I was STOKED when I saw someone had made an edit of this flick, but that's because I hate the original cut of this movie.
Paper thin plot that at times jumps around for no rhyme or reason, complete with off the wall childish humor that doesn't at all fit the tone that the film was marketed with, much less the tone of the majority of the film. It's hard for me to get behind a film that has Capt Stacy getting run through and Peter Parker BREAKING THE BACKBOARD (WTF was that). For me this borders on a Jar Jar Binks level of humor that doesn't fit the rest of the film. Also, for me, the whole crane thing at the end is ridiculous........
But that's neither here nor there, since I'm reviewing SamSpider's edit and not the actual film. And I will say that taking into account Sam wanted to make a movie he already liked better, he did a fine job in that respect.
I LOVED the integration of the POV from the trailer. I was very disappointed when it was sped up in the theatrical release. Fun sequence now!
I dug the efforts to give Peter a reason to become Spiderman. He just kind of does it in the theatrical cut with no real motivation. The scene with Connors and Peter outside Peter's home should have been in the theatrical cut. It baffles me that it wasn't and was very happy to see it here. Liked the integration of Uncle Ben's "this monologue is written to say with great power comes great responsibility without actually saying with great power comes great responisibility". Solid work.
Thank God "I've been bitten" is on the cutting room floor, along with Peter DENTING THE GOALPOST WITH A FOOTBALL. I laughed in the theater for all the wrong reasons.
Now there were a couple negatives I had as far as the edit itself.
I liked that Peter wasn't looking for Ben's killer, so Sam cut him checking for the star tattoo on the thugs...but it left me wondering why the cop mentioning the tattoo wasn't removed as well. Now its just kind of this unnecessary exposition.
Really nit picky now, but if Peter doesn't go into the sewers to get pictures for the Daily Bugle, why does he bring his camera?
In conclusion, Sam liked this movie, and made it better. If you feel the same, check it out!
But if you really didn't like the original cut this isn't for you.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyApril 20, 2014
Hi. Thank you so much for leaving a review.
I want to answer your questions.
1) I left the police explaining about the tattoo because it was an important key. It lets know Peter and the audience that Peter could have done something for his uncle, but he is dead because he did not want to stop the thief. It was all his fault, and a better motivation to make strong the words of his uncle "if you could do good things for other people, you have a moral obligation to do those things".
2) Peter brings the camera in order to get evidence to the police. I mean, it sounds more spontaneous than just going to the sewers just because he wanted the reward. Kind of douchey.
I had the chance to go see Amazing Spider-Man when it first came out. I loved it. I gave us a different Spidey compared to the Raimi films. It was closer to the comics, imo. It even took some pages from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series. It is my favorite Spidey film so far.
Then I had the opportunity to watch this edit, which have to say is really well done. It provides an alternate take on it. Some of the small nitpicks I had with the original, they've been removed. The one that makes Spidey more of a hero is that in this edit, the quest for Uncle Ben's killer has been removed. It doesn't take away from the film because it had been dropped in the original.
The deleted scenes that have been inserted into the film. It helps provide more depth to these characters. That's something that while there was a bit of in the original. There were some instances where certain characters got less depth than others (Dr. Connor's looking at you). A few add a lil bit more fun to it (Peter going to Gwen's for dinner), there was one scene that was a bit of a stand out that was nice. That being the scene between Dr. Connors and his son, Billy. It was a nice touching moment that added a bit to the character.
Also love the contrast that was added to the film. It brightens the film up and makes it less of the dark vein (Dark Knight tone that the original had) and more of the superheroics that we wished to see.
This is an edit that I'd recommend. It does a great job of providing an alternate take on The Amazing Spider-Man (I'd refer to it as Amazing Spider-Man 1.1).
Samspider did a terrific job integrating the deleted scenes into the original film, creating a more complete and interesting experience for the viewer. I've had zero interest in seeing this film again until I learned of this edit and the time was definitely justified.
I hope the editor has more projects awaiting for us since his skills are remarkable and a LOT films need his touch.
I bought the Blu-Ray of The Amazing Spiderman a few days before viewing this edit. I decide to perform a little experiment and watch this edit BEFORE watching my official Blu-Ray.
Wow... The deleted scenes reintegrated into the film by samspider3 should have been there in the theatrical cut.
But the main change I noticed was the colour correction applied by the editor. Watching the official release after viewing this edit I was shocked at how dark the picture was! samspider3 did a terrific job making The Amazing Spider-man LOOK like a Spider-man movie! (Something I think they fixed with TASP2).
This version will be replacing my Blu-Ray copy. I would recommend it to any super hero movie fan.
Audio/Video Quality: As far as I could see there weren't any issues
Audio/Visual Editing: Transitions were all seamless, if there were any problems I didn't notice them
I first watched The Amazing Spiderman when I bought the Blu-ray (at my friends insistence, him being a huge spider-junkie) about a year and a half ago. I thought it was fine, a perfectly passable action adventure movie with great chemistry between the lead character and his love interest. In my mind it didn't have any particular flaw, it just wasn't a fantastic movie.
And, for the most part, my opinion of this edit is the same. I like the color correction quite a bit, and I like the reincorporated deleted scenes. I can certainly say that this edit is superior to the original film, although by how much is up for debate. The real change that I noticed was that Dr. Connors is a lot more fleshed out of a character than before, he feels a little more real, a little more human. The other thing that I noticed was that Norman Osborn's motivations were made a little more clear this time around. These are good things, and I didn't miss any of the deleted scenes.
Overall, I recommend this over the original movie. In the words of steelio2006, it really is The Amazing Spiderman 1.1