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Spawn [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: May 4 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B2C92G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,876 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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After being murdered for quitting his role as a ruthless yet moral government assassin, Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is sent to Hell, where he makes a pact with the demon Malebolgia--if Simmons is allowed see his lover, Wanda, again, he will agree to lead the demon's armies to storm the gates of Heaven. Transformed into a superhuman entity with shape-shifting powers and quick regeneration capabilities, Simmons (soon to be dubbed "Spawn" by Malebolgia's crony, The Violator) returns to Earth and attempts to reunite with Wanda, not knowing that five years have passed. He also seeks revenge on his former boss and killer, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen), who has made a deal with The Violator to develop a lethal virus to take over the world, where Wynn is promised to be king.

Spawn wages an inner battle between good and evil as he tries to come to terms with selling his soul and what it could mean for humankind. Despite excellent effects and great potential, Spawn seems to come up short. While White certainly displays verve in his characterization of the twisted hero, he cannot overcome some forced dialogue. On the flip side, the usually engaging John Leguizamo portrays the sinister Violator--an evil monster masquerading as a rotund, weird-looking clown--as an irritating lackey who spews overbearing sarcasm and incessantly banal one-liners. Admitted, many of Spawn's action sequences are fun, and the transitions effectively brisk, but more could have been done to explore how Simmons grapples with his humanity in these daunting circumstances. But if you want sizzling action sequences and digital effects, this film should keep you happy. --Bryan Reesman

Special Features

Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CINEPHILE 1 on Jan. 27 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The one star rating is for the picture quality of this blu-ray version of Spawn which looks nothing more than an upconverted master of the laserdisc version of Spawn. Shame on the executives and engineers who decided to not spend any money on remastering the original negative to achieve minimal high def requirements for blu-ray. Smearing, ringing, laserdisc analog grated shimmer, sound dropouts on the Dolby digital sound are blatantly apparent from the opening credits and go downhill from there. This BD takes the cake as the worst blu-ray picture quality in my entire 950+ Blu-ray disc collection. Buyers beware & run from this substandard excuse for a blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert evans on March 28 2004
Format: DVD
I have bin collecting spawn comix for 9 years and I really thought this movie was gonna rock when it came out in theaters. BOY WAS I WRONG. THE FILM IS HORRIBLE.
1 STAR FOR SPECIAL EFFECTS
2 STAR FOR THE CAST MEMBERS WHO COULD HAVE MADE THIS A BIG FILM.
WHY TODD WHY?!!! You should have directed this film and well, we sure as HELL would have expected a hard R but who the hell got this guy to direct it?
They could have made this movie big and they messed it up.
When I saw the R rated versian of the film I was like...WHAT THE HELL?...THERE WAS NOTHING R ABOUT THAT. YOU JUST SEE A FRIGGIN' HOLE IN A WOMANS HEAD....OH YEAH....AND INSTEAD OF THE LINE HE SAID IN ONE OF HIS BATTLES IT got changed to holy s**t...THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH IT! I thought the violator was gonna rip the homles kids dad apart. NOT SHAKE HIM AROUND AND SLAM HIM TO THE WALL! This is not how spawn is in the comics. The comic is very dark and mature. Same with the series on HBO.
The HBO series makes up for it so go watch that. I read that columbia or paramount is gonna produce spawnII and Todd Mcfarlane is gonna' direct it! YAAAAAAAAAAAA! Later....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 12 2003
Format: DVD
I came to this movie knowing basically nothing about the Spawn character, the comic strip, and the whole story behind Todd McFarlane's vaunted modern-day hero. I am familiar with McFarlane's work on Spiderman in the early nineties, but that's basically it. My reaction may thus be much different from devoted Spawn fans who had definite expectations from this film. Fans are apt to either love or hate the real-life movie dramatization of a favorite character, and this movie had definite limits that could easily rub fans the wrong way. I understand that there are some significant differences between the Spawn storyline we see here and that of the comic book series, that this is a much more linear retelling of the legend, one that could not afford to leave many unanswered questions at the end because the chances of making a sequel were unquantifiable at the time. The special effects are not bad at all, but the movie suffers from the overinflated billing of these special effects; if the studio hadn't overplayed their hand by naming this "the special-effects movie of the year" 1997, all of the computer animation would have been scrutinized less completely by moviegoers. The limitations imposed by the MPA ratings board in securing the film a PG-13 rating also basically ruined the film that was shown in theatres; this "director's cut" of the film is a complete and much, much better version than fans originally paid to see.
Spawn, for those who don't know, is not your typical superhero. Trained to be an elite assassin for the CIA, he ultimately decides to get out after a mission that kills a lot of civilians who, he was promised, would not be in the area of operations. His boss, played quite wickedly by Martin Sheen, basically sets him up and has him killed.
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Format: Blu-ray
Seasoned soldier Al Simmons is double-crossed by his boss, Jason Wynn, and is assassinated. Heading straight to Hell, Al cuts a deal with the devil and is sent back to Earth. The catch? It’s five years later and his beloved wife Wanda is married to his best friend. Worse, Al’s rethinking his vow to lead Hell’s war against Heaven. Endowed with the powers of a hellspawn, he not only looks terrible but is hounded by a demented and demonic clown and finds himself at a crossroads as to what to do with these new abilities. Deciding to take his fate into his own hands, Al begins to mark out his own path as Spawn.

This movie is a CGI extravaganza unlike anything that had ever been seen in a superhero film at the time. Most of the effects are computer, and I mean com-put-er, but those were how effects looked back then so whatever.

That stuff aside, the movie’s all right. They got Al’s origin right, but really seemed to tame down the gruesome exploits of a hellspawn for mainstream audiences. Realistically, a true Spawn film would be rated R and loaded with language and so much gore that even the most desensitized audiences would cringe.

Michael Jai White as Spawn worked for me. He was tough, brooding, had the grumbly voice, and the dude knows how to fight! (He’s a real-life martial artist in several disciplines.)

John Leguizamo as the Clown/Violator was awesome. He was disgusting, funny, rude and was a thorn in Al’s side right from the get-go.

The story seemed more like an overview versus the thick of Spawn’s mythos. Spawn does have a dense mythology with a lot of players and it’s real hard to get all that into an hour-and-a-half movie.
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