Blu-ray Review “Spider-Man” (2012 Re-release)

Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Willem Dafoe
Distributed by: Sony Home Entertainment
Release Date: June 12, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 121 minutes

Blu-ray Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Film Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has decided to reissue the “Spider-Man” Trilogy in lieu of this summer’s reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man”.  The film is presented in a nice individual O-Ring package. In addition, this release includes a bunch of great features including an Ultraviolet streaming digital copy.  Also their is a sneak peek included for “The Amazing Spider-Man”, as well as “The Amazing Spider-Man” movie money (worth $10 bucks).  If that is not enough there is still more…this release also comes with a few new special features including  ‘Spider Sense Trivia Challenge” and “The Spider-Man Cutting Room”. I personally have always enjoyed “Spider-Man”, the most out of the trilogy.  If you are a fan of the “Spider-Man”  series and do not already own this, I would recommend for sure.

The Blu-ray presentation is impressive, as “Spider-Man” is a film meant for a high-def presentation.  The 1080p transfer looks fantastic and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.  The audio track included on this release though is different from past releases. Included is an DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track instead of the prior release which included PCM 5.1 Surround and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround tracks.

The rest of the extras include three audio commentaries.  The first consists of filmmakers and cast: Sam Raimi, Laura Ziskin, Grant Curtis, and Kirsten Dunst.  The second includes Visual effects designer and crew: John Dykstra and special effects crew and the last includes actors: Tobey Maguire and J.K. Simmons.  There are various behind-the-scenes features including “Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century”, “HBO Making of Spider-Man” and “Spider-Mania: E! Entertainment Special”.  There are eight behind-the-scenes featurettes additional including a costume design featurette. There is a filmmaker profiles for director Sam Raimi and a composer profile for Danny Elfman.  There is screen tests included for Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, and CGI Spider-Man, as well as costume and makeup tests.  There is gag/outtake reel included.  There are six multi-angle webisodes included.  Lastly there are two music videos for “Hero,” performed by Chad Kroeger and featuring Josey Scott and “What We’re All About,” performed by Sum 41.

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