‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Gets Home Release Dates on Digital, Disc

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the year’s No. 2 movie at the box office, will be released to home audiences digitally on Aug. 8 and on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD  Sept. 5.

The Sony Pictures release has so far earned $378.8 million at the domestic box office, more than any other film released in 2023 except for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment says the Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and digital editions of the latest Spider-Man movie includes more than 90 minutes of bonus content, including:

    • Obscure spiders and Easter eggs
    • A deleted scene, “Miguel Calling”
    • “I’mma Do My Own Thing” 
    • “Across the Worlds: Designing New Dimensions”
    • “Designing Spiders and Spots”
    • “Scratches, Score and The Music of the Multiverse”
    • “Escape from Spider-Society”
    • “Across the Comics-Verse”
    • Lyric videos
    • Filmmaker commentary
    • “Creating the Ultimate Spider-Man Movie”
    • “Raising a Hero”
    • “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Cast”

 

In the film, Miles Morales reunites with Gwen Stacy and, as Spider-Man, is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders, and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.

Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Should Swing Back to Top of Box Office as Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘No Hard Feelings’ Debuts

Despite Sony Pictures’ new adult comedy No Hard Feelings, starring Jennifer Lawrence, generating $2.15 million in select Thursday screenings, the studio’s animated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is projected jump to the top of the North American box office through June 25.

“Spider-Verse” is expected to sell $17.4 million worth of tickets, edging out Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Flash and Walt Disney/Pixar Animation’s Elemental over the weekend, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

Lawrence produces and stars in No Hard Feelings, the ‘R’-rated comedy from director Gene Stupnitsky (Good Boys) and the co-writer of Bad Teacher. In the film, Maddie (Lawrence) thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman), and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be more of a challenge than she expected, and time is running out before she loses it all.

Tom Hanks returns to the big screen this weekend in Focus Features’ quirky comedy/drama Asteroid City from director Wes Anderson. The movie’s strong cast (Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, Sophia Lillis, and Maya Hawke) and cult moviegoers’ enthusiasm for anything Anderson helms, should drive ticket sales.

Theatrical holdovers include Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Lionsgate’s The Blackening, and 20th Century Studios’ The Boogeyman.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Full-Year Revenue Drops 9% Without Signature Movie Franchise Releases

Without a “Spider-Man” or “Venom” movie release, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment saw full-year sales (ended March 31) decline 9% to $695 million, from $764 million in the previous-year period. For the quarter, revenue plummeted 60% to $128 million from $322 million.

Last year Sony benefited from the theatrical and retail releases of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, with the former generating $1.9 billion at the global box office, followed by nearly $507 million for Venom. No Way Home was the top-selling packaged media release in 2022.

The animated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opens June 2, followed by Beyond the Spider-Verse in 2024.

Sony Pictures Entertainment also saw lower licensing revenue from theatrical releases in the fiscal year to digital streaming services. The studio has an exclusive Pay 1 deal with Netflix and with titles going to Disney+ after that.

The year also was also impacted by lower licensing revenue for television productions compared to last year when Sony Pictures Television benefited from the licensing of the “Seinfeld” series.

Sony said it also expects 2024 fiscal results to benefit from an increase in TV series deliveries and the impact of acquisitions of Industrial Media
and Bad Wolf television production companies. Higher revenue is also projected for anime streaming services, boosted by the impact of
the acquisition of Crunchyroll.

Next year’s fiscal year studio revenue is projected to top $11.2 billion, compared with more than $10 billion this year.

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‘Spider-Man’ Movies Coming to Disney+ in April, May

Disney+ has announced that six “Spider-Man” films under license from Sony Pictures will be launching on the streaming service in the United States this spring, beginning Friday, April 21.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man will be made available to subscribers on April 21, 2023. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom will join the service on May 12, 2023.

In the original Spider-Man, from 2002, average teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is transformed into a superhero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider. When his beloved uncle is murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death. Dubbing himself Spider-Man, he sets about ridding the streets of crime, bringing him into conflict with super-villain Green Goblin.

In Spider-Man 2 (2004), Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as college student and a superhuman crime fighter. Peter’s life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius, who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled Doc Ock. When Doc Ock kidnaps his love interest, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), Spider-Man must swing back into action.

In the franchise’s third installment, 2007’s Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker finally has the girl of his dreams and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania. But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man’s suit black, his darkest demons come to light, changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains — the deadly Sandman, Venom, and the New Goblin — as well as the enemy within himself.

