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Peter parkers having a rough time. Things are so bad he declares that hes quitting & never putting on the suit again. However his sense of duty forces him to become a hero again when dr octavius is deformed in an accident & becomes dr octopus. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 04/25/2006 Starring: Tobey Maguire James Franco Run time: 127 minutes Rating: Pg13
More than a few critics hailed Spider-Man 2 as "the best superhero movie ever," and there's no compelling reason to argue--thanks to a bigger budget, better special effects, and a dynamic, character-driven plot, it's a notch above Spider-Man in terms of emotional depth and rich comic-book sensibility. Ordinary People Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent received screenplay credit, and celebrated author and comic-book expert Michael Chabon worked on the story, but it's director Sam Raimi's affinity for the material that brings Spidey 2 to vivid life. When a fusion experiment goes terribly wrong, a brilliant physicist (Alfred Molina) is turned into Spidey's newest nemesis, the deranged, mechanically tentacled "Doctor Octopus," obsessed with completing his experiment and killing Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) in the process. Even more compelling is Peter Parker's urgent dilemma: continue his burdensome, lonely life of crime-fighting as Spider-Man, or pursue love and happiness with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst)? Molina's outstanding as a tragic villain controlled by his own invention, and the action sequences are nothing less than breathtaking, but the real success of Spider-Man 2 is its sense of priorities. With all of Hollywood's biggest and best toys at his disposal, Raimi and his writers stay true to the Marvel mythology, honoring Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and setting the bar impressively high for the challenge of Spider-Man 3. --Jeff Shannon
The first commentary track is by director Sam Raimi and a self-deprecating Tobey Maguire speaking in tandem, and producer (and Marvel CEO) Avi Arad and coproducer Grant Curtis speaking in tandem. They discuss a number of topics, including Raimi's memory of his excitement over Richard Donner's Superman and how the character of Black Cat had to be dropped from the film. The second commentary is by six members of the Oscar-nominated effects team, and one of their primary focuses is how Doc Ock's arms were achieved by a combination of puppetry and CGI.
The centerpiece of the second disc is a massive two-hour documentary that can be viewed all at once or in 12 separate pieces. It covers the development of the story, the visual effects, costumes, stunts, and sound and music. Three shorter featurettes cover Peter Parker's struggle between his personal and hero lives, Doc Ock, and the women in Spider-Man's life, and what's interesting is how they discuss those topics not just in relation to the movies but to the comic books as well. (For example, Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy had a much greater impact in the comics.) There's a scene in which you can toggle among three different camera angles, and a gallery of 17 paintings Alex Ross created for the opening sequence. The sound and picture are spectacular, though only the Superbit edition has DTS. --David Horiuchi
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- BETTER THAN MOST OF ITS KIND
I liked the CGI work, and non-stop action, but was quite happy to see the characters in SPIDEY-2 become less cardboard-like than many of the super clowns ( and 'clones' ) coming to big ( and little ) screens everywhere these days. This movie had some heart, and a lot of that was due to another excellent performance by Alfred Molina. His 'Doc Ock' is a much more well-rounded, and conflicted villain than I've seen in a while, and while my personal preference in super-heroes tends to swing closer to HELLBOY, and 'V,' Tobey Maguire makes an exceptional Spider-man.
Most of the extra's in this version of the film, are not that great ( for the money ), and the 8 minutes of extra footage doesn't make the story any better.
Still, it's a very well-done movie....more info
- The Extended Version Should Be Release as Theaterical
I didn't know that this movie has it's extended version and when i saw the movie, i kept thinking that this extended version should be release as Theaterical release worldwide. Nuff said....more info
- Great movie!
My son loves this movie. He has watched it many times and doesn't seem to get tired of watching it....more info
- awfully boring
I found myself repeatedly wanting to leave the theatre, at times the suspense was so sophmoric, I truly thought how unengaging the conflicts were. An avid comic follower for years, this truly made me want to cringe....more info
A week after I purchased this, Target had it on sale for $5.00.
I did not realize that it is inconvenient to return things, example: I have to pay shipping as this is not an error on your part. I am new to online shopping and need to stay away from it.
I had also purchased Once Upon a time in Mexico and realized it was dupe, already had it and asked to return, but, thought it is not worth it getting charged for shipping so kept the movie.
