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Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown

Christopher Daniel Barnes , Sara Ballantine    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Spider-Man takes on Dr. Octopus, the Kingpin, and the Green Goblin, and takes us on a flashback trip to his origins for good measure, in this four-episode arc from the third season of the 1990s animated series. These web-slinging moral tales have none of Batman's sleek style, and the breathless pacing doesn't quite make up for the awkward animation and pedestrian writing, but the episodes are bright, busy, and action packed. --Sean Axmaker

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3.0 out of 5 stars The "Ultimate" showdown? Nope. July 19 2002
By Simon
No one expected much from this disc. With the big box-office take of Spider-Man (2002), it was inevitable that they'd compile some episodes on DVD as a quick cash-in. The fact that Buena-Vista didn't attempt to explain just what an "ultimate villain showdown" included made everyone even more skeptical.
Fortunately, Buena-Vista has done an excellent job with this DVD, at least with respects to the presentation. Menus are colorful, with animated transitions and the theme music from the 90's series. There are also a lot of extras that feature new interviews by Stan Lee himself. While I don't know how much of this information is new to die-hard Spider-Man fans, it's always nice hearing the original creator do a retrospective, and I'm glad Buena Vista took the time to consult with him.
However, the main feature of the DVD, the 4 episodes from the 90's series, are below par. Now I actually enjoyed the 90's version, theme song, story arcs, and all. Upon repeated viewing, it *does* become painfully obvious that chunks of the animation were recycled or badly animated, but overall the series seemed to capture the essense of Spider-Man's history like the Batman animated series did. To Buena-Vista's credit, the four episodes are in order, even if they are from the middle of the series. But WHY, oh WHY did they have to be these four episodes?? I can understand the Green Goblin episode, as it ties into the movie, and another episode deals with Spider-Man's origin. But the second part of the Dr. Octopus story is embarassing (tired plot of little child who nobody believes in saving superhero) and the last story piles on the morals in a disgustingly thick way without even offering a cool villain! What happened to all those wonderful villains listed in the extras section of the DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Essential For Spidey Fans June 21 2002
"The Ultimate Villain Showdown" features the 3rd animated Spider-Man series (updating the original 60's series and the 80's 'Spidey and his Amazing Friends'). The DVD incorporates 'The Sins of the Father" story arc introducing Madame Web, reliving his origin and featuring Doc Ock, Kingpin, and the Green Goblin.
I didn't care for the new 'spider sense' and the new theme song is grating. They dress Peter Parker in Don Johnson hand-me-downs from 'Miami Vice'. They commit the cartoon sin of focusing on stupid kids acting totally unlike real kids who get into trouble. They mix occasionally good art of Spidey in action with cheesy computer generated backround animation and I'd much have preferred the Venom stories to the ones presented here.
Still, the episodes here have a certain charm and most are at least watchable. The animated menus and special features including Stan the Man expounding on his most famous creation as well as a classic episode from the original 60's series make this DVD a keeper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, more like 2 and half stars. June 18 2002
I wonder if the series producer John Semper reads these reviews. If so, he might remember me from GEnie, where I was a well-intentioned, fairly good-natured critic of the series. What I remember from those long-ago days is that his heart always seemed to be in the right place.
And there are some good things about the series. Spidey is basically Spidey. The soap opera elements are important to the character. The voice acting of Spidey and Jameson (Ed Asner!) is good.
But the whole thing seems a bit laboured -- a bit mechanical. Much like the somewhat jerky animation which jumps between computer and traditional-looking far too often. Also, Spidey's always has been a chatterbox, but it seemed to me that he talks just a bit too much to work outside of the comics page. (Mind you, I'd like to see the movie Spidey be a bit more chatty.)
As for the individual episodes, I don't think they are the best of the series. But we do get to see a lot of classic bad guys -- always a good thing. Two episodes are somewhat based on the classic "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man" story. That basic, warm story is not improved when the whole Doc Ock, Octobot, amnesia plot is graphed onto it. A half hour of Spider-Man visiting the girl in the hospital would have been more enjoyable, and the Doc Ock stuff dilutes that.
There's also The Origin of Spiderman (sic) episode from the 1960s series. Ah, now talk about limited animation. And stock footage. But I love those funky Ralph Baskhi-directed backgrounds. And it's a pretty good adaptation of the comic origin. And hey, I loved it as a kid. Nostalgia produces a kind of blindness.
The special features were pretty good. The gallery of villains was a nice round-up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A review June 8 2002
By A Customer
In 1995 when the new Spidey TV series was launched, producer
John Semper said in an interview with a popular comics magazine
that the 1967-1970 Spidey TV cartoon was badly done and that
the early 1980s cartoon was rubbish.
For the producer of the 1990s series to take such digs at
his predecessors just invites the same harsh criticism of
his Spider-Man. I concur with all of the prior negative
comments about it. It looks and sounds like any superhero
cartoon of the 1990s, characterless and computerised, full
of soap opera and very little fantasy, and what's with the freaking ray guns being used by police and villains alike? Is Spidey a futuristic or contemporary hero? I always understood that Spidey's adventures, however fantastic, are supposed to be present-day.
They may have used the voices of actors like Efram Zembalist,
Roscoe Lee Browne, Martin Landau, Joseph Campanella, Mark
Hamill, and Ed Asner to give life to the characters, but the
look of the series and the overabundance of computer generated
backgrounds and gratuitious action sequences with dull incidental music denies it any real flair or individuality. There's more
audio-visual sophistication in a minute of the 1960s episode than in the 4 1990s ones combined. Gray Morrow's backgrounds bring New York City to abstract life while the techies of the 1990s only succeed in making New York look like a Nintendo game.
Also, this DVD is not without its flaws. There's aliasing around many of the lines both on characters and on backgrounds, and the 1960s episode could have done with some digital clean-up. I saw a shadowy "Place Commercial Here" at a break halfway through the
episode plus a lot of film grain.
Let's see more of the 1960s Spider-Man with a proper DVD release.
Now's the time for it with Spidey flying high at the movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD's damn cool!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ultimate Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPIDER MAN THE ULTIMATE VILLAIN SHOWDOWN
This was the new episode of spider-man. Man this was a good episode, it was funny too. There's 3 very wonderful episodes. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly "The Ultimate Villian Showdown" but
First of all, I feel the title "Ultimate Villian Showdown" is about as crazy as a soup sandwhich. Thank heaven part of the 90's 'Spider-Man' cartoon has finally gotten into the... Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by Your friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for fans of Spider-Man
The epsiodes of the cartoon are good. The comments from Stan Lee are great. The inclusion of the 1967 "Origin of Spider-Man" cartoon with Stan Lee's commentary is awesome. Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by Brian McPeak
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Adventure, Humor, and A Heartwarming Story!
In Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown, a wonderful set of episodes gathered together, you get everything. Read more
Published on July 19 2002 by Tim Cubbin
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing, but if you're a spidey-fan get it
I was so psyched when I heard of Spiderman TAS episodes on DVD. Unfortunately, I felt ripped off. All the episodes (with the exception of the Green Goblin episode) were plain... Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by Richard Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Rented this out of ignorance.
Silly me. I assumed this contained selected episodes from the classic old 1967-70 cartoon series. I was disappointed to learn that it was instead a 1990's incarnation. Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by Sean Smollins
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