your own commentary from being abusive to boring. All you need is a microphone to start you off.

    Moving on to disc 2, the disc seems to be put into 2 parts. Focussing on the movie or the comic.

    In Goblin`s Lair, there is a short featurette HBO Making of Spider-man. This clocks in at 24 mins. Includes interviews with cast/crew.

    Spider-Mania: An E! Entertainment Special is another featurette. This clocks in at 40 mins.

    There are two short featurettes on the profiles of Raimi and Elfman. Both run for 7 mins.

    There are also screens test for Tobey Maguire, J.K Simmons, CGI spider-man and costumes. Gag reel is the last extra in that section. Check the screen test with Maguire, it`s kind of funny. :)

    Next section is The Web of Spider-man. This focuses on the comic book.

    "Spider-Man: The Mythology Of The 21st Century". This is a documentary with interviews with Stan Lee and co talking about the birth of the comic book.

    "Spider-Man" comic book archives shows a gallery of old spider-man covers dating from 1963.

    Artist gallery show some drawings from the film.

    Rouge`s gallery shows profiles of enemies that `bothered`(understatement) spider-man. All presented in 3d form.

    The Loves of Peter Parker shows biographies of all the women in spidey`s life.

    DVD-ROM content includes 3 Marvel comics, 2 level playable demo and a spider-man visualizer.

    Overall- A good film loaded with extras making this a worthy purchase. I do have some problems with Spider-man. As quoted by Jitendar Canth, Spider-man has "September 11th overtones" meaning drastic changes to the film after the terrorist attacks in NY. I don`t like that "We are still strong" or "feel good" attitude. It`s an insult to everyone. A darker ending would be better. Moving along, young children will like to have the Spider-man DVD in their collection.
    posted by alias-rf2 on 11/6/2004 23:31