The Amazing Spiderman Review and Bluray features
The Amazing Spiderman
3 Jul 2012
Behind the scene and other Major Plot Points
ARTIFICIAL DEVICES used by Spiderman to shoot webs
In this film Spider-Man uses artificial devices to shoot webs, inspired from the original comics where he possessed similar devices for his webbing (only later would he gain the superhuman ability to shoot webs). Marc Webb explained the web-shooters were a creative decision to showcase Peter’s intellect: “We wanted to emphasize that these are things that Peter Parker made and that he is special himself even if he feels like he’s an outsider.”
Director’s logic behind choosing Andrew Garfield as Spiderman
On selecting Andrew Garfield to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
Difference between comic book and movie (in regards to secret identity known to Gwen Stacy and Capt. Stacy of Peter Parker and death of Captain Stacy)
In this film Captain George Stacy is strongly opposed to Spider-Man’s activities, (although he does admit that he was wrong at the end), and Gwen Stacy is both aware and supportive of Peter Parker’s role as Spider-Man. This is in stark contrast to the mainstream comics, where George Stacy was a strong supporter of Spider-Man, and confessed on his death bed that he was aware of Peter’s identity, while Gwen Stacy blamed Spider-Man for her father’s death, and as such Peter never informed her of his identity. In the “Ultimate Spider-Man” reboot, Gwen did eventually learn and accept Peter’s secret identity
FAMOUS Spider-Instinct Scene
Peter sitting on the top of his porch while studying his father’s notes was a reference to his spider instinct; how spiders have an a tendency to favour heights.
FIRST FILM to USE RED’s EPIC SERIES DIGITAL CAMERAS
Originally, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) was going to be the first feature to use it but a delay at the start of the production instead gave this film the distinction. However, when shooting began in December 2010, the camera model was still in its prototype stages so an engineer from RED had to be on standby throughout the shoot for immediate technical assistance and support.
MAIN THEME of the movie as per the DIRECTOR
Marc Webb describes the theme of the movie as “the missing piece within all of us: Peter has no parents, and he fills that void with Spider-Man. Curt is not as strong as Spider-Man on the inside, but he wants to get back his arm and fill that void, and essentially he becomes a big bully.”
SPIDERMAN’s COSTUME BASED ON ACROBAT COSTUME
According to costume designer Kym Barrett, the Spider-Man costume was specially designed to resemble an acrobat costume: “We wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, someone incredibly agile; the legs of the spider-symbol on the chest were used to emphasize that.”
Most of the stunts performed by actors/stuntmen itself rather than CGI Animation
It was a creative decision by the filmmakers to have most of the stunts performed practically on rigs by actors/stuntmen, rather than extensively use CGI animation. Marc Webb explained they wanted to make the film more physical and thus more realistic. While filming in New York the crew built a whole rig hundreds of feet long over Riverside Drive in Harlem, and Andy Armstrong built a car rig with a series of wires to help with VFX which required an incredible wealth of acrobatics
Rhys Ifans told Ain’t It Cool News that the man was not Norman Osborn (Green Goblin), but is a representative from Oscorp and someone the fans are familiar with. The man was later revealed to be Gustav Friers, aka the Gentlemen, who is known to have formed the Sinister Six in the comics.
