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  • The Spider-Man Complete Five Film Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free] The Spider-Man Complete Five Film Collection | Blu Ray | (10/10/2016) from £12.49  |  Saving you £0.50 (3.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    SPIDER-MAN TRILOGY The Spider-Man trilogy features the three critically-acclaimed Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi. Follow Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) in these three adventures as he swings into action fighting super-villains Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman and Venom and wins the heart of Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). Special Features: Commentaries Webisodes (Spider-Man 1 and 2 only) THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2 Catch up to the beginning of the Peter Parker saga with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Then, when Spider-Man's enemies are united in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin. Special Features: The Amazing Spider-Man Deleted Scenes Filmmaker Audio Commentary Stunt Rehearsals The Oscorp Archives The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Filmmakers Commentary 4 Deleted Scenes with Commentary By Director Alicia Keys It's On Again Music Video

  • The Evil Dead Trilogy [Blu-ray] The Evil Dead Trilogy | Blu Ray | (12/08/2013) from £12.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Cult legend Bruce Cambell stars as Ash Williams the incompetent mid-20's employee of S-Mart (Shop smart. Shop S-Mart!) Whose trip away with his friends and girlfriend Linda turns into a deadlight disaster when they stumble across the Book of the Dead unleashing evil spirits which possess the living. Ash's journey takes him from zero to hero as he faces evil spirits possessed girlfriends and deadite incarnations of himself through a battle to the ends of the Earth and back. Join Ash and his trusty Boomstick through this definitive collection bringing together the original Evil Dead trilogy from mastermind director Sam Raimi. Groovy! Special Features: The Evil Dead Commentary with Sam Raimi Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead Treasures from the Cutting Room Floor Documentary At the Drive-In Featurettes Discovering Evil Dead Featurettes Make-Up Test: Rehearsal Footage Bonus hidden material! Picture-in-Picture: Join us! The Undying Legacy of The Evil Dead Evil Dead II Swallowed Souls the Making of Evil Dead II Cabin Fever Behind the Scenes Featurette Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location of Evil Dead II Commentary with Writer/Director Sam Raimi Actor Bruce Campbell Co-writer Scott Spiegel and Special Effects Make-up Artist Greg Nicotero Archival Featurettes Behind the Screams Making of Evil Dead II Theatrical Trailer Photo Galleries: Ads and Memorabilia Behind the Scenes Make-up Stop Motion Army of Darkness Audio Commentary with Director Sam Raimi Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell Alternative Ending Deleted Scenes with Commentary Trailers

  • Oz the Great and Powerful [DVD] Oz the Great and Powerful | DVD | (01/07/2013) from £3.99  |  Saving you £14.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Disney's fantastical adventure Oz the Great and Powerful from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco) a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz he thinks he's hit the jackpot - until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) who aren't convinced he's the great wizard everyone's expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion ingenuity - and even some wizardry - Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well. Special Features: Walt Disney and the Road to Oz Bloopers

  • The Evil Dead Trilogy [DVD] The Evil Dead Trilogy | DVD | (12/08/2013) from £11.09  |  Saving you £11.90 (51.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Cult legend Bruce Cambell stars as Ash Williams the incompetent mid-20's employee of S-Mart (Shop smart. Shop S-Mart!) Whose trip away with his friends and girlfriend Linda turns into a deadlight disaster when they stumble across the Book of the Dead unleashing evil spirits which possess the living. Ash's journey takes him from zero to hero as he faces evil spirits possessed girlfriends and deadite incarnations of himself through a battle to the ends of the Earth and back. Join Ash and his trusty Boomstick through this definitive collection bringing together the original Evil Dead trilogy from mastermind director Sam Raimi. Groovy! Special Features: The Evil Dead Commentary with Sam Raimi Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead Treasures from the Cutting Room Floor Documentary At the Drive-In Featurettes Discovering Evil Dead Featurettes Make-Up Test: Rehearsal Footage Bonus hidden material! Evil Dead II Trailer Making of Documentary Commentary by Sam Raimi Bruce Campbell and Producer Robert G. Tapert Army of Darkness Audio Commentary with Director Sam Raimi Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell Alternative Ending Deleted Scenes with Commentary Trailers

