Spiderman 2 (Blu Ray) (Essentials Repackage)

Directed By: Sam Raimi Starring: Tobey Maguire Kirsten Dunst

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Great sequel

on 5/14/2012

This is another fine addition to the saga of Peter Parker. Additions tend to underperform when the sequels are an afterthought. The previous film felt like a complete story, but it seemed to leave open the story for this film. After watching this film, the viewer knows (especially if the viewer is a fan of the story already) that there are many stories still to come. Read More

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Studio Sony
SKU 217232883
UPC 043396366046
UPC 14 00043396366046
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/16/2010
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Sam Raimi's follow-up to SPIDER-MAN finds Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggling to balance his everyday life with his alter ego as the web-slinging superhero. Still carrying the burden of keeping his crime-fighting identity from those closest to him--including his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), his best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and his doting Aunt May (Rosemary Harris)--Parker must also face off against a dangerous new menace, Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a scientist driven mad by experiments involving powerful mechanical arms. When the deranged Octavius (AKA Doc Ock) forms an alliance with the vengeful Osborn, who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father, the wall-crawling hero is in for his biggest battle yet.^With SPIDER-MAN 2, Raimi retains--and improves on--all of the elements that made the first film so good, including an excellent story (crafted, in part, by acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon), tight pacing, and stunning special effects. Parker's internal conflicts are even greater than before, and Maguire adds emotional depth to every scene. Returning actors Dunst, Franco, Harris, and J.K. Simmons (once again portraying Parker's tough-talking boss, J. Jonah Jameson) are all pitch-perfect in their roles, and, as the once-noble Octavius, Molina is remarkable, relishing his villainous lines, while giving the character a surprisingly vulnerable side. Throughout the movie, Raimi expertly balances drama and humor with dynamic action sequences, making SPIDER-MAN 2 feel more like a continuation of the original tale rather than an obligatory sequel. For a Hollywood movie, that's a real feat.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original....An entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned." 07/09/2004 p.59
New York Times "[With] strong characters and honest feelings....Better than its predecessor, and also superior to most other comic-book-based movies." 06/29/2004 p.E1
Sight and Sound "[T]he fun here comes when Peter and the spider are at their most integrated." p.81-2
Uncut "Stuffed with great performances, eye-popping special effects...and real drama..." 09/01/2004 p.128
Premiere "The special effects soar even more exhilaratingly than they did in the original..." 12/01/2004 p.163
Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
Cast & Crew
Tobey Maguire - Star
Alfred Molina - Star
James Franco - Star
J.K. Simmons - Star
Kirsten Dunst - Star
Rosemary Harris - Star
Avi Arad - Producer
Bill Pope - Director of Photography
Michael Chabon - Story
Danny Elfman - Composer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. - Executive Producer
Alvin Sargent - Screenwriter
Laura Ziskin - Producer
Stan Lee - Executive Producer
Sam Raimi - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
UPC 00043396366046
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 263 minutes
Color Color

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