The franchise was rebooted in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield assuming the role of Spider-Man and Emma Stone playing his love interest, Gwen Stacy.  

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A second reboot yielded Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2007, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Zendaya as MJ. Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine, but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Venom, from 2018, is a Spider-Man offshoot.  Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses his job and fiancée. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote that gives him  extraordinary superpowers — transforming him into Venom.

Additional titles from Sony Pictures’ film and television library are expected to premiere on Disney+ in the U.S. later this year.

Morbius

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 6/14/22;
Sony Pictures;
Horror;
Box Office $73.79 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images, and brief strong language.
Stars Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson.

For its latest attempt at an expanded “Spider-Man” cinematic universe that doesn’t seem to have Spider-Man in it, Sony has once again turned to a character that seems more akin to a horror movie villain than the protagonist of a superhero movie. But just because Venom manages to attract an audience doesn’t mean the formula can be applied to just any of Spidey’s historical comic book baddies who became antiheroes after catching on with audiences. And so we are presented with the tale of Morbius the Living Vampire.

The thing about comic books is, that while sometimes a character becomes iconic, more often than not they are pretty goofy, rising to a level barely above cult status if not altogether forgotten. Back in the day, when publishers needed stories to tell about the popular ones, any number of bizarre concepts were introduced into the monthly books, just to see which ones might stick.

Morbius was introduced into “Spider-Man” comics back in the early 1970s as essentially a costumed villain version of Dracula for Spidey to fight.

Interspersing strange characters and fantastical adventures with more-serious fare could hardly be considered unusual for the comic book page. At one point, Marvel Comics actually made Dracula and Godzilla part of its canon when it had the rights to them. Heck, Spider-Man even crossed paths with The Transformers at one point.

The point being, it’s easy enough for a comic book to get away with these things. Translating them credibly into live-action is quite another feat.

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Morbius tells the story of Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), a brilliant scientist with a crippling, unspecified blood disorder. He creates a serum for his affliction by splicing genetic material from bats into human DNA, temporarily curing his condition but giving him an insatiable thirst for human blood, without which his sickness returns. Morbius quells this thirst with a form of artificial blood he created.

In becoming a pseudo vampire, he gains the abilities of echo-location, superspeed and flight.

This basic premise could be the setup to any number of low-budget direct-to-video horror movies. But in those, the mad scientist would transform into the killer, only to be opposed by a love interest or fellow scientist, or maybe even a superhero, in some parable against technology run amok.

This being a Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man, and being called Morbius, the story has to find some way to make Morbius the hero. So, we get the benefactor of his research, a childhood pal named Milo (Matt Smith) with the same disease. He also cures himself with the serum, but gives into his bloodlust, killing innocents to maintain his power. This brings him into conflict with Morbius, who vows to stop him. And yet another comic book movie in which the bad guy is a mirror to the good guy.

There’s no message here, just an attempt to get more characters from the page to the screen in the hopes of future movies. Hence a pair of end-credits sequences that feel tacked on and, ultimately, pointless, given how poorly the film fared at the box office.

In addition, the attempt to ground Morbius’ powers in science rather than the supernatural just raises more questions that would just be answered by the nature of comic books themselves on the page, but are rather glaring in live-action outside the context of the source material. The serum granting bat-like powers is one thing, but why do the characters look like they are dissolving when they move fast? Last I checked, real bats couldn’t teleport. It does make for some funny gags about vampire lore, however.

Ultimately, Morbius is a creature of two genres, catering unsatisfactorily to both of them — too grim for comic book fare, and too beholden to the superhero formula for a vampire story.

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The Blu-ray includes a handful of extras, mostly behind-the-scenes featurettes totaling about 25 minutes. These are pretty typical for this kind of movie, mostly involving the filmmakers discussing the stunts and visual effects. There’s also a two-and-a-half-minute blooper reel, a two-and-a-half-minute look at comic book references in the film, and six minutes of promotional materials, including a three-minute recap of the press tour and a funny 36-second spoof of detergent ads.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Still No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home remained No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 24.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe entry has earned more than $804 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s animated sequel Sing 2 remained No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, but slipped two spots to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 2 digital title was Paramount’s Infinite, a sci-fi film with Mark Wahlberg.

The top newcomer for the week, at No. 3 on both charts, was Paramount’s Jackass Forever, the latest film in the “Jackass” comedic stunts franchise. It made just under $58 million at the domestic box office.

