The Amazing Spider-Man [3 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2012]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1348 out of 1416)

Special Features


  • Blu-ray exclusives:
  • The Amazing Spider-Man second screen app: download the app to your iPad or Sony Tablet S or Xperia Tablet S and sync to the film for an even more immersive experience
  • Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn: over 90 minutes of in-depth making-of featurettes
  • Pre-visualization sequences
  • Image progression reels
  • Plus:
  • Deleted scenes
  • Audio commentary with Marc Webb, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
  • Stunt rehearsals
  • The Oscorp archives - production art gallery

Synopsis


The Amazing Spider-Man
Typical teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets as Columbia Pictures reboots the Spider-Man franchise with the help of director Mark Webb ((500) Days of Summer) and screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Emma Stone co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Andrew Garfield
    Andrew Garfield - Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Emma Stone
    Emma Stone - Gwen Stacy
  • Rhys Ifans
    Rhys Ifans - The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors
  • Denis Leary
    Denis Leary - Captain Stacy
  • Martin Sheen
    Martin Sheen - Uncle Ben



Overall customer rating

4.5
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great superhero film

    Posted
    Treydle
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    Can you reboot a franchise that once held the record for largest opening weekend in history? Can you create something original using a character who was first introduced to the world in 1962? Peter Parker, age 4, (played by Max Charles) is playing hide and seek one night when he discovers someone has broken into his father’s study. His father, Richard (played by Campbell Scott) sees this and takes some important papers, his wife Mary (played by Embeth Davidtz) and his son to the home of his Aunt May (played by Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (played by Martin Sheen). Peter is left in that home for his own safety and never sees his parents again. At least a decade later, Peter (played as a teenager by Andrew Garfield), is being bullied by an athlete named Flash Thompson (played by Chris Zylka) and has a crush on a student named Gwen Stacey (played by Emma Stone). When Peter returns home at the end of the day, bruised and beaten by Flash, he finds papers in his father’s briefcase that show he once worked with a man named Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans). Connors works at a company named Oscorp, so Peter disguises himself as an intern to gain access to the lab and, hopefully, Connors. Little did he know, the tour for new interns was led by Gwen Stacey. She knows immediately that the ID badge that Peter’s wearing belongs to someone else, but allows him to continue on the tour regardless. Peter sneaks away from the group and finds a lab filled with genetically-modified spiders that are producing biocable. As is often the case with people who bother animals for no reason, Peter gets bitten. Security eventually finds him and escorts him out of the building. While on the subway, he discovers that he gained far more than knowledge from his visit. Now, I saw the 2002 Spider-Man film starring Tobey Maguire and the 2004 sequel. I liked it initially, but over time, I grew tired of it. I thought 2004’s Daredevil was a much better film, despite mixed reviews from moviegoers and critics. Not to mention, I believe Kirsten Dunst gave a less-than-stellar performance as Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Not to mention the irony of having blonde Kirsten Dunst dye her hair red to play Mary Jane Watson and then having redhead Emma Stone dye her hair blonde to play Gwen Stacey. Forgetting all that for a second, this was a much better film than the one we got from Sam Raimi. Director Marc Webb and company have created something with a much darker, more serious tone, a better story, and a solid conclusion. I enjoyed this film very much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fitting Reboot of a Comic Legend