- 1.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Coupling a dead fish of a romance with a complete anti-climax of a superhero movie, Spider-man 2 fails in almost every conceivable way; put it this way, it's never a good sign when your villain is five times more likable and sympathetic as your superhero....more info
Spidey does NOT take his mask off EVER!!!! Doc Ock, Harry, MJ, a TRAINLOAD of passengers ALL know who he is or at least what he looks like. C'mon Raimi you wad, cut the unmasking crap you are a loser and keep spidey's mask on. You idiot. I can't believe you are responsible for The Evil Dead one of the best flicks OF all time.
Also note the cameo on the train by the redneck Jake A.K.A.Danny Hicks from Evil Dead 2....more info
- Fan of Spider-Man movies.
I'm a fan of Spider-Man movies. Have all three. I like the quality of the DVD and the different languages it can be seen in. I love fullscreen version since you get to see the whole screen and not only a fraction of it....more info
The dread franchise film has killed off many a potentially interesting character (Superman, Batman, Ripley, Rocky) & given leases of life to characters that are paper-thin (Indy Jones, Jason Voorhees, Catwoman). The latest franchise film is Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi. The 1st Spider-Man was probably the best comic book film ever made- mostly because its leads- Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, & Kirsten Dunst as his love- Mary Jane Watson a) can both act (unlike, say Christopher Reeve as Superman), b) are well cast (unlike Michael Keaton in the 1st 2 Batman films). & c) have chemistry (unlike Reeve & Margot Kidder in the Superman films). Maguire, especially, is so good an actor that he is 1 of those rarities that can run a panoply of emotions through just his eyes. He is almost irresistible to watch onscreen.... All in all, a very good film, & along with the 1st film, simply the best superhero films ever made. I hope the writers from this film stick with the whole series because, next to Batman, Spidey probably has the best pantheon of villains in comic book lore. Future baddies could include Dr. Doom, Venom, Carnage, the Sandman, Rhino, the Lizard, & Electro, among others. But, what makes good writing in such a film valuable are the little moments- like Peter's confession to Aunt May about how & why Uncle Ben really died, a surreal moment on an elevator between Spidey & a shocked citizen, references to other characters in the Marvel Comics universe, allusions & parallels to Oscar Wilde's The Important Of Being Earnest, & a street musician singing the old Spider-Man tv cartoon series theme song from the 1960s. Such touches are what invigorate this franchise above the others & what killed off the increasingly dark & directionless Batman franchise. Sam Raimi proves he is a director who knows how to milk a proven commodity without imposing his own distorted `vision' on it- unlike Batman director Tim Burton....more info
- Excellent movie
If you liked Spider-man 1, you'll love Spider-man 2. Actually, even if you didn't like Spider-man 1, you may still like Spider-man 2. I thought it was one of the rare cases where the sequel was actually better than the first....more info
- Good eye candy
Pretty solid. I grew up reading Spidey comics in the late 60s/early 70s and I think Tobey really hits Parker nicely. J Jonah Jameson is also perfectly done. Not so happy with Mary Jane; she's too wimpy here, while a real tiger in the original comics.
But, this is a movie with its own agenda, and it fulfills that well. Good job on making Doc Ock believable; Molina is solid.
All in all, worth watching for pure comic book-style fun....more info
- Spiderman II..............widescreen
Service was prompt and product was as advertised , nice folks to do business with....more info
- Too Contrived To Create Any Sort Of High Drama
After being intrigued by my introduction to the Spiderman character (through the first film), I was very excited to see what the second installment would bring now that the whole duel-identity thing was established. Before the end credits had finished rolling, however, I knew that I wouldn't enjoy this film as much as its predecessor. I noticed that the screenplay was written by Al Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of TV's Smallville (a show I watch weekly). I should have been excited by that knowledge, as they created a very interesting show, but instead I felt my heart drop, as I knew EXACTLY the kind of contrived character relationships that would follow (think Clark/Lana on Smallville and you'll understand).
The basic plot of the film has Spidey hanging up his red and blue suit in order to spend more time as Peter Parker with crush Mary Jane Watson. Of course, just when things are looking up for that relationship, the evil Dr. Octopus begins to wreak havoc on New York City, essentially forcing the return of Spiderman and the break-up of Peter and MJ.
