Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

     
 

Some have criticized this two-disc special edition of the mega box-office smash Spider-Man, but those pans are way off base. In reality, there is little, if anything, wrong with this DVD. To begin with, the visual presentation, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (yes, there is a full-frame edition out there to confuse consumers), is near perfect. Detail is solidSee more details below

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Overview

Some have criticized this two-disc special edition of the mega box-office smash Spider-Man, but those pans are way off base. In reality, there is little, if anything, wrong with this DVD. To begin with, the visual presentation, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (yes, there is a full-frame edition out there to confuse consumers), is near perfect. Detail is solid and colors are vivid. In addition, the darker scenes, a crucial element of the film, are stable, with no signs of breakdown. The auditory part of this set, presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital (in both English and French) is both aggressive and crisp. Dialogue is never washed out by sound effects, while at the same time, the use of those effects with the surround speakers is generous. The real marvel of this disc though are the special features, and they are plentiful. The first disc, with the movie, not only contains subtitled facts about the production and the history of Spider-Man, numerous television spots and theatrical trailers (for this and other Columbia/TriStar films), and bibliographies for the main cast, but also two full-length, scene-specific commentaries, one from director Sam Raimi, co-producers Grant Curtis and Laura Ziskin, and star Kirsten Dunst and the second from visual effects producer John Dykstra and his team. The second disc continues the supplements. Divided into two sections, "The Web of Spider-Man -- The Comic" and "The Goblin's Lair -- The Movie." As you might have figured, the first section covers the history and mythology of the comic book series. There is a documentary from the comic book artists over the years, a comic book archive of Spidey over the years, galleries for the villains and the girlfriends, and more. The second section covers the film, with a nice documentary on the making of the film, with plenty of behind-the-scene footage, and an even longer E! Entertainment television special called "Spider-mania." In addition are a couple of very short screen tests, profiles on director Raimi and composer Danny Elfman, a gag reel, and plenty of conceptual art and production paintings. If this all weren't enough, also included are a number of DVD-ROM features for each disc, including the ability to create your own commentary. There is plenty here to please any fan of this film, from those that grew up with this classic comic book character, to those that are newly introduced.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Certainly the most popular comic-book superhero created during the baby-boom years, the amazing Spider-Man makes an impressive live-action debut in director Sam Raimi’s colorful and dynamic adventure film. Best of all, this extravagantly produced tribute to the character created in 1962 by Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and Steve Ditko is refreshingly free of the condescension and campiness that mars so many movies adapted from comics. Tobey Maguire, whose screen persona is that of a mild-mannered, perceptive young man, is perfectly cast as Peter Parker, the socially maladroit high school student who develops strange powers after being bitten by a genetically altered super-spider. Winsome Kirsten Dunst plays Mary Jane, the popular girl whom he secretly loves, even though she’s dating his best friend, Harry (James Franco). Willem Dafoe all but steals the show with his bombastic portrayal of Spider-Man’s archenemy, the grotesquely costumed Green Goblin -- the genetically altered alter ego of Harry’s troubled father. While taking minor liberties with the character’s origin, Spider-Man remains remarkably faithful to both the spirit and the letter of Marvel’s four-color favorite. Flamboyant stunt work and computer-generated special effects lend credibility to the film’s elaborate fight scenes, but Raimi never loses sight of the human element, the fact that his young protagonist feels burdened by the awesome powers bestowed upon him. Maguire’s likability makes his Peter Parker a figure with whom audiences can empathize, no matter how outlandish his feats while garbed as the web-crawling superhero. A perfect popcorn movie, Spider-Man will delight adventure-loving viewers of all ages. The two-disc DVD Special Edition features a cornucopia of supplemental features, including: commentaries by Raimi, Dunst, and other members of the production team; an HBO "making-of" special; the E! Entertainment documentary "Spider-Mania"; screen tests; outtakes; DVD-ROM content; and much more.
New York Times
The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots. A.O. Scott
Hollywood Reporter
Guileless and charming with a perpetual look of startled bewilderment at the super powers he possesses, Maguire is perfect as an ordinary guy with a big secret. Kirk Honeycutt
New York Post

A surprisingly charming and even witty match for the best of Hollywood's comic-book adaptations. Jonathan Foreman

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2002
UPC:
0043396096615
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation; English & French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Weaving the Web: subtitled factoids (pop-on production notes and historical facts); Commentary: Sam Raimi (director), Kirsten Dunst, Laura Ziskin (producer) & Grant Curtis (co-producer); SFX commetary: John Dykstra (special effects designer) & Visual Effects Crew; Branching Web-i-sodes; Music videos: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, Hero; Sum 41, What We're All About; TV spots; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies & character files; DVD-ROM: comic/feature comparison, record your own commentary, countdown to Spider-Man 2, weblinks; HBO Making of Spider-Man; Spider-Mania: An E! Entertainment Special; Director profile: Sam Raimi; Composer profile: Danny Elfman; Screen tests: Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons & CGI Spider-Man; Costume and makeup tests; Gag/outtake reel; Conceptual art & production design gallery; Historical documentary - Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century ; The Spider-Man comic archives; Rogues gallery; The Loves of Peter Parker; Comic book artist gallery; Activision game hints and tips; DVD-ROM: Activision PC game, 2 playable levels; 3 exclusive Marvel dot.comics (Spider-Man: Blue #1, Black Cat #1, & Peter Parker: Return of the Goblin); Spider-Man Visualizer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson Uncle Ben
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello Flash Thompson
Gerry Becker Maximilian Fargas
Bill Nunn Robbie Robertson
Jack Betts Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson General Slocum
Ron Perkins Dr. Mendel Stromm
Elizabeth Banks Betty Brandt
Bruce Campbell Announcer
Michael Papajohn Burglar
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Randy Savage Bone Saw McGraw
Myk Watford Cop at Fire

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Andrea Dopaso Set Decoration/Design
Susan Dudeck Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Fugeman Associate Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Spider-Man (Widescreen)
1. Start
2. Columbia University Research Lab
3. Bitten by a Spider
4. Norman Tests the Performance Enhancers
5. A Big Change
6. Great Reflexes
7. Fight With Flash
8. Scaling the Heights
9. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
10. The Wrestling Match
11. Enter the Thief
12. The Death of Uncle Ben
13. Chasing Uncle Ben's Killer
14. Spider-Man to the Rescue
15. J. Jonah Jameson
16. Peter's Photos of Spider-Man
17. World Unity Festival
18. Battle Over Times Square
19. Norman Meets the Goblin
20. Goblin Terrorizes the Bugle
21. The Goblin's Proposal
22. The Alley Kiss
23. Hot Time With the Goblin
24. Thanksgiving Dinner
25. Goblin Attacks Aunt May
26. The Queensboro Bridge
27. A Final Battle
28. Norman's Funeral

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