Spider-Man 2 [WS] [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2004]

Everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swoops to DVD in this widescreen special edition of the highly energized sequel from 20th Century Fox. With exquisite extras and spectacular picture and sound, this two-disc is a worthy buy for just about everyone. First off is the technical angle, in which this disc truly shines. Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the image is full of brilliant hues and fine details that are sure to bring your superhero dreams to life as you watch it. Additionally, the 5.1 Dolby Digital sound is an absorbing home-theater experience that's been meticulously created for this disc, and it does not disappoint. On the extras front, the fun starts with two different commentaries that are packed with anecdotes and stories from the production. The first track includes two separate recording sessions -- one from director Sam Raimi and Spidey himself, Tobey Maguire, and the other with Marvel producer-extraordinaire Avi Arad and co-producer Grant Curtis. This track is full of fun banter between the director and star, while the other two give good detail on the hows and whys of the moviemaking process. For more in-depth tech-talk, check out the technical commentary, headed by a few other sliced-together sessions that include effects-maestros John Dykstra and Steve Johnson, among others. The track is especially insightful when you begin to realize just how many of the effects were split between practical mechanical effects and CGI. Also included on the first disc is a blooper reel, a music video by Train, movie previews, web featurettes from the film's website, and a "Spidey Sense 2" trivia track that is stuffed with enough facts on the comic and the movie that it's almost overwhelming. Disc two contains the bulk of the extras, starting with the "Making the Amazing" 12-part documentary. This whopping two-hour making-of is one of the best in-depth and entertaining looks at a film that has graced the DVD world. After a bit of your usual PR-type talk in the beginning about the first film, this feature then dives head first into all of the separate departments as they pieced the movie together; this is highly recommended viewing for anyone who enjoys this type of stuff. Three featurettes can also be found on this second disc, all of which hold up the same quality as well. The highlight of the three would have to be the "Ock-Umentary" 20-minute special, which takes the viewer step-by-step through how the filmmakers were able to bring Doc Ock to life, from the pre-production process through the on-set puppeteering that set the stage for all of the CGI polishes later on. Other bonus features on the disc include a multi-angle feature that delves into a few effects-heavy sequences in the film, with other areas dedicated to Activision's exceptional Spider-Man 2 video game. Finally, comic artist Alex Ross has been given a gallery all his own that showcases his stunning paintings featured in the opening credit sequence. Also available in fullscreen, Superbit, and a Collector's DVD Gift Set, this release is a fantastic buy and a perfect gift for any fan of the film. In perfect double-dip fashion, Sony has plans to release a Spider-Man 2.5 as well, featuring extended sequences created solely for the DVD under Raimi's supervision. Until that comes out, there's plenty to love on this release, so don't be afraid to wait for the second release -- unless you like to torture yourself and miss out on a whole lot of great stuff.
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (124 out of 131)

Special Features


  • Commentary with director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, producer Avi Arad, and co-producer Grant Curtis
  • Technical commentary
  • Blooper reel
  • "Spidey Sense 2" trivia track with "pop-up" facts and trivia about the film and the world of Spider-Man
  • Four Web-i-sodes: Original online featurettes from the film's theatrical release
  • Train "Ordinary" music video
  • Previews
  • "Making the Amazing": A 12-part documentary from pre-production to the Hollywood premiere
  • "Hero in Crisis": A deeper look into Peter Parker and his personal battles in the continuing story of Spider-Man
  • Ock-Umentary: "Eight Arms to Hold You" -- A special look at Doc Ock from the comics to the big screen
  • "Interwoven: The Women of Spider-Man": A look into the lives of Mary Jane, Aunt May, and the other women in Peter Parker's life
  • "Enter the Web": A groundbreaking multi-angle look behind the scenes at the climactic Pier sequence captured in real time
  • Art gallery: A collection of Alex Ross' paintings used in the opening credits of the film
  • Activision's "Spider-Man 2: Spinning the Game" -- A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Spider-Man 2: The Game"
  • Web links
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Spider-Man 2
Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and Peter have noticed he's beginning to buckle under the strain. Parker's friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is also beginning to fray due to Peter's seeming alliance with Spider-Man, whom Harry blames for the death of his father, the nefarious Norman Osborn. As Parker weighs his responsibilities to himself and those around him against the obligations that come with his special powers, Spider-Man is faced with a new nemesis -- Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a deranged scientist whose latest project has turned him into the near-invincible cyborg Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Raimi, who helmed the first film, and much of the original cast has also reunited for this sequel, including Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Bruce Campbell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tobey Maguire
    Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Kirsten Dunst
    Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
  • James Franco
    James Franco - Harry Osborn
  • Alfred Molina
    Alfred Molina - Dr. Otto Octavius, AKA Doctor Octopus
  • Rosemary Harris
    Rosemary Harris - Aunt May



