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The Spectacular Spider-Man
Attack Of The Lizard

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 70 Minutes

Starring the voices of: Josh Keaton, Dee Bradley Baker, Irene Bedard, Jeff Glen Bennett, Clancy Brown, Max Burkholder, Lacey Cahbret, Keith David, Grey Delisle, John DiMaggio, Ben Diskin, Robert Englund, Crispin Freeman Brian George, Dorian Harewood, Andrew Kishino, Phil Lamarr, Joshua Lebar, Peter MacNicol, Daran Norris, Alan Rachins, Kath Soucie, Deborah Strang, James Arnold Taylor, Alanna Ubach, Tom Wilson

Written by: Greg Weisman, Kevin Hopps, Matt Wayne

Directed by: Victor Cook, Troy Adomitis, Dave Bullock

 

Studio: Sony

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Music Video, Trailer

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (12 Scenes)

Released: September 9th, 2008


 

 

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and this is one sharp transfer. Other than some hard mosquito noise, everything else about the picture quality is excellent. Colors are bold and vibrant without smearing, and the animation flows smoothly. Detail is pretty spiffy, too. Pretty good stuff, overall.


 

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, and it is a track that makes good on its broad sound stage. Dialogue is incredibly crisp and easy to hear, and the musical score (plus the theme song that closes this "movie") has a pretty strong presence through the channels. When it comes to sound effects, there is plenty of life to them: Spidey's battles with his villains often sound pretty discrete (such as the web-slinging, the use of Electro's powers and good old rough-housing), and even subtle sound effects (like crowds and footsteps) come through nicely. All the sound elements are well-balanced, subwoofer use is pretty decent and fidelity is quite high. Fitting and pleasing for this sort-of material.

English closed captions from your TV are available, plus French subtitles on the disc.
 




Don't get your hopes up here. There's a Music Video for the show's theme song performed by The Tender Box (in anamorphic widescreen), plus a Trailer for this feature (along with plenty of other previews).

 

Yep, we have another Spidey cartoon series on our hands. "Attack Of The Lizard" seems to be just the first three episodes of the "Spectacular Spider-Man" series strung together, and it's audience is certainly aimed at the kiddies (got to keep the franchise fresh in their minds until the inevitable fourth theatrical installment hits). Still, I'm sure fans of Marvel lore will enjoy it too. As far as a DVD, everything looks and sounds good, but the extras are non-existent. Still, if you have die-hard Spidey fans in your household, this is a harmless purchase.