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Spider-Man (Widescreen Special Edition)
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Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Starring: Stanley Anderson, Gerry Becker, Jack Betts, Bruce Campbell, Willem Dafoe
Directed By: Sam Raimi
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Sony
EAN: 9780767898720
Format: Closed-captioned
ISBN: 0767898729
Label: Sony Pictures
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 99
Release Date: 2002-11-01
Running Time: 121
Studio: Sony Pictures
Theatrical Release Date: 2002

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A shy intelligent outcast teenager is accidentally bitten by a genetically engineered spider. Suddenly he is empowered with the speed strength and agility of a spider transforming him into an extaordinary hero. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/27/2005 Starring: Tobey Maguire Kirsten Dunst Run time: 121 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Sam Raimi


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Summary: The Web-Slinger arrives in style!
Comment: SPIDER-MAN.
Sam Raimi.
Tobey Maguire.

In 2001, when the buzz started building on the new Spidey film due to open in the summer of 2002, the things that piqued my own interest were the two major factors of Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire. Being a big fan of Raimi ever since his EVIL DEAD trilogy, and his having already made a nifty Superhero film in DARKMAN, I thought "ya got the absolute right guy for this one!" And having seen the quality of the work of young Maguire in THE ICE STORM, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and PLEASANTVILLE, the prospect of a well-made and acted SPIDER-MAN looked good.

And then came the finished product.

WOW!

Almost everything is right with this movie: the overall tone (very true to the Stan Lee/Johnny Romita/Steve Ditko eras of the comic), the dazzling visuals (supervised by the brilliant John Dykstra), the casting (Willem Dafoe made a great Goblin, although I wished they'd gone with a mask instead of the helmet, for more facial expression), the music (exciting and effective as always, by Danny Elfman).

WOW.

SPIDER-MAN deserved to be the huge hit it was, and still deserves to be seen and experienced. Kirsten Dunst (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, MARIE ANTOINETTE) is just perfect as Mary Jane Watson, and the upside-down kiss is now the stuff of legend; James Franco (FLYBOYS, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) looks and acts as if he could truly be the son of Willem Dafoe; Cliff Robertson (CHARLY, BRAINSTORM) and Rosemary Harris (BEING JULIA, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD) are absolutely dead-on emotionally right as Ben and May Parker; and J. K. Simmons (TV's THE CLOSER and LAW AND ORDER, among hundreds of TV and film appearances) is a fabulous J. Jonah Jameson. Also look for Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson, Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant, Sam's bruddah Ted Raimi as Hoffman, and a nice guest appearance by the one and only Bruce Campbell (and check out Bruce's books "Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way" and "If Chins Could Kill" for a tremendously funny read).

Yes, Stan the Man has a quick cameo, too.

The David Koepp (CARLITO'S WAY, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) screenplay keeps everything that comics fans love about the Marvel stories, so you know that beyond the action and adventure there are going to be characters with full personalities and real problems with which you can identify. The cinematography by Don Burgess is golden and Sam Raimi's staging of iconic Spidey poses within the frame is seemingly effortless.

Okay, if you haven't seen SPIDER-MAN, do so. And once you've decided that it most definitely is a keeper in the ol' DVD library, make sure you get the Two-Disc Widescreen Special Edition. The set comes with goodies galore, including onscreen factoids that pop up while watching the movie, commentary from Sam Raimi, Kirsten Dunst and producers Laura Ziskin and Grant Curtis, SFX commentary from John Dykstra (SILENT RUNNING, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, BATMAN FOREVER) and his team, Webisodes, Trailers, Documentaries, Screen Tests, a Gag Reel, comic archives, DVD-ROM content and a whole lot more! The transfer to digital is every bit as crackerjack as you think it would be, with sharp blacks, beautiful color and a sound mix to die for (check it out on headphones!). And don't mess with the Pan and Scan edition: Raimi really knows how to use the 2:35 Widescreen format to its fullest extent.

So grab some popcorn, sit back and prepare to be blown away by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. THWIP!



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Summary: Awesome Movie
Comment: I love this movie. The actors were perfect for their roles and the action was great. It brings you into Peter Parker's world and allows you to discover with him, his new power. Probably the best in the trilogy, it introduces you to one of our favorite super heroes with great style.

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Summary: How It Should Look & Sound!
Comment: Short and sweet a great purchase. Forget HD & Blu-Ray if u want to save money and get good DVD's buy Superbit or DTS DVD's. These days sound is progressing more than picture and DTS is still the standard. Recent movies look great and sound great espescially with DTS or Dolby EX. This is a great example. Oh by the way "Spiderman" 1 & 2 are in Superbit (excellent) and three is lame.

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Summary: The first great superhero film since "Superman"!
Comment: Tobey Maguire is excellent as Peter Parker, and Willem Dafoe equally good as Norman Osbourne. But it's J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson who steals the show. See it.

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Summary: My spidey sense is tingling
Comment: I remember when this movie first came out I was somewhat skeptical about seeing it but I finally gave in and was surprised of how good it was and how faithful it was to the comic book. The story itself is basically how Spider-man came to be. On a field trip Peter Parker(Tobey Maguire) gets bit by a radioactive spider and gains powers from the bite. He not only has to struggle with making ends meet he has to struggle with a destructive lunatic called Green Goblin(Willem Dafoe)and also revealing his true feelings about his long-time friend, Mary Jane(Kirsten Dunst).

This movie is so true to the comic book, its almost eerie. Tobey Maguire is great as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Willem Dafoe is excellent as The Green Goblin, J.K. Simmons is great as Jonah Jameson and even Aunt May and Uncle Ben are portrayed and acted accurately. The action sequences are pretty good and even though they use CGI its not an eyesore here as it is in other movies that use it heavily. My only gripe is I could do without the weak one-liners that appear once and awhile in the movie. All in all fans of the comic book as well as the cartoon series wont be disappointed.


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