The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray review

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the second film by Director Marc Webb after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Continuing where the first film left off, we see Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) getting comfortable as Spider-Man as he fights crime while also dealing with his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). We’re introduced to Electro (Jamie Foxx), a super villain with the power of electricity, and Parker’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). All these characters will help add drama to Peter’s world.

There are many things The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does right. We get the best Spider-Man version to date. We get the Spidey from the comics as he’s having fun and joking around while saving the city. The filmmakers have also improved on the suit and created the most accurate Spider-Man design yet. Stone also is very charming as Stacy. The real-life couple’s chemistry helps create a believable relationship that we care about. The other actors all do a fine job as their respective characters, including Sally Field as Aunt May and Dehaan as Harry.

The special effects is topnotch as we see Electro’s face illuminate and his powers devastate. We get the best Spidey swinging action, thanks to Spidey looking more realistic.

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Now let’s get to what didn’t work. The tone of the film is very contrasting, since Webb tries to mesh many different subplots together. These include seeing Parker and Stacy having relationship problems, Electro’s origin, Green Goblin’s origin, Peter and Harry’s relationship, and Peter trying to find out why his dad left him. Electro was a throwaway character who added nothing to the story. Not only that, but his character feels very cartoony compared to the tone of the film. (If you’ve seen Batman Forever and Iron Man 3, then you know what I mean.) The whole subplot about Peter trying to find his dad also wasn’t necessary, and it felt like they needed to go back to that to give closure to the unnecessary mystery that was introduced in the first film. With all these little stories competing against each other, a lot of things suffered including Harry becoming the Green Goblin.

The action sequences are fun and the special effects are pretty to look at. The best parts include Peter and Gwen’s love story and Aunt May’s emotional scenes, but the film feels all over the place and prevents it from becoming truly amazing.

Movie Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

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Video/Audio Quality

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features some impressive visuals in 1080p with 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The film was shot on film and retains the high quality film texture with some slight intentional grain. The details are stunning whether we’re looking at Spider-Man’s textured suit or the beautiful and busy New York City. The colors are vibrant as we see Electro’s electrical face and the contrasting colors of Spider-Man’s suit.

The audio is presented in a DTS-Master Audio 5.1 lossless track that is quite splendid. The unique music surrounds the speakers as the action rumbles. There are many action sequences in the film, and the audio shows off the crashing of cars, the thwipping of webs, and the shocks of electricity. The dialogue is clear from the center, with Electro’s voice sounding really cool and deep, as if his vocal cords are burnt. It’s definitely a great demo piece.

Video/Audio Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Recently there are many big Blu-ray releases out there that have gotten lazy with their extras. I have good news for you. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray is chock full of extras. We get an audio commentary, a lot of deleted scenes, a making-of documentary that’s almost two hours long, and more. Here’s the rundown:

Audio Commentary: Sadly Director Marc Webb wasn’t available to do the commentary, but we do get Writers Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner and Producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad talking about how they got the movie made. Whether you enjoyed the movie or not, it’s nice to hear the screenwriters try to find the right balance and motivation for characters on screen. It’s interesting to hear Arad boast about how he spent a lot of money ($90,000) on the Marvel logo opening that premiered in the first X-Men film. Although I think they weren’t successful in creating a good enough reason for the villains to team up, the writers did talk about giving a reasonable explanation.

Deleted & Alternate Scenes (23:01): Peter Meets His Father (5:10), Cockpit Discovery (1:31), Flash Forward (1:09), Max’s Mother (1:41), Mayhem in the Morgue (1:26), Missing Each Other (2:15), Peter Visits Harry (4:21), Oxford Acceptance (1:04), Is Peter Home? (0:49), Chasing Gwen (1:48), Birth of the Goblin (1:27), Felicia Sees Her Boss (0:46), and Goblin Kills Menken (0:30). These include optional commentary from Director Marc Webb.

Spoiler Warning – So far the most interesting of the deleted scenes is the one that’s at the very beggining, “Peter Meets His Father”. If inserted in the film, we find out that Peter’s dad is still alive, and he visits him at Gwen Stacy’s cemetery. In it we finally get to hear the famous phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility,” although it’s not uttered from Uncle Ben. The main reason it was deleted was because the test audience hated it, saying that it’s inexcusable for Peter’s dad to avoid him for so long.

The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (1:43): We get a six-part comprehensive documentary covering the making of the film.

  • Lessons Learned: Development and Direction: Here we get see and learn about the characters in the film, why the Spider-Man suit had to be redesigned, why the film had to be shot in New York, why Marc Webb went from shooting in 3D to 2D film and more.
  • Heart of the City: Shooting in New York: This segment talks about shooting in New York, whether it’s shooting on the streets or inside a stage.
  • Triple Threat: Attack of the Villains: This one talks about the many different sets for the big battles including creating a duplicate Times Square, filming in the clock tower, and more.
  • A More Dangerous World: Transforming Goblin and Electro: Here we get to see Jamie Foxx become Electro, thanks to the magic of makeup. We also see Dane’s makeup process, which is 2 hours long, plus putting on the Green Goblin suit.
  • Bolt from the Blue: Visual Effects (17:42): This one is all about the visual effects including Time Square and the clock tower scenes. We get some interesting info about Gwen Stacy’s hair.
  • Spidey Gets His Groove Back: Music and Editing (24:09): Here’s an interesting look at how the music was made. Webb wanted a contemporary sound since Parker is a young kid who loves music. Composer Hans Zimmer came up with the idea to hire different popular musicians including Pharrell Williams and called the group Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six. We get to see the musicians in the studio jamming together, kind of like a rock band practicing in a garage. The editing process is also covered.

The Music of Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Director Marc Webb (8:09): Like the music segment in the documentary feature, we get another extended look at Webb discussing the music.

Music Video (3:49): This one is the official music video for “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys.

Something Sinister This Way Comes: A Look at Spider-Man’s Most Fearsome Foes -Target Exclusive (20:34): The Target exclusive includes a free popcorn and drink coupon and a bonus disc feature. It gives us a glimpse on what we can expect from the upcoming Sinister Six film. Nothing is set in stone yet, but you get to learn about the formation of the villainous team and how the movie might set it up.

Extras Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Final Reaction

The video and audio quality is superb, and the Blu-ray is filled with extras; however, the actual movie is passable. If you actually enjoyed the film, then this is definitely worth picking up.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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