Seuqels or Reboots
No more origin stories (Who isn’t sick of seeing him get his powers ?) And goes for no more Origin Stories of Supervillains Im sick of seeing them get their powers in Spiderman Movies
RT/Meta Critic Review
The Amazing Spider-Man may be a reboot, but it feels entirely fresh thanks to a strong, different interpretation of the Spider-Man mythos and tremendous performances from the excellent ensemble. (Click here to see)
Not just a reboot – it’s a rejuvenation. From the first image of sensory awakening to the final acceptance of adult responsibility, it pulses with the warm blood of a very human hero.(Click here to see)
Fantastic movie! It kept my attention from beginning to end, which is hard to do for a movie that is over 2 hours long! The story was the best ever for Spider-Man, and everything was easy to understand and follow. Intense action sequences and very little to no swearing. Be sure to stay through half of the credits, there is a surprise at the end for a plot for a sequel! [EFYevan/MetaCritic]
Amazing movie, i was on the edge of my seat throughout. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are adorable together and have the best chemistry. A great combination of action, humor and romance. Best movie i have watched in a long time.[Npham/MetaCritic]
The Amazing Spider-Man features a flawless 1080p transfer. The digital photography never features that glossy sheen, instead presenting crisp, rock-solid imagery that’s superbly defined from top to bottom. The image is naturally detailed, very sharp, and nuanced in the tightest of shots. General attributes such as facial and clothing details completely satisfy, and the image picks up the intricacies of cityscape elements with ease, clearly showcasing the tactile craftsmanship down on the ground and up high even as Spider-Man swings from location to location. The image truly dazzles in the tightest close-up shots, revealing the smallest ridges and intimate details of the Spider-Man costume with astonishing accuracy and efficiency. Colors, on the other hand, aren’t blindingly brilliant. In fact, one might even call the image slightly dim, but the palette is steady and offers the brightest and dullest shades alike with the same natural efficiency throughout the film. Black levels are superb; nighttime exteriors are brilliantly captured, with deep, accurate blacks and perfect shadow detail all around. Flesh tones are consistently true-to-life as well. The digital image features no negative anomalies; banding, noise, blockiness, and other unwanted attributes are completely absent from the picture. Though not always breathlessly beautiful, this is a rock-solid, all-around technically perfect transfer from Sony.
The Amazing Spider-Man‘s DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is every bit the sort of thrilling Superhero movie sound experience listeners demand. The track places precision elements all over the stage, creating a seamless and real-world sound environment with perfect clarity. From small effects like a swinging, squeaky door to drenching rains and booming thunder, the track offers every element with the sort of natural reproduction reserved for the best of the best high definition tracks. More impressive is the seamless sense of space; Sony’s soundtrack paints a vivid sonic picture of every environment, completely immersing listeners into the school hallway, the Oscorp labs, and the busy city streets. Directional effects move seamlessly from one channel to the next, and precision sound placement anywhere in the stage is amongst this track’s specialties. Music plays with a faultless tone, reproducing James Horner’s high quality score with the sort of lifelike realism that defines lossless audio at its best. Action scenes are powerful and incorporate the best elements described above. Sound swooshes about the listening area and does so seamlessly. Various action effects are aggressive and clear, precisely placed and naturally immersive. Bass is potent and hits hard but not so hard as to distract. Instead, the low end is a completing element that brings real life and heft to the proceedings. Dialogue is firm and absolutely clear, remaining focused in the middle except as dictated by environment. This is a stellar soundtrack. That should come as no surprise given all the factors — big blockbuster new release, Sony title — but it’s still a pleasure to hear from start to finish.
The Amazing Spider-Man contains an exhaustive assortment of extra content, headlined by an audio commentary track and a lengthy making-of documentary that runs nearly the length of the film. Also included is an assortment of deleted scenes, digital effects featurettes, and more. This set also includes DVD and Ultraviolet copies.
- Audio Commentary: Director Marc Webb and Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach open with a discussion of defining the Peter Parker character and the central theme that both shapes the greater narrative and literally opens the film. They cover the themes and spell them out with some meaning. They discuss the nuance of the performances, how the actors helped define the drama and themes, and the detailed scripted shaping of all the characters. They also cover rebooting (revamping?) the series so quickly, the massive canonical material available, cut scenes, similarities to other classic works, crafting various action scenes, storytelling techniques and advancing the plot and drama, and plenty more. This is a fast, informative, and worthwhile commentary. With optional English, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai subtitles.
- Second Screen Experience / What is The Amazing Spider-ManSecond Screen Experience?(1080p, 1:04): The former is an app designed for the iPad or Sony tablet devices that allow users to interact with a wide array of content on a second device while watching the movie on TV. The Blu-ray player must connect wirelessly with the device. Production notes, effects shots breakdowns, storyboards, digital models, and much more are available. The latter is merely an advertisement and crude tutorial for the “Second Screen Experience.”