While that short synopsis may sound like it has great potential for high drama, it (sadly) fails to deliver. Millar and Gough just seemed to be rehashing the plot of Superman II, where Supes gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane only to see General Zod begin terrorizing Earth. Thus, the storyline of the movie was a bit predictable.
Also, again like Clark Kent and Lana Lang in Smallville, the Peter/MJ relationship is far too contrived and up-and-down to provide any real emotional scenes. I never felt as if I really cared whether or not Peter/Spidey would save/love Mary Jane. Adding to the lack of drama was a general lack of acting from Tobey Maguire, who seemed to react to every situation with that same wide-eyed expression. While that tact worked very well while first harnessing his abilities in the first film, in this movie it just gets old.
Finally, while the villain Doc Ock is visually pretty cool (what with all those tentacles flying around!), he again is a bit too much in common with the Green Goblin for my liking, as both were created in freak science experiments gone wrong. Nothing like the intriguing character development of The Joker by Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight.
So, while the special effects of the film were excellent and the action scenes superb, I can't give it any better than an "average" rating due to all its contrived plots/relationships/characters. If you are easily sucked in to hokey romances, you won't find any fault in this film. If you prefer a more mature love story, though, then just watch it to set up your Spidey 3 viewing experience....more info
- Better then the original
This movie is 2 hour and 7 minutes long and better then the original. What makes it better is there is more action and roll along at a good pace. With the origin of how Spiderman came to be out of the way, the movie kicks right in. Peter Parker has put his social life on hold and has taken to crime fighting fulltime; which puts a damper on his college studies and work life. Now there is a new villian, Doc Ock. He has four mechanical arms. So I guess if you add his own arm and legs gives reason to an octopus; which has eight tentacles. This is a great movie all around. ...more info
- I gave the first one a 10 out of 10, this one is even better
It would be way too predictable for me to use an exaggeration here like, "since this is better than the first, and I gave the first one a 10 out of 10, then I'm giving part 2 a 15 out of 10!!" I won't quite say that. There's only one movie that deserves such an outrageous claim of actually scoring OUTSIDE the scale of numbers allotted for the rating, and that's Back to the Future part 1. Sorry, I got a off on a tangent, Spike Lee style. Back to Spider-Man 2.
This truly outdoes the first movie in terms of scale. And I guess that's how it works, you tell the origin story, after that you're free to explore different themes in that universe you've created. I don't like to use this word to describe a lot of things, but truly only one word describes this movie: epic.
There's a single driving force in this movie that instantly gets you worrying, and hoping for a good outcome: Peter Parker's tragic downfall, or to be more specific, him hitting ROCK BOTTOM with Mary Jane. He literally lost it all here at one point in this movie. I mean it doesn't get anymore serious than being told "Oh, I'm getting married.." As if that weren't enough, he couldn't even be in her life as a friend because of his constant disappointments he caused her because of his responsibilities as Spider-Man. Add to that his stressful friendship with Harry, his identity crisis, and you've got a pretty complex story, superhero action movie or not.
**You feel the full spectrum of emotions in this movie. Or at the very least, you feel the maximum emotion at one part of the spectrum, sympathy. I've said it already and I'll say it again, Peter Parker's crumbling relationship with Mary Jane was executed perfectly. There's two scenes that captures this feeling of desperation perfectly:
1) At that dinner party thing they were at, Peter gets hit with a 3 part combo: A) his friendship with Harry takes a further dive after being slapped by him twice, B) his friendship with Mary Jane takes a further dive after being told by her while they were outside on the balcony that she pretty much doesn't want anything to do with him anymore, in so many words, and finally, not too long after, C) gets hit with the ultimate crushing blow as he hears the announcement that Mary Jane officially agreed to marry her boyfriend. I think anyone can imagine how embarrassed, humiliated, and heartbroken Peter must've felt standing there, as his world slowed down to a dreamlike state, vaguely hearing J. Jonah Jameson shouting to him to snap a picture of none other than Mary Jane and her new fianc¨¦.
2) After falling to the ground after his webs failed him again, he picks up that newspaper and sees how he's hated by the city and gets no appreciation, with the scene then cutting to him sitting on his bed, tossing that paper away in disgust. It's at this point that we're on the edge of our seats, just wondering what he's gonna do next. His life was a complete tragedy.
