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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movies. Cheap treatment on Blu-Ray (no features on the first or second movie??)., September 9, 2012
This review is from: Spider-Man: The High Definition Trilogy (Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
So, I'll make this relatively brief:

The movies themselves are great. No bones about it.

However, the discs themselves leave a lot to be desired. It seems like the studio rushed this set into production and cheaped out on it. The first two movies have almost precisely zero special features. Completely barebones other than trailers for Ghost Rider & Surf's Up. Neither particularly interesting movies. The third movie has all the special features one would expect on a DVD or Blu-Ray release. But it hardly makes up for the utter lack of features on the first 2 discs of the series.

Clearly, the studio has produces Blu-Rays with all the Special Features one would expect for Spiderman 1 and 2 and 3. So, I really have no idea why the studio cheaped out on this set and didn't include all the discs with the special features that clearly EXIST. Perhaps they had excess stock of the "barebones" releases because they were crap and not selling so they wanted to get rid of them? I really don't know.

Suffice it to say, this is not the "ultimate set" that any and every collector would be lusting after.

In my opinion, I overpaid for this set, considering the total lack of features on 2/3 of the movies. And also considering I already own the special editions on DVD, which came with all the features you could ever want. I had hoped this would be an "upgrade." However, it felt more like a downgrade on account of losing all the features, rather than an upgrade from getting better picture quality.

I'd even go so far as to say anyone who wants all the features should boycott this release until the studio comes out with a TRUE "ultimate collection" making use of the 3 "complete" (read: feature-rich) sets. You'd probably be better off buying the 3 individual releases of parts 1, 2 & 3 listed above, rather than this somewhat pathetic "[in]complete" set.

My hope is that by this set not sellign well, the studio will get the message and make the actual "ultimate edition" everyone wants. They clearly have the sets to do it. They just need to swap out which sets they include. Swap in the two sets with features in place of the two barebones sets. Problem solved...

So, again, overall bottom line: good movies, bad features. Vote with your money. Buy the individual releases with the features rather than this collection without the features.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2012 1:11:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 16, 2012 1:15:38 PM PDT
Manx Man says:
I could see if they lied how it would be an issue, but to be fair, it doesn't say it is the Ultimate Collection, just the High Def one.

Some people could care less about the endless stream of self serving features that usually accompany collections like these. Gag reels without "that's going on the gag reel" hammy content, great... how some really neat stuff was done, fine... a brief wassup with the major players, I guess so.. but they do tend to go overboard. Brings to mind the "I'd like to thank all the little people" speeches made at the Emmys and Oscars. A regular back-slapping, butt kissing fiesta of junk fillers like deleted scenes that should have died on the cutting room floor and alternate endings which destroy the original one... Do we really need to hear what the 3rd assistant director, 2nd string writer and the guy standing near the guy holding the camera on that particular rainy Wednesday have to say in an additional commentary? :)

In short, a set like this works for guys like me that just want to watch the flick and move on. Sometimes TMI kills the mood, ya know?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 7:29:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2012 7:34:53 PM PDT
My point was simply that clearly, the SE DVDs & Blus exist. It's not clear why the studio haphazardly threw together two effectively BARE releases (okay, Spiderman 2 includes a seamless branching version 2.1 with a few additional scenes, but not much else) with one feature rich release rather than creating either A) a COMPLETELY BARE "movies-only" edition [for those like yourself who don't care about features] B) an "ultimate edition" including the 3 SE Blus with all the features [for those who do care]. Either of the two options would have made more sense than this half-assed release. This release was haphazard and feels like it was quickly and cheaply thrown together with "excess stock" rather than the care the franchise deserves.

Personally, I like the extra features that get included, especially the 'making-of' features on special effects, etc. etc. Deleted scenes can be interesting but sometimes there are reasons they were left out and they don't add much. Though with some movies, it's cool when the director give a little commentary on why things got cut. Gag reels are cute, but not really my thing.

Regardless, if the features EXIST (and some people really do like the features), why not utilize the existing SE sets to make an actual complete / ultimate set? There's no harm in it. That or be very clear on exactly what is being provided (unsold random leftovers, rather than a logical / well-crafted set).

Call it the "movies only" trilogy or the "ultimate trilogy," set reasonable customer expectations up front and be clear about it. Don't trick people into buying something they're going to end up being unhappy with, either by overhyping an underperforming product or by simply being unclear exactly what does / doesn't come with a release (for instance, I've seen some set packaging [not Spiderman specifically] that only shows 3 set cover arts rather than detailing precise specifications / features).

Anywho, just my opinion... I'm tired of being double and triple dipped for sub-par sets. I'd rather they just came out with your basic two sets: "Bare" & "Special Edition" (same with movie collection "sets").

And, again, part of my irritation is that I already bought the SE DVDs, which HAD the special features, so I feel like this "upgrade" (picture quality) was actually more like a "downgrade" (since I lost most of the features I already owned on the prior DVD versions). So, yes, there's a feeling of being "cheated" by the faux "upgrade." Now, I apparently have to either keep my DVDs for the special features or buy YET ANOTHER set down the road when that comes out & has all the features of the discs I already own in standard definition. It just feels to me like one should never *lose out* on the features of discs you already purchased by "upgrading."

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 6:22:15 PM PST
Well, if the "This review is from" tag is accurate for your review, then you're talking about a product that was released in 2007, while the three individual title releases you link to were all produced in 2012. Basically, you're comparing a first generation test prototype to the latest-and-greatest tech - not necessarily fair and accurate for the point you were trying to make there.

I will, however, echo your sentiment on getting the individual releases rather than this box set (or at least hunting down one of the more recent box sets, though it seems they're not really that much more feature-rich). Not only do they have a better list of special features, but also cost less new (combined) than this does used.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 6:01:37 AM PST
I agree with you completely Michael Gmirkin. I got the set thinking that all of the special features would be on the disk ans wasn't. Good job with the comment.
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