- Previews: Additional Sony titles.
Disc Two: (Special features available with optional English, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese [Brazil], Portuguese [Portugal], Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish subtitles).
- Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-ManReborn (1080p, 1:49:49): This seven-part documentary chronicles the process of bringing a new version of Spider-Man to the screen. In The Drawing Board: Development and Direction (13:09), cast and crew discuss reinventing the filmed franchise. They speak on moving on from the Sam Raimi trilogy, incorporating elements of the ultra-modern world but remaining true to the source, hiring Marc Webb and the attributes he brought to the film, the Peter Parker character arc, the villain’s similarities with and contrasts against Peter Parker, and more. Friends and Enemies: Casting (15:19) examines the intricate and demanding process of assembling the cast, including Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Dennis Leary, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen. Included are screen test clips of the actors’ rehearsals. Next is Second Skins: Spidey Suit and The Lizard (11:23), a look at the use of modern technology in the film and designing both Spider-Man’s suit and the prosthetics that shape the villain’s lizard form. Spidey Goes West: Production – Los Angeles (16:37) opens with a look at the first day of shooting — the wrestling ring scene — and moving on to examine stunt work and the film’s reliance on real stunts and action in its effort to enhance authenticity. Also examined are inspirations for the film’s style. The piece also showcases the process of making various scenes in different locales and the advantages of shooting at, in, and around each. Also examined is Andrew Garfield’s stunt work. Next is Safe Haven: Production – Sony Studios (15:27), a segment that looks at the making of more scenes in the Sony studios, including parts of the Williamsburg Bridge action sequence, the underground locales, school interiors hosting a major action piece, the Oscorp labs, and the end battle made in front of a blue screen. Bright Tights, Big City: Production – New York (9:32) focuses on, obviously, the scenes filmed in the Big Apple and the importance of the city in the film, the franchise, and Marvel properties. Lastly, The Greatest Responsibility – Post Production and Release (28:50) looks back at how well the film works, the editing process, creating the film’s many complex digital effects, the authenticity of the animation (bringing in the Iconic Poses and Digital Environments – 3D Image Progression Reel supplement from the 3D disc), James Horner’s score, sound design, the lasting themes ofSpider-Man, and more.
- Deleted Scenes(1080p, 16:50): A Different Fate; Connors’ Condolences; Tracking Connors; Hacking Connors; Going Away; Top To Bottom, Part 1; Top to Bottom, Part 2; Bad Lizard; Help Me; All The Power You Feel; and Lost Something.
- Pre-Visualization(1080p, 39:08): Storyboards and animated visualization sequences for many of the film’s pivotal scenes, all set to music. Included are Revised Opening Sequence, Spider Room, The Subway, Birth of Spider-Man, Handstand, Rooftop POV, Overpass, Bridge, Love Swing, Lizard Sewer, High School, Lizard Ambush, Standoff, Crane, Oscorp Lab, and Oscorp Finale.
- The Oscorp Archives Production Art Gallery(1080p): An interactive collection of concept art broken down into three categories: Spider-Man, The Lizard, and Environments.
- Image Progression Reels(1080p): Detailed examinations of how all-digital scenes progress towards the end products that appear in the film. Included are High School Fight Sequence (commentary by Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen), Iconic Poses and Digital Environments (commentary by Additional Animation Supervisor David Schaub), The Lizard Emerges (commentary by Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen and Digital Effects Supervisor David Smith) and Sewer Battle (commentary by Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor Jerome Chen and Digital Effects Supervisor David Smith). Note that this piece also recycles theIconic Poses and Digital Environments – 3D Image Progression Reel
- Stunt Rehearsals(1080p, 11:52): Raw on-set footage of stunt preparation work. Included are Subway, Testing Powers, Alley Fight, Escape Under Bridge, Sewer Fight, Spidey vs. Lizard, Lizard Attacks SWAT, andSWAT Attacks Spidey.
- Developing The Amazing Spider-ManVideo Game (1080p, 3:30): A brief look at the game with its developers.