THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Review

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Review

Peter Parker can’t seem to catch a break. He’s constantly hunted by powerful villains, battling inner turmoil, and working through typical teenage angst, all while trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ death. Unfortunately, he has to add “surviving a mediocre Blu-Ray release” to his long list of life struggles.

In director Marc Webb’s second installment of the retooled franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker, A.K.A. Spider-Man (played astonishingly well by Andrew Garfield), once again finds himself struggling to maintain a balance in both this super-hero and alter ego lives.  Hit the jump for my The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray review.

Andrew Garfield Says Studio Changes Hurt THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Storyline

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Were you disappointed with The Amazing Spider-Man 2?  You’re not alone.  Apparently Andrew Garfield is in a way, too.  The film had its moments, but due to the overabundance of main characters, there just wasn’t enough time to flesh them out and make sure each had a compelling arc, so the result is essentially a mishmash of neat CGI tricks and a handful of particularly well acted moments, but nothing to link them all together.

Turns out, there’s a reason for that.  According to Garfield, it’s the studio.  Apparently The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did have a “thread running through it,” but some folks at Sony insisted that certain parts be removed from the final cut and when that starts happening, it’s tough to keep it all together.  Hit the jump for more.

Marc Webb Discusses SINISTER SIX Plans in the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Bonus Features

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The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is a bit all over the place right now.  There was the Amazing Spider-Man 3 release date shuffle, Sinister Six landing in the November 11, 2016 slot and all this talk about the Venom Carnage movie, too.  On top of that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t really do the best job of teasing what’s to come – but perhaps that’s just because they didn’t even know which movie would actually hit theaters next.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray a few days ago and even though I haven’t had the opportunity to plow through the bonus features myself, many have and they’re sharing what Marc Webb said about building the mythology to prepare for Sinister Six and future films.  Hit the jump to check it out.  WARNING: There are Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers in this article.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Special Features Offers up a Look at the Visual Effects

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting Blu-ray/DVD this week, Sony has been releasing snippets of the movie’s bonus features.  Several days ago, we got a look at the film’s makeup design and application for Electro (Jamie Foxx), and today there’s a clip from the featurette regarding the movie’s visual effects.  Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen explains that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has become a bit of a daredevil, so that allowed the team to play with Spider-Man’s leaps and falls.  Additionally, animation supervisor Dave Schaub points out that they wanted to incorporate different moves into Spider-Man’s arsenal like scrambling on his weblines while swinging.  These featurettes are fun because they’re a reminder that even if you don’t like the movie, the work that goes into making it can still be interesting.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 visual effects featurette, and click here to buy the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

New to Blu-ray: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN Criterion, TOY STORY OF TERROR!, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases are bountiful, as they include a rather disappointing superhero sequel, a Criterion Collection release of one of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpieces, the latest Toy Story short, a Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton-led vampire movie, and much more.  Take a look:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Featurette Breaks Down Electro’s Makeup

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray and DVD set to be released tomorrow, Sony has released a new featurette from the disc.  This featurette goes into how makeup artist Howard Berger crafted the look for Electro.  As with any good makeup featurette, there’s time-lapse photography, although this featurettes doesn’t tell you how many hours Jamie Foxx had to spend in the chair as he blue himself.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makeup featurette.  Click here to pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Blu-ray or DVD.

Collider Giveaway: THE AMAZING-SPIDER MAN 2 Signed Poster and Electro Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 19th and in honor of the big release, we’ve got quite some cool stuff to giveaway to some of our readers.  One grand prize winner will receive:

  • One Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster signed by Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Marc Webb and one Electro head that includes the 3D Blu-ray, regular BD and DVD versions of the film.
  • Three runner-ups will receive one Electro head that includes the 3D BD, regular BD and DVD versions of the film.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win our The Amazing Spider-Man 2 giveaway.

Watch: Sinister Six Teased in Bonus Content Available on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray

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Though most can agree that this summer’s crop of movies has been surprisingly high in quality, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a rather noticeable blemish.  The film isn’t a total disappointment, as once again Marc Webb excels at the intimate character-centric moments and the performances by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are spot-on, but the rest of the movie is a hodge-podge of messy set pieces and incongruous, over-the-top villain portrayals.  The film is coming to home video soon, and Sony is doing everything it can to ensure that the Blu-ray is a lucrative endeavor.  Amazing Spider-Man 2’s relatively disappointing box office led to a rethinking of Sony’s master plan when it came to the film franchise, and instead of moving straight into a sequel, the studio is putting The Sinister Six in first position.

As part of the exclusive bonus content on the Spidey Blu-ray at Target, fans will get a look into the plans behind setting up the Sinister Six film in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and a short teaser of footage from the featurette has landed online.  Hit the jump to take a look.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be available in stores on Blu-ray and DVD starting August 19th.  Click here to pre-order on Amazon.

