on 11 July 2012
I'm not going to do a traditional review for this set: it looks great, it sounds great, it's dirt-cheap, and that's pretty much all you need to know. Other reviews will go into more detail about these things.
What I AM going to do here is clear up a bit of confustion regarding the special features and whatnot. While the backs of the individual Blu-ray cases seem to list all of the extras, they are NOT complete and do not mention several of the extras that are actually on the discs. The reviews on here listing the features are just taken from the backs of the boxes, so hopefully this will make everything clear. So, without further ado, here's the full list. (All special features are from the original 2-disc DVDs unless stated otherwise.)
Spider Sense Trivia Challenge (Blu-ray exclusive)
Spider-Man Cutting Room (Blu-ray exclusive)
Commentary by Filmmakers and Cast
Commentary by Visual Effects Designer and Crew
Commentary by Tobey Maguire and J.K. Simmons (previously only available on the Region 1 "Superbit" DVD release, making it the first time this commentary has been released in Europe)
Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century documentary
HBO Making of Spider-Man
"Spider-Mania" - an E! Entertainment Special
Director & Composer Profiles
Behind the Scenes of Spider-Man (7 featurettes previously only available on the 3-disc Deluxe Edition DVD from 2004)
Webisodes (previously only available via multi-angle branching on the original DVD; they are presented here as separate features)
Gags & Outtakes
Original Theatrical Trailer
SPIDER-MAN 2 / SPIDER-MAN 2.1 (original availability of extras in parenthesis)
Commentary by Cast & Crew (2)
Technical Commentary (2)
Commentary by Laura Ziskin & Alvin Sargent (2.1)
Blooper Reels (2)
Hero in Crisis featurette (2)
Ock-Umentary - 8 Arms to Hold You featurette (2)
Making the Amazing - A 12 Part Documentary (2)
VFX Breakdowns (2.1)
Commentary with Director & Cast
Music Video "Signal Fire" by Snow Patrol
SO WHAT'S MISSING?
Even though this set contains more extras than at first glance, it still doesn't contain everything from the DVDs, so you may want to hang on to those if you already have them.
The first film by far fares the best in terms of retention of extras, and both of the features it loses are pretty disposeable:
"Weaving the Web" Trivia Track
Peter Parker's Darkroom: Photo Gallery
SPIDER-MAN 2 / SPIDER-MAN 2.1
Spider-Man 2.1 takes a big hit in the extras department, with most of its features MIA, plus a few strange omissions from the original Spider-Man 2 release:
Interwoven: The Women of Spider-Man featurette (2) [considering the other two featurettes from SM2 were included, this is a particularly glaring omission]
Spidey Sense 2 Trivia Track (2 and 2.1)
"Enter the Web" multi-angle feature (2)
Theatrical Trailer (2)
Photo Gallery (2)
Inside 2.1 documentary (2.1)
With Great Effort Comes Great Recognition featurette (2.1)
Villains of Spider-Man 3 Featurette (2.1)
Multi-Angle Score (2.1)
Spider-Man 3 Sneak Peek featurette (2.1)
The biggest loss from the DVDs and the previous Blu-ray trilogy set from 2007 is the bonus disc of Spider-Man 3, which contains the majority of that film's extras, which leaves the one in this set pretty sparse in the bonuses department (though this is sort-of made up for by the inclusion of extras on the other 2 films unlike the 2007 trilogy). I'm not going to list all of the features that aren't on here, since I'd just be listing the contents of the second disc; suffice to say it's a lot. The first disc even says "Feature Disc" when you boot it up, and the disc itself reads "Feature Film"; obviously Disc 1 of the 2-disc set has just been stuck in a new case without its other half.
However, if you're desperate to have all of the special features on Blu-ray, you can now get the original release of SM3 for around 2 quid used, so it's really not a big deal. You can even physically place the "hinge" from the old case in the new one so that your shiny new Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray is a complete 2-disc set once again and give the spare movie disc/case to a friend, like I did.
IN THE END...
I was tempted to knock a star off of this review for the pointless exclusion of the Spider-Man 3 bonus disc, but for this price, and the host of new-to-Blu extras for the first two films, it's hard to complain. If you're an extras nut then it'll literally cost you pennies to get that disc separately if you so desire.
Three great films, one great price, if you have a Blu-ray player and you like Spider-Man then this is a no-brainer. I hope you found this review helpful.
on 15 September 2007
Coded for all regions (A, B and C)
1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
English Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround
English Audio Description Track 5.1
Czech, Hungarian and Russian DD5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, English HOH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish
Spider-Man 2 - Also includes Spider-Man 2.1 which features 8 minutes of additional footage.
1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
English Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround
English Audio Description Track 2.0
Czech and Polish (VO) DD5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, English HOH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Turkish
2-Disc Special Edition release of Spider-Man 3 include...
