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In Spider-Man 2, the latest installment in the blockbuster Spider-Man series, based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as college student and a superhuman crime fighter. Peter's life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled "Doc Ock." When Doc Ock kidnaps MJ (Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man must swing back into action as the adventure reaches new heights of unprecedented excitement.
More than a few critics hailed Spider-Man 2 as "the best superhero movie ever," and there's no compelling reason to argue--thanks to a bigger budget, better special effects, and a dynamic, character-driven plot, it's a notch above Spider-Man in terms of emotional depth and rich comic-book sensibility. Ordinary People Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent received screenplay credit, and celebrated author and comic-book expert Michael Chabon worked on the story, but it's director Sam Raimi's affinity for the material that brings Spidey 2 to vivid life. When a fusion experiment goes terribly wrong, a brilliant physicist (Alfred Molina) is turned into Spidey's newest nemesis, the deranged, mechanically tentacled "Doctor Octopus," obsessed with completing his experiment and killing Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) in the process. Even more compelling is Peter Parker's urgent dilemma: continue his burdensome, lonely life of crime-fighting as Spider-Man, or pursue love and happiness with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst)? Molina's outstanding as a tragic villain controlled by his own invention, and the action sequences are nothing less than breathtaking, but the real success of Spider-Man 2 is its sense of priorities. With all of Hollywood's biggest and best toys at his disposal, Raimi and his writers stay true to the Marvel mythology, honoring Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and setting the bar impressively high for the challenge of Spider-Man 3. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD
Spider-Man 2.1 features eight minutes of new footage incorporated into the movie, including a longer, less-adversarial conversation between Harry and Peter at the birthday party, more from comedian Hal Sparks in the elevator scene, more fighting with Doc Ock, and a goofy appearance by J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man costume. While the new scenes are interesting to watch and add some laughs, they don't justify a second purchase of the movie. The bonus features are new but underwhelming. The commentary track by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent (there were two different commentaries on the original two-disc Spider-Man 2) is rather dull and only tangentially mentions what we're most interested in--the new scenes. A 12-minute featurette on the second disc does discuss those, while another congratulates the visual-effects crew for their Oscar. Also included: 30 minutes of visual-effects analysis, a multi-angle look at Danny Elfman's score, and a pop-up trivia track. --David Horiuchi
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Stills from Spider-Man 2 (click for larger image)
The second film could be a runner-up for my favorite comicbook movie. The first one was campy, but this film I'd argue is legitimately good. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Cooper Castille
Love the plot, saving the women and the city too, classic. The movie has a very comic book feel to it. The acting could have been better.Published 12 days ago by jsb
For some reason columbia pictures/sony did not include all the special features from the 2 Disc dvd set
on the first 2008 blu-ray version, not even the extended director cut... Read more
We all know that Spider-Man 2 is amazing. But it's even more amazing in 4k! The only flaw to this disc is that it doesn't include Spider-Man 2.1 nor any special features. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony Black
Wow can't wait for "true" UHD movies and blu-ray players. These movies are amazing on my new Ultra High Def TV. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Movie, freak
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|Special Features on Blu Ray??||
according to theDigitalBits.com:
"Finally this morning, we wanted to update you on a couple of titles we mentioned yesterday: Sony's new single-film "Essential" Blu-ray editions of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 (due on 11/16). There have been rumors online that both would include... Read More
Sep 26, 2010 by Jake Simprovich | See all 3 posts
|"Unrated"-- anything bad?||
The only reason it carries the Unrated tag is most likely because the filmmakers didn't submit to the ratings board (MPAA) for rating.
This is common in re-release DVDs like this, but it doesn't mean there are any "naughty" extras.
Mar 24, 2007 by jaesun13 | See all 5 posts
|$9.99 at Circuit City this week||
is it just online? i called the store and it was more. did you get it from a store (the guy i talked to sounded like he didn't really know what was going on).
Apr 29, 2007 by Cory Line | See all 5 posts
|Double the price?||
Same question about Labyrnth (CE). Disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing the new features, but as a policy I deleted it from my current list. I think $22 or $24 was a great deal, but 200% increase IS excessive and shouldn't be encouraged.
Apr 28, 2007 by Roger Caldwell | See all 3 posts
|Whats the difference between normal dvds and superbit dvds?||
Superbit has enhanced audio and video. No extras.
Jan 25, 2007 by ScoobyDooFan | See all 2 posts
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