**Amazing, lengthy action sequences.
**A sympathetic villain, much better than Green Goblin.
**It takes a certain expert hand to be able to have lines spoken by one character (Aunt May), then have those very same lines repeated by another character (Peter) to another character (Doc Ock), which is what finally gets that other character to see the error of his ways, all without seeming forced or convenient. There's certain elements of the plot that do seem convenient, but it's never contrived or forced. It's like a complex tapestry that all fits together and makes sense somehow.
**If I had it my way, I'd change the ending. I think it would've struck a better emotional chord had they ended it with the scene of Mary Jane hugging her fianc¨¦, after being dropped off by Spider-Man, as she sadly looks up to her love that would never be, as he then shoots out a web and flys off into the night. It would've been a great place to end, the music was PERFECT right at that instant she looked up into the sky at him, with that bright light illuminating her face. This angelic, melodic tone or music, whatever that was that played. Either end it there and move the scene with Harry and his father up BEFORE this scene (because you can't skip the Harry scene no matter how you end it), OR, end right after the Harry scene, after discovering all the Green Goblin equipment. Have that whole cancelled wedding and running scene be the START of part 3 (obviously it's too late for that). I guess the argument for keeping it the way it was shot is the fact that you then wouldn't have the shot of Mary Jane in Peter's window, looking out with a look that you can't quite tell if it's happiness or fear, in regards to her new life. ...more info
- Not as good as the first.
I wish that they would/could carry the movie on one villain and not a montage. I think that if they would move like in the comic they might have a better product on the back end and not just to cash in. Set teasers. Should someone peaking from around the corner or view a monitor and making cryptic comments. Where is Carlton Fisk. Where is the Shocker, Vulture. There are many villains that Spiderman fought that weren't super famous but they could have been with some corrective/creative brainstorming in the movies. The CGI was good and appropriate where it was applied. So it's good for the entertainment value but not as a blockbuster....more info
- A Web of Fun
In Spiderman 2, Peter Parker, ahem Spiderman, decides to give it up. This is because he is beginning to believe that this wasn't his destiny. Was he really the one who should be looking after the city, especially when the city is still lukewarm about him? But, can Spiderman actually have the gall to turn his back on this city, especially when Doc Ock is running loose, causing havoc?
Spiderman 2 really examines who Peter Parker really is. Well, a better way to say this is that Peter Parker seems to try to figure out who he is. Is he really just the geeky guy who would love a shot at romance with Mary Jane, or is he destined to be Spiderman, the mysterious hero who is there to save the city from its malevolent forces?
Normally I'm not a big fan of comic book hero movies, but Spiderman 2 is about as complete of movie in its genre that has ever been made. It is an action movie, with plenty of suspenseful scenes and CGI effects, but it doesn't overdo them ad nausea to the point where it is being shoved down your throat. It is a comic book movie with heart and IQ. We see this as Peter Parker struggles with not only his friendship and family issues, but his own identity dilemma. How can he possibly balance the struggles of his real life with the struggles of being a hero? Is there a happy medium?
Another plus is the cast. Toby McGuire does a superb job again (for the 2nd time) as Peter Parker. He typifies the nerdy guy who would be the last guy you'd expect to be saving the city from world domination or crime. Kirsten Dunst is also phenomenal as Mary Jane, a perfect fit for this character who wants to love Peter, but doesn't feel like she knows who he really is.
There is probably a little more emphasis on Peter Parker's personal life in this film than on Spiderman fighting the city's nemesis, Doc Ock. This is good, though, because it really makes the story more real and doesn't dumb down the film to just a special effects show. Spiderman, we find out, is more human than meets the eye.
In the two disc set, disc one has a section of commentary with director Sam Raimi, as well as some of the cast, and a blooper reel. Disc two has a documentary about the making of the film, along with a documentary about the history of the villain, Doc Ock.
Over all, this is a sequel that is as good if not better than the first one. That is saying quite a bit, considering how lousy sequels usually turn out. Great movie!
4 1/2 stars
- Spiderman 2
I bought this used and it completed the set of Spiderman movies. My son loves it....more info
I bought the special edition as well. The new scenes are cool. I wish they came out with this first. ...more info
- top of the line
the tape came in very good condition and well packaged tha...more info
- As good as the First one!
Spider man's movies are very good, great sound,Disc 2 bonus features are great...more info
- Great movie!
