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

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Spawn (R-Rated) (DVD)

An assassin, betrayed and murdered by his boss, receives the chance toreturn from Hell--if he helps Satan conquer the world as the Spawn.Basedon the comic book by Todd McFarlane, this action thriller tells thestory of the burnt, scarred, Hellspawn, who keeps performing heroicdeeds despite the best efforts of his demon guide and the unattainabletemptation to return to his former life.

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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


Special Features

Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.Easter Eggs: Marilyn Manson fans will want to join this Easter Egg hunt. Insert the disc's Special Features side and press the right arrow button when you see the message "Trip Like I Do." An image of Manson will appear. Press Enter and you'll see a menu screen with three doors. Two of the doors will bring up a small animation; if you hit them four times, you'll see the clown speaking backward. The door that says "Parental Advisory" will take you to the music video.

Product Details

  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Melinda Clarke
  • Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippé
  • Writers: Alan McElroy
  • Producers: Todd McFarlane, Alan C. Blomquist, Clint Goldman, Adrianna A.J. Cohen, Brian Witten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304712499
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spawn - The Director's Cut (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

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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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Spawn is one of our Grandson's favorites. He watches it with his grampa even tho he is now twenty years old. They love the idea that someone who is wrongly accused and considered bad - gets the really bad guy in the end and succeeds in ending up good. Spawn is a scarry type movie with a good plot. I would recommend this to any sci-fi buff.
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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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For some unknown reason, although this version is not rated, it is definitely not the R version I have come to know and love. This distributor comes out of Canada and there were missing scenes & dialogue, which were, in my opinion, not a good thing.
I may be that this is the only Blu-ray version that exists for the film. Perhaps Mcfarlane couldn't strike a deal with New Line--who know's. Until then, my recommendation is to wait for the R version.
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Spawn is crazy good for being made in 1996, the same year Pac and my dad died. I love this movie. Great special affects and awesome plot but it needed to be longer and there needs to be many sequels with the same cast. Sometimes I feel like a hell spawn when I pick up a mic and rip it for hours on end.
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There's parts I like, and parts I dislike. There are some great special effects scenes... I still like the cape, even though it looks dated. All the parts in hell look really dated. The movie captures some... but not all...of the essential ingredients of the comic book SPAWN. Watching it now (2014), you get the sense that the scope of the movie is very limited due to the budget.

I think a much better SPAWN movie could be done now that the technology has vastly improved.

But is SPAWN a flawed vehicle to begin with? I went back and read some of the original run... it didn't really grab me a a reader. I read some of the McFarlane work on Spiderman... and that was good back then (I read it back in the 90s). Sure some if was dark, but it still was a nice take on the iconic character. When McF went on and created SPAWN... it seemed like the reader would get the best of both worlds. Something edgy, yet still mainstream. SPAWN ended up being way too dark.

In the film world... I think if they focused on making SPAWN a combination of a Batman/Spiderman-type of character... that it could be really popular. He could be as popular as any of those other mainstream characters.

The problem is that McFarlane seems to want to go in a darker direction with his character, and this limits the potential of the property. I think SEVEN is a phenomenal movie... one of the best... but taking SPAWN in this direction does a disservice to the potential of the character.
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