Overall customer rating

4.5
95%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

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    Superman
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    Spider-Man, one of America's favorite heroes, returns for a sequel two years after his first hit movie was released. Spider-Man 2 takes that great film and builds upon it, making for an even greater movie. Sam Raimi shows he knows what a good superhero movie is all about when Peter Parker removes the mask and we are able to see through him to understand what he goes through. While the movie may be lacking a little action in the middle, the drama is incredible. Not to say the action's bad. Doc Ock is a step up from the Green Goblin, making for more interesting, sophisticated fights by bringing four extra arms into the mix. It's everything that we had in the first film, only on a grander, more epic scale. Overall, I must say this is one of the best superhero films ever made. Sam Raimi finely assembles a grand package of spectacular fights while maintaining a proper balance of drama and story. A must for any Spidey fan or superhero fan in general.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    4thHorseman

    I'm one of the few to say this, but this movie is unbelievably overhyped. This movie has poor characterizations (mainly Doc Oc) and you still have people like Dunst who can't pull an easy Mary Jane role off to save her life. McGuire, like the first and last film, is so incredibly boring he makes you want to turn off the film. The action scenes are great in the film, and the way Raimi had made the film looked made it so much better. There's plenty of plot holes (arms move by themselves when Oc is unconscious, but will be affected if he's hit with a cane???), and the idea of Spiderman pretty much showing his face to half the people in this film are irritating. It's a decent movie, not as good as the first, but not as horrible as the third. Just know there's a lot more wrong with this film than most people will say it does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great natural filmic transfer from 4K master

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    movieman1984
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    I've never been a huge fan of these Spiderman movies but I bought this blu ray because I was curious about the quality of the 4K Master. I am glad I bought it because it is a very cinematic very high quality transfer. With this being mastered from a 4K source there is no reason for them to try to falsely sharpen or falsely 'enhance' any aspect, and they don't tinker with it in any way, rightfully so...and since they don't tinker with it and they leave the entire 50GB disc for just the movie alone to play as brilliantly as possible, you get a naturally beautiful cinematicly filmic picture. This is in my opinion well worth buying for the quality of the picture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie

    Posted
    kris24
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    Spiderman 2 is the best of the Spiderman trilogy so far. This movie has excellent special effects and Doc Ock is a really cool villian. The action sequences in this movie are breathtaking like the scene where Spiderman and Doc Ock are throwing punches at each other while falling down the side of a large skyscraper. There are also some nice special features on disc two. It has a bunch of mini documentaries that show some of the charachters and how the movie was produced. This is a awesome superhero movie and one of Marvel's best films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    On par or better sequel to the first

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    snakesoup
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    First this movies tone will appeal to all ages. The direction of this movie is too tell spideys story but is not dark yet not boring at all And to especially to have fun. The train scene where he loses his mask too, is one of highest points. Kristen Dunst is lovely as Mary Jane. Unlike The Amazing SpiderMan this version is a lot more humble like he should be. If you want Spider-Man the original Spider-Man film trilogy is the one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An exciting and amazing film.

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    Pyramids
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    I think that "Spider-Man 2" was one of the greatest films of all-time and was also one of my favorite films of all-time. I have seen and enjoyed all of the "Spider-Man" films of the first Spider-Man trilogy several times and I also think that "Spider-Man 2" had a lot of entertaining and enjoyable action, mystery, suspense, horror and drama and a really great and amazing cast and personal storylines.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Web and Tentacles!

    Posted
    Godzillafan1995fwc
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    Spider-Man 2 is amazing. It was great that Dr. Octopus appears in the movie. I felt bad that Peter kept on losing his powers and he stopped being Spider-Man. Yeah the movie thrown in the story of Peter Parker giving up on being Spider-Man. You'll see a scene where Peter leaves his costume in the trash can reminiscent of the comics. I was thank god when Peter got his powers back and decided to go back to being Spider-Man.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I liked this movie!

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    Fcpeditor28
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    This is one of my favourite films and now I get to see it in 4K Mastered! Definitely recommend but it's important to note that this is "mastered in 4K" on BD and that this is not a 4K film on BD. You must have a BD Player that has the capability of playing back xv.YCC color, a 4K UHDTV and the cables to get the full benefit of the expanded color! This is very good in the series and I'm glad they continued in this storyline!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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