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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field).from£3.09 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free blu-ray player in order to play The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield) an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field) Like most teenagers Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father he begins a quest to understand his parents&39; disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans) his father&39;s former partner As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors&39; alter-ego The Lizard Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko The Amazing Spider-Man was directed by Marc Webb from the screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves and a story by James Vanderbilt Stan Lee Kevin Feige and Michael Grillo served as executive producers with Laura Ziskin Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers UltraViolet Deleted Scenes Filmmaker Audio Commentary The Oscorp Archives - Production Art Gallery Stunt Rehearsals The Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App including interviews storyboards alternate takes costume tests pre-visualization sequences and more Allows you to "sling" content from your tablet to the TV Development and Direction Casting Costumes On Location LA On Stage Sony Studios On Location NY Post Production and Release 16 Pre-Visualization Sequences Developing The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game Actors Andrew Garfield Denis Leary Irrfan Khan Annie Parisse Campbell Scott Embeth Davidtz Chris Zylka Emma Stone Martin Sheen Rhys Ifans C Thomas Howell Sally Field Michael Massee Miles Elliot Leif Gantvoort Barbara Eve Harris & Charlie DePew Director Marc Webb Year 2012 Languages English Region 0
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans star in this superhero action adventure film based on characters from Stan Lee's Marvel comic strip. Gawky teenager Peter Parker (Garfield) lives with his aunt and uncle in New York City. Aware that there is some mystery surrounding his history and his parentage, Peter does his best to make sense of the few murky clues he has about his past - until one day he discovers the shocking secret that will change his life forever.
Average Rating for The Amazing Spider-Man [Blu-ray][Region Free] - 5 out of 5
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The Amazing Spider-Man [Blu-ray][Region Free]Dave Wallace
'The Amazing Spider-Man' is an outstanding superhero film, with an appeal that goes far beyond its core fanbase of comic-book geeks. Combining the usual action and adolescent wish-fulfilment fantasies of the genre with a surprisingly strong emotional backbone and some intriguing mystery elements, it's a superhero movie that offers a lot more than most, and provides a much better 'reboot' of the Spider-Man franchise than I had dared to hope.
I have to admit, I came to the film with low expectations. A reboot of the cinematic Spider-Man saga seemed so unnecessary, just a decade after director Sam Raimi's previous incarnation first made its way to the silver screen in 2002 - and only five years since Tobey Maguire made his final appearance as the web-slinging superhero in 'Spider-Man 3'. So, despite having been a huge Spider-Man fan since I was a young boy, I didn't bother to see this latest movie when it hit cinemas last year, instead waiting until it came out on Blu-Ray to see if it was any good.
As it turns out, waiting that long was a mistake. Because 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is just as good as the three modern-classic superhero movies that came before it, and it fully justifies its swift revision of the Spider-Man story by adopting a very different tone and focus to the previous trilogy.
Director Marc Webb (yeah, you can do your own spider-jokes) hits all the key aspects of the character perfectly, reprising Spider-Man's origin story and reintroducing all the key players swiftly and efficiently. However, this Spidey is a slightly more brooding and serious character than we saw in Raimi's living cartoons. In place of Maguire's goofy naivety, we get an introspective and tortured Peter Parker, played more than capably by Andrew Garfield. Whilst the movie never pushes things into the ultra-serious adult territory that was marked out by Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" Batman trilogy, it's certainly a step in that direction - but Webb and Garfield deserve full credit for mixing this slightly more up-to-date 'emo' take on Spider-Man with a lot of silly moments that help to lighten the tone a little, with plenty of jokes and comic awkwardness in Parker's various relationships with his friends and family.
After getting past the origin - which is more or less the same as that seen in the previous Spider-Man films, even if this movie inexplicably seems to go out of its way to avoid uttering the classic line "with great power, comes great responsibility" - we're treated to a lot of elements that feel fresh and new. This is a completely original story that features a fresh status quo for Peter (he's still a high school kid rather than being the young adult of the Raimi movies), a fresh villain (the Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans), a fresh mystery angle (involving the death of Peter's parents, years ago) and a fresh love interest (Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, rather than Mary-Jane Watson of the previous trilogy). It's no exaggeration to say that, after a while, you'll honestly forget that the previous Spider-Man movies even existed.
The supporting cast is great, particularly Stone's turn as Gwen Stacy, whose relationship with her police-chief father (Denis Leary) - who is trying to hunt down Spidey for his vigilante activities - turns out to be one of the most genuine and affecting in the movie. All the relationship and high school stuff is carried off well: it's emotional and affecting, without being too mawkish or predictable, so that what could have been a mess of 'Dawson's Creek' sentimentality instead ends up becoming a smart, funny superhero-drama that has far more in common with the likes of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'.
Ifans is also good as Curt Connors, the well-meaning scientist who becomes a sinister Lizard-creature after attempting to regrow a missing arm by tampering with his own DNA. The Lizard is a fairly unconventional super-villain in that he has a tragic, human story that's driven by laudable good intentions, rather than simply being an overtly evil moustache-twirling bad guy. This - combined with his believable 'mentor' relationship with Parker - helps to give the film a nice dramatic edge that's sometimes missing from these kinds of movies, providing characters that you really care about rather than ones that exist solely to throw punches in action scenes.
Not that the action isn't up to snuff: this film features several great scenes in which we see Spider-Man make use of his powers, sometimes to rescue innocent bystanders and sometimes to prevent the Lizard from proceeding with his increasingly unhinged schemes. However, my favourite 'superhero' moment of the movie is actually a quieter one: a beautiful scene in which Spidey creates a giant web that runs through the sewer tunnels of New York, which he then uses to detect his nemesis who is hiding out in a subterranean lair. It's a thoughtful, considered approach that's indicative of the movie as a whole - and the brief shots of Spider-Man passing the time as he waits on the web by playing videogames on his smartphone is yet another sign that director Webb knows exactly how to balance the serious and lighter elements of the character.
The only real flaw with the movie is that certain plot threads are left tantalisingly unresolved, presumably to be followed-up in the next film of the franchise. This wouldn't be so bad if they weren't set up as such important parts of the story - like Peter's hunt to find his uncle's killer, the mystery behind his parents' death, or the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Connors' sinister boss halfway through the movie. As it is, however, there's a sense that the movie ends with too many story strands left dangling, and too little in the way of answers. However, as the first part of what is apparently a proposed trilogy, it's understandable that they'd want to set up some ideas that will run throughout all three films - especially given the post-credits scene that sets up a strong connection between the mystery of Peter's parents and a villain that the audience might recognise from the Raimi Spider-Man movies.
As a longtime fan of Spider-Man, it's a pleasure to be able to see just how well this movie has captured him. It's the kind of film that reminds you why you fell in love with a character in the first place, and it's filled with all kinds of little heart-warming, punch-the-air moments that make it impossible not to like (such as the climactic scene in which a group of New York construction workers pull together to help a wounded Spider-Man complete his mission). Over the course of my life I've thoroughly enjoyed following Spider-Man in comics, cartoons, movies and video games. Happily, I can put my hand on my heart and say that this latest incarnation ranks among the best of them - and now that I'm old enough to have kids of my own, I couldn't be more pleased to see that the character is in such good hands as he ensnares the next generation of superhero fans in his web.
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