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Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard (Bilingual)

Josh Keaton , Lacey Chabert    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard (Bilingual)


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why? March 29 2009
This is silly. How is it, that nobody can buy a COMPLETE season of Spider-Man? If you want to buy the first season of the Spectacular Spider-Man, you have to buy it in installments. Why do they keep doing this?! The same goes for Spider-Man: the animated series, you can only buy select episodes. It saddens me, because it shows by holding back they can lure people into spending more money, instead of giving back to the fans who have remained loyal to the show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Living on the edge, fighting crime, spinning webs... July 4 2008
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Five stars for the animated series; one star for the dvd (averages to three stars).

You just can't keep an old webhead down. On March 8, 2008, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN debuted on the Kid's WB, this being the wallcrawler's sixth animated TV show. And while there are some new twists, this new series remains true to the core of the Spidey mythos. This incarnation returns Peter Parker to basics and to nerdy teenhood. Pete is back in high school, and all the angst and acne that goes with that. Classic themes resurface as Peter strives to juggle crimefighting with school and with domestic life with his Aunt May. The Parker household suffers from financial woes. Peter is highly intelligent but unpopular at school. As Spidey, he applies science and logic (and jokes) to best his opponents. And, as ever, Peter clings to that hard-earned life lesson: "With great power comes great responsibility." Which means, Spidey is righteous, but broke.

What's new? Well, Gwen Stacy (who in the comics is Pete's other great love) becomes a regular for the first time in a Spidey animated series, and she's been revamped into a brainy, glasses-sporting girl. She's still cute, though, and she's one of Peter's best friends (along with the boring Harry Osbourne). Fans of Venom will recognize Eddie Brock's name, but, here, he's now a college freshman, instead of a disgraced newspaper journalist. And he's chums with Peter and Gwen. Meanwhile, Flash Thompson is still a first-class bully and jock. And if you're wondering about a certain redhead, well, she shows up later in the season.

In Spidey's personal timeline, it's only been less than a year since he'd gone public. He's still mostly thought of as an urban legend, but, geez, how badly does Daily Bugle publisher, J. Jonah Jameson, want a photo of him? Peter enters his high school junior year convinced that things for him have changed for the better, since, you know, he's now got super powers ("Peter Parker is a wallcrawler, not a wallflower."). Instants later, a popular cheerleader humiliates him in public when he asks her out on a date. So it's back to dorkhood for Peter.

Spidey here looks pretty dope and dynamic, a bit reminiscent of how Ultimate Spidey is rendered in comics. His lean physique just underscores the webhead's youth and there's even more of an underdog feel as he faces off against more massively built foes. I've always found Spider-Man cartoons to be highly watchable stuff, and this one's no different. Following Stan Lee's footprints, these stories combine an element of high school drama with gritty urban crimefighting. Season one treats us to new takes on Spidey's rogue gallery and to four main story arcs (centering, respectively, on the Lizard, the "Big Man," the Green Goblin, and the black suit). This dvd, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN: ATTACK OF THE LIZARD, deals with the first story arc.

First, regarding this dvd release, will all the gullible fan boys please bend over yet again? It's this old thing again, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment tries to make extra duckets by doling out on the skimpy. So buyers beware. SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN: ATTACK OF THE LIZARD, at around 69 to 70 minutes long, edits and incorporates the first three episodes ("Survival of the Fittest," "Interactions," and "Natural Selection") into one single story. In it, Peter and the bookish Gwen win internships at Dr. Curt Connors' laboratory, where Connors is secretly experimenting with a serum to regenerate his missing arm. Spidey tussles with new versions of the Vulture and Electro, and with the Enforcers and even one felon named Flint Marko (in his pre-Sandman stage). This, even as a shadowy crimelord works his behind-the-scenes skullduggery. It all culminates with Connors predictably taking science too far, which then leads to the emergence of the grotesque Lizard.

