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“The Amazing Spider-Man" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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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). 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.

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2012, Color, rated: PG-13, 2 hour 16 Minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Starring:Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen
  • Directed by Marc Webb
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

A re-boot of the earlier series that had a lackluster finish, this Spider-Man has a new Peter Parker that is a bit darker and edgier. This, actually, makes the film all the more enjoyable. The pacing of the plot is quite good, with time to develop the characters. The “villain” this time around is not evil hearted until he morphs into a lizard monster. The biggest change in the storyline is probably the fact that Peter gets bitten by a genetically alter spider and not a radioactive one. This change was necessary in order to create the genetically altered lizard-man. Either way, it works for me. Some wonderful action in this film, too.

Technical

Very excellent picture and sound quality come with this package. Though most of the movie takes place in the sewers and at night, the contrasts and details are always very good. I saw no digital artifacts in any of the scenes and Spidey’s suit abounded in fine details and texture. Surrounds and subs get their full due here as well. Powerful and punchy sound compliments the fast action on the screen. The CGI is top-notch. I liked the texture and "feel" of the Lizard’s skin which had a nice organic design. Well done!

Extras

Lots of goodies here: Deleted scenes, commentaries, developing the video game, Oscorp archives, What is the second screen?, stunt rehearsals, image progression reels and more.