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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 87 (Aug 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris & J. K. Simmons

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Though Superbit titles usually do not include supplements, Tobey Maguire

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 09752
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Stylized violence and action
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/01/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Raimi
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, this action-packed fantasy stars Tobey Maguire as super-geek Peter Parker, who spends much of his time admiring girl-next-door Mary Jane (Dunst). But when Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he eventually transforms himself into superhero Spider-Man to face-off against New York

DVD Picture:
Videophiles who have come to appreciate the subtle improvements of Superbit

This remastered Superbit release of Spider-Man just sounds fantastic in Dolby

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DVD-ROM Review:
Not much is included with this InterActual Player 2 release, but what is here is marvelous. Added to the first disc of this two disc release are two new ways of watching the movie, including a script-to-screen that uses a comic of the movie in place of a script, and a create-your-own commentary that goes along to the movie. In the Record Your Own Commentary section, you can record and play back your own commentary to the movie, as well as upload your commentary to the Internet. You can also download other people

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D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review:
The F/X codes for Spider-Man are fairly well interspersed throughout the entire film. In the opening credits, constant swaying motion as the CGI scenes went from web to web provide a very enhanced feeling to the video displayed on the screen. This prompted me to become very anxious to see how much motion effect I would be getting in the swinging scenes. I was not disappointed. While this movie has some explosions and vibration effects, such as the explosions in Chapters 25 and 26, the real strength of the program is in the motion codes. To name a simple chapter wouldn