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    AandJ091108
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    After watching the first five minutes of The Amazing Spiderman, I knew I was gonna like it; after the first hour (which includes a lot of exposition without being tedious) I actually preferred this one to the Raimi versions mainly cuz I think it possesses an intensity and believability that the previous films lacked. Marvel seems to be producing more mature, rebooted versions of all their super-hero series and I actually prefer this variation on the Spider Man story as well, especially the disappearance of the pointless Mary Jane obsession (which always made me respect Spidey a little less). I suspect that a more scientifically savvy audience appreciates an ever evolving origins story and I also enjoyed the initial dealing-with-new-superpowers interlude which was very amusing and again just seemed a much more realistic reaction from Peter Parker to his new abilities. Exceptional performances for Peter and Gwen are what truly make this production stand out from every other action-packed big-budget flick out there, not to mention a truly scary and menacing super-villain causing some sequences to play a little like a horror film. The tragic loss of his uncle is intensely emotional making the motivation for becoming a vigilante seem more credible, while the use of fantasy tech to supplement his powers added to this as well. love Martin Sheen as uncle Ben, never been much of a Sally Fields fan but apparently the producers were looking for star power to offset the use of mostly unknowns in the starring roles (which I think was a stroke of brilliance by the way). The FX action sequences are seamless, gorgeous, captivating and again convincing (hitting on this alot I know but I think it's an essential factor). It's the details that make the difference, like while on the job at dizzying heights getting a call on his cell from aunt May reminding him to pick up eggs on his way home. The wise-cracking Spidey is not only back but actually funny with flawless comedic timing throughout and the gratuitous Stan Lee cameo was priceless. This is a new Spider-man, a better one, one whom you will be emotionally invested in by the dramatic ending which brilliantly wraps up an all-around excellent, excellent film! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's difficult to "reboot" a sucessfull franchise.

    Posted
    Tedfords
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    It's difficult to "reboot" a successful franchise. The Sam Rami series had it's faults and positives. One great choice the new franchise makes is in Andrew Garfield. I believed he was the quippy borderline jerk when he was Spiderman. I absolutely believed he was the shy/awkward geek when Parker. Emma Stone is a fantastic love interest. Replacing a great Aunt May and Uncle Ben was also no easy task, but one that was very well chosen. The film also made me want to know a lot more about Parker's parents (something the other franchise didn't), which I guess we may get in the sequel. As far as story . . . well it's an origin movie so we get another retelling of how Parker gets to be Spiderman. This one was pretty good, my only issue is he can't possibly be the only person to ever get bitten by these genetically altered spiders. They're in a giant facility where apparently people can just waltz in. And if he isn't the first, why did he survive? Very little explanation, but if it gets us to him MAKING HIS OWN WEBSHOOTERS and swinging from building to building I'm in. Although the villain is very well chosen both story and acting wise, it gets tiring to see another bad guy with dual personalities (I know it's a reboot, but didn't we just deal with that the entire last franchise with Goblin?). All in all it's definitely a set up movie for the sequel. It's fun, funny, and has 100% less whine (looking at you Tobey Maguire). Plus how can you go wrong with Denis Leary as the police captain/father you would never want to meet?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bonus movie ticket cash made this a Best Buy

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    billsvoice
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    So, I had already seen this movie in theaters and had never bothered to buy it on DVD or BluRay, but when I noticed Best Buy had a bonus "movie money" offer for a ticket to see the new movie, I figured it would be a good refresher to re-watch it. I liked this re-boot of the Spider-Man franchise. While I was a bigger fan of the Sam Raimi films (except for that gawd awful 3rd film), I still like what they are doing with the characters. There are things from both series that I like and hate. For this film, I prefer the way that they are building Peter Parker's world, touching down on the Gwen Stacey/Capt. Stacey story arc that was sorely missed from the original trilogy. The actors all do commendable jobs here. But I am a little put off by Peter's constant brooding in this film. Yes, he should have conflict, but he's a little too "angry at the world" in these films. Also, I used my "movie cash" and saw the new film in theaters. It's not as bad as many have made it out to be, but it still could have used some fixing. I'm thankful that getting a free pass to see it softened that blow. And, since I have been a Spider-fan for years, I will no doubt see the third movie when it comes out. With any luck, it will be with a bonus ticket with the purchase of the second film on BluRay. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Movie, Great Blu-ray

