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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Lacks Charm of Predecessors

13 November 2012 7:12 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Gritty realism proves to be a perfect fit for some superhero franchises, but “Spider-Man” isn’t one of them. The more grounded and practical the world of Peter Parker becomes, the sillier the whole thing gets. Sam Raimi’s trilogy flourished precisely because it resembled a cheerfully vibrant comic book come to life. In contrast, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is a bore.

I’ll admit that Raimi’s overstuffed, undercooked “Spider-Man 3” was a good enough reason to, in the words of Todd Akin, “shut the whole thing down,” but since superhero movies have become Hollywood’s bread and butter, Columbia Pictures couldn’t resist prematurely rebooting the franchise. Yet since Raimi’s films are still crystal-clear in most moviegoers’ minds, the studio had quite a challenge in convincing audiences to sit through the same story again.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

That’s not to say that director Marc Webb doesn’t »

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The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray Review

8 November 2012 8:30 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been only ten years since the original Spider-Man trilogy was begun by Sam Raimi. Now, after three films, the studio has opted to start anew with a complete reboot of the franchise. Perhaps they felt that the original series of films had gone as far as they could go, and, of course, there’s the fact that the third film had numerous problems, so a fresh start could be just what the franchise needed. Plus there’s the opportunity to improve upon the original film, which had a few issues of its own. So, since we’re starting from the beginning, we inevitably find ourselves with an origin story.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is a bit of outcast at his high school. He gets picked on by the jocks and doesn’t talk much with others, though he has recently begun to open up with a girl he »

- Jeff Beck

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-man in 3D’

4 November 2012 5:04 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

The Amazing Spider-man in 3D

3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy

2012/Rated PG-13/Running Time 136 mins – List Price: $55.99

It was time for a change. Despite the fact that many fans hoped director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures would work out their differences to produce a fourth Spider-man feature, the studio decided to go another way, rebooting the franchise completely. When Spider-man opened ten years ago in the Spring of 2002, it was a bit of a surprise that after 25 years in developmental hell, audiences strongly craved to see the famous comic book superhero on the big screen more than any other. Becoming the first film to gross $100 million in a single weekend, its box-office success proved that not only was it worth the wait, but fans had finally got the proper Spider-man film they’d been waiting decades for.

Personally, I found Raimi’s film enjoyable, but there were a »

- Ron Henriques

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