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The Spectacular Spider-Man The Complete First Season (Marvel/Sony Wonder DVD)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C- Episodes: C+



After various single-DVD releases, Sony and Marvel Comics are issuing The Complete First Season of The Spectacular Spider-Man and the latest child-safe version of the popular superhero adds up to a better show than the CG animated offering a few years ago and is a decent introduction series for young fans. Unfortunately, it is not the character at its best and not up to the 1967 series, which by far remains the best animated Spider-Man to date.


It is not to say that this is dumbed-down versus the 1967 show or other versions, but that it is made for younger fans since the character has become darker, including some key comics with him. I thought the versions of the villains here were not bad, but the art is oversimplified to keep costs down and that can be annoying in itself. However, color schemes are a plus and the show is not bad.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is pretty good color wise, but a little softer than I would have liked it to be, as was the case with the previous DVDs. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a bit weaker in total here than it was on the Lizard feature, but the recoding is good so it is not a problem. The only extras are two featurettes: Sizzling Spidey and Spider-Man: Re-Animated.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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