Spider-Man 3

Tobey Maguire  Actor Kirsten Dunst  Actor James Franco  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Adult Language,Sci-Fi Violence

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Spider-Man 3

Theatrical Release Date: 2007 05 04 (USA - IMAX) / 2007 05 04 (USA)

UPC: 043396366411

Studio: Sony Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Adult Language, Sci-Fi Violence]

Summary: Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partially overcast in the third chapter of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man saga. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco return to reprise their roles from the previous two installments, with Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard making their first appearances in the series as Flint Marko (aka Sandman), Eddie Brock (aka Venom), and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Peter Parker (Maguire) has finally leaned to walk the middle ground between being the superhero that his city needs and the man that Mary Jane (Dunst) loves. All is well in New York City until one night, as Peter and M.J. sit gazing at the stars, a falling comet streams across the sky and crashes into the ground close by. But this isn't any ordinary shooting star, and upon impact the mysterious space rock is split open to reveal a shape-shifting symbiote with the power to overtake anything that it comes into contact with. Later, as Harry Osborn (James Franco) acquires his late father's flying board, engineers a powerful new Goblin outfit, and takes to the sky to avenge dad's death, the mysterious space sludge infects both Peter's Spider-Man suit and ambitious street photographer Eddie Brock (Grace). Peter's strange new suit gives him a newfound sense of power as it gradually overpowers his personality, and he discovers that escaped convict Flint Marko was in fact the man responsible for the death of Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson). Unfortunately for Peter, Marko has recently acquired the power to morph at will and quickly completes his transformation into the dreaded Sandman. As the Sandman gives in to his darkest criminal instincts and the slithering space symbiote transforms Eddie Brock into the nightmarish fanged villain known as Venom, the citizens of New York City must once again call on Spider-Man to fend off destructive forces that are far too powerful for the likes of mortal man. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Action

Awards: Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects – British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Features: Disc 1 - Filmmaker and Cast Commentaries
Bloopers
Snow Patrol Music Video
Photo Galleries

Disc 2 - Grains Of Sand - Building Sandman

See how Flint Marko atomized into the Sandman and learn the history behind one of Spider-Man's earliest villains

Re-Imagining The Goblin - Get the Goods on how the creators re-imagined the Goblin as a Ninja Snowboarder, and the design of his infamous Sky-Stick

Covered In Black - Creating Venom - Find out how Topher Grace's Eddie Brock turned into Venom, one of the most iconic Spider-Man villains of all time

On Location In New York and Cleveland - See the role these two key locations played in shooting Spider-Man 3

Inside The Editing Room & Science of Sound - Come Inside two key departments and see their hard work creating the magic of Spider-Man 3

3 Stunts Featurettes

Spider-Man 3

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 11/16/2010

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DTHD null

Runtime: 139 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English,French,Spanish,Portuguese

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish,Portuguese

Jeremy Wheeler

Third outings can be a complicated concoction with popular franchises, and Spidey 3 is no different. Crackling with breakneck energy and rousing humor, this entry strives to up the entertainment ante, even if it tends to jump through some major hoops to try and get there. First and foremost, this big basket of characters is an unruly handful. This is one bulky storyline that Sam and his brother Ivan Raimi have cooked up, so do they pull it off perfectly? Not at all. But is it a fun ride? That depends on one's tastes. In a way, it's tragic, since these two (with the help of co-scripter Alvin Sargent) obviously had a lot to live up to. The second film easily earned every bit of its adoring following; it's got heart, soul, and demands respect in so many areas that any follow-up was bound to be somewhat of a letdown. And as far as piecing together the puzzle they cut up for themselves, it's evident that things don't flow quite as organically as the filmmakers would have liked. A good number of convenient plot twists are thrown in the audience's direction for them to either scarf up or heavily frown upon. Side characters are built up, then left in the background, while others suffer the fate of just being pawns in the flick's cinematic playing field. Indeed, if looked at with a critical eye, this sucker has some major blemishes in its structure, easily lessening many viewers' feelings about the overall package. Thankfully for those who can roll with its wild punches, Spider-Man 3 serves as a wonderful popcorn flick that manages to keep enough of the integrity of the series, while still brewing up a new crazy adventure for everyone's favorite wall crawler.