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No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 5 on the digital chart was Universal’s Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson comedy Marry Me.

Paramount’s Scream relaunch dropped two spots to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, and No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Warner’s The Batman became available for digital purchase and rental April 18 and grabbed No. 7 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 24:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  2. Sing 2 — Universal
  3. Jackass Forever — Paramount
  4. Marry Me — Universal
  5. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  6. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  7. The Matrix Resurrections — Warner
  8. The Cursed — Decal
  9. Last Looks — RLJ
  10. Death on the Nile (2022) — 20th Century

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 24:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  2. Infinite — Paramount
  3. Jackass Forever — Paramount
  4. Sing 2 — Universal
  5. Marry Me — Universal
  6. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  7. The Batman — Warner
  8. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  9. Dog — MGM
  10. Wrong Turn (2020) — Lionsgate

 

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April 12 Sees ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Swing to Disc, ‘Infinite’ Arrive for Digital Purchase

Among the new home video releases April 12, Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives on disc, while Infinite becomes available for digital purchase.

The Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Peter (Tom Holland) will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse. The film was the top-grossing film of 2021 with more than $800 million at the domestic box office and more than $1.8 billion worldwide. Read a review here.

A24’s drama C’mon C’mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix, arrives April 12 on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate. In the film, Johnny (Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this story about the connections between adults and children and the past and the future. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Mike Mills (2016, Writing — Original Screenplay, 20th Century Women), the movie also stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Gabby Hoffmann (2015 and 2016, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, TV’s “Transparent”), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Monsters, TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”) and Jaboukie Young-White (TV’s “The Daily Show,” “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens”). 

The horror thriller WarHunt arrives April 12 on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD from Lionsgate. Produced by Adel Nur (TV’s “Euphoria”), the movie stars Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Robert Knepper (Transporter 3, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, TV’s “Prison Break”), Jackson Rathbone (“The Twilight Saga” franchise, The Last Airbender, TV’s “The Last Ship”) and Josh Burdett (Loving Vincent, Liars & Cheats, TV’s “Find Me in Paris”). The actioner follows a military commander (Rourke) who dispatches an elite team of American soldiers on a deadly rescue mission after a World War II plane crashes. Trapped behind enemy lines in Germany’s Black Forest, the men are confronted by a coven of witches.

The South Korean sci-fi action thriller Spiritwalker will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! on March 18 before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD April 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Director Yoon Jae-keun (Heartbeat)​ and award-winning martial arts choreographers Park Young-sik and Chung Seong-Ho (SAG Awards, Best Stunt Ensemble, “Squid Game”) bring to life the story of a man who loses his memory and subsequently wakes up in a new body every 12 hours. He must piece together his identity, all while evading attacks from pursuing agents and dangerous criminals. Winner of the Daniel A. Craft award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2021 New York Asian Film Festival, Spiritwalker stars former K-pop singer Yoon Kye-Sang (Chocolate, The Outlaws), Park Yong-Woo (Nailed), Lim Ji-Yeon (Obsessed, High Society) and Park Ji-Hwan (The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure).

The HBO Max Original Kimi arrives on DVD and for digital sellthrough from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Due April 12 is Kimi follows Angela Childs (Zoë Kravitz), who reviews data streams for the voice-activated companion server KIMI. Amid a pandemic, though restrictions have eased, she suffers from agoraphobia and follows a strict routine, flirting — among other things — with her neighbor, and communicating with her mother, dentist and therapist via video chat, within the safety of her apartment in Seattle. But that changes when she hears something horrific in one of the streams and reporting a serious crime over email is deemed too risky. Angela hasn’t ventured outside since before the pandemic, so just getting to the office is a huge challenge. Determined to do the right thing, Angela has no idea what will actually happen when — and if — she’s able to step out of her comfort zone. Special features on DVD include “KIMI … Who’s Listening!!?,” which delves into the thriller nature of the film.

The animated adventure My Sweet Monster will be released on digital, on demand and DVD April 12 from Lionsgate. The film features the voice talents of Pauly Shore (Bio-Dome, Encino Man), Haylie Duff (Blending Christmas, Napoleon Dynamite) and Jon Heder (Blades of Glory, Napoleon Dynamite). In the animated adventure, after rebellious Princess Barbara flees the kingdom on the day sheʼs set to marry Bundy, an evil postman, she meets Bogey, an odd, semi-human beast who is king of the wilderness. When Bundy then plots to rob the forestʼs supply of a magical, life-giving elixir called Spark, itʼs up to Bogey, Barbara and their bouncy friend Bunny to stop him.

