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Spectacular Spider-Man 6
Sony Pictures // Unrated // February 16, 2010
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Review by Danny Cox | posted February 20, 2010 | E-mail the Author
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The Series:

Spider-Man is one of those comic book characters that has been a bit of an icon long before the feature films starring Tobey Maguire hit theaters. There were many versions of him on the small screen dating back to the sixties and I don't just mean in animated form either. Spidey was also in a live-action series that aired for three years in the late seventies but unfortunately it lasted only fifteen episodes. Yes, fifteen episodes in three years...you read that correctly. But it has long been the animated version of our friendly neighborhood web-slinger that so many have grown accustomed to knowing so well. Now in his seventh cartoon series; ol' web-head has changed a little bit and caught up with the times but we have a lot of the same as well.

As we now reach current time and find Peter Parker (voice of Josh Keaton) in a series entitled The Spectacular Spider-Man which comes from one of the numerous Spidey comic book titles seen over the years. Here we find Peter in high school where he deals with the troubles of everyday teenage life while also leading a life of fighting crime and keeping bad guys off the streets. Let's not forget that Peter also takes on a third lifestyle so to speak as he works for the Daily Bugle and the hot-head J. Jonah Jameson (voice of Daran Norris). Things are made a bit easier though since he merely takes pictures of himself as Spider-Man catching the baddies.

You'll find a great number of familiar faces in the different episodes and that especially holds true if you're a fan of the franchise as a whole (comic book, movie, or television). Rhino, Sandman, Venom, Doctor Octopus, and the Green Goblin are just a few of the many villains you'll find Spidey doing battle with. Aunt May, Mary Jane, Harry Osborn (for the time being), and Gwen Stacy are a handful of the good guy counterparts you'll find Spider-Man/Peter identifying himself with. The premise seems rather similar to a lot of things you've seen before, but the series does a good job of keeping the series entertaining for both adults and children. It also helps those that have never really paid close attention to Spider-Man because you don't need to know a lot about him in order to understand or enjoy the episodes.

Volume six of The Spectacular Spider-Man has only three episodes from season two, but they're some good ones. Spidey does battle with some classic bad guys in the form of Sandman/Flint Marko and Venom/Eddie Brock. As if things aren't bad enough, Spider-Man's true identity as Peter Parker may soon be revealed thanks to the evil that flows in the symbiote that transforms Brock into Venom. Even though school is just starting again for Peter; his hectic life is already at full speed thanks to homework and bad guys constantly trying to take him down.

Episodes

~ First Steps: School is back in session for Peter and there are a lot of new things going on to keep his mind occupied. Soon though he must tear himself away from teen angst and let Spider-Man deal with Sandman, Hammerhead, and the threat of the alien symbiote returning.

~ Growing Pains: J. Jonah Jameson's son John returns from a space trip but is infected with space spores that give him super powers. He uses his new found powers to attack Spider-Man though after crimes have been committed by Venom. Venom continues to make trouble for Spidey as he threatens to reveal the web-slinger's true identity.

~ Identity Crisis: The story of Spider-Man's identity continues as J. Jonah Jameson will stop at nothing to find out exactly who he is. Venom brings trouble as he tries to wipe Spider-Man clean of his powers making him defenseless against attacks.

The DVD

Video:

All of the episodes are presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format that looks really good as far as colors and brightness go. There are truly no problems to be found here whatsoever as the transition to DVD from television seems pretty flawless.



Sound:

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English is the main track for these episodes but there is another Dolby 2.0 Stereo track in French. Everything can be heard very nicely as far as dialogue goes while the music and sound effects never overpower. There are no subtitles available.

Extras:

Trailers - Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 8, Astro Boy, Open Season, Open Season 2, Surf's Up, Monster House, The Mr. Men Show, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Planet 51, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Final Thoughts:

This is a fantastic disc even though it includes only three episodes because the series is simply phenomenal. My biggest issue here has nothing to do with the lack of special features either, but why are there only three episodes included? It makes no sense. The entire first season The Spectacular Spider-Man was sold complete, but now we're already on volume six (and seven actually) of the second season? Talk about your money grubbers. Recommended.

Danny lives in New Orleans with his dog and writes plenty in way of movies, sports, and life over at Examiner, IP Movies, and Associated Content. If you're looking to keep up with all he does though, there's always Twitter or Facebook.
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