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Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition) (2004)

Tobey Maguire , Kirsten Dunst , Sam Raimi  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Rosemary Harris
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Alfred Gough, Alvin Sargent, Michael Chabon, Miles Millar, Stan Lee
  • Producers: Avi Arad
  • Format: Widescreen, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMQW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Spidey Sense 2" pop-up trivia track
  • Blooper reel
  • Four Web-isodes: original online featurettes
  • Train music video: "Ordinary"
  • Disc 2:
  • "Making the Amazing": 12-part documentary
  • "Hero in Crisis": a deeper look into Peter Parker and his personal battles
  • "Ock-umentary: Eight Arms to Hold You"
  • "Interwoven: The Women of Spider-Man"
  • "Enter the Web": groundbreaking multi-angle look behind the scenes
  • Art gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes look at the Activision game

Editorial Reviews

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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


DVD Features:

The first commentary track is by director Sam Raimi and a self-deprecating Tobey Maguire speaking in tandem, and producer (and Marvel CEO) Avi Arad and coproducer Grant Curtis speaking in tandem. They discuss a number of topics, including Raimi's memory of his excitement over Richard Donner's Superman and how the character of Black Cat had to be dropped from the film. The second commentary is by six members of the Oscar-nominated effects team, and one of their primary focuses is how Doc Ock's arms were achieved by a combination of puppetry and CGI.

The centerpiece of the second disc is a massive two-hour documentary that can be viewed all at once or in 12 separate pieces. It covers the development of the story, the visual effects, costumes, stunts, and sound and music. Three shorter featurettes cover Peter Parker's struggle between his personal and hero lives, Doc Ock, and the women in Spider-Man's life, and what's interesting is how they discuss those topics not just in relation to the movies but to the comic books as well. (For example, Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy had a much greater impact in the comics.) There's a scene in which you can toggle among three different camera angles, and a gallery of 17 paintings Alex Ross created for the opening sequence. The sound and picture are spectacular, though only the Superbit edition has DTS. --David Horiuchi

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Product Description

Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) gives up his crime-fighting identity of Spider-Man in a desperate attempt to return to ordinary life and keep the love of MJ (Kirsten Dunst). But a ruthless, terrifying new villain, the multi-tentacled Doc Ock, forces Peter to swing back into action to save everything he holds dear.

Customer Reviews

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man 2 surpasses the original! July 1, 2004
Just when I was about ready to throw in the towel on Hollywood and its univentive sequel/remake/book adaption craze of unoriginal recycling, I sat down to see the second chapter in Sam Raimi's "Spider Man" series. While I enjoyed the first film, it never really drew me in emotionally. It had some real cool action sequences and some interesting special effects but the story was very paint-by-numbers comic book fare. I enjoyed the film's cinematic style, which seemed to me like an homage to the 50's-style of films, but while I wasn't turned off by the the hero's backstory, I was never fully compelled by it either. When I had heard all of the cast members spit the usual studio speech about how the sequel would be even better, I took it very much with a grain of salt. By the time I came out of this movie, however, I was a believer.
"Spider Man 2" takes place two years after the original where Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is struggling with the realization that his superhero alter-ego is alienating him from everyone that he loves. His best friend, Harry (James Franco) is stelling stewing over his father's death at the hands of Spidey and the object of his affections, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) is fed up by Pete's inability to committ to her. If that wasn't bad enough, his commitment to crime fighting has cost him more than a few jobs and he's struggling to pay his rent. On the Spider-Man side of things, he has to deal with a new enemy, Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), a transformed version of Otto Octavius, a brilliant fusion engineer whose expirement ends up killing his wife and subsquently driving him insane. As far as super-villians go, this one's a doosy.
"Spider Man 2" improves on so many aspects of the first film.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A marketing move only April 26, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We all know how great Spiderman 2 was, it included one of the classic villains from the comic in an excellent adaptation of the original story delivering a movie that was indeed better than the first one. So I will base this review on the extra scenes and the DVD specs and not the movie itself.

Disc 1

This one includes the movie with 8 minutes of bonus footage, this footage is not shown separately as `deleted scenes', instead, the scenes were added to the movie so we can consider this an extended edition of the film.

