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Spider-Man [DVD] [2002]

Tobey Maguire|Willem Dafoe|Kirsten Dunst|James Franco , Sam Raimi    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire|Willem Dafoe|Kirsten Dunst|James Franco
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marvel Comics fans have been waiting for this big-screen Spider-Man since the character made his print debut in 1962, which attaches impossible expectations to a film that rates as a solid success without breaking out of the spandex ghetto in the way that Batman Returns or X-Men did. Tobey Maguire is ideally cast as speccy Peter Parker, a high school swot with personal problems. The suit and effects take over when he gets bitten by a genetically engineered (i.e., no longer radioactive) spider and transforms into a web-swinging superhero who finds that these super-powers don't really help him get close to the girl next door (Kirsten Dunst) or protect his elderly guardian (Cliff Robertson) from random violence. The villain of the peace is Peter's best friend's industrialist father (Willem Dafoe) who has dosed himself on an experimental serum which makes him go all Jekyll-and-Hyde and emerge as the cackling Green Goblin, who soon gets a grudge against Spider-Man.

Sam Raimi gives it all a bright, airy, kinetic feel, with wonderful aerial stuff as Spider-Man escapes from his troubles by swinging between skyscrapers, and the rethink of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's origin story is managed with a canny mix of faithfulness (JK Simmons' as the crass editor JJ Jameson is the image of the comic character) and send-up (after a big introduction, Spider-Man finally appears in a really rubbish first attempt at a spider costume). Maguire and the impossibly sweet Dunst make it work as a hesitant teen romance, but somehow the second half, which brings on the villain to give the hero someone to fight, is only exciting when it wants to be affecting too. --Kim Newman

On the DVD: Spider-Man's two-disc offering is nothing out of the ordinary, but fans will find some gems here including Stan Lee's thoughts, a gallery of comic cover art and profiles on the baddies. The two commentaries (cast and crew, and Special Effects) both have long periods with pauses, but the special effects guys are full of insight. The DVD-ROM section offers some of the more exciting features, including three comics transferred onto your computer, page by page, although be aware that the "Film to Comic" comparison is not for the original but for the new comic of the film. As you would expect from a blockbuster superhero film, the sound and vision are immaculate. --Nikki Disney

Product Description

Based on the classic Marvel Comics series, Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN deftly details the origin of the web-slinging superhero. When awkward New York City teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) attends a class field trip to a laboratory, he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider while taking photos of his longtime crush, the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Soon he discovers this bite has given him remarkable powers--heightened strength, dexterity, and awareness, along with the ability to cling to walls and shoot webs from his wrists. Hoping to win Mary Jane's heart using his new talents, Peter becomes distracted from home life with his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), ultimately leading to tragedy--and his new role as the crime-fighting Spider-Man. Meanwhile Harry Osborn (Willem Dafoe), the industrialist father of Peter's friend Norman (James Franco), undergoes a transformation of his own, bringing about the creation of Spider-Man's arch-nemesis--the Green Goblin. In order to save his loved ones--and all of New York City--from the devastating force of the deluded Goblin, Spider-Man must take on the villain in a series of stunning battles.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection at its most perfect! 9 Dec 2002
Format:DVD
Simply fantastic! I loved this film so very much, which is a big achievement since I wanted to hate it when I first went to see it. I'm a big fan of Spiderman, Marvel and all things superhero-like, so while you might think my review might be a bit biased, you couldn't be further from truth. I thought this film would ruin Spiderman and be a cheap cash in on the Spiderman name. Having seen pictures of what the Green Goblin looked like, it practically confirmed my view. But how wrong I was!

The film is just so faithful to Spiderman and the comics. There are so many things that are just so right and done just how they should be! You even have little things such as the high school bully, Flash, in there as well as MJ calling Peter "Tiger" just like she does in the comics and series. Even the phrase "Friendly neighbourhood Spiderman" is in there! The action is amazing, and is just perfect. It really does Spiderman justice, and makes him seem like a proper superhero.

And the Green Goblin is an amazing baddie! I thought he looked like some reject robot or something from photo's I'd seen in magazines, but when you see him in the film, and his voice, it's just perfect, and he comes out with some amazing villain phrases! You really can tell that Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, really did go to every extent to make sure that this film was as perfect as it should be with his involvement in the production of this film.