I thought it was a great movie. Personally i think it's the best out of the three out today. ...more info
- Spiderman 2 is like a woman soap opera
BORING! The first spiderman in the best. I just saw part 3 and I didn't think it was all that bad.
But part 2 just makes no sense. Such a cliche....poor parker doesn't want to be a good guy anymore and live a lonely life. He wants to be normal. Come on. You have to give me better than that.
And the Doc Oc character was pathetic. You need to have a "bad" guy people actually care about. You never got to knew anything about him. No development. BORING character.
The reason Spiderman 1 is clearly the best is because of the Green Goblin. By far the best character/actor in the series. You believed in the Goblin character and I actually was rooting for him. lol
Brilliant acting job!
So all you spiderman 2 lovers. Just go watch general hospital or some other cheesy soap opera. Same thing....more info
- Spiderman 3
Spiderman 3 is an incredible movie with outstanding effects. The effets are a compliment to the amazing graphics!! Starring Toby Maguire as Peter Parker/Spiderman, and James Franco as the new Goblin/Harry Osborn. Which side will Harry and spidey be on joining. Will they reunite or rebel?
Was flint marko the true killer of uncle ben parker?who is the sandman?Many questions only to be answered if you see this movie yourself!!
This movie is unbelievable!! It is the best spiderman yet, I cant wait forthe 4th movie.Like i said the affects arent even comparible to the other spidermans.This is my favorite movie ever! Spiderman 3 waswas released may 4th with a rating of pg-13. It got this rating because of intense action violence. The movie lasted about two hours long.
I would probably reccomend this movie to anyone who likes the other spidermen. If you havent seen them, then if you like action you would love it!
- Spider 2
The comebacks are finally getting decent. A nice second to Spider One....more info
- Spider-man 2.1 - Worth the bucks!
The extra scenes added in this version are great to say the least. I already owned the original Spider-man 2. If you want the theater version .... get Spider-man 2. If you want a little more character depth, get 2.1. There are also a few really funny scenes that will have you rolling. ...more info
- A Marvel
This movie is a masterpiece. It has a broad reach, genuine complexity in the emotional lives of the characters and a compelling storyline. I used to read Marvel comics all the time when I was a kid and this film captures those more fully than anything else in this genre. Peter Parker's anguish, star-crossed lovers, megalomaniacs running amok..it is like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar rolled into an action movie. Speaking of action, some of the sequences in this film are jaw dropping. The elevated subway ride is the best use of a subway in a movie since The Matrix and is just breathtaking. At the same time the movie is very well paced, razzle dazzle action sequences are mixed up with quiet moments of tenderness. The original Spiderman movie was fine but not in this league. ( Hey, wish the matrix sequels had followed same trajectory!). I also really enjoyed the humor scattered through the movie. For everyone who loves this comic genre, I'd say this is the movie where they got it right. For people who don't, you will enjoy it anyway....more info
- A Better Story And A Better Villain
This review will be split into three parts, they will be split into The Story, The Characters and the Verdict. This will give you a fair and honest view of the characters, story and the movie itself.
The Story: Harry Osborn has now taken over Oscorp and he's financially backing a scientist called Otto Octavius who's experimenting with sustained fusion as a way of replacing conventional fuels. In order for Otto so sustain the fusion reaction he's developed artificially intelligent arms that attach directly to his spine that he can control as if they were additional arms. One day while demonstrating his experiment, Otto is unable to contain the reaction and it all goes wrong. The experiment becomes unstable but Otto refuses to halt it, it eventually gets worse and his wife is killed and the neural inhibitor chip on the arms is destroyed and they are fused to Dr. Octavius' spine. Thanks to the help of Spiderman the plug is pulled on the experiment and nobody else is hurt, but Dr. Octavius blames Spidey for the disaster. The AI of the mechanical arms seem to tap into Dr. Octavius' brain and begins to manipulate him into wanting to try the experiment again and set out to kill Spiderman. Spidey begins to struggle with juggling his powers, his education and his job and on top of that he has to handle the difficulty of his powers constantly halting at the worst times. Mary Jane is becoming a successful stage actress and desperately wants Peter to be there when she needs him and Harry is looking for revenge against spiderman for killing his father.
The Characters: I've discussed both Tobeys & Kirstens characters in my review for the first spiderman film and my feelings are generally the same. The character I'm going to discuss is the character of Dr. Octavius.
