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Spider-Man
Widescreen
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 66 (Nov 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

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

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
Internet Links
http://www.sony.com/spider-man

Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set starts with audio commentary with director Sam Raimi and co-producer Grant Curtis intermingled with commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and actress Kirsten Dunst, a second audio commentary track with visual effects designer John Dykstra, visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk, and director of animation Anthony LaMolinara. Next, there is a


 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 09661
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Stylized violence and action
(Retail Price): $28.96
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 2
(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): 11/01/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Raimi
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Special Notes:
Also available in a full screen edition and a Gift Set.

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:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is quite pleasing, with images that are sharp and nicely detailed. Close-up shots nicely reveal minute details but wide shots, however, can appear undefined and slightly smeared at times. Colors are rich and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are also well balanced. The computer-generated graphics have a video game quality (especially as

Soundtrack:
The Dolby

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  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:
Superb

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

  WSR D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Review
D-Box Motion CodeĀ™ Rating:
4.5

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