Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

DVD (Wide Screen / Special Edition)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2004
UPC: 0043396051492
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 24,703

Special Features

Disc One: 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 Disc Two: "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 climatic 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"; Weblinks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson
James Franco Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina Dr. Otto Octavius, AKA Doctor Octopus
Rosemary Harris Aunt May
Donna Murphy Rosalie Octavius
J.K. Simmons J. Jonah Jameson
Daniel Gillies John Jameson
Dylan Baker Dr. Curt Connors
Bill Nunn Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Vanessa Ferlito Louise
Aasif Mandvi Mr. Aziz
Willem Dafoe Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Cliff Robertson Ben Parker
Ted Raimi Hoffman
Elizabeth Banks Miss Brant
Bruce Campbell Snooty Usher
Brooke Adams Felicia Hardy
Joel McHale Mr. Jacks
Bonnie Somerville Actor
Jason Ortiz Henry

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Avi Arad Producer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Joseph M. Carraciolo Executive Producer
Michael Chabon Original Story
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Grant Curtis Co-producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
John Frazier Special Effects
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Gough Original Story
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound/Sound Designer
Anette Haellmigk Cinematographer
Eric Heffron Asst. Director
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Anthony LaMolinara Special Effects
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Miles Millar Original Story
Bob Murawski Editor
Scott P. Murphy Art Director
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Paul N.J. Ottoson Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Greg P. Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Tom Valentine Art Director
Thomas P. Wilkins Art Director
Robert Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Laura Ziskin Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. Pizza Man
3. J. Jonah Jameson
4. Dr. Connors
5. "Surprise!"
6. Peter and MJ in the Backyard
7. Mr. Ditkovich
8. Otto Octavius
9. Wash 'N' Dry
10. The Importance of Being Earnest
11. Car Chase
12. The Importance of Being on Time
13. Web Failure
14. The Elevator
15. Peter Calls MJ
16. Otto's Demonstration
17. Horror Hospital
18. Ock Awakens to the Horror
19. New Villain in Town
20. Doc Ock's Lair
21. Bank Heist
22. Battle Building
23. Planetarium Party
24. Spidey Crash Lands in Alley
25. Ock Rebuilds
26. Diagnosis
27. Spider-Man No More
28. "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
29. Peter Attends MJ's Play
30. Jameson Gets the Suit
31. Peter's Confession
32. One More Little Chore
33. Peter and the Burning Building
34. Frustration
35. Peter and Aunt May in the Backyard
36. "My Back! My Back!"
37. MJ Doubts John's the One
38. "Do You Love Me, or Not?"
39. Enter the Octopus
40. He's Back
41. Clock Tower Fight
42. The Train
43. A Train to Catch
44. Grateful Train Passengers
45. Harry Learns the Truth About Peter
46. The Final Confrontation
47. Peter Appeals to Otto
48. Web Love
49. The Return of the Green Goblin
50. Here Comes the Bride
51. The Final Swing
52. End Credits

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