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Genre: Comics/Action/Adventure
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Rosemary Harris
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Year Made: 2007




. Commentary with Director & Cast
. Filmmakers Commentary
. Trailers

. Bloopers
. Grains of Sand - Building Sandman Featurette
. Re-Imagining the Goblin Featurette
. Covered in Black - Creating Venom Featurette
. Hanging On...Gwen Stacy & the Collapsing Floor Featurette
. Fighting, Flying & Driving - The Stunts Featurette
. Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3 Featurette
. Wall of Water - The Big Dump Featurette
. Inside the Editing Web Featurette
. From Foley to Scoring - The Science of Sound Featurette
. From Rooftops to Backstreets Featurette
. The Chase on Euclid Avenue Featurette
. Photo Galleries
. Snow Patrol: "Signal Fire" Music Video
. TV Spots Around the World
. Trailers



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 19 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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In Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker has finally managed to strike a balance between his devotion to M.J. and his duties as a superhero. But there is a storm brewing on the horizon. When his Spider-Man suit suddenly changes, turning jet-black and enhancing his powers, it transforms Peter as well. Under the influence of the suit, Peter becomes prideful and overconfident and he begins to neglect the ones he cares about most. As two of the most-feared villians yet, Sandman and Venom, gather unparalleled power of thirst for retribution, Peter's greatest battle is the one within himself. Spider-Man will need to rediscover the compassion that makes him who he is: a hero.


Since the success of the first Spider-Man, Sam Raimi and his faithful cast and crew has been slogging to up the stakes with each sequel. That perhaps led to the inclusion one of the fan’s favourite villain, Venom. Originally, the final draft of the script has Sandman and Vulture battling Spidey, well for commercial reason or as Sony puts it, fans pressure, Venom was conceived into the script at the very last stage of production.

Spider-Man 3 apparently has too much to offer; surprisingly Raimi has enough on his sleeves to accommodate the numerous characters old and new within the short time frame (duration is 139 minutes, pretty long in fact) with the exception of Venom.

While I care and feel towards Harry Osborn and Peter Parker and even Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, I couldn’t really feel connected to Venom’s alter ego, Eddie Brock. The origins of the goo-like substance and Eddie Brock weren’t really fleshed out. Loyal comic fans might bear a grudge to that though. We can see for sure Sam Raimi is pretty “old-school” with his penchant for classic characters such as Green Goblin, Doc Octopus and Sandman.

But for a summer blockbuster, Spider-Man 3 is one hell of a joyride! The aerial battle between Peter Parker and the new goblin will leave you breathless within minutes of the opening. There’s even a car chase involving Sandman and Spidey. Wait! And there’s the finale that will knock your senses out. One major setup after another and you realize how important the Spider-Man franchise is to the whole economy (I’m kidding).

If you are an avid follower of the Spider-Man movies, this one serves as a nice full-stop to the whole series. Perhaps Sam Raimi has more web-crawler stories to tell but give the man his well-deserved break before his batteries went flat.


This 2-Disc edition of Spider-man 3 is bursting with extras. Almost every aspect of the film-making process is covered and amazingly recorded for our home entertainment. Without further ado, let’s get on with it shall we?

Disc one boasts the original theatrical version of Spider-Man 3 and two Commentary tracks, the first with Director & Cast and the second, the Filmmakers. The first has the director, producer, effects personnel and cast members such as Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Kirsten Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace and Bryce Dallas Howard. The group seems to have fun taking jibes at each other and genuinely looking forward to a fourth sequel if there’s one. Franco for the record loves to be in it (if you haven’t caught the movie then you won’t get what the last sentence meant).

The second features Producers Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Grant Curtis (who also cameo as a security guard in the movie), Editor Bob Murawski and visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk. Some of the points highlighted here were either mentioned earlier or in the making of features. Nevertheless, there are still some precious insights into the movie provided by them which you might find interesting.

A host of Trailers including Surf Up, Across the Universe, Superbad, Vantage Point, Ghost Rider and a Blu Ray promo reel round up Disc one.

Disc Two begins with 6 minutes of bloopers reel showing the goofy side of the cast, Maguire especially is a blast.

