Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

     
 

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Everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swoops to DVD in this widescreen special edition of the highly energized sequel from 20th Century Fox. With exquisite extras and spectacular picture and sound, this two-disc is a worthy buy for just about everyone. First off is the technical angle, in which this disc truly shines. Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect… See more details below

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Everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swoops to DVD in this widescreen special edition of the highly energized sequel from 20th Century Fox. With exquisite extras and spectacular picture and sound, this two-disc is a worthy buy for just about everyone. First off is the technical angle, in which this disc truly shines. Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the image is full of brilliant hues and fine details that are sure to bring your superhero dreams to life as you watch it. Additionally, the 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is an absorbing home-theater experience that's been meticulously created for this disc, and it does not disappoint. On the extras front, the fun starts with two different commentaries that are packed with anecdotes and stories from the production. The first track includes two separate recording sessions -- one from director Sam Raimi and Spidey himself, Tobey Maguire, and the other with Marvel producer-extraordinaire Avi Arad and co-producer Grant Curtis. This track is full of fun banter between the director and star, while the other two give good detail on the hows and whys of the moviemaking process. For more in-depth tech-talk, check out the technical commentary, headed by a few other sliced-together sessions that include effects-maestros John Dykstra and Steve Johnson, among others. The track is especially insightful when you begin to realize just how many of the effects were split between practical mechanical effects and CGI. Also included on the first disc is a blooper reel, a music video by Train, movie previews, web featurettes from the film's website, and a "Spidey Sense 2" trivia track that is stuffed with enough facts on the comic and the movie that it's almost overwhelming. Disc two contains the bulk of the extras, starting with the "Making the Amazing" 12-part documentary. This whopping two-hour making-of is one of the best in-depth and entertaining looks at a film that has graced the DVD world. After a bit of your usual PR-type talk in the beginning about the first film, this feature then dives head first into all of the separate departments as they pieced the movie together; this is highly recommended viewing for anyone who enjoys this type of stuff. Three featurettes can also be found on this second disc, all of which hold up the same quality as well. The highlight of the three would have to be the "Ock-Umentary" 20-minute special, which takes the viewer step-by-step through how the filmmakers were able to bring Doc Ock to life, from the pre-production process through the on-set puppeteering that set the stage for all of the CGI polishes later on. Other bonus features on the disc include a multi-angle feature that delves into a few effects-heavy sequences in the film, with other areas dedicated to Activision's exceptional Spider-Man 2 video game. Finally, comic artist Alex Ross has been given a gallery all his own that showcases his stunning paintings featured in the opening credit sequence. Also available in fullscreen, Superbit, and a Collector's DVD Gift Set, this release is a fantastic buy and a perfect gift for any fan of the film. In perfect double-dip fashion, Sony has plans to release a Spider-Man 2.5 as well, featuring extended sequences created solely for the DVD under Raimi's supervision. Until that comes out, there's plenty to love on this release, so don't be afraid to wait for the second release -- unless you like to torture yourself and miss out on a whole lot of great stuff.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Another of those infrequent sequels that just might be better than the original, Spider-Man 2 not only offers a surfeit of spectacular action sequences but also advances the first film's romantic subplot and continues to develop its principal characters. In Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi has a soulful young actor perfectly suited to convey the angst of the crusading superhero Spider-Man -- honor bound to serve humanity, yet deeply resentful that this responsibility exacts an onerous toll on his personal life. As the film opens, Peter Parker (Maguire) is struggling to keep up with both his college studies and his part-time job as a freelance photographer, while fighting crime as Spider-Man. His old flame, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), now a successful model and actress, still has feelings for Peter -- but he holds her at arm's length, fearful of engaging in a romance that could end tragically if his enemies learn of their relationship. And then there's his best pal, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father and has vowed revenge, not knowing that Peter is actually the web-crawler he seeks. Over-the-top villainy is supplied by Doctor Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a brilliant scientist who goes mad when mechanical tentacles become welded to his body in a laboratory accident. There's enough plot for two movies, with the doctor's depredations at times taking a backseat to the Peter/Harry/Mary Jane psychodrama. But Raimi is a proficient director, and he juggles the disparate story elements with admirable dexterity. The characters' interplay gives Spider-Man 2 a third dimension that most comic-book movies could use: It's fun to watch costumed combatants whaling the tar out of each other, but emotional underpinnings help make the physical conflicts more satisfying. As in the first film, Raimi and his special-effects team rely heavily on computer-generated imagery to give the fight scenes a larger-than-life quality. As a result, the sequel's visuals are, if anything, even more sophisticated than those of the original. Spider-Man 2, however, should never be mistaken for eye candy; it's an enormously satisfying adventure film for the kids that adults will find surprisingly affecting and enjoyable.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Sam Raimi raises the bar of excellence with Spider-Man 2, a highly evolved sequel that brims with superb comedy, heartfelt characters, and dazzling visuals that nail the wall-crawler's universe in a fully respectable and exciting way. With the luxury of having the origin story behind them, the filmmakers let loose with this one, all the while still staying true to the character-driven focus that made the first film so fresh and appealing. Tobey Maguire again holds the spotlight amazingly well, this time comically tortured by his director, who seems to finally be having fun with the franchise. Back is Raimi's energetic visual style, something that has been missing since his Darkman days and one thing that the original was sorely lacking. Of course, the hero always needs a villain, and this time it's Alfred Molina playing a Doc Oc that isn't over-the-top in the usual flamboyant way, but brimming with a conflicted sense of sadness mixed with maniacal purpose. His tentacles deserve credit as well, as they add little touches of flair even when they aren't throwing Spidey through walls or bashing up city streets. Kirsten Dunst delivers another charming performance, while James Franco takes the Harry Osbourne character through the next step in his tragic arc, pointing straight toward events in the third film. The real surprise is Rosemary Harris as a truly touching Aunt May, who ends up being the emotional backbone of the story. Her speeches to Peter are devastating and resonate throughout the film as the events are played out. Again, it's this kind of attention to character that really makes the series shine. While Spider-Man 2 is a visual feast brimming with action, it never plays dumb to its characters or the audience. Raimi and company have effectively expanded on the world they created, making every scene essential to what has happened before and a building block of what's to come. Eagle-eyed fans will appreciate the nods to various other characters in the universe, the most immediate being Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors (who eventually becomes The Lizard in the comics), along with Daniel Gillies's John Jameson, whose character is a direct setup for canine villain Man-Wolf. However close to perfect the final film is, there are a few things that don't ring so true -- Harry Osbourne needs a little more sympathy instead of being angry from the get-go, while Peter's tall and skinny neighbor supplies a great laugh, but doesn't end up serving much of a purpose in the end. Still, those are nitpicks and very well might end up paying off by the time the third movie rolls around. With advanced effects, a much more satisfying Danny Elfman score, and a filmmaker at the top of his game leading the charge, Spider-Man 2 is a classic superhero movie that deserves the near-unanimous praise that it has garnered.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
UPC:
0043396051492
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
13,076

