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Spider-Man (2002) + Spider-Man 2 (2004) + Spider-Man 3 (2007/Sony Blu-rays + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

 

Picture: A-     Sound: A-     Extras: C/C/B-     Films: B/B+/B-

 

 

With the new Amazing Spider-Man 3D film about to hit theaters Sony has readied the previous Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy to re-released on Blu-ray with Ultra Violet Digital Copy this time.  Not much new is included or upgraded in these Blu-ray releases, with the exception of a few new extras and an upgraded soundtrack.

 

These films have already been reviewed in great depth on this site when the Trilogy was previously released on Blu-ray.  This reviewer agrees with the insight and sentiments discussed in that review, with a few things to add.

 

That review discussed the history and trials/tribulations of getting Spider-Man to the big screen before finally debuting in theaters in 2002.  Subsequently spawning two sequels; all three films being a major monetary success.   The films to this reviewer are all very well done from the heroic, action, adventure angle; but as a trilogy they feel very disjointed.

 

Fans were shocked by the first film as it lived up to the hype and delivered a nice mix of action, suspense and a lighthearted humor that only Sam Raimi could deliver.  Even more shocking was how well done the sequel (starring Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus) stood up to the original and surpassed it; though we could argue the pace of the film dragged a tad more.  The third film was a complete departure from the first two films as it ineffectively used two great villains, had poor pacing, and leaned too much toward campy leaving the balanced dark/lighthearted humor behind.  The third film is my main issue with the trilogy.  It attempted to squeeze too much in with three villains that Raimi didn’t really want to work with and in turn the story was weak and convoluted.  Almost seeming like Raimi was saying “what am I doing here?”  I am more than certain much of the audience felt the same way

 

Even with all of this said the trilogy remains a valiant effort and will hold a place in history as well made with much heart as it followed the comics to a high degree, all while putting its own spin on the mythos.

Please read the Spider-Man Trilogy Box Set Review (Blu-ray) below:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/6168/The+Spider-Man+Trilogy+(Blu-ray+Box+Set)

 

As previously mentioned the Blu-rays being reviewed here are for the most part the same as those previously released with the exception of a sound upgrade and additional extras; all of which will be discussed below.  The picture on all three films remains a crisp, clean, and clear 1.85 X 1 (for the first film) and 2.35 X 1 (for the sequels), 1080p AVC encoded MPEG-4.  Though not perfect as all three films have minor light/dark issues the films’ visual presentations are stunning with bright/saturating colors, solid black, and an impressive sharp quality.  The sound on all three films has been upgraded from a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Mix to a much improved/immersive DTS-Master Audio 5.1 lossless track.  The music sounds crisper and the action packed sequences fully utilize the entire soundscape; putting viewers in the heart battle.

 

None of the new extras thrilled me, but worth a look for all hardcore fans.  The extras added to each of these releases are as follows:

 

Spider Sense Trivia Challenge

A nice little trivia game, but won’t hold your attention for too long

Spider-Man Cutting Room

Looking at the editing process of the film

 

So I feel that the new soundtracks are a nice enough upgrade that this might be the time to purchase the films if fans haven’t already…well except maybe the third film.

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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