  • Oz the Great and Powerful [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray][Region Free] Oz the Great and Powerful | Blu Ray | (01/07/2013) from £9.99  |  Saving you £16.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £25.99

    Feel the magic of Oz The Great And Powerful surround you as it soars off the screen and lands in your living room in spectacular Blu-ray 3D. Disney's fantastical adventure Oz the Great and Powerful from the director of the Spider-Man trilogy follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco) a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz he thinks he's hit the jackpot - until he meets three witches (Mila Kunis Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) who aren't convinced he's the great wizard everyone's expecting. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it's too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion ingenuity - and even some wizardry - Oscar transforms himself into the great wizard and a better man as well. Special Features: Walt Disney and the Road to Oz My Journey in Oz by James Franco China Girl and the Suspension of Disbelief Before Your Very Eyes: From Kansas to Oz Mila's Metamorphosis Mr. Elfman's Musical Concoctions Bloopers

  • The Quick And The Dead [1995] The Quick And The Dead | DVD | (12/10/1998) from £3.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (69.30%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) tries gamely to recapture the exotic mysteries of spaghetti Westerns in this stylish but empty film, which stars Sharon Stone as a stranger who comes to the town of Redemption in time for an annual shooting contest. Her real motivations for being there are the stuff that might have found their way into a film by Sergio Leone--in fact, much of this film is a pastiche of Leone's greatest hits, including A Fistful of Dollars and Once upon a Time in America--but one can't quite believe Stone in the role. Gene Hackman gives a predictably solid performance as the town tyrant, and Leonardo DiCaprio is good as a lucky young gunslinger who gets to kiss the heroine. But not even the cast can help this failed project. Raimi brings a lot of razzle-dazzle to his camera work, but it doesn't make the film any more substantial. --Tom Keogh

  • The Gift [2001] The Gift | DVD | (17/09/2001) from £6.16  |  Saving you £5.94 (42.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    No one was better suited than Sam Raimi to fulfil co-writer Billy Bob Thornton's vision of The Gift. This supernatural whodunnit is set in the wooded and swampy Southern US town of Brixton, Georgia, which is altogether familiar territory for the director of the Evil Dead movies and producer of the TV series American Gothic. Raimi skilfully builds a sense of tension and unease, using his camera initially with pleasing restraint before letting rip with skewed angles and unpredictable editing effects in a series of disturbing dreams. These belong to local "Fortune Teller" Annie (a mesmerising Cate Blanchett), who "witnesses" the murder of a local good-time girl in her nightmares. As clues and red herrings pile up, it should become obvious that this is a tale more about people and place than plotting and the paranormal. After A Simple Plan it's clear that Raimi has become a mature film-maker as capable of handling psychological horror as he is at providing shocks. The top-notch ensemble cast give wholly believable performances, making the small-town setting and spooky events come alive superbly. Giovanni Ribisi and Keanu Reeves are ticking timebombs of problems, while Hilary Swank and Greg Kinnear are pathetic yet sympathetic bystanders. This is a movie of startling visions both in front of the camera and behind. On the DVD: The deliberately diluted colour looks great in the 1:85:1 widescreen ratio. Swamp oaks loom tall and shadowy while streaks of sunlight pick out the brighter end of the spectrum. A Dolby Digital 5.1 track does justice to the dream sequence sound effects and Christopher Young's score dominated by scratch violin. The typical body of extras are included: a trailer, over-the-top TV and radio spots, but surprisingly no biographies for such a stellar cast. The "Making of" featurette is the usual clip-dominated TV promo and is seven minutes, not the advertised 10. Far better is a selection of interviews with Blanchett, Raimi (in constant suit and tie), Kinnear, Ribisi, Swank and Reeves. This is much more revealing about the production, but is also closer to 11 minutes than the stated 15. --Paul Tonks