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The sci-fi actioner Infinite arrives for digital purchase April 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. The film follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity in a race against time in the fight between good and evil. Wahlberg plays Evan McCauley, who is haunted by skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited. As he is self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, a secret group that call themselves “Infinites” comes to his rescue, revealing to him that his memories are real — but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it. The film also stars Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, Toby Jones and Dylan O’Brien. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 17.

Kino Lorber April 12 releases the vintage slasher film New Year’s Evil on Blu-ray Disc. The film, issued under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics line, was released theatrically in 1980 by Cannon Films. The film stars Roz Kelly as Diane “Blaze” Sullivan, a Los Angeles punk rock and new wave show host who gets a barrage of phone calls during a televised New Year’s Eve celebration from a killer warning her that he plans to commit a string of murders just as the New Year dawns in each time zone. Kelly is best known as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’s (Henry Winkler) girlfriend Carol “Pinky” Tuscadero in the 1970s TV series “Happy Days.” New Year’s Evil was written and directed by Emmett Alston and co-written by Leonard Neubauer. Kip Niven and Chris Wallace co-star.  The film was initially released on Blu-ray Disc in 2015 by Shout! Factory. Kino Lorber’s new edition features a 2K master and a host of extras, including audio commentary by Alston and a making-of documentary.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is available on 4K Ultra HD April 12 from Arrow Video. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside an all-star cast that includes Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter and Ian Holm in this cinematic telling of the influential gothic tale. At the turn of the 19th century, scientist Victor Frankenstein (Branagh) is determined to conquer human morality. His attempt at playing God results in the creation of a hideous monster (De Niro). The film earned an Oscar nod for Best Makeup and seven nominations at the Saturn Awards. Arrow brings the film to 4K for the first time with a brand new restoration from the original camera negatives. The release includes a slate of new special features, including a documentary on the origins and evolution of the Frankenstein story. 

April 12 also marks Arrow’s release of Robocop in a limited edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook. This sci-fi classic, about a terminally injured cop (Peter Weller) that returns to the line of duty as a cyborg advertised as the future of law enforcement, introduced Hollywood to the wild world of director Paul Verhoeven. The film is making its global debut in 4K, with a restoration approved by Verhoeven. Included in this limited edition release are both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the film.

The documentary The Choir and Conductor will be released for digital purchase and VOD April 12 from Virgil Films. Musician Billie Eilish, who has a brief appearance in the film as an alumna of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, learned to sing starting at age 8 when she, like thousands of choristers, was electrified by its charismatic conductor Anne Tomlinson, who uses the power of choral singing to profoundly shape and impact the lives of hundreds of children.  In addition to Eilish, composers  such as John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, John Mayer, Peter Sellars, and others have performed with the choir known as the LACC.  The film, which chronicles the story of the LACC, is a celebration of music and the arts. According to a report issued by Chorus America “more than 1 in 5 households have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children.” 

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street 4/12/22;
Sony Pictures/Marvel;
Action;
Box Office $803.82 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99, Blu-ray, $45.99 UH BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
Stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire.

The story of Spider-Man: No Way Home hinges on a plot device that could have been one of the greatest surprises in cinematic history. Instead, it was one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood that previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would reprise their roles alongside current Spider-Man Tom Holland to fight a variety of villains from all the “Spider-Man” movies since the first film in 2002.

It wasn’t as if Sony’s marketing department didn’t try to keep it quiet. Images of the multiple Spider-Men were omitted from trailers, and Garfield resorted to blatantly lying in interviews in which he said he wasn’t involved, despite all the widespread rumors to the contrary, and in some cases photographic evidence.

Of course, the momentary shock value for such a reveal can only add so much to the viewing experience, and the film’s immense box office fortunes don’t seem to have suffered in the least. And knowing of the eventual Spidey super team-up doesn’t detract at all from the emotional resonance that elevates Spider-Man: No Way Home into more than just a fantastic superhero action movie.

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The film is the 27th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and picks up immediately following the events of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is publicly identified as being the masked webslinger.

As his life spirals out of control due to people knowing that he’s Spider-Man, Peter asks his Avengers cohort Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to reset everyone’s memories so they don’t remember his secret anymore. But the spell becomes unstable and breaks down the barriers between different realities, drawing in villains such as Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina) and Sandman from the Sam Raimi-directed movies, and Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Lizard from the “Amazing Spider-Man” films.

