Spider-Man Trilogy (DVD)

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Triple bill featuring the first three movies from the hugely popular 'Spider-Man' franchise.

In 'Spider-Man' (2002) high school student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is bitten by a genetically-altered spider while on a visit to a scientific institute, and he soon begins to experience unusual side effects such as increased strength, enhanced wall-climbing skills and the ability to spin webs out of his wrists. Peter first attempts to make use of these skills to impress girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but after his Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) is killed in an armed robbery, he is compelled to work for the greater good and reinvents himself as Spider-Man, the enemy of criminals everywhere. Meanwhile, arms manufacturer Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) transforms himself into the Green Goblin, begins to terrorise the city, and lays down the gauntlet to Spider-Man by abducting his beloved Mary Jane.

In 'Spider-Man 2' (2004) two years have passed since the events of the first film, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unravelling. His life-long yearning for Mary Jane becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man.

In 'Spider-Man 3' (2007) Peter Parker and Mary Jane are on the cusp of contentment - but not for long, as Peter's former friend Harry Osborn, son of the Green Goblin, becomes the New Goblin in his desire for revenge against Spider-Man. Fugitive Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church), killer of Peter's Uncle Ben, has been transformed into the shape-shifting Sandman, possibly Spider-Man's toughest foe so far. To complicate matters further, a parasitic alien symbiote has attached itself to Peter's suit, giving him even greater powers but also bringing out the evil side of his personality. He has to struggle not only against two major adversaries but also against himself.

Product Details

Barcode
5051159688545
Department
Movies & TV
Released
28 May 2012
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Adventure
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Spider-Man
Release Year
2002
Running Time
121 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Spiderman
Categories
Action/Adventure / Comic Book / Coming Of Age / Computer Animation / Essential Cinema / Heroes / Live-Action / Romance / Superheroes / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Based on the classic Marvel Comics series, Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN deftly details the origin of the web-slinging superhero. When awkward New York City teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) attends a class field trip to a laboratory, he gets bitten by a genetically altered spider while taking photos of his longtime crush, the lovely Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Soon he discovers this bite has given him remarkable powers--heightened strength, dexterity, and awareness, along with the ability to cling to walls and shoot webs from his wrists. Hoping to win Mary Jane's heart using his new talents, Peter becomes distracted from home life with his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) and Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson), ultimately leading to tragedy--and his new role as the crime-fighting Spider-Man. Meanwhile Harry Osborn (Willem Dafoe), the industrialist father of Peter's friend Norman (James Franco), undergoes a transformation of his own, bringing about the creation of Spider-Man's arch-nemesis: The Green Goblin. In order to save his loved ones--and all of New York City--from the devastating force of the deluded Goblin, Spider-Man must take on the villain in a series of stunning battles.

By staying true to the essence of the comic book, Raimi accomplishes the rare feat of crafting a superhero movie with a real heart. Rather than focusing solely on action and explosions, SPIDER-MAN wisely shines the spotlight on the character of Peter Parker, played with perfect bewilderment by Maguire. The special effects, of course, are dazzling, but they are topped by an excellent cast that also includes the radiant Dunst, the menacing Dafoe, the brooding Franco, and the scene-stealing J.K. Simmons as Peter's tough-talking boss. (Raimi fans will notice cameos by the director's brother, Ted Raimi, and EVIL DEAD series star Bruce Campbell.) The result is a charming and amazingly entertaining film unafraid to combine CGI animation with sincere human emotion.
Notes
Theatrical Release Date: May 3, 2002 (Wide)
Cast & Crew
Director
Sam Raimi
Star
Kirsten Dunst / Tobey Maguire / J.K. Simmons / Bruce Campbell / Willem Dafoe / James Franco / Rosemary Harris / Bill Nunn / Michael Papajohn / Ted Raimi / Cliff Robertson / Randy Savage / Scott Schwartz / Deborah Wakeham
Screenwriter
David Koepp / Alvin Sargent
Composer
Danny Elfman
Executive Producer
Ari Avad / Stan Lee
Producer
Ian Bryce / Grant Curtis / Laura Ziskin
Director of Photography
Don Burgess
Costume Designer
James Acheson
Cameo
Lucy Lawless / Stan Lee
Art Director
Steve Arnold / Tony Fanning
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Raimi does know his genre and has a lot of fun with the always gratifying makeover element....[Maguire] seems the only choice to play Peter, imbuing the character with intelligence, sensitivity, affability, strength, humor and edginess..."
Christine James (1 Jul 2002, p.90)
Chicago Sun-Times
"...Kirsten Dunst is effective as the conflicted Mary Jane....Willem Dafoe has fun with a Jekyll-and-Hyde character..."
Roger Ebert (30 Jun 2002, p.5)
Entertainment Weekly
"...SPIDER-MAN, an adventure in vicarious acrobatic daredevilry, has been excitingly staged by director Sam Raimi..."
Owen Gleiberman (10 May 2002, p.47-8)
New York Times
"...The filmmakers have succeeded in rejuvenating the character while staying faithful to his roots....Mr. Maguire seems at once knowing and vulnerable..."
A. O. Scott (3 May 2002, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"...The actors seem to be having as good a time as we are....Maguire and Dunst keep SPIDER-MAN on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy..."
Peter Travers (10 May 2002, p.87-8)
Sight and Sound
"...SPIDER-MAN is full of deftly handled small moments and characters..."
Kim Newman (1 Jul 2002, p.36-7)
Variety
"...Chemistry between Maguire and the winning Dunst is excellent....[A] standout supporting turn is served up by J.K. Simmons, who brilliantly catches his pieces' comic book origins..."
Todd McCarthy (22 Apr 2002, p.27-36)

Movie

Title
Spider-Man 2
Release Year
2004
Running Time
263 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Spiderman 2
Categories
Action/Adventure / Paranormal / Sequel / Superheroes / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero. Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a scientist driven mad by experiments involving powerful mechanical arms. When the deranged Octavius (AKA Doc Ock) forms an alliance with the vengeful Osborn, who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father, the wall-crawling hero is in for his biggest battle yet.

