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Spider-Man 2
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons & Donna Murphy

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes an audio commentary featuring actor Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi, producer Avi Arad, co-producer Grant Curtis; a separate and enlightening technical audio commentary featuring visual effects crew members; a Spidey Sense 2 fact track subtitle option; Train

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05149
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Stylized Action Violence
(Retail Price): $29.96
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/30/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Raimi
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Two years have passed since the mild-mannered Peter Parker (Maguire) walked away from his longtime love, Mary Jane Watson (Dunst). Peter tries to balance his identities, but struggles to abandon his secret life as Spider-Man 2 (to) profess his love to M.J. Living with

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is visually exciting with the effects and wildly creative opening credit sequence, but the picture quality is variable (no doubt due to the 5 Mbps or lower average bit rate). While colors at times appear washed out and overly contrasted, other scenes offer pleasing saturation. Images can be sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures, though some scenes appear a bit soft. Reds are bold and often pop from the screen, providing visual contrast to the drab browns in the newspaper office. The Super 35-originated images are revealing of fine film grain. Unfortunately, the picture can have a

Music is mixed well in this Dolby