Rather than send them back to their universes only to die fighting their versions of Spider-Man, Peter endeavors to cure them first, a decision that backfires and results in profound tragedy.

However, the spell also brought Maguire’s and Garfield’s Spideys from those universes, giving Holland’s Spider-Man the allies he needs to stop the team of villains from doing more damage. It feels a lot like one of those “Doctor Who” anniversary specials in which previous versions of the Doctor joined the current one for a grand adventure.

The film works as a celebration of Spider-Man and his legacy in film, tying together the entire franchise in a way that not only continues the development of Holland’s Spider-Man, but also enriches the story arcs of Maguire’s and, especially, Garfield’s.

Spider-Man: No Way Home looks amazing, with several instantly iconic sequences, and seamless visual effects that really make it seem as if Molina and Dafoe were just plucked out of the earlier movies and placed into this one.

Another standout is the musical score by Michael Giacchino, who not only continues to develop the progression of his themes from the first two MCU Spidey movies, but gets to reuse his Dr. Strange themes as well. As if those weren’t enough, he also incorporates some of Danny Elfman’s themes from the Maguire films, and the late James Horner’s wonderful theme from The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s leitmotif on overdrive.

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The Blu-ray includes a solid hour-and-a-half of bonus materials, including seven behind-the-scenes featurettes. The six-minute “A Spectacular Spider-Journey With Tom Holland” tracks the journey of its star since he joined the MCU, while the seven-minute “Graduation Day” looks at the evolution of all the recurring characters. The five-minute “Enter Strange” examines the wizard’s role in the story, while the six-and-a-half-minute “Action Choreography Across the Multiverse” looks at the film’s stunt work. The eight-minute “Realities Collide, Spiders Unite” looks at how the film’s legendary team-up came to be, while the seven-minute “Weaving Jon Watt’s Web” focuses on the director’s experiences making the three MCU “Spider-Man” films.

The best extras are two panel discussions with the cast. The nine-minute “The Sinister Summit” features the villains of the film — Dafoe, Molina and Foxx. But the main event is the seven-and-a-half-minute “A Meeting of the Spiders” with Holland, Garfield and Maguire discussing their camaraderie.

A nearly five-minute featurette informs viewers of many of the references to previous Spider-Man films and comics that have been layered into the film.

Another fun inclusion are three in-universe story videos about Spider-Man from TheDailyBugle.net, running a total of about four minutes.

There are also two videos comparing the stunt previsualization with the final result, running three-and-a-half-minutes.

A section of promotional materials includes three short clips: Holland and co-star Jacob Batalon taking a lie detector about their experiences on the film, running two minutes; a minute clip of Holland’s press tour to Paris; and a minute of the filmmakers raving about the benefits of filming in the state of Georgia.

Rounding out the extras is a four-minute bloopers/gag reel.

In the 4K combo pack, all the bonus materials are on the Blu-ray disc. The 4K disc doesn’t include any extras.

Movies Anywhere Offering Exclusive ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Clip to Movie Purchasers

Digital locker service Movies Anywhere is offering an exclusive, never-before-seen Spider-Man: No Way Home bonus clip to consumers who purchase the Sony Pictures film from any retailer connected to the service.

The eight-minute bonus clip, titled “Spider-Man and the Multiverse in Marvel Comics,” can be unlocked through the Movies Anywhere platform. The clip features behind-the-scenes interviews with the film’s producers, including Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and co-producer Chris Buongiorno, who talk about how the movie harkens back to the original comics.  

The offer is good through April 11.

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After purchasing the film, consumers will find the bonus content in the “My Extras” section of “My Movies” within the Movies Anywhere platform.

 

Vudu Offering Exclusive Clip and Themed Gift Cards for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Vudu is mounting an exclusive clip and offering gift cards for its top-selling pre-order title of all time, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which arrives for digital purchase in SD, HDX and 4K UHD March 15.

The exclusive clip is titled “Getting the Spiders Together” and features never-before-seen on-set footage of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire with Willem Dafoe and Benedict Cumberbatch. The exclusive clip also includes commentary from Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts and producer Kevin Feige.

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The Spider-Man: No Way Home Vudu gift cards feature 14 new designs.

Consumers can purchase Spider-Man: No Way Home as a standalone title at $19.99, as part of the Tom Holland “Spider-Man” three-film collection at $34.99 or as part of the “Spider-Man” eight-film bundle at $59.99.