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Spider Man

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

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DVD Features: Widescreen presentation; English & French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Weaving the Web: subtitled factoids (pop-on production notes and historical facts); Commentary: Sam Raimi (director), Kirsten Dunst, Laura Ziskin (producer) & Grant Curtis (co-producer); SFX commetary: John Dykstra (special effects designer) & Visual Effects Crew; Branching Web-i-sodes; Music videos: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, Hero; Sum 41, What We're All About; TV spots; Theatrical trailers; Filmographies & character files; DVD-ROM: comic/feature comparison, record your own commentary, countdown to Spider-Man 2, weblinks; HBO Making of Spider-Man; Spider-Mania: An E! Entertainment Special; Director profile: Sam Raimi; Composer profile: Danny Elfman; Screen tests: Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons & CGI Spider-Man; Costume and makeup tests; Gag/outtake reel; Conceptual art & production design gallery; Historical documentary - Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century ; The Spider-Man comic archives; Rogues gallery; The Loves of Peter Parker; Comic book artist gallery; Activision game hints and tips; DVD-ROM: Activision PC game, 2 playable levels; 3 exclusive Marvel dot.comics (Spider-Man: Blue #1, Black Cat #1, & Peter Parker: Return of the Goblin).

Spider Man
After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi directs this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks young actor Tobey Maguire's first foray into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man recreates the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teenage loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia University lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider and overnight he gains superhuman strength, agility, and perception. At first, Peter uses his powers for material gain, winning a wrestling match with a purportedly lucrative prize. But when Peter apathetically fails to stop a burglar from robbing the wrestling arena, a tragedy follows that compels him to devote his powers to fighting crime -- as the superhero Spider-Man. When he's not busy fighting crime in a spider suit, Peter moves into an apartment with his best friend, Harry (James Franco), and begins work as a photographer at the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, his do-gooder alter ego finds a nemesis in the form of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), a super-powered, megalomaniacal villain who happens to be the alter ego of the Harry's father, weapons-manufacturing mogul Norman Osborn. It's all great fun and sure to generate sequels.

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