Doc Oc: Played by Alfred Molina this is an intelligent choice for Doc Oc as he genuinely looks like the Doc Oc from the comics. He gives us his own brand of intelligence and sophistication when showing us the mental anguish that the character is going through in the movie.
Harry Osborn: We've seen a bit of a development in this character from the first movie. In that he was the kid with high expectations and a kid who idolised his father and was chasing after the girl (MJ). In this movie we're introduced to what some could consider a very different character, he seems arrogant yet he's tormented by the death of his father so he's someone who has a lot on his mind. James Franco is great at playing the tormented figure of Harry Osborn.
The Verdict: This is clearly the strongest film of the three, the action sequences particularly the fight sequence on the train is one that really gets your heart racing. Alfred Molina really fits the Doc Oc character perfectly and he really makes it believable. It has the general comedy moments that help you relax after witnessing a strongly emotive scene or a high impact fight sequence. The mixture of CGI and real life is un-seamless which gives it all the more realistic look. This is a movie that every comic book fan should own and enjoy for many years to come....more info
- Liked it better when it was called Superman 2
There are so many people who laud this as the best comic book movie ever. I call shenanigans on that. Lifting the excellent plot device of Superman 2, Petter Parker decides to surrender being Spider-Man in order to find love and a life. Unlike the decision made by Superman, where he is forced to change who he is in order to embrace a normal life and find true love, Peter Parker selfishly gives up being Spider-Man to continue being who he was to begin with, a dork with school, girls, and work on his mind. The opening of the movie leading up to the central part of the story work quite well and I applaud the writing. Dr. Octopus' origin and goals, Harry Osbourne's continuing disdain for Spider-Man, and Peter Parker's angst all come across realistically and draw the audience in. Then they start to throw in the cliches and lame plot devices, a clear foreshadowing to what was to cripple the third installment: Peter's subconscious ridding him of his powers because deep down he doesn't want to be Spider-Man, the kid asking Peter where Spider-Man disappeared to giving ol' Parker second thoughts on surrendering the persona, etc. This is New York City. The belief that Spidey's removal would prove dire not only insults the true heroes of the city (firemen, police, etc.) it also stretches the realms of believability. With Superman, the world truly suffered when he surrendered who he was to become someone else. With Peter, it never really makes sense as to why he would want to be Spidey again, especially since his life improved once he surrendered the persona. The death of Doc Oc at the end was unnecessary as was Harry's pause when he could have killed Pete and finally gain vengeance for the death of his father.
Overall this was a fun movie. The best comic book movie, not quite. There is great writing and a good arc, but deep down it just rings hollow as to why Pete would want to remain Spidey....more info
- Good for Geeks, Though a Bit Short on Features
If you liked Spider-man 2, you should love Spider-man 2.1. The extra scenes are all great scenes that add nuance to the already-excellent film. They're mostly extra character bits, things that weren't needed, but certainly help paint the picture. The extra bits are so well-blended into the old footage that I didn't even recognize one new shot as such until, when watching the original version again, I noticed that it wasn't there.
Most memorable to me were J. Jonah Jameson wearing his newly-found Spider-man suit and pretending that he's the superhero, a much more rational and less venal confrontation between Peter and Harry at his birthday party (I'd always thought that scene in the original version was a bit choppy and emotionally sporadic) and a wonderful conversation between Mary Jane and her Maid-of-Honor about why she's marrying John Jameson.
The DVD set was lacking in features. There is a new commentary track featuring Producer Laura Ziskin and Writer Steve Ditko, but it's not very interesting. In addition, the other two commentary tracks were removed. For commentary buffs like myself, this should not be.
Most of the rest of the special features are all new, including a featurette about the new material. Unfortunately, these few extras have replaced the old bonus disc. You could do what I did, find a cheap copy of the original Spider-man 2, keep that bonus disc and give the movie itself to a friend so you have a 3-disc set, but that seems a lot to do just to have the complete set of bonus features.
