Spider-Man 2

Tobey Maguire  Actor Kirsten Dunst  Actor James Franco  Actor Alfred Molina  Actor Rosemary Harris  Actor Donna Murphy  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Violence,Adult Situations,Watch With Your Kids,Scary Moments,Suitable for Teens

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Spider-Man 2

Theatrical Release Date: 2004 06 30 (USA) / 2004 07 23 (USA - IMAX)

UPC: 043396056077

Studio: Columbia TriStar

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence, Adult Situations, Watch With Your Kids, Scary Moments, Suitable for Teens]

Summary: Stan Lee's all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002's blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is attempting to juggle college classes and his job as a photographer with the Daily Bugle while maintaining his secret life as costumed crime-fighter Spider-Man. Parker is also struggling to hold on to his relationship with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), who is beginning to enjoy success as a model and actress, and both Mary Jane and Peter have noticed he's beginning to buckle under the strain. Parker's friendship with Harry Osborn (James Franco) is also beginning to fray due to Peter's seeming alliance with Spider-Man, whom Harry blames for the death of his father, the nefarious Norman Osborn. As Parker weighs his responsibilities to himself and those around him against the obligations that come with his special powers, Spider-Man is faced with a new nemesis -- Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a deranged scientist whose latest project has turned him into the near-invincible cyborg Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2 was directed by Sam Raimi, who helmed the first film, and much of the original cast has also reunited for this sequel, including Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Bruce Campbell. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Category: Action

Awards: Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Popular Movie – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Live Action Family Film – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Sound – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Editing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Features: ccCommentary with director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, producer Avi Arad, and co-producer Grant Curtis
Technical commentary
Blooper reel
"Spidey Sense 2" trivia track with "pop-up" facts and trivia about the film and the world of Spider-Man
Four Web-i-sodes: Original online featurettes from the film's theatrical release
Train "Ordinary" music video
Previews
"Making the Amazing": A 12-part documentary from pre-production to the Hollywood premiere
"Hero in Crisis": A deeper look into Peter Parker and his personal battles in the continuing story of Spider-Man
Ock-Umentary: "Eight Arms to Hold You" -- A special look at Doc Ock from the comics to the big screen
"Interwoven: The Women of Spider-Man": A look into the lives of Mary Jane, Aunt May, and the other women in Peter Parker's life
"Enter the Web": A groundbreaking multi-angle look behind the scenes at the climactic Pier sequence captured in real time
Art gallery: A collection of Alex Ross' paintings used in the opening credits of the film
Activision's "Spider-Man 2: Spinning the Game" -- A behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Spider-Man 2: The Game"
Web links

Spider-Man 2

Format: DVD

Release Date: 11/30/2004

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DDS Dolby Digital Surround, DDS2.0 Dolby Digital w/ 4 channels

Runtime: 128 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. Pizza Man
3. J. Jonah Jameson
4. Dr. Connors
5. "Surprise!"
6. Peter and MJ in the Backyard
7. Mr. Ditkovich
8. Otto Octavius
9. Wash 'N' Dry
10. The Importance of Being Earnest
11. Car Chase
12. The Importance of Being on Time
13. Web Failure
14. The Elevator
15. Peter Calls MJ
16. Otto's Demonstration
17. Horror Hospital
18. Ock Awakens to the Horror
19. New Villain in Town
20. Doc Ock's Lair
21. Bank Heist
22. Battle Building
23. Planetarium Party
24. Spidey Crash Lands in Alley
25. Ock Rebuilds
26. Diagnosis
27. Spider-Man No More
28. "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
29. Peter Attends MJ's Play
30. Jameson Gets the Suit
31. Peter's Confession
32. One More Little Chore
33. Peter and the Burning Building
34. Frustration
35. Peter and Aunt May in the Backyard
36. "My Back! My Back!"
37. MJ Doubts John's the One
38. "Do You Love Me, or Not?"
39. Enter the Octopus
40. He's Back
41. Clock Tower Fight
42. The Train
43. A Train to Catch
44. Grateful Train Passengers
45. Harry Learns the Truth About Peter
46. The Final Confrontation
47. Peter Appeals to Otto
48. Web Love
49. The Return of the Green Goblin
50. Here Comes the Bride
51. The Final Swing
52. End Credits

Jeremy Wheeler

Sam Raimi raises the bar of excellence with Spider-Man 2, a highly evolved sequel that brims with superb comedy, heartfelt characters, and dazzling visuals that nail the wall-crawler's universe in a fully respectable and exciting way. With the luxury of having the origin story behind them, the filmmakers let loose with this one, all the while still staying true to the character-driven focus that made the first film so fresh and appealing. Tobey Maguire again holds the spotlight amazingly well, this time comically tortured by his director, who seems to finally be having fun with the franchise. Back is Raimi's energetic visual style, something that has been missing since his Darkman days and one thing that the original was sorely lacking. Of course, the hero always needs a villain, and this time it's Alfred Molina playing a Doc Oc that isn't over-the-top in the usual flamboyant way, but brimming with a conflicted sense of sadness mixed with maniacal purpose. His tentacles deserve credit as well, as they add little touches of flair even when they aren't throwing Spidey through walls or bashing up city streets. Kirsten Dunst delivers another charming performance, while James Franco takes the Harry Osbourne character through the next step in his tragic arc, pointing straight toward events in the third film. The real surprise is Rosemary Harris as a truly touching Aunt May, who ends up being the emotional backbone of the story. Her speeches to Peter are devastating and resonate throughout the film as the events are played out. Again, it's this kind of attention to character that really makes the series shine. While Spider-Man 2 is a visual feast brimming with action, it never plays dumb to its characters or the audience. Raimi and company have effectively expanded on the world they created, making every scene essential to what has happened before and a building block of what's to come. Eagle-eyed fans will appreciate the nods to various other characters in the universe, the most immediate being Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors (who eventually becomes The Lizard in the comics), along with Daniel Gillies's John Jameson, whose character is a direct setup for canine villain Man-Wolf. However close to perfect the final film is, there are a few things that don't ring so true -- Harry Osbourne needs a little more sympathy instead of being angry from the get-go, while Peter's tall and skinny neighbor supplies a great laugh, but doesn't end up serving much of a purpose in the end. Still, those are nitpicks and very well might end up paying off by the time the third movie rolls around. With advanced effects, a much more satisfying Danny Elfman score, and a filmmaker at the top of his game leading the charge, Spider-Man 2 is a classic superhero movie that deserves the near-unanimous praise that it has garnered. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Joel McHale  Actor 
Brooke Adams  Actor 
Jason Ortiz  Actor 
Bonnie Somerville  Actor 
Danny Elfman  Composer (Music Score) 
Stan Lee  Executive Producer 
Sam Raimi  Director 
Alvin Sargent  Screenwriter 
Laura Ziskin  Producer 
Avi Arad  Producer 
Kevin Feige  Executive Producer 
Joseph M. Carraciolo  Executive Producer 
Tobey Maguire  Actor 
Kirsten Dunst  Actor 
James Franco  Actor 
Alfred Molina  Actor 
Rosemary Harris  Actor 
J.K. Simmons  Actor 
Donna Murphy  Actor 
Daniel Gillies  Actor 
Dylan Baker  Actor 
Bill Nunn  Actor 
Vanessa Ferlito  Actor 
Aasif Mandvi  Actor 
Willem Dafoe  Actor 
Cliff Robertson  Actor 
Ted Raimi  Actor 
Elizabeth Banks  Actor 
Bruce Campbell  Actor 

Country: USA