Spider-Man is about to go web-slingin' and swingin' again, and this time
he's toting an armful of goodies.
The Tobey Maguire-led "Spider-Man" blockbuster is hitting stores as a
jaw-droppingly bonus-heavy two-disc DVD set on November 1.
Disc one will feature optional "weaving the web" pop-up factoids and
commentary from Kirsten Dunst, director Sam Raimi and producers Grant Curtis
and Laura Ziskin. There will also be special effects commentary;
"web-i-sodes" that will be accessible through some sort of "spider sense"
function; film trailers; TV spots; the Spidey-related music videos from Chad
Kroeger and Josey Scott as well as Sum 41; filmographies; and character
files. There will also be DVD-ROM material including a comparison of the
comic versus the movie, a countdown to 'Spider-Man 2,' software to record
your own commentary, and the requisite Web links.
And as for disc two? It's got more goodies than the Green Goblin has pumpkin
First there's an HBO "Making of 'Spider-Man' " feature. Then there's an E!
Entertainment special, profiles of Raimi and pop star-turned-composer Danny
Elfman (Oingo Bongo, "Batman"), an outtake reel, a documentary called
"Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century," a rogues' gallery, "The
Loves of Peter Parker," hints and tips for the Activision video game, and a
comic book artist pin-up gallery not to mention screen tests for
Maguire, J.K. Simmons (Daily Bugle boss J. Jonah Jameson) and the
computer generated Spidey; costume tests; conceptual art; and even more
So why the major treatment? Sony Pictures is undoubtedly banking on the fact
that "Spider-Man" defied all expectations at the box office, kick-starting
the comic-to-film genre (dormant since the dismal performance of 1997's
"Batman & Robin") with more than $400 million in ticket sales to date (see
A slew of comic-related films are moving ahead as a result, including the
obligatory "Spider-Man 2" (see "Sequel
Mania The Other Attack Of The Clones"). Columbia Pictures is
sinking a reported $100 million into marketing "Spider-Man" on these
formats, in hopes of ousting its own "Men in Black" as the top selling DVD
of all time.
According to Variety, Raimi has expressed interest in adapting
another comic book property himself, albeit one far less known than
"Spider-Man." Created by Steven Niles, "30 Days of Night" is a book about
vampires that head for a small Alaskan town when they learn that darkness
lasts there for a month every year.