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Tobey Maguire , Kirsten Dunst , Sam Raimi    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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Après l’adaptation de X-Men, réalisée par Bryan Singer pour les studios Fox, on attendait beaucoup du film tiré des aventures de Spider-Man, un autre héros des Marvel Comics. En confiant la tâche à Sam Raimi (A Simple Plan, Evil Dead), la maison Sony a fait un choix judicieux.

Lorsque Peter Parker est piqué par une araignée radioactive, son destin prend une tout autre tournure. De banal étudiant, il se transforme en justicier planétaire, super-héros capable de tous les exploits, jusqu’à ce qu’il affronte Green Goblin, son diabolique alter ego.

En restant extrêmement fidèle à la bande dessinée, Sam Raimi opte pour une vision moins manichéenne et plus drôle du héros que celle que véhiculent habituellement les blockbusters. Les jeunes premiers Tobey Maguire et Kirsten Dunst sont très naturels, et le méchant, interprété par Willem Dafoe, est tout à fait crédible (une denrée rare dans les grosses productions fantastiques). Quant aux déplacements de l’homme araignée, ils sont élégants et dynamiques, grâce aux images de synthèse et aux effets spéciaux bien ficelés. Des mouvements de caméra aériens complètent le tableau de ce Spider-Man qui nous donne envie de nous laisser prendre dans sa toile. --Helen Faradji

Special Features

When so many DVDs offer making-of featurettes and commentaries, it's a real treat to get something different on the Spider-Man DVD: a 25-minute documentary, "Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century," that examines the history of the Marvel comic book through original art and interviews with co-creator Stan Lee and artists such as John Romita, John Romita Jr., Todd McFarlane, and John Byrne. There is also a comics archive and artists gallery. And if you want info about the movie, you can get that, too: a commentary track by director Sam Raimi, actor Kirsten Dunst, producer Laura Ziskin, and co-producer Grant Curtis, plus a technically oriented commentary by the effects crew; pop-up factoids offering trivia about the movie and comic book; occasional Easter eggs leading to featurettes (e.g., 90 seconds on wrestler Randy Savage as Bonesaw McGraw); and promotional documentaries, screen tests, outtakes, and the like. --David Horiuchi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen??? Nov. 12 2002
Super DVD, but not widescreen. Outer box and DVD both marked "Widescreen" edition, but to my dismay, the DVD was Full Screen. Returned it to a different location and second copy, though marked widescreen, was also full screen. Is this a screwup and will the studio make it right???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent Service July 19 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It an interesting movie on how he became spiderman - I use to follow him in the comic books when he first appeared there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My review is based on the Movie Aug. 16 2002
Spiderman! who doesnt know him...This Spring awaken from the comics to rule the movie screens. But unfortunatly the "resurrection" couldnt keep up to the comics, not only due to the wretched acting talents of the characters but also because Hollywood had to streghten up the trashy teen romance between Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and his sweetheart next-door (Kirsten Dunst) to the max.
But if you are a fan of mind warping, astonishing visual effects and Hollywood's storytelling-exaggerations dont bother you, this movie will bound you for almost 2 hours in your seat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman Aug. 10 2002
Comic book adaptations are a mixed bunch, ranging from the excellent (Superman) to the excremental (Batman and Robin). And thankfully the latest superhero film is right up there with the greats. Tobey Maguire IS Spiderman, swinging around buildings, saving the world from Green Goblins and so on. His transformation from geeky Peter Parker to the ultra-cool Spidey is outstanding. Kirsten Dunst is good as his love interest. Throughout the film's running time, the action set pieces are well paced and inventive. The action is brilliantly done and thrilling, and the CGI blends seamlessly with the live action stunts.
Fans of the comic will not be disappointed, for the film stays true to it's origins, yet has enough adventure to make it new and attention-grabbing. Director Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead films) has created a world, which is fun and adventurous. There are problems; William Dafoe is limited in his performance as The Green Goblin, with the restraining suit creating a somewhat gauche characterisation. And Raimi sometimes goes a bit far with the retina-popping visuals. Regardless, it's first-class popcorn- munching entertainment, with enough action and FX to satisfy audiences.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition is a waste of money July 26 2004
By A Customer
Spider-Man was a great movie. But don't buy the Deluxe Edition: the 3rd disc is not worth buying. The stuff in there would appear in the Spider-Man 2 DVD: behind the scenes stuff, etc. If you want to buy the movie, buy the Widescreen Special Edition (2 Discs).
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5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome big screen debut for Spidey Aug. 27 2007
By falcon
this first Spiderman is an
awesome movie.it has a great story,a great villain and excellent
music.the cgi effects were not quite perfect,especially in scenes where
spidey is swinging along or leaping from one building to
another.however once you are immersed in the story you quickly forget
all that.Tobey Maguire seemed an odd choice to play Spidey at,first,but
he quickly grows on you.Kirten Dunst does a decent job as the love
interest,Mary Jane Watson.However,it is Willem Dafoe who steals the
movie with his portrayal of the Green Goblin.the Goblin is a great
first villain for Spidey.i do wish though that the had chosen a better
costume for him.i like the fact that they stayed fairly true to the
comic,and kept Peter Parker/Spider Man as a(sort of)normal human being
with problems in his personal life and at school.he is someone the
average joe can relate to rather than some godlike being.summing
up,this a great first movie for Spidey's big screen debut. 5/5
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Okay yes I know it's an oldie but I just re-wated the first Spidey movie so I figured why not review it.

Summary: You know the story, toss in a Hollywood romance, and the usual butchering of established plots and you have this movie.

The Good: it's Spidey and Spidey is cool. The storyline was good and caught all the important Spidey elements. The acting I thought was great even though I did balk at Mr. Maguire (sp) playing Paker. J.J.J. was amazing. I still think he was the best part of the movie.

The Bad: The special effects just weren't that great. When I saw this in theaters I don't remember noticing all the horrible blue/green screening, but now I sure notice it. Maybe effects have advanced enough in the last couple years, or maybe it was always bad and I just missed it. There are some horrible shots in this, mostly involving people falling or flying through the air, as it's a Spidey movie there is of course a lot of that.

The Ugly: Why did they have to mess with established story. Sure they muck these up when they release them, I expect that, but totally dropping a character like Gwen Stacey just seems wrong. Plus this is supposed to be based on the Ulitmate Spiderman series and not the original, but even that has Gwen MJ and Peter in a love triangle (well until Carnage gets involved).

I personally hated the Goblin's costume.

Summary: sure you have all seen it, but just in case: If you like Super Heroes see this, but don't expect it to follow any known storyline or mythos. The themes are all there but how they get expressed is wonky. If you like action movies this will be great, if you like effects this will be good except you will be cringing at some horrible bluescreens. If you like romances you might even dig this. Well worth seeing, and I even enjoyed watching it for the second time.
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Published on July 18 2004 by FaithsFollower
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story + Excellent Quality = Excellent DVD
Although my favorite superhero is Batman, I couldn't avoid buying this movie. I can relate to Peter Parker in alot of ways, but I prefer Batman's attitude over Spidey's. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Redeemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
I recently bumped into Willem Dafoe at the Whole Foods Store in Brentwood. He was shopping there. I couldn't believe it. I was like, "Dude, you're SHOPPING? Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by mark twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly loyal to the Spiderman of the comics; good DVD
That Sam Raimi was the right director for Spider-man's debut on the big screen is obvious once you've seen this film. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Craig MACKINNON
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, and not keen on Tobey Macguire
This was a total impulse buy. Plus, I recently bought a book on Easter Eggs on DVDs, and this was included - and I still haven't tried to find it! Read more
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