Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

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Some have criticized this two-disc special edition of the mega box-office smash Spider-Man, but those pans are way off base. In reality, there is little, if anything, wrong with this DVD. To begin with, the visual presentation, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (yes, there is a full-frame edition out there to confuse consumers), is near perfect. Detail is solid and colors are vivid. In addition, the darker scenes, a crucial element of the film, are stable, with no signs of breakdown. The auditory part of this set, presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital (in both English and French) is both aggressive and crisp. Dialogue is never washed out by sound effects, while at the same time, the use of those effects with the surround speakers is generous. The real marvel of this disc though are the special features, and they are plentiful. The first disc, with the movie, not only contains subtitled facts about the production and the history of Spider-Man, numerous television spots and theatrical trailers (for this and other Columbia/TriStar films), and bibliographies for the main cast, but also two full-length, scene-specific commentaries, one from director Sam Raimi, co-producers Grant Curtis and Laura Ziskin, and star Kirsten Dunst and the second from visual effects producer John Dykstra and his team. The second disc continues the supplements. Divided into two sections, "The Web of Spider-Man -- The Comic" and "The Goblin's Lair -- The Movie." As you might have figured, the first section covers the history and mythology of the comic book series. There is a documentary from the comic book artists over the years, a comic book archive of Spidey over the years, galleries for the villains and the girlfriends, and more. The second section covers the film, with a nice documentary on the making of the film, with plenty of behind-the-scene footage, and an even longer E! Entertainment television special called "Spider-mania." In addition are a couple of very short screen tests, profiles on director Raimi and composer Danny Elfman, a gag reel, and plenty of conceptual art and production paintings. If this all weren't enough, also included are a number of DVD-ROM features for each disc, including the ability to create your own commentary. There is plenty here to please any fan of this film, from those that grew up with this classic comic book character, to those that are newly introduced.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2002
UPC: 0043396096615
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 1,842

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation; English & French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Weaving the Web: subtitled factoids (pop-on production notes and historical facts); Commentary: Sam Raimi (director), Kirsten Dunst, Laura Ziskin (producer) & Grant Curtis (co-producer); SFX commetary: John Dykstra (special effects designer) & Visual Effects Crew; Branching Web-i-sodes; Music videos: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, Hero; Sum 41, What We're All About; TV spots; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies & character files; DVD-ROM: comic/feature comparison, record your own commentary, countdown to Spider-Man 2, weblinks; HBO Making of Spider-Man; Spider-Mania: An E! Entertainment Special; Director profile: Sam Raimi; Composer profile: Danny Elfman; Screen tests: Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons & CGI Spider-Man; Costume and makeup tests; Gag/outtake reel; Conceptual art & production design gallery; Historical documentary - Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century ; The Spider-Man comic archives; Rogues gallery; The Loves of Peter Parker; Comic book artist gallery; Activision game hints and tips; DVD-ROM: Activision PC game, 2 playable levels; 3 exclusive Marvel dot.comics (Spider-Man: Blue #1, Black Cat #1, & Peter Parker: Return of the Goblin); Spider-Man Visualizer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson Uncle Ben
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Joe Manganiello Flash Thompson
Gerry Becker Maximilian Fargas
Bill Nunn Robbie Robertson
Jack Betts Henry Balkan
Stanley Anderson General Slocum
Ron Perkins Dr. Mendel Stromm
Elizabeth Banks Betty Brandt
Bruce Campbell Announcer
Michael Papajohn Burglar
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Randy Savage Bone Saw McGraw
Myk Watford Cop at Fire

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Executive Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Andrea Dopaso Set Decoration/Design
Susan Dudeck Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Heidi Fugeman Associate Producer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Spider-Man (Widescreen)
1. Start
2. Columbia University Research Lab
3. Bitten by a Spider
4. Norman Tests the Performance Enhancers
5. A Big Change
6. Great Reflexes
7. Fight With Flash
8. Scaling the Heights
9. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
10. The Wrestling Match
11. Enter the Thief
12. The Death of Uncle Ben
13. Chasing Uncle Ben's Killer
14. Spider-Man to the Rescue
15. J. Jonah Jameson
16. Peter's Photos of Spider-Man
17. World Unity Festival
18. Battle Over Times Square
19. Norman Meets the Goblin
20. Goblin Terrorizes the Bugle
21. The Goblin's Proposal
22. The Alley Kiss
23. Hot Time With the Goblin
24. Thanksgiving Dinner
25. Goblin Attacks Aunt May
26. The Queensboro Bridge
27. A Final Battle
28. Norman's Funeral

