Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons
Two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; Spanish, French, English subtitles; commentary by director Sam Raimi, Kirsten Dunst, producer Laura Ziskin, and co-producer Grant Curtis; commentary by special effects designer John Dykstra and visual effects crew; "Weaving the Web" subtitled pop-on production notes and historical facts; branching web-isodes; music videos 'Hero" by Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, "What We're All About" by Sum 41; HBO's "Making of 'Spider-Man'"; E! Entertainment special "Spider-Mania"; director profile, Sam Raimi; composer profile, Danny Elfman; screen tests for Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, and the CGI Spider-Man; costume and makeup tests; gag/outtake reel; "Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century" historical documentary; "The Spider-Man Comic Book Archives"; "Spider-Man's Rogues' Gallery"; "The Loves of Peter Parker"; conceptual art and production design gallery; comic book artist pin-up gallery; filmographies and character files; Activision game hints and tips; TV spots; theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features.
|Modern myth comes alive. Scrawny teenage nerd/high-school outcast Peter Parker is bitten by a mutated spider during a science-class trip and transforms into the wall-crawling, web-shooting, crime-fighting Spider-Man. But his problems only multiply. Sam Raimi was an inspired choice to direct a live-action film about the origin of Marvel Comics' angst-ridden superhero. Having created the pulpy "Darkman" and spoofy "Army of Darkness," Raimi had experience balancing the comic-book melodrama and frenzied Technicolor special effects that make "Spider-Man" such a lark. The only questions about translating Spidey to the screen concerned script quality (serviceable, true to the comics) and casting (ideal). Props to Tobey Maguire as the perfect Parker, a wimpy nice guy turned cavalier-in-spandex; Kirsten Dunst as his juicy crush, vivacious teen queen Mary Jane; and Willem Dafoe as daft industrialist Norman Osborn, who turns himself into the Green Goblin murderous, schizoid supervillain. The film is pure pop art.|