Spider-Man

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, ...
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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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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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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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2002
  • UPC: 043396096615
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,930

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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Side #1 -- Spider-Man (Widescreen)
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Audio Set-Up
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      Spider-Sense
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Side #2 -- Special Features
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    SPIDER-MAN: CERTIFIED FRESH!

    Rating: 90%

    Impressive, exciting, and absolutely breath-taking, Spider-Man is no doubt a wonderful film with excellent characters and plot, despite its rather dated special effects.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I loved this movie!

    I love this so much I don¿t even watch it. I watched in theaters. Then the night before I went to watch Part two. And again before I went to watch part three. THAT¿S how much I like it I cant even watch it! Crazy I know but DANG!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AMAZING ADAPTATION

    Quite possibly one of the best superhero adaptations for film since the first 'Superman' and 'X-Men' films. What works here is that you have a director who not only understands the material but cares about the material! It's not all about explosions and wild action scenes, but about character development, which is a hallmark of Marvel Comics. Events are set up that take the development of these characters even further with the next film. Perfect casting, a story faithful to the comic series; I had been waiting YEARS for this film to get made. WELL WORTH THE WAIT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best movie

    I LIKE THIS MOVIE AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR SPIDER MAN 2 AND THE PUNISHER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spider-Man

    I loved it! I now have it on DVD and I love to watch it! It's one of my favorite movies! I'm looking forward to seeing Spider-Man 2 in 2004!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Web slingin' action!

    Ol' web head was sooooo hot in the movie! Awsome! Case closed. Daily Beugle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    :D Spiderman YEAHH!! ^.^

    This movie was better than I thought it would be, when I first heared it was comming out in theaters, I was not sure I wanted to see it, but then I saw a preview my eyes poped out of my head and my jaw fell on the floor. After I actually watched it in the theater, I sat through the Credits with the same expression glued on my face. lol ^.^ If I could have seen myself, I probly would have laughed my head off. I was completely blown away by it all. very nice. ^.^ I now own it on DVD and watch it all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spider-Man

    I just love Spider-Man! It was a great movie I thought! I have it on DVD and I love watching it! Tobey Maguire was great as Peter Parker!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tobey the Spideyman

    I was surprised when I first heard that Tobey Maguire was going to play Spiderman. But after seeing the movie, I can't think of anyone else as Spiderman. The movie is as good as I expected it to be and better. I especially enjoyed the scene where the green goblin is attacking Mary Jane and the children and spiderman has to choose which one he is going to save (Of course he saves both). Best movie I own in DVD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Spider-Man!!

    Spider-man is an awesome movie. I watch it all the time. Tobey Maguire is excellent in it, and so are Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. The special effects are hott, and the story is great. You can't help but love peter Parker, the cute and sweet, but geeky genius who develops superpowers similar to a spider's. This movie is action-packed, funny, sad, romantic, exciting, and heart-warming all at the same time. It's a good movie for the family, or to watch with your friends, or even on a date. I just can't wait for the sequels. I love Spider-Man, and you will too... you should definitely buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    surprised how poor it was

    I was looking forward to spider-man because I heard about all the hype over it. I actually enjoyed it for the first half. The plot was working well, it was interesting, and the effects were impressive. Then things started going down hill. I don't know for some reason it turned for the worst as soon as the green goblin showed up. I went from feeling like I was watching an exciting action movie targeted to teens and up, to feeling like I was watching a power rangers big screen flick targeted to 12 and under. His costume wasn't convincing and the whole movie: lines, plont, actors and all just seemed to be suddenly cheezy. I was disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Web Slinging Excitement

    this movie pleased the spider within me.i was really glad that they finally decided to make a movie out of the already popular comic. this movie, ifelt was done to the best of its ability.So if your a fan i really recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good.

    I left the theater amazed! It was better than I expected. The actors and actresses are amazing;the director did a first-rate job, and, of course, the action is excellent! GO SEE IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was awsome

    Buy it now in DVD because you will never stop watching it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You're gonna go on the ultimate spin!!!!!!

    Awesome,Man that thing was great, and to good to explain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Over-Hyped

    Hollywood: Turn down the hype! There is such a thing as too much marketing, and this movie had it. The same thing happened with Blair Witch Project; by the time I made it to the theatre, I expected it to be the scariest movie I'd ever seen. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed. The same rule applies with this movie - it wasn't nearly as amazing as I expected it to be. Don't get me wrong...the graphics were quite impressive and the plot was OK. This movie had so much potential, though, to be so much more than it was. Too bad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Comic Movie Since Burton's Batman

    There have been a lot of comic based movies over the years. Some good (Batman, Spider-man), some mediocre but not horrible (Blade, The Crow, X-Men) and some that should have never seen the light of day (Batman & Robin and many early Marvel series attempts). But Sam Raimi did not go down that horrible Shumaker-esque path to ruin the movie...he went the better path and we got Spider-man. Defoe was great, Macgiure was good....Dunst... passable, and Music by Danny Elfman=genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spiderman: Stick with the previews

    I don't know which was the biggest disappointment, this or Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2. Good or bad reviews, this movie was hyped to the extent that it was going to sell regardless. The fact that the cast and crew went on a promotional tour,having 1/3 of the movie filmed, sums up this movie and the lack of physical effort put into it. I still can't fatham why Toby Macquire got the lead role. He is irritating to watch and even more annoying to listen to. It's like he's talking in his sleep. Dunst is there for window dressing but dress the window she does not. Sorry to say but she isn't a competent actor. She should stick to her kiddy flicks while she still can. Dafoe is an excellent actor but looks uncomfortable with his part. Granted the action scenes are excellent but their impact is lessened by cheesy lines and a lack of atmosphere. Some of the lines at times were comical and came off quite lame. One enjoyable part of the movie was Parkers (macguire) boss at the newspaper. He's really funny and adds something to the movie. Also keep your eyes out for an old macho man Randy Savage and an always colourful Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead). If you haven't seen Evil dead 1 and 2, (2 in particular) check them out because they're awesome!It's hard to believe that Raimi could make something like Evil Dead with a couple of bucks in the budget, then make this tripe with a budget big enough to sink a ship. I'm not a diehard fan of the Spiderman series but I really feel for those who are and disliked the movie. Yes the effects are great, yes the action is great, but watch and listen to the actors and their lines. You might think twice about how great this movie is. The closing scene is depressing. Not sad depressing like titanic. More along the lines of Rosanne Barr depressing. It's painful to watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY SPIDEY SENSES ARE GOING CRAZY!

    My spidey senses are going crazy alright. Crazy with Joy over the fact that I can now Own Sam Raimi's masterpiece. I am a huge Spiderman fan, and this movie was perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The DVD is $15 at WalMart

    This movie is great but it is cheaper at the stores.

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