The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray Review: Web Wonder Comes Home

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The Amazing Spider-Man hit theaters rebooting a franchise that many felt was too soon to be revisited. Audiences answered that they were ready, as the film banked $700 million in global box office. Not surprisingly, the sequel is moving forward with news of Jamie Foxx’s casting in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Evidence of why the passionate fan base turned out in droves is available on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 9.

The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray
Movie Fanatic received the Blu-Ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack and was immediately struck by even the attention to detail on the embossed box.

Marc Webb, a lifelong Spidey nerd, could not have been a better choice to take the mantle and his casting of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is nothing short of brilliant. But, that alone does not make a solid film. There has to be a story there.

As stated in our theatrical The Amazing Spider-Man review, the film is a solid update of a franchise that had hardly gone grey. The story itself is not too far off Sam Raimi’s origins story, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Peter Parker is a high school student, torn away from his parents at an early age. Through his passion for science, he winds up finding strength he never knew he had on the inside and outside -- thanks to a certain spider bite.

Upon a second viewing on Blu-Ray, especially with the added features, we are even more fascinated by this Webb-ed universe and where it goes from here.

The home video packages features over 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes features. The usual deleted scene feature that is so common, is actually compelling here. One can see why they were left out of the theatrical version, but are still a fascinating addition to this brave new Spider-Man world.

As Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Blu-Ray did and many more since then, The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray/DVD set comes with a second screen app that allows the viewer to delve deeper into the film on a smart phone or tablet while not interrupting the movie watching experience. The Director’s Notebook is an invaluable addition that syncs with the movie while you discover 16 pre-visualization sequences that show how a scene was built. Also awesome from the app is the production timeline that illustrates a filmmaker who is performing a task he was born to tackle.

The third disc in the Blu-Ray/DVD combo package we found incredibly fascinating. It includes the feature film on DVD, but most outstandingly a feature on stunt rehearsals that shows what true courage it takes to bring the action to the screen.

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I’m probably one of the few people that didn’t see The Amazing Spider Man when it was in theaters. I had that feeling that it was an unnecessary movie since there was an entire trilogy available. My husband is a comic fanatic and so he convinced me to add this film to our Blockbuster @ Home queue which is available through DISH. The movie conveniently gets shipped by mail and it should be here in a day or two. I have to admit that even with mixed reviews I’m curious now to see if it really is worth watching. My DISH co-worker swears that this one is the best out of all the Spidey movies. We’ll see how I feel after I’ve seen it. I do appreciate your recap of the special features since sometimes that interests me more than the actual film.

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I’m probably one of the few people that didn’t see The Amazing Spider Man when it was in theaters. I had that feeling that it was an unnecessary movie since there was an entire trilogy available. My husband is a comic fanatic and so he convinced me to add this film to our Blockbuster @ Home queue which is available through DISH. The movie conveniently gets shipped by mail and it should be here in a day or two. I have to admit that even with mixed reviews I’m curious now to see if it really is worth watching. My DISH co-worker swears that this one is the best out of all the Spidey movies. We’ll see how I feel after I’ve seen it. I do appreciate your recap of the special features since sometimes that interests me more than the actual film.

The Amazing Spider-Man Quotes

Car Thief Cop: Freeze! You in the tights, don't move!
Spider-Man: You serious?
Car Thief Cop: Who are you?
Spider-Man: No one seems to grasp the concept of the mask.
Car Thief Cop: Freeze!
Spider-Man: [dodges] I just did 80% of your job. Huh? And that - Is that how you repay me?

George Stacy: You know, recently, Dr. Connors gave Gwen a glowing college recommendation. It was beautiful. I read it, I cried. But you would have me believe that he is running around dressed up like a giant dinosaur?
Peter Parker: Not dressing up, not a dinosaur. He has transformed himself into a giant lizard.
George Stacy: Let me ask you a question. Do I look like the mayor of Tokyo to you?

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