|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Tobey Maguire, Bruce Campbell, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, Joe Manganiello, Ted Raimi, Bill Nunn|
|Studio:||COLUMBIA TRI-STAR HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Comic Book Heroes on DVD|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Nov 2002|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, Hindi|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
EXCELLENT, MUST SEE MOVIE!By a customer from Newcastle , 17 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Some films in the world can be hyped up
when they don't deserve it and that's
what i thought about Spiderman before i
saw it. i expected it to be just okay
but not brilliant, how wrong i was.
having waited till 2004 to finally see this movie on dvd it was well worth it.
the movie may have main villain named
The Green Goblin who resemebles villain from Power Rangers but this movie is super cool. basically, Peter Parker [ Toby Maguire] is this high school student who is bullied
for being different. he lusts for the girl next door Mary Jane Watson [ Kirsten Dunst] the love of his life.
then one day at high school trip to
the manhattan museum he is bitten by genetically modified super spider and becomes half mutant half human superman.
he decides to use his new powers for his own personal gain but after terrible tragedy he decides to use his powers to vanquish evil under the name: Spiderman!
he might have chance of winning over MJ [ Mary Jane's short name] while this goes on his best friend Harry Osborne [ James Franco]'s father Norman Osborne [ Willem Dafoe]has signed contract for an extro- skeleton design and they need human volounteer for an experiment to enhance human potential for the military. however, something turns drastically wrong and the experiment [ which Norman has tested himself] causes Norman to turn insane due to the gamma
radiation in the lab. now like Spiderman, Norman is stronger and more powerful than ever. however, he uses his new super powers to become the evil
villain The Green Goblin and invade
Newyork City. so it's up to Spiderman to save the day. one of the finest movies ever made with Toby Maguire in the role of Spiderman/Peter Parker he just IS Peter Parker and just IS Spiderman he is perfect. Kirsten Dunst is not exactly like in the comics but
now i can't imagine anyone else in the role. same goes for cliff roberts and rosemary harris who fit very well into the role of Peter's Uncle Ben and Aunt Mey Parker. Willem Dafoe won the role over Nicholas Cage and John Malkovich and i'm glad considering he IS The Green Goblin/Norman Osborne. i know i say IS a lot but this is such great piece of casting with director Sam Raimi and screenwriter David Koepp joining forces was the result of superhero classic. Bruce Campbell [ from Sam Raimi's Evil Dead] has his own cameo in the movie too. see this movie, it's superb with MARVELlous character development. i highly reccomend.
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A superhero with real heartBy takeocyber (27 reviews) , 19 Aug 2013Brilliant film. It moves along at a cracking pace, features thoroughly likeable characters, has exciting and imaginative action scenes, and has a good (and non-cheesy) message about responsibility and helping others. Films with this much heart are rare, and even 11 years after its initial release, it's still far greater than most superhero movies. A must-watch.
Spider-Man Blu-RayBy Pud567 (1 review) , 26 Jul 2012Really enjoyed watching this film on Blu-ray, so much detail on a big tv and an excellent film all the way through.
brilliant filmBy cheesekake (1498 reviews) from uk , 07 Mar 2012great soundtrack, great action, lots of brilliant effects, really good all round stuff, the ending is a bit mushy but otherwise its still good
Humourless or whatBy Praf007 (50 reviews) from Wembley , 12 Feb 2012I was a disappointed in the film versions of Marvels Comic series. There was no humour which the comics has. Could not stand Tobey, until he put on the mask so did not have to see his face.
Best bit is when Stan Lee makes an appearance.
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Spider-Man, a hybrid fantasy/action film with a twistBy Elfy (7 reviews) from Darlington , 11 Sep 2010Meet Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), your typical high school nerd, bullied by jocks, fascinated by science and having a crush on the popular, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Peters life is dull, empty, however, one day while out on a trip with his science class to a research facility, he is bitten by a genetically modified spider. As time passes Peter eventually becomes more athletic, his senses are stronger, he can shoot webs from his wrists and he is a lot more stronger than he has ever been in his entire life. Everything is looking up for lucky Peter, until one day a menace known as the Green Goblin appears, vent out on ruining his life. Peter now must defend his title as a super hero, as well as save the city of New York from real danger.
As cliche'd as the film may appear to be, don't be discouraged. Spider-Man is one of the most unique Comic-Book heroes to make it to the big screen, more so than Superman or The Hulk. What makes Spider-Man unique? Well, the narrative is simple and structured well, with many plot twists that have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. The film is also very symbolic, director Sam Raimi has taken Spider-Man to a whole new level, Spider-Man is clearly intended to be a character that shows the positives of nature and life, while the Green Goblin represents the negative flaws of science and war.
There's also something breathtaking about watching Spider-Man in action, watching him swing round the buildings of New York in sunset is exhilarating. The characters are truly realistic, we can all empathize with Peter, he's going through changes which nobody understands. Its amusing to watch how his grandparents try to talk to him and be there for him, because for once they don't understand!
As amazing as the film is, it could have had some touch ups. The CGI, for the time it was released, is good but could've definetly been better. There's moments where you don't even notice the graphics, as the spectacular visual effects are most common in the slow motion scenes. Fast paced motion shots are the most disappointing, I feel they could've been so much better with the time producers had to make the film in.
And although the film flows naturally well, you can't help but feel some scenes were rushed. Noticeable editing mistakes and effect errors bring the films realism down, and almost distracts you from the narrative. An example being Spider-Man whisking Mary Jane off her feet and around the buildings of New York, she looks around astonished, her hair gently waving in the breeze...if only it was blowing in the right direction to where Spider-Man was going, then maybe the audience could forget about the obvious green-screen moment here.
As I briefly mentioned, we can all relate to Peter as a character, but what about the others? His grandparents May (Rosemary Harris) and Ben (Cliff Robertson) are the adorable couple your guaranteed to appreciate. Mary Jane appears to be just the pretty girl, she feels almost like an object in possession by the jocks, no guy seems to really understand her, they just want her. What she doesn't realise is there is a man out there for her, she was just just looking in all the wrong places. Then there's father and son, Norman (Willem Dafoe) and Harry Osborn (James Franco). Norman, a well respected business man who is trying to save the world by creating a suit with ultimate power, and Harry, friend of Peter, trying to follow in his fathers footsteps and make him proud. As stereotypical as these characters appear to be, we can watch and understand them, they relate strongly to people we know in our life. However, minor characters do appear over-the-top, the jocks for example, typical school bullies whom in reality wouldn't be accepted at a top ranking New York High-School because of their behaviour towards other students.
In conclusion, Spider-Man stands out from any super-hero film I have ever seen. Its not only a battle to save society, but a battle for the protagonist to be accepted. The music and the scenery is beautiful, the actors and actresses suit their roles perfectly. Despite a few flaws with the CGI and character personalities, this film is definetly worth seeing. I give this film a worthy 4 stars.