In the "So What?" department, the dvd also promises to contain "The Spectacular Spider-Man Music Video" as an exclusive bonus feature. Because that makes the dvd less of a rip-off.

Spidey's my favorite. Grew up on him; loved the guy ever since. He just offers that combination of wicked super powers, vulnerability, and relatability. And he's an unrepenting jokester, which I dig ("My fans expect a certain amount of quippage in every battle."). With the recent cancellations of LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and THE BATMAN, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN is very welcome news. Hope it sticks around for a while.

Meanwhile, as good as these episodes are, you'd still do better to hold out until the full season dvd is released.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars because my little boys love it Nov. 29 2008
By happymama - Published on Amazon.com
My boys, ages 2 and 4, love Spiderman. They've never seen any Spiderman movies or TV programs, so I don't really know how they became such huge fans... This DVD was on sale at Toys R Us for $5, so I thought, "What the heck?" and I'm very glad we purchased it. The boys think it is the "coolest" show (as much as they love Elmo, I guess he just isn't as "cool"). I like that although this program was not really geared for such a young audience, there is nothing inappropriate in the language or content and it is kept simple enough for kids to easily follow the storyline. I'm excited for the entire season to be released. I think my little Spider-men will love it. FYI, notice this is the "Spectacular Spiderman", not the original "Amazing Spiderman." Most the characters are the same (in this episode), but the context of the story is pretty different.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please don't support business practices like these. Aug. 5 2008
By S. Ledgerwood - Published on Amazon.com
I'm tired of studios releasing a few episodes on a disc and giving it a fancy name, then later on releasing the entire season on DVD to force the kids to buy something twice if they want all the episodes.

Support FULL-SEASON releases ONLY and they will stop these shady practices of double dipping the consumer (namely kids in most cases). Usually the full season release is much cheaper than buying seperate "volumes" anyways.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but don't buy this Feb. 17 2009
By Bobby Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Like others have said, this just is not worth buying. They should release the whole season for $20, not some episodes for $15. thats just dumb.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two boys' review: Don't do it! Wait for the full season DVD set! Sept. 7 2008
By Jared Castle - Published on Amazon.com
My sons (ages 6 and 4) love this new animated series, The Spectacular Spider-Man. The show is much better suited for younger audiences than Spider-Man's last animated series, which lasted only one season on MTV in 2003.

This series features all of Spider-Man's most famous villians, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Vulture, Rhino and Electro.

If you absolutely must buy a DVD right now (birthday present, etc.) this is a good choice for Spider-Man fans. Amazon has the DVD priced $5 below suggested retail price ($19.95) and this is a good choice for young children who love Spider-Man.

The more economical decision is to wait for a DVD set release of all 26 episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, which should be priced around $30. It was announced earlier this year that Season 2 would move from the CW network to Disney XD. Season 2 is scheduled to begin in March 2009. However, the Spectacular Spider-Man ended production after completing the 26th episode (the end of Season 2). A third season might happen, depending on the ratings Season 2 gets on Disney XD.

There are other Spectacular Spider-Man gift options to consider if you hold off on the DVD purchase. Amazon has a great set of action figures modeled that were modeled from the animated series. I recommend the action figures listed below but check out my Amazon lists for other superhero toys and books.

One final note on these action figures: we paid about $5 each but many collectors have driven up prices to more than $20 each. Compare Amazon sellers and be selective. You can still find affordable action figures on Amazon but you need to do some research.

Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Spider-Man
Spiderman Animated Action Figure Black-Suited Spiderman
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Doc Octopus
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Venom
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Green Goblin
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Sandman
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Electro
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Rhino
Spiderman Animated Action Figure - Lizard

In summary, I'd rate The Spectacular Spider-Man series four stars based on the entertainment value for young superhero fans. The shows are accessible without being too scary or adult for the under-10 audience. However, by marketing the first season into four DVDs, I deduct three stars. The series is overpriced, especially in light of the current economy.
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