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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
This is the most shameless "make you buy a dvd you already have again" scheme I have seen yet. Sony doesn't even PRETEND that they're not ripping you off; they flagrantly flaunt that fact. All of the additional features are on a whole extra disc, which has its own regular bulky dvd case, included in a slipcase with the EXACT SAME dvd you already have, in the EXACT SAME packaging! It's a real middle finger to the fans. If they had included this bonus disc packaged with the new Superbit version, then at least you'd be getting something new, not re-buying what you already have. But no. They don't even try to disguise the fact that they're re-selling you the same disc you bought a year and a half ago.
Furthermore, the bonus features on the third disc are meagre and not worth it. The "sneak preview" of Spider-man 2 doesn't include any film footage you haven't already seen in the trailers.
My one-star rating reflects this shameless new DVD re-packaging, not the movie itself, which is excellent and would receive five stars on its own.
AVOID THIS DVD AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE!
Average High School student, Peter Parker, (Tobey Maguire) gets bitten by a genetically altered spider, while on a field trip. Soon after, he develops powers and abilities like a spider.... The film is very faithful to its comic book story, with only minor differences, that don't matter much. Maguire is very good as Peter/Spiermam. He is able to balance the geeky dorkdom of Parker, early in the film, and the daring-do of our hero, quite effectively. The rest of the cast is good too (with one notable exception, more on that in a moment) Kirsten Dunst as love interest, Mary Jane Watson, gives her the proper amount of spunky-cuteness, (as she is in the comic book) without overkill. James Franko as Harry Osborne, Peter's pal, puts his best foot forward. Now for that notable casting exception, I thought the worst performance in the film was given by actor Willem DaFoe. As wealthy businessman and Spidey's arch enemy, Norman Osborne/Green Goblin, he was just doing his best to win an award for the person who could sound most like DeNiro from Taxi Driver. Now, I know the character is supposed to have a split personality, but I just didn't buy him in the role. It didn't help matters that the goblin costume looked like something out of the TRANSFOMERS. It looked and sounded better as described in the "making of the movie" book, than it did on film . A few bits of casting trivia. There is a fun cameo by actor Bruce Campbell in the film.Read more ›
Now about the dvd. IT HAS THE THEATRICAL TEASER!!!!! Back in July 2001, an awesome teaser to rival ID4 was shown in theaters and on-line. It was soon pulled from all media forms due to world events. It was basically done out of respect. Now the complete trailer is included on a THIRD DISC. This is the same dvd you bought in 2002. It is packed now with a pretty cool outer-sleeve to hold the WIDESCREEN version of the movie and the supplemental disc. This third disc is just some extra things to get your Spider-Man 2 fix 4 weeks early. You even get a movie ticket to see the flick on June 30th. That and you get all the video game demos and press kit vids to keep you happy.
So if you want that TEASER (Like me. I Thought it was the best trailer for a movie in the past 5 years), then get it. Plus, you get a movie pass. It balances out in the end IMHO. I just hope we don't get the "Extra Crispy" V.I.P. Edition anytime soon that includes a blindfold, tassells, and the alternate ending with Hayden Christensen next to Peter at the cemetary!
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Okay, but ot as good as the more recent offering of the Amazing spider manPublished 18 months ago by Gromit
Great video quality, better than regular dvds. Item exactly as advertised, shipping was reasonable.Published 22 months ago by Christopher
It an interesting movie on how he became spiderman - I use to follow him in the comic books when he first appeared there.Published on July 19 2013 by James Jay
this first Spiderman is an
awesome movie.it has a great story,a great villain and excellent
music. Read more