Okay, there are some really cheesy moments (the scene when all the New Yorkers throw stuff is the worst - you'll know what I mean when you see it, and they had the chance to kill Macy Gray - what a wasted opportunity), but the rest of the film is fabulous. I really wanted to hate this film, but I just couldn't help but love it!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Extra Cash! 22 May 2004
Format:DVD
For some strange reason, I never got around to buying 'Spiderman' on DVD, but when I saw that a 'deluxe' edition was being released with a third disc of extras, I felt that the time had come to finally purchase it. It comes nicely packaged, with a cardboard sleeve to house the amaray case, but once unwrapped, I was shocked to see that the third disc was simply thrown in; No, not part of the overall package, but slipped in between the cardboard sleeve and the main case (which is the regular two disc version of 'Spiderman' available)! It has its own cardboard sleeve (like those that you get with free CD's in Sunday newspapers!) and this cheapens the item further!! There is no compartment to store it, therefore being a little useless as it is now sitting in a drawer rather than on my DVD cabinet! The disc has some interesting extras though, from the costume and set designs to looking at certain scenes in detail, and there are some sneek peeks at 'Spiderman 2', however, these can be seen on TV all the time, and the trailer can be viewed on the Apple Quicktime website. This would have felt like more of a complete package had it had all the extras bundled into less discs, but the price cannot be justified and it was a disappointing buy. Buy the regular two disc version for less, the extras just aren't worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimpy kid gets bitten by super spider 6 Dec 2002
Format:DVD
To be honest, I was expecting a synical marketing exercise. You know the type of thing, plenty of special effects but little in the way of plot.
Wow, was I wrong. I have two children 9 and 7 and sat back with them expecting to fall asleep within 10 minutes. Instead, the film gripped me from start to finish - it had everything. A decent storyline - 'gimpy kid gets bitten by super spider and turns into a genuine everyday super hero' plus a great villian played by the ever excellent Willen Dafoe.
And as for the effects. - STUNNING. The fight scenes with the Green Goblin are amazing. Spideman's costume is a work of art too - and this alone, in my mind at least, elevates it above the likes of Batman and Superman.
This is one of those rare films that manages to please the entire family. I'd be quite happy to sit back and watch it again with the kids or indeed on my own.
Something for all ages and sets the standard for which similar films will be judged.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Standout of 2002 13 Mar 2003
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Peter Parker is the class nerd. One day, while on a field trip, he is bitten by a super spider and starts to gain super powers. While he's having fun climbing walls and shooting webbing, his best friend's dad is undergoing a transformation of his own. Norman Osborn has tried a highly risky experiment on himself, and it's made him crazy. Transforming into the Green Goblin, he fights to bring down all those who oppose him. When Spiderman gets in his way, the battle ensues.
What really drew me to this movie was the emotions and struggles it puts the characters through. Peter is forever longing to be noticed by Mary Jane, and his sudden transformation doesn't turn her eye. Yet he's also aware that keeping who he has become a secret is highly important to the safety of his friends and family. That last scene was dynamite! I also enjoyed the Jekyll/Hyde relationship that Norman had with the Green Goblin. That was filmed and written well, making the villain slightly sympathetic himself. The actors do a wonderful job of drawing me in and making me care for the characters. Much like the real world, not everything gets resolved easily, and this movie certainly left me wanting to know more.
The DVD set is wonderful as well. The film is preserved with clear picture and sound. The commentaries are interesting and there are loads of behind the scenes things to go through. I'm not that familiar with the Spider-Man comics, so I found the sections on the character especially fascinating as well.
This movie tempers its action with wonderful heart, making it a truly likeable film. Movies don't get much better then this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great film brilliant clarity in the 4K
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
one of my hero's just need to get the story sorted out
Published 18 days ago by Kenneth McClernon
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a great film
I like this better than the new version. In particular, the Green Goblin is every bit a mad and scarey as he is in the comics... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A J McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!
This is who I wanted to be when I grew up!

`Spider-Man' is my absolute favourite superhero movie when I was growing up through my teenage years. It's a classic! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman DVD 2002
My son loves spiderman and therefore loves watching the dvd's day in and day out, therefore this was a greast purchase for him.
Published 3 months ago by Madeleine Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man Broke The Mould For Superhero Movies....
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man was truly unique when it was unleashed on the world in 2002. There was much hype behind it, and the movie ended up living up to it's billing; even surpassing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by WCW Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
great watch i really enjoyed watching this on the go on my kindle made a long journey very pleasureable and would reccommend it
Published 4 months ago by jamie claffey
3.0 out of 5 stars Your not Superman you know....
On a school field trip, Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically modified spider.

He wakes up the next morning with incredible powers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
3.0 out of 5 stars An average start for the web slinger
Unlike a lot of people, I wasn't really blown away by the first Spider-Man film, mainly due to what I feel was a large miscasting of actors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gatekeeper197
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