Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition)
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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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2226192
- Director : Sam Raimi
- Media Format : Widescreen, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Color
- Run time : 2 hours and 7 minutes
- Release date : November 30, 2004
- Actors : Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00005JMQW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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
UPDATE: This disc also includes Spiderman 2.1, which adds 8 minutes of footage not found in the original theatrical release. I watched it and found the extra minutes completely unnecessary. The elevator scene, so funny in the original release, becomes tiresome and stupid and about 4 times longer than it needed to be. Other than that, the original release is excellent.
We've all seen superhero film sequels that fell flat or outright bombed (i.e. Batman and Robin, Superman IV.) This film did no such thing. It continued an interesting story, introducing new characters and plots while building on what the first film had left us with. It also gave me my favorite Spider-Man villain ever: Dr. Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, whose performance can be called nothing short of "humanizing" for this character. Seriously, this incarnation of Dr. Otto Octavius is Spider-Man's equivalent of Mr. Freeze, but with a bit more humor, and that makes him so great to watch over and over again. It was also nice that this film didn't go the way of other superhero sequels by trying to cram more villains into its plot. Sure, Harry Osborn was rather evil, but he's been around in the previous film, so his story ark was merely continuing rather than just beginning. This film also did something I can't recall any other superhero film doing...it showed us Peter Parker's struggles with keeping up with his double life. Sure, there have been films, including this movie's predecessor, that showed such problems to a certain extent, but here, we truely can see and identify with his trials and sacrifices, and that only adds to his character and the plot. We surely have Toby McGuire's acting to thank for that as well as the great writing. I never really got the part about him just losing his powers and then getting them back, but otherwise, I loved this film. Mary Jane Watson was unfortunetly just as bland as in the previous film, taking the role of the female lead in superhero films back to the days before Margot Kidder played Lois Lane in the first Superman film. Nevertheless, I feel quite comfortable labeling Spider-Man 2 as my favorite in this series...I'd give it six stars if I could. Enjoy.
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There's no denying that the success of the X-Men film and Marvel's documented financial difficulties are what allowed the studios to get their claws into these franchises and while Hulk and Daredevil may have been disappointments, Stan Lee was never going to let his flagship character suffer the same fate.
Spider Man 1 was, in my opinion, the best superhero movie I had seen. The character stuck to the comic books, with a few minor exceptions(the webbing being the one that really bent the fanatics noses out of joint). The temptation to cast a Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt in the role was held at bay and some relatively unknown supporting members proved to be great in the from of Osbourne Jnr and Jameson.
This was a sequel that had a lot to live up to... And boy did it deliver! Again, some of the origins were messed with, we all know Doc Ock was never a humanitarian or 'controlled' by his claws, he was evil of his own free will. Regardless, Molina was excellent as the villain, McGuire was still the dork he should have been and his wrestling with his alter ego really gave the movie the depth it needed.
What makes Spiderman 2 a great movie is, not just the action sequences, but the realistic and believable relationships between the characters, with the exception of Jameson who is a welcome dose of 'over the top'. Osbourne's hatred for spider man slowly poisoning his friendship with Parker, Parker's love for MJ which he is forced to hide and MJ's pained frustration at Parker's refusal to open up, all add to the action we expect of this sort of movie.
Then there is the action. Acrobatics, explosions, runaway trains, fights atop skyscrapers... This has them all. The set pieces are breathtaking and Spidey gets more than as good as he gets from Doctor Octopus. Molina may have been a less than orthodox action man, and the slight paunch evident at points supports that, but he pulled the role off magnificently.
In wrapping up this review all I can say is the Spider Man 3 has some big boots to fill as this was a film that deserved all the box office records it broke and the DVD has some extras that really make it stand out as well