Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: The Amazing Spider-Man

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 9, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99, Four-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo $55.99, Limited Edition Gift Set $95.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The Amazing Spider-ManHollywood’s reboot of the science-fiction comic book franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man shows the superhero closer to his roots.

Played by Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in the movie, Peter Parker is back in high school, a science geek who, after he gets bitten by the spider — of course — finds a way to weave his own super strong webs to help his transformation into Spider-Man.

Emma Stone (The Help) plays Parker’s high school crush, Gwen Stacy, science geek herself and daughter of police Captain Denis Leary (TV’s Rescue Me). And Martin Sheen (Wall Street) and Sally Field (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) take over the roles of Parker’s Uncle Ben and Aunt May.

When a giant lizard starts terrorizing the city, Parker has a theory that it’s tied to research his scientist father (Campbell Scott, TV’s Royal Pains) was doing before he disappeared. Which leads him to suspect Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans, Anonymous), his father’s former partner and Gwen’s intern boss.

Whoever the monster is, Spider-Man is the only hope to stop it.

Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $260 million at the box office, a tidy sum for a big budget movie, but not as huge as any of the earlier films starring Tobey Maguire (Pleasantville) and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia). Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 took in $403.7 million, $373.6 million and $336.5 million, respectively.

Perhaps the reboot was just too soon — Spider-Man 3 was only released five years earlier — because Amazing was well liked by critics and moviegoers. As The Atlantic critic Christopher Orr said, “The Amazing Spider-Man is considerably more fun — and, yes, even touching — than so premature a reboot had any right to be.” We at Disc Dish were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the film’s story.

All disc versions of the movie offer a downloadable digital copy of the film and instant streaming through UltraViolet. Plus, each disc set has a horde of special features.

The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray 3D boxOn the DVD:

  • commentary with Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach
  • “Andrew Garfield & Dr. Jane Aronson for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation”
  • “The Oscorp Archives – Production Art Gallery”
  • “Deleted Scenes A Different Fate”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Big Liz Vs Spidey”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Davescript”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Escape Under Bridge”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Live Subway”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Lizard Attacks SWAT”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Sewer Fight”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals Spidey Luis Sequence”
  • “Stunt Rehearsals SWAT Attack – V3”
  • The three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack (two Blu-ray discs and one DVD) has those plus:

  • Amazing Spider-Man Second Screen App
  • “Developing the Amazing Spider-Man Video Game”
  • “What is Second Screen?”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn The Drawing Board: Development and Direction”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Friends and Enemies: Casting”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Second Skins: Spidey Suit and the Lizard”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Spidey Goes West: Production – Los Angeles”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Safe Haven: Production – Sony Studios”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn Bright Tights, Big City: Production – New York”
  • “Rite of Passage: The Amazing Spider Man Reborn The Greatest Responsibility – Post Production and Release”
  • 16 Pre-Visualization Sequences
  • “Revised Opening Sequence”
  • “Spider Room”
  • “The Subway”
  • “Birth of Spider-Man”
  • “Handstand”
  • “Roof Top POV”
  • “Overpass”
  • “Bridge”
  • “Love Swing”
  • “Lizard Sewer”
  • “High School”
  • “Lizard Ambush”
  • “Standoff”
  • “Crane”
  • “Oscorp Lab”
  • “Oscorp Finale”
  • “Image Progression Reels Scene 1”
  • “Image Progression Reels Iconic Poses and Digital Environments”
  • “Image Progression Reels Scene 3”
  • “Image Progression Reels Scene 4”
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Blu-ray 3D Gift SetAnd the four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo pack has all those extras as well as “3D Film School With Marc Webb,” which takes viewers through the 3D techniques and allows them to toggle through three scenes from the movie at different levels of 3D. As well as the Blu-ray 3D disc, the combo contains two Blu-ray discs and a DVD.

    The Limited Edition Gift Set contains the four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo packaged with collectible Spider-Man and Lizard figurines.

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    About S. Clark

    Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.