  • Spider-Man Trilogy [Blu-ray] Spider-Man Trilogy | Blu Ray | (04/06/2012) from £7.98  |  Saving you £17.01 (68.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Spider-Man: (Dir. Sam Raimi) (2002): Peter Parker (Maguire) was a shy, quite nerdy teenager...until he was bitten by a genetically altered spider. Now with the heightened senses and incredible strengths and abilities of a spider, Parker has become the amazing Spider-Man. Despite facing close competition, the long awaited Spider-Man became one of 2002's biggest hits!Spider-Man 2: (Dir. Sam Raimi) (2004): Two years have passed, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with 'the gift and the curse', desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets and facing a deadly new threat in multi-tentacled Doctor Octopus (Molina), Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His life-long yearning for M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), who has fallen on hard times after the death of Uncle Ben, begins to have doubts about her nephew...Spider-Man 3: (Dir. Sam Raimi) (2007): Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes over confident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

  • The Gift [2000] The Gift | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £3.74  |  Saving you £11.10 (69.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The only witness to the crime was not even there. Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) possesses the gift of psychic powers and supports herself and her family by reading the cards to neighbours who want to know what the future may hold. When the wealthy beautiful and sexually promiscuous Jessica King (Katie Holmes) goes missing her bound and ravaged body begins to haunt Annie through her visions. When the murder investigation becomes short on leads the police are forced to turn to Annie's special powers for help. The supernatural becomes terrifyingly real when Annie's gift becomes her only hope to stop the killer before she becomes the next victim. Directed by the acclaimed Sam Raimi this haunting psychological thriller also features Keanu Reeves Hilary Swank Giovanni Ribisi and Greg Kinnear.

  • Spider-Man 3 Spider-Man 3 | DVD | (15/10/2007) from £3.39  |  Saving you £19.60 (85.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Based on the legendary Marvel Comics series Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes turning jet-black and enhancing his powers it transforms Peter as well bringing out the dark vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit Peter becomes over confident and starts to neglect the p

  • Spider-Man [2002] Spider-Man | DVD | (25/11/2002) from £2.34  |  Saving you £22.00 (88.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Marvel Comics fans have been waiting for this big-screen Spider-Man since the character made his print debut in 1962, which attaches impossible expectations to a film that rates as a solid success without breaking out of the spandex ghetto in the way that Batman Returns or X-Men did. Tobey Maguire is ideally cast as speccy Peter Parker, a high school swot with personal problems. The suit and effects take over when he gets bitten by a genetically engineered (i.e., no longer radioactive) spider and transforms into a web-swinging superhero who finds that these super-powers don't really help him get close to the girl next door (Kirsten Dunst) or protect his elderly guardian (Cliff Robertson) from random violence. The villain of the peace is Peter's best friend's industrialist father (Willem Dafoe) who has dosed himself on an experimental serum which makes him go all Jekyll-and-Hyde and emerge as the cackling Green Goblin, who soon gets a grudge against Spider-Man. Sam Raimi gives it all a bright, airy, kinetic feel, with wonderful aerial stuff as Spider-Man escapes from his troubles by swinging between skyscrapers, and the rethink of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's origin story is managed with a canny mix of faithfulness (JK Simmons' as the crass editor JJ Jameson is the image of the comic character) and send-up (after a big introduction, Spider-Man finally appears in a really rubbish first attempt at a spider costume). Maguire and the impossibly sweet Dunst make it work as a hesitant teen romance, but somehow the second half, which brings on the villain to give the hero someone to fight, is only exciting when it wants to be affecting too. --Kim Newman On the DVD: Spider-Man's two-disc offering is nothing out of the ordinary, but fans will find some gems here including Stan Lee's thoughts, a gallery of comic cover art and profiles on the baddies. The two commentaries (cast and crew, and Special Effects) both have long periods with pauses, but the special effects guys are full of insight. The DVD-ROM section offers some of the more exciting features, including three comics transferred onto your computer, page by page, although be aware that the "Film to Comic" comparison is not for the original but for the new comic of the film. As you would expect from a blockbuster superhero film, the sound and vision are immaculate. --Nikki Disney

