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Friday, November 09, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Review

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The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Review

Synopsis: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Review: We're huge fans of comic book movies here at the Legion.  We're old school fans, before the mainstream craze of the last decade with franchises like Batman and the X-Men.  That being said, I'm also very hyper-critical of superhero films.  I wasn't a huge fan of the last Spiderman trilogy, as Toby McGuire isn't terribly likeable for me personally and I wasn't a huge fan of the villain design for Green Goblin.  That being said, I was VERY open to a reboot and this new cast really does it for me.  Firstly, Peter Parker appears more his age, as does the rest of the cast.  I enjoyed the flow, the tone and basically everything about this movie.  Again, the villain design is hoaky, but I got past it, because Rhys Ifans is such a cool actor.  This is a great new start for the friendly neighborhood webslinger and I can't wait for the sequel!

The special features on this set include: Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App - On disc supporting content, Developing the Amazing Spider-Man Video Game, Commentary with Marc Webb, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, Andrew Garfield & Dr. Jane Aronson for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, The Oscorp Archives - Production Art Gallery, What is Second Screen?, Rites of Passage- The Amazing Spider Man Reborn The Drawing Board: Development and Direction; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Friends and Enemies: Casting; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Second Skins: Spidey Suit and the Lizard; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Spidey Goes West: Production - Los Angeles; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Safe Haven: Production - Sony Studios; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Bright Tights, Big City: Production - New York; The Amazing Spider Man Reborn The Greatest Responsibility - Post Production and Release, Iconic Poses and Digital Environments, Deleted Scenes A Different Fate, Pre-Visulizations: Revised Opening Sequence; Spider Room; The Subwa; Birth of Spider-Man; Handstand; Roof Top POV; Overpass; Bridge; Love Swing; Lizard Sewer; High School; Lizard Ambush; Standoff; Crane; Oscorp Lab; Oscorp Finale, Image Progression Reels: Scene 1; Iconic Poses and Digital Environments; Scene 3; Scene 4, Stunt Rehearsals: Live Subway; Davescript; Spidey Luis Sequence; Escape Under Bridge; Sewer Fight; Big Liz vs. Spidey; Lizard Attacks SWAT; SWAT Attack - V3 and Developing The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game.

Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Action