In all, I would highly recommend this version. If you're a Spider-man fan or just a DVD geek, get this movie, just be prepared to have less bonus features than before....more info
- Move Over Batman and Superman; Spiderman is THE Definitive Trilogy
I began watching the Spiderman Trilogy with Spiderman 2. To be frank, I was bowled over by this film! The characters are true to the comic book tradition, the plot is wonderfully deep and exciting, and the special effects are second to none. All considered, this is a viewing treat, an engaging, and surprisingly sensitive portrayal of Spiderman. I recommend the entire trilogy - and it is viewing that will not offend the children; the family can watch this together. (Small children under 7-8 years old, who view all things literally, may have nightmares about the evil Dr. Octopus).
The movie has been reviewed by nearly 800 individuals, so all I can add is my personal reaction to it. I believe it is the best "super-hero" series ever produced. Superman, despite its groundbreaking firsts, is still a bit corny (especially the first 4 films), and Batman, being directed by several different individuals with different visions of the Caped Crusader, is all over the map. Spiderman is consistent to the tradition of Spiderman, as presented in the comic books.
You absolutely cannot go wrong with this movie or the trilogy. 5-Star!
Jim Koenig...more info
- One of the best superhero movies made.
Very few directors really understand the appeal of superhero comicbooks. It's a short list of successful superhero adaptations.
Sam Raimi was firing on all cylinders when he made this movie. The result is solid action-adventure with well developed characters that pull you into the story and keep you emotionally invested. The action choreography is stunning and the special effects are polished. Spider-Man 2 has a talented cast that really brings this story to life - with Alfred Molina being a particularly inspired choice to play Dr. Otto Octavious and J.K. Simmons delivering a larger-than-life J.Jonah Jameson. Some serious writing skill is in evidence here - the story has excellent pacing and a great sense of increasing stakes. There are moments of emotional gravity, but the tone remains light while delivering the goods at the "big moments" - just like a summer movie should.
Some nice cinematography really makes the most out of some truly inspired set pieces and it's all edited together rather elegantly. When all is said and done, there is more than enough fun and visceral thrills to go around - handled in a way that keeps the material close to it's pulp roots. More importantly, the conclusion is satisfying without everything being tied up into too neat a bow. ...more info
- "It's A Web, Go Spidey Go! ~ The Hero In All Of Us"
Following up on the tremendous success of the first Spider-Man film, `Spider-Man 2' swung into action two years later in '04 re-uniting Maguire, Dunst and Franco and most of the original cast in a sequel worthy of its predecessor. In this second installment of the series Spidey battles another deranged scientist, the multi-appendaged Doctor Octopus played by Alfred Molina.
Along with the expected high quality special effects, terrific action sequences and unfulfilled romantic desires between Peter Parker (Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Dunst) this storyline delves into the deeper, more complex aspects of the Parker/Spider-Man psyche. The death of his best friends Father and his beloved Uncle Ben, his inability to share his secret with the girl he loves and the heavy responsibility of being a superhero take a toll on a young man. Is it better than the first? There are many who think so and they may be right, but either way it's definitely a welcomed addition to the Spider-Man saga!...more info
- Doc Ock has such evil machinations!
I loved this! They will have to bring "Doc Ock" back at some point because he was the epitome of mean and perverse. Who can compare? The special effects were terrific and the storyline either had you grinning wickedly from ear to ear at Doc Ock's puns or you were petrified at the horrifics of his intentions.
I love Tobey Maguire for this role as he has the face that just stays pique and forever young. This is truly a great comic book story because it is totally unebelievable, yet the audience sits and reacts as though they are taken in by the whole thing.
This story picks up where the last one ended. Harry is bereaved over his father's death and blames Spiderman. Spiderman tries to deny who he is in order to spare MJ from being the object of an attack from his arch enemies but this all backfires when Doc Ock takes MJ to seduce Spiderman to come to him. Harry is using Doc Ock to capture Spiderman for him to personally kill. Spiderman ends up rescuing MJ and taking her to his web. Tobey Maguire fans will sigh over this.
This was hilarious to watch at times and I needed to have a good laugh. The storyline is familiar but the pulse of the media says the nation loves the familiarity. I know I do. ...more info
- Part two and my personal favorite.
I liked the first one but this one surpasses it on EVERY level.
Spidey 2 has a better villain, better FX, better everything.
The story is more engaging; the whole wedding scene at the end with Mary Jane running through the park is just soooo cool.
The action is nonstop.
A brilliant story, a brilliant movie.
Superb acting from the entire cast, one of the best if not THE best super hero movie ever.