- Peter's birthday party is extended. Here, we see Peter and Harry going over Harry's issues with Spidey and the death of his father.

- The elevator scene in which Spidey talked about his costume was replaced with another that I personally didn't like, the new one feels awkward and not as spontaneous as the original.

- MJ at the shoe store. Mary Jane talks about love and the kiss she got from Spidey with a friend.

- Two fight sequences are extended; in the one in which Dr. Octopus takes aunt May hostage, a new bit in which they both crash into an office through the window and fight inside was added. Also, the train sequence has new bits of Spidey and Dr Octopus fighting while hanging besides the train.

- Jonah Jameson wears the Spiderman suit while the staff looks amazed, a quite silly scene that I understand why it was originally removed.

Bottom-line, the extra 8 minutes do not add anything to the movie; they are tiny bits that were originally removed for a reason. If you are a Spiderman fan and a collector you can get this for a very decent price, if you liked the original and expect to see major changes, the 2.1 version will only disappoint you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Superhero Movie Ever July 25, 2004
By Scott
"Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts."

Spider-Man 2 was everything a comic book movie should be. From the opening credits, which were done cleverly by using comic stills to explain the events of the first film, to the closing credits, I sat in the jam packed sold out movie theater mesmerized as Sam Raimi flawlessly put together the definitive comic book movie.

To begin with, I enjoyed this movie more than the first one in every category. I felt more characterization. I could relate with Parker's emotions on a higher level than the first movie. Also, all of the other characters put on better acting performances than the previous installment. The overall plot, I felt, was better too. This time, the plot surrounded Peter Parker, played by Toby Maguire, going through the days with his ongoing struggle as he leads on a double life. He has no time for his friends, his school work; he's even on the brink of being fired from his job of a pizza delivery boy. Meanwhile, he wants his relationship with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) to grow, but he has never made a move, because he can't, being Spider-Man and all. Harry Osbourne, played by James Franco, continues to be friends with Peter, but has an ongoing growing hatred for the man that killed his father, Spider-Man. From there, we meet Dr. Otto Octavious, a good hearted scientist that wants to create a new type of fusion energy. At the same time, he has created four mechanical arms, able to work with the reaction which he straps onto his body. With the use of trillium, supplied by OsCorp, Dr. Otto Octavious attempts this fusion process. However, things take a horrific turn for the worse when the reaction gets out of control and leaves Dr. Octavious victim to an explosion that leaves the mechanical arms welded to his body.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Spidey movie made to date
The height of the Sam Raimi web head trilogy.

Is it perfect ... No

Is it awesome ... Yes

The only one of the trilogy I own

Enjoy
Published 2 days ago by S. Wes R.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Spider-Man Movie!
Spider-Man 2, to me, is the greatest movie out of all the Spider-Man films. It is even better with the extended cut, "Spider-Man 2.1". Read more
Published 8 days ago by Danny Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
Great quality of sound . Good visual quality. The special effects in the movie was great through amazon streaming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Best out of all of them ( A kids review) 12 year old
Spiderman 2 I think was the best out of all of them and here's why. Marvel had finally made a movie with dock o'clock and I just had to see it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Ferro
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
I enjoyed this Spider-Man series very much. This installment is my favorite of the three. I didn't particularly care for the Green Goblin as Spidey's adversary in #1, but Doc Oc... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joel S Mellor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first
I did not think think this movie was as good as the first movie. It did not love up to my expectations. Though I think the acting is great (Toby McGuire and. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Floren
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man 2
I am glad I bought this for my 5 year old grandson! He LOVES it! I recommend this to everyone!
Published 1 month ago by Vonda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie at a great price!
Great price for this DVD everything seems to be working fine I watch the movies and found no problems thanks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PG
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Raimi's trilogy
This is one of the best superhero films. It holds up pretty well even after a decade. It has humor, great action and special f/x. I would let my young daughter watch this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Olson
3.0 out of 5 stars Case broken
The case it came in was broken. It was a Christmas gift. Fortunately, I had one at home that I could substitute.
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