Hey folks, Valkor here. And welcome back to BluView, where we cover everything and anything Blu-Ray. I wasn't planning on covering this particular disc, but since it came with the PS3 and really it was just sitting in the case, I thought why not give a bit more coverage to Spider-Man 3.
Spider-Man 3 continues right after the second film. Peter Parker has the girl, the job, and the living the sweet life as Spider-Man. But a strange rock crash lands near him and his girlfriend Mary Jane and unbeknownst to Peter, he is infected by a Symbiote. This Black ooze comes into play when Kane Marko aka the Sandman makes an appearance and offers up a new challenge for our wallcrawler. It's also revealed that Marko might also be responsible for the death of Ben Parker, Pete's uncle who died in the first film. Toss into the mix the Black ooze that has infected Peter, gives him a new black suit, enhances his powers and feeds off of him making him darker and more sinister. However, Pete rejects the suit, which it then goes off and finds a new host - Eddie Brock. Oh, and did I forget Harry Osborn as the new Green Goblin shows up to cause a mess of things?
Clearly the entire film is a mess as too much is being crammed into a short amount of time; some scenes are skimmed over so quickly that if you literally blink you won't know what's going on. Plus the crying. The CRYING!! In a superhero movie?? I'm not talking about the females; we're talking about the hero and the villain!! UGH!! One year later and I still find it hard to sit through this film.
You can read my complete review of the film [HERE].
Spider-Man 3 is presented in 2.40:1 1080p hi-def and it really, really shows! As much as I trash the story, the transfer is amazingly beautiful - the picture quality is so crisp and clean with no compression effects that I noticed. Wait until Sandman hits the screen, you can make out almost every grain of sand, it's damn beautiful. Audio is done in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, And you get an additional French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai tracks! Wow! Talk about covering your bases. You also get extensive subtitles in French, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese. Whew!
Very, very bare bones when it comes to extras as you don't get much. You get the filmmaker and cast commentary, a music video, some bloopers, a photo gallery, and trailers.
I was hoping beyond hope that Raimi would go back into Spider-Man 3 and do a bit of editing, expanding on a scene here and taking out a scene there. But sadly I hate the Blu-Ray as much as I hated seeing Spider-Man 3 on the big screen. Since it came free with the PS3 I can't complain too much, but for anyone looking to delve into the series, rent it rather than buy it or skip it and just stick with the first two. My score still stands at 2, hopefully, with the next film, if there will be a next film, it will be greatly improved with no rushing and cramming.