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Spider-Man 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The first movie from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Great story and excellent special effects. That's why he is the Amazing Spider-Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't Waste your time on this movie. I did not live when the original spiderman came out. But I think the new one (with Andrew Garfield) is so much better, that the old , movie was not. In my opinion, Andrew Garfield was a better spiderman. Probably because Andrew actually was spiderman fan unlike Toby who never read the comics. Anyway Mary-Jane was so annoying. She screamed too much. While watching the movie I was like, "SHUT UP MARY JANE! YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF!" Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) never screamed once in the new one, where Mary Jane screams and cries like 1000 time. The original Spiderman was cheesy. Slow motion was used too much. Everything was too predictable. I just feel the new one is SO MUCH BETTER!! In conclusion, don't waste your time on the old one, watch the one with a funny main character and a girl who role models for girls. ~ Julia, age 12
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This movie was great. All of the actors were cast perfectly. Willam Dafoe is great. The visual effects were awesome. The action kept you swinging right along with Spider-Man. Good combonation of drama and action. Looking forward to the sequal(s).
Guest More than 1 year ago
My spidey senses are going crazy alright. Crazy with Joy over the fact that I can now Own Sam Raimi's masterpiece. I am a huge Spiderman fan, and this movie was perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I left the theater amazed! It was better than I expected. The actors and actresses are amazing;the director did a first-rate job, and, of course, the action is excellent! GO SEE IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spider-man is an awesome movie. I watch it all the time. Tobey Maguire is excellent in it, and so are Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. The special effects are hott, and the story is great. You can't help but love peter Parker, the cute and sweet, but geeky genius who develops superpowers similar to a spider's. This movie is action-packed, funny, sad, romantic, exciting, and heart-warming all at the same time. It's a good movie for the family, or to watch with your friends, or even on a date. I just can't wait for the sequels. I love Spider-Man, and you will too... you should definitely buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spider-Man is one of the best comic book adaptations ever made. Toby Maguire surprisingly does a great job as the young superhero. Willem Dafoe's sinister green goblin is one of the things to look forward to in the movie. But the best scenes are Spider-Man swinging from building to building in awesome visual effects that leave people's jaws wide open. The plot also is great telling the story of an outcast who learns that ''with great power comes great responisblity.'' For those who don't know know or remember, thats a zing to a memerable tang line in the movie. This film is an excellent choice to watch and is surely one of the best comic book adaptations films ever to hit theaters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must start off by saying that I was leery about seeing this movie, as I am not a big fan of action movies or anything comic book related. But after being dragged to see it by some freinds of mine, I can say that I am looking forward to seeing the sequels. I completly loved this film. It has something for everyone... action, drama, romance... the movie appeals to both males and females. Take my word for it...just go and buy it the second it's released. You won't be disappointed.
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This movie is great but it is cheaper at the stores.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love Spider-Man! It was a great movie I thought! I have it on DVD and I love watching it! Tobey Maguire was great as Peter Parker!
Sherlock_Holmes More than 1 year ago
Rating: 90% Impressive, exciting, and absolutely breath-taking, Spider-Man is no doubt a wonderful film with excellent characters and plot, despite its rather dated special effects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I now have it on DVD and I love to watch it! It's one of my favorite movies! I'm looking forward to seeing Spider-Man 2 in 2004!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far the best Marvel Comic hero put to movie so far and possibly movie of the year in my book... Amazing effects, outstanding acting and a well put together plot. I can't wait for the next one and if Marvel keeps up with it's vision in Spiderman, the sencond one should be just as good if not better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when I first heard that Tobey Maguire was going to play Spiderman. But after seeing the movie, I can't think of anyone else as Spiderman. The movie is as good as I expected it to be and better. I especially enjoyed the scene where the green goblin is attacking Mary Jane and the children and spiderman has to choose which one he is going to save (Of course he saves both). Best movie I own in DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie spiderman is without a doubt one of the best comic book movies out there director Sam Raimi is brillant. The only other comic book movie that really compeats with it is Batman which is a great one too. Tobey Maguire did a fine job as peter parker but his spiderman stuff seemed too much a sissy in tights i dont know if he is tuff enough to be spiderman. Kirsten Dunst performance was excellent just like all of her others, William Dafoe, well no one could play his role better it was brillant and newcomer James Franco did a great job. I cant wait for the next ones to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one you would think would make it purely on special effects. Not so. Maguire's portayal of Parker's anguish when he realizes his mistake is great and Defoe's mirror scene is particularly amazing. Paired with awe-inspiring special effects, it is one heckuva movie.
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I don't know which was the biggest disappointment, this or Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2. Good or bad reviews, this movie was hyped to the extent that it was going to sell regardless. The fact that the cast and crew went on a promotional tour,having 1/3 of the movie filmed, sums up this movie and the lack of physical effort put into it. I still can't fatham why Toby Macquire got the lead role. He is irritating to watch and even more annoying to listen to. It's like he's talking in his sleep. Dunst is there for window dressing but dress the window she does not. Sorry to say but she isn't a competent actor. She should stick to her kiddy flicks while she still can. Dafoe is an excellent actor but looks uncomfortable with his part. Granted the action scenes are excellent but their impact is lessened by cheesy lines and a lack of atmosphere. Some of the lines at times were comical and came off quite lame. One enjoyable part of the movie was Parkers (macguire) boss at the newspaper. He's really funny and adds something to the movie. Also keep your eyes out for an old macho man Randy Savage and an always colourful Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead). If you haven't seen Evil dead 1 and 2, (2 in particular) check them out because they're awesome!It's hard to believe that Raimi could make something like Evil Dead with a couple of bucks in the budget, then make this tripe with a budget big enough to sink a ship. I'm not a diehard fan of the Spiderman series but I really feel for those who are and disliked the movie. Yes the effects are great, yes the action is great, but watch and listen to the actors and their lines. You might think twice about how great this movie is. The closing scene is depressing. Not sad depressing like titanic. More along the lines of Rosanne Barr depressing. It's painful to watch!