You want to see how CG sand is created? Then look no further, see it here in Grains of Sand – Building Sandman featurette. See how the CG artistes use Arizona sand as a guide to create the nasty Sandman. A perfect blend of science and computer technology.

In Re-Imagining the Goblin Featurette, the props master explains how the slider is created and listens to the costume designer says why a mixture of SWAT and Black Knight inspires the new Goblin’s costume.

Venom, the much anticipated villain in the Spider-Man’s universe is dissected in Covered in Black –Creating Venom featurette. This 15 minutes segment shows you how the “goo” liked substance is applied on actor Topher Grace during filming.

The key word here is money and it goes to show why it costs millions of greenback to create Spider-Man movies. A special hydraulic mechanism (sort of those used in theme parks) is specially built to create Gwen Stacy’s fall sequence. And you get to see how those brilliant engineers did that in Hanging on…Gwen Stacy & the Collapsing Floor featurette.

This is my favourite feature of all. Fighting, Flying & Driving – The Stunts featurette delves on the how the battles of the various characters are coordinated. Producer Laura Ziskin says in her interview that the actions of Spider-man 3 need to top the previous instalment. Seeing the final product onscreen and how parts of the aerial battles, fights are rigged and not entirely CG, you got to agree with her.

Tangled Web: The Love Triangles of Spider-Man 3 is a 9 minutes segment that touches on the love-hate relationship between Peter, M.J., Gwen and Harry Osborn. Interviews..interviews..

This must be one of those movies that boast several major action sets within minutes after the next. In Wall of Water – The Big Dump featurette, we get to see how Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman gets all washed up. Visually, it’s a cool setup. Logistically it’s a nightmare.

Inside the Editing Web featurette, film editor Bob Murawski introduces us to the world of editing Spider-man 3. From animatics to storyboards to the various footages provided by the different units, Bob’s role is to cut them together. We guess we still prefer to see the end product.

Digital surround sound, effects, score…no movies can survive without these. In From Foley to Scoring – The Science of Sound featurette, Composer Christopher Young introduces us to the music behind Spider-Man 3 and sound mixing designers/engineers and foley artistes demonstrate how actual sound effects are created.

The Spider-man comics are set in one of the world’s famous cities, New York. It will be a sin not to shoot the franchises there. On Location New York – From Rooftops to Backstreets featurette takes an interesting look behind the scenes of crew capturing the lovely city’s backdrop using a Spydercam for shooting plates (for insertion of CG elements) and the difficulties of shooting scenes there.

Because of traffic concerns, the chase of Sandman on the bank armour truck sequence was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio instead. On Location Cleveland – The Chase on Euclid Avenue is a great 6 minutes showcase of how the stunt team filmed the exhilarating chase down the street.

Several TV Spots Around the World including those from Japan, Spain, UK are in the DVD as well. Try to pick up a few foreign lines if possible. This is follow by the original teaser which was revealed to the world back in 2006 and the final 3 theatrical trailers.

Rounding up this DVD is the music video for Snow Patrol: “Signal Fire” MTV and photo galleries if you still can’t enough of Toby Maguire’s charm or Bruce Dallas Howard’s beauty.


I always find myself caught in a dilemma. How do you grade an excellent DVD transfer which possessed a high quality of visual aspects but simultaneously betraying the unrealistic CG effects at times? In retrospect, the rich colours and specks free DVD visual has overcome my fussiness. You just can’t get the best of both worlds yet.

The 5.1 audio is excellent with left, right and rear speakers booming actively during the battle sequences (which Spider-Man 3 fortunately has many). Dialogue is not an issue and you can hear venom’s hissing loud and clear.

Parting Thoughts:
This is definitely a DVD that’s worth the price tag. The visual and audio transfer is top-notch and the extras are superb. All in all, hesitation is a sin when it comes to “Spider-Man 3” 2 disc-special edition DVD. Get it!



Review by Linus Tee


. Spider-man 3 (Movie Review)

. Spider-man 3 (Soundtrack Review)

. The Chronicles of Spider-man (Book)

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. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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