Amazing Spider-Man: Extended Edition, The
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- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
-Cut Peter pretending to be someone else. He just sneaks into the intern group.
-As a result of the previous change, Peter getting bitten has been moved up to the Spider Room and Gwen taking his badge away has been cut.
+Added Uncle Ben's alternate death scene which was a lot more tragic.
+Added deleted scene of Connors giving his condolences.
+Added the POV shot from the teaser trailer for a more grandiose superhero entrance.
-Cut Peter bending the goal post with the football.
-Cut Peter seeing newspaper photo ad.
+Added deleted scene with Connors and his son.
+Added deleted scene where Peter follows Connors to the sewers.
+Added deleted scene where Peter and Gwen make out on top of a clock tower (foreshadowing?)
-Cut Connors montage that was spliced together with different unused scenes and newly recorded voiceover.
+Added deleted scene where Connors talks to himself.
+Added deleted scene where Dr. Ratha tracks Connors' location.
*I did not add deleted scene with the two random girls at the bathroom.
+Added deleted scene where Connors asks Peter for help. This was re-edited to remove the greenscreen arm.
*Reworked scene where Peter asks Gwen for an antidote. Now Peter sends a voice message instead of calling.
+Added critical "All the Power You Feel" deleted scene at the sewer.
+Added deleted scene where Peter makes breakfast with Aunt May.
This gave me a new appreciation for the film. The use of extra (in some cases, alternative) scenes really helped the movie, as did the cuts and moving things around. For example, Dr Ratha's fate, Connor's appeal for help, the clock tower scene, Ben's death (alternative version) all add real depth, not just more images. The variation in the visual quality of the added material was a bit distracting, and it is a pity that the greenscreen hand in the scene where Parker shadows Connor to the alley was not fixed, unlike the greenscreen arm in the appeal for help scene (the plastic-looking lizard scurrying around Connors' lair was also a bit jarring). I completely appreciate though that this is a labour of love, and provided for free, and that not everything is possible, and I stress that these few quibbles do not detract from the overall wonderful job done here. Thank you, editor!
This is a joyous surprise. Adding the deleted scenes makes this a better film (significantly so for character development and pacing). The seemingly minor changes on top of that lift this film to a level that I hadn't realized it could reach! Box up your original disc, this is the version you want to watch and re-watch.
The rich colors are comic-book gorgeous. Several small trims create a better balance between Peter's immaturity and his likeability as a character. While Gwen Stacy remains the highlight of the film, it's Connors who gains the most in this edit. He is more fully-developed and more tragic because of it.
For my taste, I might change just one detail: cut the hero-shot webslinging at the very end. It feels gratuitous. Instead close with Gwen smiling at Peter's "broken promises".
I'm well aware that this is an unpopular opinion, but I really love both of the Amazing Spider-Man films. My personal favorite of the two would have to be the criminally underappreciated second film, but I still have so much love for its predecessor as well. One of my few flaws with the film was that it felt like scenes were crudely taken out as a result of studio mandates, even though some of these scenes were in the trailer. This extended fan-edit fixes that problem in spades. Much of the deleted material that was re-inserted back into the picture is incorporated into the story near-brilliantly and it helps make for a much stronger narrative and characters, creating a superior version of the film in the progress. Excellent work.