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Spawn - The Director's Cut (New Line Platinum Series) (1998)

Michael Jai White , John Leguizamo , Mark A.Z. Dippe  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen
  • Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippe
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Live, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304712499
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spawn - The Director's Cut (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • Interview with Todd McFarlane
  • Scene-to-storyboard comparisons
  • Original 'Todd MCFarlane'  sketches
  • Music video "Filter & the Crystal Method"

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After being murdered for quitting his role as a ruthless yet moral government assassin, Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is sent to Hell, where he makes a pact with the demon Malebolgia--if Simmons is allowed see his lover, Wanda, again, he will agree to lead the demon's armies to storm the gates of Heaven. Transformed into a superhuman entity with shape-shifting powers and quick regeneration capabilities, Simmons (soon to be dubbed "Spawn" by Malebolgia's crony, The Violator) returns to Earth and attempts to reunite with Wanda, not knowing that five years have passed. He also seeks revenge on his former boss and killer, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen), who has made a deal with The Violator to develop a lethal virus to take over the world, where Wynn is promised to be king.

Spawn wages an inner battle between good and evil as he tries to come to terms with selling his soul and what it could mean for humankind. Despite excellent effects and great potential, Spawn seems to come up short. While White certainly displays verve in his characterization of the twisted hero, he cannot overcome some forced dialogue. On the flip side, the usually engaging John Leguizamo portrays the sinister Violator--an evil monster masquerading as a rotund, weird-looking clown--as an irritating lackey who spews overbearing sarcasm and incessantly banal one-liners. Admitted, many of Spawn's action sequences are fun, and the transitions effectively brisk, but more could have been done to explore how Simmons grapples with his humanity in these daunting circumstances. But if you want sizzling action sequences and digital effects, this film should keep you happy. --Bryan Reesman

Product Description

Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen. This live-action film based on the popular comic strip involves a CIA agent who dies in a botched operation and strikes a deal with the devil. 1997/color/97 min/R/widescreen.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See only the R-Rated Version. May 5, 2001
Format:DVD
in 1997, me and my mom saw this in the theaters and we both liked it. i've always been fascinated with both TV Show and Comic Books ( a Spawn Fanatic). the story deals with Al Simmonds ( Michael Jai White) who gets murdered by his scum bag boss " Jason Wynn" ( Martin Sheen) and is sent to hell, makes a deal with the evil lord of Darkness " Malbolgia" and becomes a Shapeshifting avenger named " Spawn" so that he can see his wife again. The DVD Director's cut is the only one worth watching instead of the lousy PG-13 Version that they had dumbed down, i know that The Clown ( John Leguizomo) can be annoying but you can just forgive that and just see this movie with a different if interesting twist to the superhero stuff and some spectacular visual effects.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underated Spawn of Comic February 21, 2006
Format:DVD
As far as comic heroes made into movies go, Spawn is better than some transitions. Good acting, screenplay, special effects, and music make it above average. I have seen many movies converted from comics and Spawn was passed over by many. The clown and heavy metal music in some places may be a little abrasive to some, but the overall premise and delivery is not flawed. It may not be the caliber of Spiderman, but it certainly is a far cry from being a B movie. This is one definitely for fans of movies like "Hellboy" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman". I like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman, but it is a refreshing change to see something that is not your mainstream comic book hero from time to time.