With SPIDER-MAN 2, Raimi retains--and improves on--all of the elements that made the first film so good, including an excellent story (crafted, in part, by acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon), tight pacing, and stunning special effects. Parker's internal conflicts are even greater than before, and Maguire adds emotional depth to every scene. Returning actors Dunst, Franco, Harris, and J.K. Simmons (once again portraying Parker's tough-talking boss, J. Jonah Jameson) are all pitch-perfect in their roles, and, as the once-noble Octavius, Molina is remarkable, relishing his villainous lines, while giving the character a surprisingly vulnerable side. Throughout the movie, Raimi expertly balances drama and humor with dynamic action sequences, making SPIDER-MAN 2 feel more like a continuation of the original tale rather than an obligatory sequel. For a Hollywood movie, that's a real feat.
Notes
Theatrical Release: JUNE 30, 2004
Cast & Crew
Director
Sam Raimi
Star
Kirsten Dunst / Tobey Maguire / Alfred Molina / J.K. Simmons / James Franco / Rosemary Harris
Screenwriter
Alvin Sargent
Composer
Danny Elfman
Executive Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo / Stan Lee
Producer
Avi Arad / Laura Ziskin
Director of Photography
Bill Pope
Story
Michael Chabon
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original....An entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (9 Jul 2004, p.59)
New York Times
"[With] strong characters and honest feelings....Better than its predecessor, and also superior to most other comic-book-based movies."
A. O. Scott (29 Jun 2004, p.E1)
Premiere
"The special effects soar even more exhilaratingly than they did in the original..."
Howard Karren (1 Dec 2004, p.163)
Sight and Sound
"[T]he fun here comes when Peter and the spider are at their most integrated."
Kim Newman (1 Jan 1970, p.81-2)
Uncut
"Stuffed with great performances, eye-popping special effects...and real drama..."
Andrew Sumner (1 Sep 2004, p.128)

Movie

Title
Spider-Man 3
Release Year
2007
Running Time
156 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Spiderman 3
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Adventure / Comic Book / Heroes / Sequel / Superheroes / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$336.4 million
Ratings
IMDb
6.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
63% 51%
Metacritic
59
Synopsis
The Marvel comics hero returns for more high-flying fun in this third installment in the series. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is up to his usual Spidey tricks, attending university classes as an awkward geek, then quickly slipping into his red-and-blue suit to save New York City from various villains. And there are villains aplenty. Thomas Hayden Church blows in as the Sandman, an escaped convict whose molecular structure is destroyed in a particle accelerator. The freak accident gives him the ability to form and reform from piles of dust. While the Sandman sifts through the city streets robbing banks, Spidey must also contend with his onetime friend, Harry (James Franco), who has taken up where his father, the Green Goblin, left off. Harry chases Spider-Man down on his goblin glider, hurling pumpkin bombs. But Spider-Man's biggest battle is perhaps within himself, when he is taken over by meteorite ooze--a substance that gives him great power, but also turns him into a vengeful, selfish jerk. Throw into the mix Peter's new competition at the Daily Bugle--the ambitious, sneaky Eddie Brock (Topher Grace)--and Peter's relationship troubles with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), and SPIDER-MAN 3 weaves a tangled web indeed.

Director Sam Raimi's playful style and his delightfully campy screenplay hold true to the spirit of the Stan Lee comics, and he does an excellent job of hitting all the right superhero notes. Raimi has created an action film that is a feast for the eyes, but comes with fully rounded characters and a moving moral lesson to boot. The special effects are astounding, but Raimi makes sure the film isn't all action and no talk--he makes Peter's struggle a human one, and one that we can all relate to, regardless of our web-spinning ability.
Notes
Theatrical Release: May 4, 2007
Poster
Poster for Spider-Man 3
Cast & Crew
Director
Sam Raimi
Star
Kirsten Dunst / Tobey Maguire / J.K. Simmons / Dylan Baker / Thomas Haden Church / James Cromwell / James Franco / Topher Grace / Rosemary Harris / Bryce Dallas Howard
Screenwriter
Ivan Raimi / Alvin Sargent
Source Writer
Stan Lee / Author: Stan Lee
Composer
Christopher Young
Producer
Avi Arad / Grant Curtis / Laura Ziskin
Director of Photography
Bill Pope
Movie Critics
Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "Whole stretches of the film are terrific: CGI can finally do justice to eternally morphing comic-book characters..."
Kim Newman (1 Nov 2007, p.185)
Rolling Stone
"Director Sam Raimi keeps his focus on the human side of this Marvel Comics hero....There's lively mischief in it..."
Peter Travers (31 May 2007, p.81)
Sight and Sound
"SPIDER-MAN 3 delivers at least ten astonishing, exciting, comic-book knockabouts....[With] wholly enjoyable touches..."
Kim Newman (1 Jul 2007, p.74)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Entertainment doesn't come more accomplished than this....The breathlessness is exceptional, Haden Church especially bringing fresh life into the franchise."
Jonathan Dean (1 Jul 2007, p.42)
Uncut
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he love triangle between Peter, Harry and Mary-Jane is a moving slice of Marvel soap opera..."
Andrew Sumner (1 Dec 2007, p.138)