Special Features

Disc One: Commentary with director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, producer Avi Arad and co-producer Grant Curtis; technical commentary; blooper reel; "Spidey Sense 2" trivia track with "pop-up" facts and trivia about the film and the world of Spider-Man; four "Web-i-sodes" - original online featurettes from the film's theatrical release; Train "Ordinary" music video; previews Disc Two: "Making the Amazing" - A 12-part documentary from pre-production to the Hollywood premiere; "Hero in Crisis" - A deeper look into Peter Parker and his personal battles in the continuing story of Spider-Man; Ock-Umentary: "Eight Arms to Hold You" - A special look at Doc Ock from the comics to the big screen; "Interwoven: The Women of Spider-Man" - A look into the lives of Mary Jane, Aunt May and the other women in Peter Parker's life; "Enter the Web" - A groundbreaking multi-angle look behind-the-scenes at the climatic Pier sequence captured in real-time; Art Gallery - A collection of Alex Ross' paintings used in the opening credits of the film; Activision's "Spider-Man 2: Spinning the Game" - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Spider-Man 2: The Game"; Weblinks

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina Dr. Otto Octavius, AKA Doctor Octopus
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
Donna Murphy Rosalie Octavius
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Daniel Gillies John Jameson
Dylan Baker Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Vanessa Ferlito Louise
Aasif Mandvi Mr. Aziz
Willem Dafoe Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Cliff Robertson Ben Parker
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks Miss Brant
Bruce Campbell Snooty Usher
Brooke Adams Felicia Hardy
Joel McHale Mr. Jacks
Bonnie Somerville Actor
Jason Ortiz Henry

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Producer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Joseph M. Carraciolo Executive Producer
Michael Chabon Original Story
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
John Frazier Special Effects
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Gough Original Story
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound/Sound Designer
Anette Haellmigk Cinematographer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Anthony LaMolinara Special Effects
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Miles Millar Original Story
Bob Murawski Editor
Scott P. Murphy Art Director
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Paul N.J. Ottoson Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Greg P. Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Tom Valentine Art Director
Thomas P. Wilkins Art Director
Robert Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Laura Ziskin Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. Pizza Man
3. J. Jonah Jameson
4. Dr. Connors
5. "Surprise!"
6. Peter and MJ in the Backyard
7. Mr. Ditkovich
8. Otto Octavius
9. Wash 'N' Dry
10. The Importance of Being Earnest
11. Car Chase
12. The Importance of Being on Time
13. Web Failure
14. The Elevator
15. Peter Calls MJ
16. Otto's Demonstration
17. Horror Hospital
18. Ock Awakens to the Horror
19. New Villain in Town
20. Doc Ock's Lair
21. Bank Heist
22. Battle Building
23. Planetarium Party
24. Spidey Crash Lands in Alley
25. Ock Rebuilds
26. Diagnosis
27. Spider-Man No More
28. "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
29. Peter Attends MJ's Play
30. Jameson Gets the Suit
31. Peter's Confession
32. One More Little Chore
33. Peter and the Burning Building
34. Frustration
35. Peter and Aunt May in the Backyard
36. "My Back! My Back!"
37. MJ Doubts John's the One
38. "Do You Love Me, or Not?"
39. Enter the Octopus
40. He's Back
41. Clock Tower Fight
42. The Train
43. A Train to Catch
44. Grateful Train Passengers
45. Harry Learns the Truth About Peter
46. The Final Confrontation
47. Peter Appeals to Otto
48. Web Love
49. The Return of the Green Goblin
50. Here Comes the Bride
51. The Final Swing
52. End Credits

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