The Amazing Spider-Man arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Unlike Raimi’s previous Spider-Man films, which featured candy coated bright colours and lots of daylight, the new director, Marc Webb, painted this picture with constant gloom that lingers over the entire film. The credit goes to the RED camera system, the first time being used, beating out Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, but more specifically, the RED Epic, capable of filming 3D picture at 5K resolution. Textures are perfect, as furniture, skin, clothing, hair, lizard scales are all so lifelike. The depth of picture, naturally, is astonishing, from the top down looking at the floor or from standing level looking at the distance. When the Spider-Man suit is finally unveiled, the texture, the detail, and the way it gets dirty and muffed up, it's a character of its own. Black levels are superb. Nighttime exteriors are brilliantly captured, with deep, accurate blacks and perfect shadow detail all around. Flesh tones are consistently true-to-life as well. This isn't a glossy, shiny film, but it is still visual perfection and demo worthy from start to finish. (5/5)
The Amazing Spider-Man 3D arrives with MPEG-4 MVC encode. The transfer retains the same exacting details as found on the faultless 2D-only release. The image is notably darker. The movie was not the brightest by design in the 2D version, and the palette appears even dimmer in 3D. Colours are stable and consistent but lack much in the way of vibrancy, even in the most well-lit scenes and considering the brightest shades. It somehow lacks invigorating 3D depth and pop. (4.5/5)
The audio is the same for both the 3D and 2D versions, which consists of a fantastic DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track. It places precision elements all over the stage, creating a seamless and real-world sound environment with perfect clarity: from small effects like a swinging, squeaky door to drenching rains and booming thunder. More impressive is the seamless sense of space; Sony's soundtrack paints a vivid sonic picture of every environment, completely immersing listeners into the school hallway, the Oscorp labs, and the busy city streets. Music reproduced James Horner's high quality score with the sort of lifelike realism that defines lossless audio at its best. I was also wowed by how much work was put into making webslinging not just a visual aspect of the film, with swoops through channels accented by bass that sells the speed the action takes place at. Dialogue is firm and absolutely clear. This is a stellar soundtrack. (5/5)
Sony took a brave step forward by going back to retread an origin story we all know, while defying the odds and creating a truly inspired film that captures the spirit of the characters in a way we have never seen before. The Amazing Spider-Man is worthy of the title, both the adjective and the full name of the original comic series from 1963. The true origins for Spider-Man are made more mature. There is an additional scene in the credits, after the main names get their flashes before the title scroll, featuring Dr. Curt Connors and a man seen only in the shadows, setting up a sequel, proposed for 2014. (4.5/5)
The Amazing Spider-Man has an estimated budget of $260 million, and has grossed $696 million worldwide. This is a relative disappointment, when it was compared to Spider-Man 3 ($890 million), Spider-Man 1 ($806 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($786 million).
This film marks the first time Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) becomes The Lizard on film. Although Curt Connors appeared in the original Sam Raimi films, played by Dylan Baker, the character never became the Lizard despite some strong hints.
This marks the second time that Martin Sheen and Cliff Robertson have shared a part. They previously played John F. Kennedy in Kennedy and PT 109, respectively.
This is the first Spider-Man film to not feature Spider-Man's perennial love interest Mary-Jane Watson (in the original three films played by Kirsten Dunst). Instead, Peter Parker's original girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) appears (who had been played by Bryce Dallas Howard in the third film).
Did you know that Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Sally Field (Aunt May) share the same birthday? (November 6)
The 3D version consists of 4 discs: 3 BD-50 discs and 1 DVD, each with its flipper case. Thankfully, the 3D and 2D movies are housed in separate discs, with a separate BD-50 disc for Special Features. The front cover does have its lenticular look in 3D, which looks quite sharp.
The thought of The Amazing Spider-Man may offend fans of the original film series, especially since the death of one series and the birth of another are forever connected, but this take really does hit the spot in a way the Raimi films could have only dreamed of doing. I was hesitant, and while some of the casting is questionable, the end result is the Spider-Man film I've always wanted, the closest to the comic we've ever seen.
Both the video and audio in 2D version are top-notched, and this is the best of the Spider-Man films so far. And I am really looking forward to future sequels of this new Spider-Man franchise. The 3D version is only ordinary, not spectacular, not like Brave, Avatar and Titanic, and is $8 more expensive than the 2D combo. However, this set has an entire BD-disc for special features, unavailable in the 2D blu-ray combo. This 3D set is recommended if you also want the 3D version and tons of special features, otherwise, the 2D version seems to be of greater value.
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