Spawn is based on a human man who works as a soldier that assassinates people for the government. When he realizes they are being used and wants to leave they decide his usefulness is ended. Meanwhile Satan is in the background waiting for this all to happen and when he is killed by his boss, he of course goes to hell and is made into a super powered spawn of the devil, hence Spawn. Spawn wants revenge on his boss and will do anything to get back to his wife and little girl. A pact with the devil gets him his wish, but not the way he thought. When he finds out his best friend married his wife after his death, he adds him to his list to kill. While all this is going on he meets a soldier of God and a demon who acts like a clown. The way he handles all this may be somewhat predictable, but still fun to watch.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never Trust a Fat Clown October 19, 2002
Format:DVD
Todd McFarlane began the 'Spawn' comic series in 1992. The series went on to set records for comic sales. My own personal knowledge of 'Spawn' comes from the large number of imaginative action figures that appear on many toy and comic store shelves. I have bought and set up several, and I decided to see the film to get some insight into the story behind the figures.
The film starts like a buzz saw. You are dumped right into the life of secret agent/assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) as he destroys a planeload of people, realizes what he had done, and tries to leave the agency for whom he worked. Needless to say, his evil boss Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen) has no intention of letting him go. Wynn tricks Simmons into one 'last' assignment. It's a setup, and Simmons is toasted for real.
Suddenly (everything is sudden in this film) it is five years later. Simmons pops back into existence, looking like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, with a severe memory shortage. A really gross clown (John Leguizamo) keeps trying to be his buddy, his best friend has married his girlfriend, and the only thing that remembers him is his dog - Spaz (I don't know who played the dog). This is a situation that can only get worse, and sure enough, that's what it does.
The basic plot turns on Simmons' (now called Spawn) moral progress. Hell has been tempting souls all over the world in order to create an army of badness. Now they want Spawn to be the general of that army and lead the last apocalyptic attack on heaven. In order to qualify, that have to play on Spawn's anger and thirst for vengeance until he does something so bad that he loses all his humanity. Of course, this involves killing most of the people in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spawn97ok June 5, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
Initially, back when Spawn came out in theatres,i had never heard of it,let alone read a single comic book of the source material.But nevertheless, i was excited to see a comic book-based film other than Batman hit the screens.Sadly, i did not go to see it when it came out in august of 1997,but could not wait to see it still.When I finally did a couple months later on VHS, I was not dissapointed. However to this day, I think Spawn could have benefited from an R rating and more emphasis could have been placed on the action sequences(which were exciting but there should have been more).I would have thought that a sequel would come out in the years after but didn't.A sharp contrary when compared to Blade,which came out exactly 1 year after Spawn,and became a trilogy in no time at all.Even the actors and the acting(most importantly)held up-meaning it may have been a bit cartoonish, but never dumb and/or stupid.Lastly,it felt good to see for the first time an African-American superhero on the screen.P.S. the effects were great and the soundtrack(a mix of rock and electronica laced tracks)is a bonus if you liked the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
great movie!

i would suggest that anyone that has not seen this, see it at least once.

may not be for everyone, but i love it.
Published 26 days ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay !
Love this movie! It's so amazing and awesome! Have always loved it. Great movie. Watching it right now. Everyone should see it.
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Showdown between Heaven & Hell
What else is there to say about Spawn? Nothing......it's a good fantasy action thriller. Guns, hellspawn, betrayal, trust, a man who obtains supernatural powers from the suit and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars Jocasm!!!
This was on my top movie list when it first came out..... might I point out that for the time period it was a smash as far as special effects, basically paving the way to the near... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel T. SWan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Love this movie...full of action and some comedy. Must watch if you have not seen this movie before. This is one of my sons favorite movies.
Published 3 months ago by holly berry
3.0 out of 5 stars Misrep
What I received was not the New Line Platinum Series. I got the Made in Mexico knockoff. If I would've known, I would've purchased from Walmart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!!!
I love the movie Spawn the actors were great and story line. The leading actor was astonishing he was perfect for this role.
Published 3 months ago by V.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars strangely appealing to younger audiences
Brought this movie for my little cousin, she loves this movie; which is strange because she is a girl and this movie isn't all cutesy. Good action.
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
Really great movie. Satan looks pretty stupid, like a giant hamster w. sidekick lizard clown, but if you get past that, It's a really great movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hunt2live
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not great :(
It was alright. It didn't suck by any means, but it could have been better. I know its his origin story and everything, but it felt like it kinda dragged in some places.
Published 5 months ago by Zach Carpenter
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