Spider-Man (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Average teenager Peter Parker is transformed into an extraordinary super hero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider. When his beloved uncle is savagely murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death. Deeming himself "Spider-Man ," he sets about ridding the streets of crime, bringing him into conflict with malevolent super-villain "Green Goblin."
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 ShannonSee 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.
The one big flaw with this film is its script. The action moves along steadily, and the characters are developed enough to make you care for them (or perhaps that's due to the actors and their pretty charm) - but the dialogue is 100% hammy and over-the-top. Perhaps this was inspired by the words you see in most comic books - cheesy, Arnie-type one-liners and melodramatic prose - or perhaps it was just laziness. After all, writer David Koepp is known for his hollow, fun scripts that sell millions.
The dialogue, of course, hams up some of the actors performances, most noticibly Willem Dafoe's as the nefarious Green Goblin. The scene where he spoke to himself in the mirror, battling between two personalities, had me on the floor laughing. Dafoe is such a great actor, capable of limitless range - such as his awe-inspiring turn in "Shadow of the Vampire" - but in "Spider-Man," he's reduced to just another villan in just another comic book movie.
At the same time, if you're a fan of the comic books (and don't mind that Spider-Man's web shooters are organic), you might recognize and appreciate the dialogue as a direct take on the source material.Read more ›
Movie: Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is hopelessy in love with Mary Jane Watson (Kirstin Dunst). Peter gets bitten by a genetic spider while on a field trip. Suddenly, he is able to shoot out spiderwebs, and basically be a spider. After the tragic death of his uncle, Peter decides to use his new powers to fight crime. From then on, he becomes Spider Man. But, he must also fight the Green Goblin (William Dafoe) in order to save those he loves. A great action-adventure movie everyone will love.
Video: The disc comes in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. A Pan & Scan version is also available. The image looks quite good, if not great. There are a few flaws, and the picture can occassionally be a little bright. All in all, pretty good picture quality. (4.5/5)
Sound: The movie comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix. I was hoping for a little more enveloping sound, but good overall. (4.5/5)
Features: There is an HBO making of, the evoltion of Spiderman, TV Spots, trailers, music videos, and much more. Features are a little bit promotional, but interesting. (4.5/5)
Overall: (4.7/5) The 5 star rating is for the movie itself.
Unless you are a superhero buff I wouldn't reccommend this movie to anyone.
Long + Predictable = Boring. That's exactly what this movie was. Sure, the action scenes were loud and big, but they are neither believable or original, and all they did was keep me awake.
I would tell you the ending and all that, but I want you to see how sadly predictable this movie is. Or maybe you should just not waste any time or money on it.
J: 2/5 Stars
spider-man is a comic book hero movie with a sadly undeveloped story and pointlessly cartoonish action sequences. it is the kind that begs to be considered good but falls below average. the story is about a teen outcast who receives "special powers" from a genetically enhanced spider on a field trip to a science lab. this leads to a bunch of computer animated action scenes where the hero tests out his new abilities. The problem with these scenes is that they are more fake and inexplicable than real and at least somewhat believable. they are loud and flashy and serve as eye candy for the blind. the story is the standard version of the comic and does nothing special to surpass it's expectations (Although i liked the sweetness in the relationship with the boy and his grandfather). after a sudden tragedy, spidey realizes that he should use his superhuman abilities for good.this leads to the meeting of harry osborne who is also mutated into the green goblin, one of the series most infamous villains. their final confrontation is staged to be suspenseful but is anything but.
the movie's lesson:with great power comes great responsibility.Read more ›
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Okay, but ot as good as the more recent offering of the Amazing spider manPublished 21 months ago by Gromit
Great video quality, better than regular dvds. Item exactly as advertised, shipping was reasonable.Published on Sept. 6 2014 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
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