THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Blu-ray Review

The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray/DVD combo cover

The Amazing Spider-Man just came out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and Collider posted their review of the Blu-Ray (as that’s now where all the goodies are):

Sony’s Blu-ray presents the film in 3D, 2D, and with a DVD and digital copy. Like theatrically, the 3D is only okay, and a little dark, but the presentation in both versions is strong, with the 2D version looking immaculate. Both are presented in widescreen (2.35:1) and in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. The 3D disc offers two exclusive special features “3D 101 with Director Marc Webb (6 min,) and “Iconic Poses and Digital Environments – 3D Image Progression Reel” (3 min.), with the former walking through what it’s like to shoot in 3D, while the later talks to creating Spidey in a digital 3D environment. Both it and the 2D version come with a commentary by Marc Webb and Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. They walk through the decision-making process, but as can be gleaned by that there’s two producers on the track, it’s not a great portrait of the making of the movie. There is also a second screen app so you can be on your tablet or laptop while you watch the movie, but that wasn’t ready in time to be viewed for this review.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) swings away

The special features disc is loaded. Charles De Lauzirika was the producer of the supplements, and he normally works on Ridley Scott’s movies. Here he goes full on, as he often does, with a seven part documentary called “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider-Man Reborn” (110 min.), which extensively covers the making of the film and talks to all of the primary cast and crew. There are also eleven deleted scenes (17 min.), with one being a different cut of how Uncle Ben dies. I like the cut version more as it makes it more real. There’s also more with Irrfan Khan, whose part seems to have been mostly lost to the cutting room, and more about Curt’s family, and more with the lizard that suggests he had better motivation in a longer cut. There are sixteen pre-viz sequences (39 min.), three production art galleries for Spider-Man, The Lizard, and environments, four image progression reels (12 min.) that walk through the digital effects with commentary by senior visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen, Additional Animation Supervisor David Schaud, and Digital Effects Supervisor David Smith. There’s also eight stunt rehearsals (12 min.) included, and a piece on the tie-in video game (4 min.). The only thing this is missing is a collection of trailers and TV spots.

So, are all the features stated up to your standards of excellent Blu-Ray extras??

You can read the full article on Collider.

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