  • Spider-Man Trilogy [DVD] Spider-Man Trilogy | DVD | (04/06/2012) from £5.43  |  Saving you £7.56 (58.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Spider-Man: Peter Parker (Maguire) was a shy, quite nerdy teenager...until he was bitten by a genetically altered spider. Now with the heightened senses and incredible strengths and abilities of a spider, Parker has become the amazing Spider-Man!Spider-Man 2:Two years have passed, and the mild-mannered Peter Parker faces new challenges as he struggles with the gift and the curse, desperately trying to balance his dual identities as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man and his life as a college student. Tormented by his secrets, Peter finds that his relationships with all those he holds dear are in danger of unraveling. His life-long yearning for M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) becomes even stronger as he fights the impulse to reveal his secret life and declare his love. His friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is complicated by the young Osborn's bitterness over his father's death and his growing vendetta against Spider-Man. Even Peter's beloved Aunt May (Rosemary Harris), who has fallen on hard times after the death of Uncle Ben, begins to have doubts about her nephew.Spider-Man 3: Based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well, bringing out the dark, vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes over confident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be, Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

  • Spider-Man 3 [Blu-ray] [2007] Spider-Man 3 | Blu Ray | (15/10/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (84.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Based on the legendary Marvel Comics series Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his suit suddenly changes turning jet-black and enhancing his powers it transforms Peter as well bringing out the dark vengeful side of his personality that he is struggling to control. Under the influence of the suit Peter becomes over confident and starts to neglect the people who care about him most. Forced to choose between the seductive power of the new suit and the compassionate hero he used to be Peter must overcome his personal demons as two of the most feared villains yet Sandman and Venom gather unparalleled power and a thirst for retribution to threaten Peter and everyone he loves.

  • Darkman Trilogy (3 Disc Set) [Blu-ray] Darkman Trilogy (3 Disc Set) | Blu Ray | (08/06/2015) from £12.29  |  Saving you £17.70 (59.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Darkman (1990) Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he's only got 100 minutes per disguise. Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) Darkman and Durant return and they hate each other as much as ever. This time, Durant has plans to take over the city's drug trade using high-tech weaponry. Darkman must step in and try to stop Durant once and for all. Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996) Peyton Westlake (Arnold Vosloo) is forced to contend with corrupt businessman Peter Rooker (Jeff Fahey), who is working with a young doctor whom had saved Westlake's life after he was nearly burned to death in order to create a formula to give others the super-human strength he posesses. Westlake also finds himself coming to care for Rooker's wife (Roxann Dawson) and young daughter.

  • Spider-Man [Blu-ray] Spider-Man | Blu Ray | (15/01/2018) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is an ordinary guy who lives with his beloved aunt and uncle and quietly pines for the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). But when a geneticallymodified 'superspider' bites him while on a school trip, Peter develops unusual skills  fantastic acrobatic strength, supernatural awareness and a talent for webspinning. It's not until tragedy strikes at home that Peter decides to use his new powers to fight crime under a secret identity: SPIDERMAN! When the evil Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) attacks the good people of New York and endangers the life of Mary Jane, Peter commits himself to the ultimate tests: to thwart his archenemy and to win the heart of the girl that he loves.

  • Spider-Man 3 [Blu-ray] Spider-Man 3 | Blu Ray | (15/01/2018) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. (Kirsten Dunst) and his duties as a superhero. But when his suit suddenly changes, turning jetblack and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter, bringing out a dark vengeful side that he struggles to control. He must now battle his inner demons as two of the mostfeared villains yet, Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace), gather unparalleled power and a thirst for revenge which threatens Peter and everyone he loves.