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    Thom
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    MOVIE: The first act is awkward both in pacing and story, but it gives way to an emotional, well-acted story with engaging action sequences, that admittedly is still not without flaw. VIDEO: While the cinematography is a bit dim, not so much in lighting and more in a, "did someone just turn the backlight on my TV down," way, this Blu-ray displays it beautifully. Detail is sharp and well defined, colors are accurate, contrast is punchy and detailed, and no notable compression artifacts are visible. There's a "Mastered in 4K," release that yeilds slightly stronger detail and better gradation, but on the whole it's not worth the upgrade if you already own this disc. AUDIO: This DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is excellent, save one strangely mixed scene. Rear speakers are used frequently and beautifully, bass is strong, fidelity and dialogue are excellent. However, there's a scene toward the end of the movie, with Peter and Gwen having a conversation in the rain, that has some odd flaws. In this scene, dialogue is quiet to the point of being almost inaudible, rear speaker activity is minimal if not nonexistent, and dialogue is always accompanied by a weird hiss or high-pitched hum. That scene aside, though, this movie sounds amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent, but unbalanced.

    Posted
    AarontheGUY
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    I came away from the Amazing Spider-man much more positively than I had anticipated. I'm not a big fan of the 'Ultimate Spider-man' storyline which much of this film draws from, and the less said about the 'new suit design' the better. That being said, Andrew Garfield did a more than decent job filling the webbed tights and Emma Stone did a wonderful job in the boots of Gwen Stacy. The on-screen chemistry between the two leads is probably one of the best things about this particular film. I don't want to post an entire treatise, so I'll briefly sum up the things that I think are my biggest peeves about this particular take on Spider-man. - Dr. Connors/Lizard is written terribly. The potential for character-driven drama with this villain in particular makes this even more frustrating for me. When a character suddenly pulls an about face and becomes a super-villain for no discernible reason you've got a poorly written character. - Uncle Ben's death in this movie is feels rushed and fairly unimportant. Sorry Martin Sheen, I liked your performance just fine. - While watching the movie I had a running total of how many New Yorkers knew Spider-man's 'secret' identity constantly updating in my head. I stopped keeping track at about 65...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent, but not perfect

    Posted
    brighteyes70s
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    Although I love superhero movies, and have been a big fan of Spider-man since I was a little kid, after seeing the original trilogy, I have found that this new Spider-man reboot is lacking in the personality department. In the original series, as goofy as he was, you sort of had an attachment to Tobey McGuire and really felt like you were in his shoes and could feel what he was feeling. Whereas with Andrew Garfield, I just didn't get that. Although yes, I got the feeling like he was an outcast and an isolated and frustrated teenager, I just didn't connect with the way he communicated. He was almost too distant, and as a writer I know how important it is to connect with the primary character in order to get a reader fully immersed in the story line. I feel the same technique needs to apply with movies as well. However, aside from that, I did enjoy the plot as well as the fighting scenes and such, which more than made up for Garfield's lack of screen presence. Therefore, I am going to give it 4 stars. PS--As with anything, if you have a way to get the Blu-Ray, just DO it. The graphics differences from one format to the next are phenomenal, especially with the right television set that can do 1080p and 24 frames.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent reboot

    Posted
    BadgerKing
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    I went into this movie not thinking much of it - I'm a huge fan of the original Raimi trilogy (despite Spider-Man 3 having massive problems...), and this movie was pretty much Sony's attempt to keep the movie license. It's a good reboot, but I don't think showing the origin story yet again was necessary. The Raimi films are still fresh in peoples' minds, and even if you have new viewers who haven't seen them, you don't need to spend 40 minutes for the origin yet again. The good thing is that Andrew Garfield makes a great Peter Parker and Spider-Man, who is far more witty and humorous than Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man. The visuals are great, but the story appears to be cut and edited a bit from what you were expecting from the trailer - in fact, there are clips in the trailer that never appear in the movie that talk about "secrets" surrounding Peter's parents that are never elaborated on. The best thing I can say about this is that without it we wouldn't be getting the sequel, which judging by the trailers will be quite (pardon the pun) amazing - and it'll also focus on the "secrets" that were left out of the first film. It's a solid superhero movie and a good reboot.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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