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In SPIDER-MAN 2, the latest installment in the blockbuster Spider-Man series, based on the classicMarvel 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. 2017 INTERNATIONAL RELEASE SYNOPSIS Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as a 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-tent
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
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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- "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
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on the first 2008 blu-ray version, not even the extended director cut was included either
well this time around the studio has done the smarter thing
for the 2012 reissue of Spider-man 2
columbia has added all the special features from the 2 Disc dvd set
and i mean all of them
MAKING THE AMAZING which is a 2hour long Documentary on the making of spider-man 2, incredible Doco aswell
plus many other featurettes, Deleted scenes, bloopers, and lots more
plus the extended 136mins version is added aswell you can select this when you click play movie
Play movie gives you the option to player the 127min or the 136mins up to you
all this on 1 Blu-ray Disc
so if you want all the special features plus the 2 versions of the film which look beautiful in High Definition
both film versions have been given the exact same HD transfer in 2:40:1 ratio the quality looks amazing very nice & clear picture quality
much better than the old dvd version, plus the sound has been boosted up to 5.1 master mix
time to throw out the old 2 disc dvd version
and get the 2012 reissue, not the old 2008 version
5 stars for this new 2012 reissue
First and foremost, this is a regular Blu Ray that will play in 1080p, and should not be considered a true 4K source. But it says mastered in 4K though, you may ask. Which it does, what that means is instead of a 1080p source being transferred onto a Blu Ray disc, the 1080p source goes through a 4K upscaling source and color corrector. However, the technology didn't exist at the time for 4K to play on disc (I will get to that towards the end) so what Sony did was come out with a Mastered in 4K line. Is it a gimmick... Maybe. Will you notice a difference... Very little unless with the right accessories.
You see, this movie went through a wider color correction called xvYCC. Which not all TVs or players support, almost all of them don't support it even though it gives a wider range of color. The most common and widely used format has always been standard sRGB, however it discarded a lot of color. Sony TVs and players support this color format, I want to assume the new OLED, and SUHD would as well since these TVs support HDR (High Dynamic Range) which far surpasses xvYCC. But still need the player to support that color, which Sony's Blu Ray player and possibly the PS3 and PS4... Possibly those. I don't know of any other Blu Ray player that does because it's such an unused color format.
Without those, you won't get the true picture that the disc wants to give, but it's still the best 1080p picture you can get on any Blu Ray disc.
After which it goes though Sony's 4K detailing, then gets downloaded on to a single Blu Ray disc. You'll notice that there isn't any special features, commentary, trailers... Nothing. Because the entire disc space was used to download a more detailed, colorful, high definition movie.
Now, is this movie worth buying? Yes and no, if you don't already own the movie and you want to then this is the better option to have. If you already own it, I wouldn't buy this again. While this is the better version of the movie, it's only so much better that you may or may not notice much of a difference.
If you're going from DVD to Blu Ray, then yes this would be a better one to get.
Now, when I said the technology wasn't available at the time... It's because the Blu Ray association was currently working on a disc formate that could handle 4K, 3D 4K, and HDR. Because there wasn't enough space on the Blu Rays we have now. They finally announced a few months ago that they finished finalizing the format that would support 4K. I don't know if we will see another battle between two disc formats like HD DVD and Blu Ray, but I'm confident they will stick to a single format.
Panasonic at the beginning of this year showed us at CES that they had a prototype 4K UHD player, but was only a prototype. However, Samsung introduced their 4K UHD Blu Ray player that will come out in February next year. While they haven't listed a price, they did say it will play DVDs, Blu Rays, 3D movies as well as 4K and have a fantastic upscaling ability because it will also be upscaling with the HDR color coding. The only TVs now that will give you a wider range of HDR color is the flat LG OLED, and Samsungs SUHD TVs. TVs that support HDR, will be Samsungs JU7100-7500, Samungs HU8550 and up (with purchase and upgrade from the evolution kit), and select Sony 4K TVs.
With this being known, I suspect a lot of Sony 4K movies being released on that format. So if you have the money, and you are an early adopter to new technology, I would wait a little while longer before you buy any Mastered in 4K movie. If you aren't, and have no intention of buying a new player, then this is as close as you are going to get to a 4K movie on a disc.