'Spider-Man': With Great Box Office Comes Great DVD Features

Two-disc feature-packed set due November 1.

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

DVD-ROM material.

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

" 'Spider-Man' Fastest Film To Reach $200


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.