Disc 1: Main Feature
English PCM 5.1 (Uncompressed)
English Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround (Lossless)
English Audio Description Track
Czech, Hungarian, Russian and Polish DD5.1 Surround
Subtitles (Main Feature): English, English HOH, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish
Subtitles (Extras): English and Dutch (including commentaries), Greek
Commentary with Director & Cast
Photo Gallery: Sketches
Photo Gallery: Paintings
Photo Gallery: Sculptures
Photo Gallery: Special Effects
Photo Gallery: Director & Cast
Music Video: Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
Disc 2: Extra Features
Easter Egg: Scoring the Blooper Reel
Easter Egg 2: Grant Curtis ADR Session
Featurette: Grains of Sand - Building Sandman
Featurette: Re-imagining the Goblin
Featurette: Covered in Black - Creating Venom
Featurette: Hanging On... Gwen Stacy & the Collapsing Floor
Featurette: Fighting, Flying & Driving - The Stunts
Featurette: Tangled Web - The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3
Featurette: Wall of Water: The Big Dump
Featurette: Inside the Editing Room
Featurette: The Science of Sound
Featurette: On Location New York - From Rooftops to Backstreets
Featurette: On Location Cleveland - The Chase on Euclid Avenue
TV Spots Around the World: Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, Chile, Russia, Brazil, UK
Spider-Man 3 Trailers
Features the adventures of the famous webslinger as he battles numerous adversaries in SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2, and SPIDER-MAN 3.
In SPIDER-MAN, high school student Peter Parker gets bitten by a genetically modified spider whilst on a school trip to a University laboratory. Overnight Peter develops supernatural powers and extreme strength. At first he uses his new talents for his own material gain but Peter eventually comes to the conclusion that he must use his new found abilities to fight evil as the super-hero Spider-Man.
In SPIDER-MAN 2, Peter Parker is having problems with his double life as the superhero Spider-Man and as things get worse he decides never to be Spider-Man again. It's only when the scientist Dr Otto Octavius becomes deformed in a freak accident into Dr Octopus that he realises that only Spider-Man can stop him.
In SPIDER-MAN 3, the webbed superhero and his girlfriend, Mary Jane, get embroiled in a love triangle while he is forced to confront a new slate of dastardly villains and a power that changes his very personality.
on 25 February 2016
I will start by saying these movies are great. They still hold up and owning them on Blu-ray is worth it. To me one of the signs of a great movie is the replay value you get from it and I’ve watched the Spiderman movies countless times. The story is brilliant and I think Peter Parker is the most relatable super hero in regards to that question we get asked, what would you do if you had super powers? Remember with great power comes great responsibility.
Spiderman: Spiderman was the spring board for all the Marvel movies we have today. The movie establishes everything in the beginning, it shows us why we should care and relate to the story of Peter Parker aka Spiderman and the difficult choices he has to make along his journey.
The best bites: A bit of dialogue between former pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage and Tobey Maguire in a cage match.
Bonesaw - What're ya doin' up there?
Spiderman - Staying away from you. That's a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?
- Aunt May tells Peter he’s not Superman
The Not best bit: Kirsten Dunston screaming.
Special features include: Gags, outtakes, webisodes, a documentary on the mythology of Spiderman, screen test with Tobey Maguire, director and composer profiles of Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman, and a behind the scenes of Spiderman Costume design.
Spiderman 2: What makes the next instalment so special is you get more emotional depth from the main characters. The movie goes into how Peter’s choices affects the people around him. He tries to protect his friends and family, even though he has these amazing powers he hates how powerless he feels in relation to the people he cares about. Considering he has powers you can still identify with him, he’s has a full time job while going to school, difficulties paying his bills, and trying support his Aunt. I even noticed a little Easter egg I never caught before where Doctor Strange is mentioned at one point.
Special features include: A director’s cut of about 10mins of unseen footage, commentaries for both theatrical and extended versions of the film. It also has Blooper reels, making the Amazing a documentary, Hero in Crisis Featurette, VFX Breakdowns, and Ock-Umentary: Eight Arms. The extra footage was a delight, please be careful though the next couple sentences include potential spoilers of the added footage. The bonus scenes include more conversations with Harry and Peter and how much Harry hates Spiderman. We get a longer elevator scene with Hal Sparks chatting with Spidey. Mary Jane talks with a friend about if she is really in love with John Jameson. The best was getting to see Jonah Jameson wearing the Spiderman outfit.
The Best Bit: There is scene where Tobey Maguire or his stunt double falls from atop of a building and harshly lands on a car. It looks so realistic it still makes me clench every time I watch Spiderman 2.
The Not Best Bit: Kirsten Dunston screaming. Endless and shrill
Spiderman 3: Most people will claim that the 3rd film is terrible, and it’s actually not an awful film. The characters and the plot are similar to the first two, the problem is it’s not paced and feels rushed in regards to the introduction of new characters. I still believe it’s an entertaining movie and rounds the trilogy out well enough.
The best bit: The opening credits that recap everything from the previous two films.
The Not best bits: Kirsten Dunston screaming. Endless and shrill. Endless. Also Tobey Maguire turns into a weird goth, dances awkwardly and wears eye make-up.
Special Features Include: Cast and crew commentaries with Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco, and Blooper reels.