Watch THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Opening Scene Online

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Remember when you still had hope that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be a solid sequel?   Now you can relive those 10 minutes because the opening sequence of Marc Webb’s second go-around with the hero is here.  Having seen the film, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that it never came together, but this sequence does serve as a reminder that there were some cool parts to it.

The release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening scene is tied to the DVD and Blu-ray debut, but it also hit amidst of flurry of Spidey spinoff movie news including the plan for a female-led film, Sinister Six story details and also the reveal of the new title for Alex Kurtzman’s Venom movie, Venom Carnage.  Hit the jump for more.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 May Be Pushed to 2017

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You’d be forgiven for forgetting that a movie called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually came out this year.  In fact, it opened in theaters just over a month ago.  Though Sony’s villain-packed sequel wasn’t a total bomb at the box office, its worldwide total of $699.1 million is nearly $60 million short of the first film, and it marks a series low for the franchise; for the first time in history an X-Men movie is poised to surpass Spider-Man.  This isn’t a Wild Wild West-style disaster, but given that Sony was touting a massive interconnected Spider-Man franchise with two more sequels already dated and spinoffs for The Sinister Six and Venom in active development, one has to wonder if the studio may be rethinking its strategy post-The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to a new report, that may be exactly what they’re doing, as word comes that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might be delayed to an unspecified date in 2017.  More after the jump.

Geek Gifts: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Electro Hot Toys Figure with Realistic Lightning and Aerial Posing

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If you loved Jamie Foxx’s villainous Electro in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now you can take him home with you (in a sixth-scale version).  The new Hot Toys figure features a detailed head sculpt, detailed costume, and LEDs to give the appearance of “realistic lightning.”  It also comes with a figure stand that will let you pose your mini-Electro in aerial combat stances, so that you might re-enact the film’s electrifying battle scenes.  It’s available for pre-order now, with an expected ship date of April 2015.

Hit the jump for more images and details for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro figure or click here to buy it on Sideshow’s website.

Superhero Box Office 2014: How CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and X-MEN Stack Up to Previous Installments

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It’s no secret that superheroes rule the box office.  Studios are scrambling to tap into the genre with whatever comics characters they may have the rights to, and ever since The Avengers, the goal has now been to build interconnected superhero universes that tell stories across multiple films and characters.  The 2014 slate has its fair share of superhero blockbusters, but halfway into the year we’ve already seen most of them.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past having already opened in theaters, that leaves us with only Marvel’s August offering Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 in November.

Seeing as how the longevity of superhero adaptations is predicated upon how well the films do at the box office, we felt now would be a good time to take a look at how Cap 2, Spider-Man 2, and X-Men fared at both the domestic and international box office this year, and how they stack up to previous installments in their respective franchises.  Read on after the jump.

Friday Box Office: GODZILLA Eyes “King of the Box Office” Title with Gargantuan $38 Million Debut

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The “King of the Monsters” Godzilla made a triumphant return to movie theaters this weekend, and it looks as though the monster is making his presence very known.  Director Gareth Edwards’ new film Godzilla scored a huge $38.5 million on Friday, which puts the film on track for an incredibly impressive $98 million debut.  That’s way above the pre-release predictions, and the film could topple the superhero debuts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) earlier this year.  Though some are inexplicably complaining that the film isn’t two hours of non-stop CG-overload, reviews for Godzilla are generally positive, and it appears that the excellent marking campaign brought in considerable interest.

Check out Friday’s full box office report after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: NEIGHBORS Moves in with $51 Million; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Slides to Second

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The news on Neighbors kept improving as the weekend progressed.  After securing a better than expected $19.6 million debut on Friday, the Universal comedy wound up with $51 million for the three-day weekend.  That’s the second-highest debut ever for an original R-rated comedy, and beats the film’s most optimistic pre-launch projections by almost $20 million.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell to second place, down an estimated 59% in North America as its international grosses crossed the $400 million mark – so it’s a good news/bad news morning for Sony.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Neighbors $51,070,000 $51
2.  Amazing Spider-Man 2 $37,200,000 $147.9
3.  The Other Woman $9,250,000 $65.7
4.  Heaven is for Real $7,000,000 $75.2
5.  Captain America 2 $5,619,000 $224.9
6.  Rio 2 $5,125,000 $113.1
7.  Mom’s Night Out $4,200,000 $4.2
8.  Legends of Oz $3,705,000 $3.7
9.  Divergent $1,700,000 $145
10.  Brick Mansions $1,480,000 $18.3

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: NEIGHBORS Takes Down SPIDER-MAN with Big $19.6 Million Debut

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One week into the summer movie season and we already have an upset.  Neighbors came out strong on Friday, earning an estimated $19.6 million from 3,279 locations, including $2.56 million from Thursday previews.  That puts the film on track for as much as $50 million this weekend, which would rate as one of the highest original R-rated comedy debuts of all time.  At the very least Neighbors will far exceed the $30 million that Universal said they were expecting.

Friday’s Top Five after the jump

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