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Spider-Man (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual)

Tobey Maguire , Kirsten Dunst , Sam Raimi    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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For devoted fans and nonfans alike, Spider-Man offers nothing less--and nothing more--than what you'd expect from a superhero blockbuster. Having proven his comic-book savvy with the original Darkman, director Sam Raimi brings ample energy and enthusiasm to Spidey's origin story, nicely establishing high-school nebbish Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) as a brainy outcast who reacts with appropriate euphoria--and well-tempered maturity--when a "super-spider" bite transforms him into the amazingly agile, web-shooting Spider-Man. That's all well and good, and so is Kirsten Dunst as Parker's girl-next-door sweetheart. Where Spider-Man falls short is in its hyperactive CGI action sequences, which play like a video game instead of the gravity-defying exploits of a flesh-and-blood superhero. Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Spidey's schizoid nemesis, the Green Goblin, and the movie's a lot of fun overall. It's no match for Superman and Batman in bringing a beloved character to the screen, but it places a respectable third. --Jeff Shannon

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars ETMR - Spiderman July 19 2004
1. Humanity: What events in the film drove Peter Parker to adopting his vigilante attitude toward crime?
2. Implications: How is Spiderman's understanding of "with great power comes great responsibility" an example of contemporary American thought? Think specifically about the nature of evil and the propensity toward intense individual classification when one's existence becomes threatened.
3. Evolution: Spiderman was a hero born out of the 60s, springing from both the dangers of genetic manipulation and the problems of substance abuse (in the form of Oscorp Chemicals). Raimi makes little mention of the chemical abuse in the story, and paints it in a much simpler picture of the probable evil in man's soul and the strange world of pseudoscience. Therefore, it is obvious that in many ways, the film departs from its traditional conditioning while remaining loyal to the original personalities of the characters. In which ways is Spiderman the hero shown to be a creation of the contemporary age, versus a creation of the 60s, in the film?
4. Realism: America has a long history, not only in comics but in legendary history, of people who take the law into their own hands. If a being like Spiderman existed, could he survive in our real world, or is he only a dream?
5. Stageplay: Spiderman is classicly a cynic, an individual thinker, an avid contemporarian (someone "in" the times), a man of passions (versus someone who could care less), an irreligious jokester and a man who is not sure of his destiny, but lives to succeed. Do you feel Maguire fulfills this role? Some critics say he is too much of a "boy" to fill Spiderman's shoes, while others claim it is his boyishness that charms us into belief. What do you think?
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That Sam Raimi was the right director for Spider-man's debut on the big screen is obvious once you've seen this film. His penchant for cartoon-like moments in his other films (e.g., the Evil Dead series, the Quick and the Dead, and the comic-inspired Darkman) boded well for success. Likewise, his encycopediac knowledge of the character was not new - he'd been collecting Spiderman comics ever since he was a kid. With such a director at the helm, and with Spider-man creator Stan Lee looking over his shoulder, it's no wonder that Spider-man the Film looks and feels exactly like we'd imagine based on reading Spider-man the Comic. When compared to, say, the Batman films, Spidey fans must have breathed a sigh of relief that the filmakers got the character mostly right.
Most of our favourite Spidey characters are here - Peter Parker (played to "wallflower" perfection by Toby Maguire), his colleagues Harry and Flash, the fiery readhead Mary Jane Watson, and of course Aunt May and Uncle Ben. The film covers Spiderman's origin (slightly updating the spider bite from a radioactive spider to a genetically enhanced one). The absolute highlight of the film is his attempt to make money wrestling, where he takes on a seriously buffed-up Randy "Macho Man" Savage (called "Bonesaw" in the film). Raimi regular Bruce Campbell appears as the ring announcer, apparently using the Elvis hair and wardrobe acquired from his recent "Bubba Ho-tep" film.
We then advance to the main story - the battle with arch-enemy Green Goblin, here played by Willem Dafoe, who does an admirable job personifying the villain even though half the time we can't see his face.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, and not keen on Tobey Macguire July 11 2004
By Meesha
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!
Like all first comic book movies (X-Men etc), I found this film to be slow, as you have to introduce the characters, and for this, discover how Peter Parker got his powers. Like X-Men 2, I'm sure the follow up to Spiderman will be a lot speedier, and will pass quickly. There didn't seem to be much action, and when there was, it was in short bursts. In-between, there's a lot of talk, and it gets a bit tedious.
I just didn't see Tobey Macguire as Spiderman. Sure as the geeky little kid he is at the start, but when he removes his glasses, he looks like any ordinary guy. There's nothing special about him as an actor, apart from the fact he sometimes sounds like he's been sucking on helium. There have been many rumours about Jake Gyllenhaal replacing him before this was shot, as Tobey messed up his back, and I would have preferred Jake. But I guess we'll stick with Tobey.
Kirsten Dunst struck the right chord as Mary Jane Watson, although she comes across as a bit of a damsel in distress. She'll hopefully have a bigger part in the sequel - it looks like it from the trailer. Her red wig is also extremely fake looking, and I hope she keeps to her word and dyes her hair for the sequels. (And gets extensions - her short hair suits her, but it's so boyish sometimes)
Sometimes, I found the CGI to be absolutely awful in this. Sure, it probably would have looked better on the big screen (Titanic's another bad one for this - looks awful on the small screen, but that doesn't stop me watching it!). At some points, it looks more like a computer game, especially when Peter's practising his new found powers, and is running across the roofs of buildings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great video quality, better than regular dvds. Item exactly as advertised, shipping was reasonable.
Published 10 days ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent Service
It an interesting movie on how he became spiderman - I use to follow him in the comic books when he first appeared there.
Published 14 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome big screen debut for Spidey
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awesome movie.it has a great story,a great villain and excellent
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Published on Aug. 27 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool, still uncertain why they have to change the story for the...
Okay yes I know it's an oldie but I just re-wated the first Spidey movie so I figured why not review it. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE EVER!!!!
This is an awesome show! SOME OF THE BEST SFX EVER SHOWN ON VIDEO! A GREAT MOVIE!!!! BUY... Read more
Published on July 29 2005 by RICK
1.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition is a waste of money
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,... Read more
Published on July 26 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman
This was a good movie with lots of great special effects and action sequences. If you like superhero-type movies you'll really enjoy this family oriented movie. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Chota Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman, Spiderman, watch this movie when you can
This movie has exceeded my expectataions of it far beyond my belief. Probably because I went in thinking that it would suck. I'm just not into this kind of stuff. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by FaithsFollower
5.0 out of 5 stars "I SURRENDER!"
An awesome, metaphorical, if slightly cheesy rendition of the classic comic, thanks to the Green Goblin's deliciously cheesy laugh and corny one-liners like the fake "I... Read more
Published on July 17 2004
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
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