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Spider-Man (2002)

NOTE: All three commentaries are only available on the 2012 Blu-ray edition.

The original Spider-Man DVD release and the the June 2004 "Deluxe Edition" release both have the Raimi/Dunst/Ziskin/Curtis track as well as the visual effects track. The June 2004 "Superbit" release only had the Maguire/Simmons track.

The original Blu-ray edition from 2007 did not have any commentary tracks.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Sam Raimi, actor Kirsten Dunst, producer Laura Ziskin, and co-producer Grant Curtis Rating:4.8/10 (20 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Littlejerry 1.4 on June 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by Littlejerry 1.4
Ther is just something about Sam Raimi's voice. I wish the track was just him and maybe Tobey. There was just to many people on one track. They should have split the tracks up.
Reviewed by Pete on June 22nd, 2004:Find all reviews by Pete
Sam Raimi really sucks on this one. And Kirsten sounds like a complete fool. The only one who sounds like they know just what in the hell they are doing is the producer, who is mildly entertaining. A very blah commentary.
Reviewed by CaptHayfever on August 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by CaptHayfever
This commentary should've been much better than it was. There were too many long silent stretches and too few words out of Kirsten. This track also suffers from the dreaded "groups of people talking in different places who can't hear each other" syndrome, resulting in lots of repeated information and extremely limited interaction between the FOUR people on the track. I honestly was not expecting much, but I was still horribly disappointed.
Reviewed by sedna on September 26th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
I agree with the sentiment of a mediocre commentary track. A lot of the discussions from each group is not very interesting or informative. This should've been better than it turned out to be.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on March 4th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
As others have said, this commentary should've been better than it was. Sam and Grant were recording their part in LA, while Laura and Kirsten were recording theirs in London, and they were spliced together. Grant was probably the most interesting and informative person on the track.

I don't mind when actors or crew poke fun of the movie that they worked on. Nothing's perfect and if you treat it as if it IS perfect and infallible, then don't bother doing a commentary. At the same time, don't just rip it apart for the sake of ripping it apart. Kirsten pokes a few holes in the movie here and there (just innocent things like "what a cheesy line", "that didn't look good" or "I don't know why this character did that"), but you can hear it in Laura's voice that she doesn't take too kindly to those jabs. Take it easy, Laura. It's a movie. You're not curing cancer.
Commentary 2: Special effects designer John Dykstra and members of the visual effects crew Rating:5.8/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on June 3rd, 2010:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Superb in-depth commentary. Dykstra especially doesn't hold back with the technical info.
Probably the better of the two commentaries on the SE DVD.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on March 4th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
For the FX geeks out there, this commentary is amazing (heh). John and Scott do a lot of explaining these brand new processes like "pre-viz" and "dynamics" and "simulations" (which in this day and age makes their commentary a little dated). They speak slowly and clearly and don't get TOO technical, but still display a great amount of knowledge of their craft. It's also fun because you get little anecdotes from Scott and Anthony about times when they butted heads.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the technical, photographic and VFX-side of movies.
Commentary 3: Actor Tobey Maguire and J.K. Simmons Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on June 17th, 2019:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
These two have a nice rapport. Maguire refreshingly has a wry understanding of the industry, and J.K. Simmons adds a veteran presence. They recorded this between the first Spider-Man and the second, which provides some nice context of where the CGI and superhero industry was at the time. There are some amusing anecdotes throughout and it is only marginally technical. They are not silent often but the gaps do grow as the film continues on, but they are never Tim Burton or Rob Reiner sized gaps.