Even if the wonky dealing of its cards invites skepticism, there's little doubt that the majority of the players still retain their weight as solid characters. As for the new additions to the cast, again, it's a mixed bag. Topher Grace provides a creepy manic energy to the film as Eddie Brock, a welcome contribution to the ensemble, who'll inevitably attract more grumblings from those who feel that he should have played good old Petey in the series. A bit of saddened humanity is added with Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko, whose backstory resonates just as much as his monstrous effects work dazzles (see the first appearance of Sandman for heartbreaking proof). Unfortunately, they both get shortchanged by the scope of the movie -- something that Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard) knows all too well, thanks to her underdeveloped role in the flick. Comic fans might have a tough time with this, though they might be happy to know that the door is still open for her in the series. Comparatively, the film's treatment of Venom is the most major stumbling block for the legion of hardcore fans. As a monster that Spidey has to pummel, he does his job, but gone is the duality that could have been mined if Raimi had cared a bit more about the character and not been begrudgingly forced by the producers to fit him into this entry. As for the returning cast, they've continued to flesh out their roles in the series in an admirable fashion. And while it's not all fun and games for characters like Mary Jane, Kirsten Dunst rolls with the script's punches and sells the drama -- of which there's a good amount. Sadly, one thing that the film lacks is an emotional center in the same way that Aunt Mae (Rosemary Harris) broke everyone's heart in the previous film. With Peter dealing with so much inner guilt and emo-riffic mood swings, the weight of the film lies more with Harry Osbourne's (James Franco) rejuvenated friendships with Peter and Mary Jane, yet their triangle never quite packs the emotional wallop that audiences are used to. That said, Franco's story arc provides the film with a splendid surprise that thankfully puts an end to his tiresome brooding in previous entries.

And maybe that's the key to this film -- should every Spider-Man film be as heavy as the one that came before? Is there room for a few errors as long as the newest continuation is an entertaining one? And, have no doubt, this entry aims to please. It's easily the most outrageous of the series and delivers such a refreshingly humorous punch. With broad comedic strokes shared by most of the cast -- including a drop-dead funny cameo by Bruce Campbell -- there are plenty of laughs to go around as Peter learns to deal with his continually growing ego (relayed with a Saturday Night Fever gag). Of course, the high-priced action is outstanding as well, with one fight scene after another adding its own flavor to the overall package -- delivering sights and sounds that live up to the spectacle. In the end, despite the numberous stumbles the movie makes, its universe has been kept enough intact so that the film feels like a natural progression for all of the characters, which is the most important thing for a solid series such as this. If the same cast and crew continue on, then this entry hasn't ruined anything other than the patience of its quite vocal distractors. Maybe a bit of the movie's forgiving theme is in order for those who still yearn for more. A little forgiveness and acceptance can go a long way when dealing with a flick as eager-to-please as this, a moral that could benefit many when looking back on Spidey's third big-screen adventure. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Christopher Young  Composer (Music Score) 
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.  Executive Producer 
Danny Elfman  Composer (Music Score) 
Stan Lee  Executive Producer 
Ivan Raimi  Screenwriter 
Sam Raimi  Director 
Sam Raimi  Screenwriter 
Alvin Sargent  Screenwriter 
Laura Ziskin  Producer 
Avi Arad  Producer 
Kevin Feige  Executive Producer 
Grant Curtis  Producer 
Tobey Maguire  Actor 
Kirsten Dunst  Actor 
James Franco  Actor 
Thomas Haden Church  Actor 
Topher Grace  Actor 
Bryce Dallas Howard  Actor 
Rosemary Harris  Actor 
J.K. Simmons  Actor 
James Cromwell  Actor 
Theresa Russell  Actor 
Dylan Baker  Actor 
Bill Nunn  Actor 
Bruce Campbell  Actor 
Elizabeth Banks  Actor 
Ted Raimi  Actor 
Perla Haney-Jardine  Actor 
Willem Dafoe  Actor 
Cliff Robertson  Actor 
Elya Baskin  Actor 
Mageina Tovah  Actor 
John Paxton  Actor 
Becky Ann Baker  Actor 
Stan Lee  Actor 
Michael Papajohn  Actor 
Joe Manganiello  Actor 
Hal Fishman  Actor 
Lucy Gordon  Actor 
Steve Valentine  Actor 
Tim Maculan  Actor 
Marc Vann  Actor 
Joe Bays  Actor 
Gregg Daniel  Actor 
Rogelio Ramos  Actor 
Timothy Patrick Quill  Actor 
Menachem Mendel  Actor 
Boymelgreen  Actor 
Nasir Stewart  Actor 
Austin Hendrickson  Actor 
Taylor Hemhauser  Actor 
Kathryn Bryding  Actor 
Joe Virzi  Actor 
Bill E. Rogers  Actor 
Mike Alexander  Actor 
April D. Parker  Actor 
Edward Padilla  Actor 
Robert Curtis-Brown  Actor 
Terrell Clayton  Actor 
Carolyn Neff  Actor 
Christina Cindrich  Actor 
Sonya Maddox  Actor 
André Blake  Actor 
Derrick Thomas  Actor 
Jessi Collins  Actor 
Michael McLaughlin  Actor 
Anne Gartian  Actor 
Emilio Rivera  Actor 
Keith Woulard  Actor 
Rey Gallegos  Actor 
Jim Coope  Actor 
Dean Edwards  Actor 
Margaret Laney  Actor 
Toni Wynne  Actor 
Aimee Miles  Actor 
Tanya Sinovec  Actor 
Mark Kubr  Actor 
Emma Raimi  Actor 
Lorne Raimi  Actor 
Henry Raimi  Actor 
Samantha Ressler  Actor 
Alan Cohn  Actor 
Dan Callahan  Actor 
Ronald King  Actor 
Carol Chaikin  Actor 
Dan Cummings  Actor 
Vance Hammond  Actor 

Country: USA