  • Jeepers Creepers / The Gift / Mothman Prophecies [2001] Jeepers Creepers / The Gift / Mothman Prophecies | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Jeepers Creepers: On a desolate country highway two homeward-bound teens (Gina Philips Justin Long) are nearly run off the road by a maniac in a beat-up truck only to later spot him shoving what appears to be a body down a sewer pipe. But when they stop to investigate they discover that the grisly reality at the bottom of that pipe is far worse than they could have ever suspected and that they are now the targets of an evil far more unspeakable and unstoppable than they could have ever imagined! The Gift: Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) possesses the gift of psychic powers and supports herself and her family by reading the cards to neighbours who want to know what the future may hold. When the wealthy beautiful and sexually promiscuous Jessica King (Katie Holmes) goes missing her bound and ravaged body begins to haunt Annie through her visions. When the murder investigation becomes short on leads the police are forced to turn to Annie's special powers for help. The supernatural becomes terrifyingly real when Annie's gift becomes her only hope to stop the killer before she becomes the next victim. The Mothman Prophecies: Distraught by the sudden tragic death of his wife (Debra Messing) John Klein (Richard Gere) a journalist for The Washington Post finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town when his car inexplicably strands him. Rescued by the sympathetic but skeptical local police sergeant (Laura Linney) he soon learns that many of the town's residents have been beset by bizarre events including sightings of an eerie moth-like entity similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further and having his own terrifying encounters with the creature he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities and is trying to warn the town of one. Is this a psychic delusion brought on by his grief or can he convince the police sergeant that there's a tragedy that must be averted? His life and potentially other's lives depend on his making the right choices before time runs out.

  • The Evil Dead [1982] The Evil Dead | DVD | (25/09/2006) from £4.30  |  Saving you £-1.29 (-21.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Can they be stopped? Five friends are enjoying dinner on their first evening at a ramshackle but cosy enough log cabin in the Tennesee Forest when all of a sudden in the next room - BANG! The friends find that the trapdoor to the cellar has mysteriously opened. Peering into the cold bleak and pitch black void they dare each other to investigate. Scotty braves the ricketty stairs first and disappears without a sound. When after a few minutes Scotty doesn't answer his friends' calls Ash follows. There's no sign of him in the gloom and something screeches at Ash. Phew! It's only Scotty pulling his leg. Scotty leads Ash to a dim corner of the cellar where a sinister pile of possessions of the former owner begs to be examined. There's a long dagger - it's hilt carved into skulls an audio tape and a small but gruesome book bound in human flesh and inked in blood... Back upstairs Sheryl protests in vain when Scotty plays the tape. The voice of the previous occupant of the shack explains the significance of the Necronomicon (The Book of the Dead) and the dagger of the dead. The eerie voice proceeds to read the text of the book - a deadly incantation with horrific consequences...

  • Evil Dead 2 [1987] Evil Dead 2 | DVD | (22/10/2001) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humour. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the cinemas, the film has since become an influential cult-video favourite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive.--Dave McCoy

  • Spider-Man 2 [2004] Spider-Man 2 | DVD | (26/11/2004) from £2.55  |  Saving you £20.10 (80.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    More than a few critics hailed Spider-Man 2 as "the best superhero movie ever," and there's no compelling reason to argue--thanks to a bigger budget, better special effects, and a dynamic, character-driven plot, it's a notch above Spider-Man in terms of emotional depth and rich comic-book sensibility. Ordinary People Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent received screenplay credit, and celebrated author and comic-book expert Michael Chabon worked on the story, but it's director Sam Raimi's affinity for the material that brings Spidey 2 to vivid life. When a fusion experiment goes terribly wrong, a brilliant physicist (Alfred Molina) is turned into Spidey's newest nemesis, the deranged, mechanically tentacled "Doctor Octopus," obsessed with completing his experiment and killing Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) in the process. Even more compelling is Peter Parker's urgent dilemma: continue his burdensome, lonely life of crime-fighting as Spider-Man, or pursue love and happiness with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst)? Molina's outstanding as a tragic villain controlled by his own invention, and the action sequences are nothing less than breathtaking, but the real success of Spider-Man 2 is its sense of priorities. With all of Hollywood's biggest and best toys at his disposal, Raimi and his writers stay true to the Marvel mythology, honouring Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and setting the bar impressively high for the challenge of Spider-Man 3. --Jeff Shannon

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