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Well, I don't have the best equipment to view Blu-ray though I will admit it was nice to see Spider-man (2002) and Spider-man 2 & 2.1 (2004) in high Definition; I have and seen Spider-man 3 in high def a while back ago. It was a gift by my brothers friend.
This quick review will deal mainly about how I feel about the new editor's cut which was pretty much long overdue, 10 years to be exact. Does it fare better than the theatrical version or should you simply stick with the very mediocre theatrical release? Let's get started!
The changes?- Peter's apology to Mr. Ditkovich is removed after yelling at his landlord to "fix the damn door!" Instead we have Peter sitting idle in his room before Ursula barges in. Peter proceeds to apologize for the incident but Ursula tells him to forget about it and informs him that M.J. is on the line.
- The line from Norman to Harry: "Make him wish he were dead. First we attack his heart!" is removed. Harry just simply gives us his grin stare and that is it.
- Aunt May's forgiveness speech scene is removed entirely.
- The black suit Spider-man swinging in daylight has been re-inserted. This scene appears right after Peter gets Eddie fired. Also, in the theatrical version, when Jonah says "We haven't printed a retraction in 20 years!" the camera focuses on him and Robbie whlist this line is said as Eddie is walking out the door in the editor's cut. Therefore, the newspaper that says sorry Spidey is removed in the editor's cut.
- As a result, the infamous emo dancing scene is later in the film.
- There are extra scenes of Peter falling into temptation using the Black-suit. His smile just says it all.
- The Peter/Harry fight starts off different. In the theatrical version, Peter web slings off camera into the room while the editor's cut reveals him to already be lying in the same chair where Norman died. Some of the dialogue is different as well. After Peter scars Harry, the dancing scene starts here.
- The famous Sandman being a sandcastle for Penny has been re-inserted. However, there is no Venom alternative seeking him scene here.
- The infamous Butler telling Harry that Norman killed himself is removed; After sending Peter away, Harry picks up a cracked frame pic of him, Peter, and M.J. He sheds a tear thinking about his broken friendship.
- The music is different in some scenes.
According to this website: There are two more changes which is listed under Minor changes section.
Both involves Sandman though the changes are really minor which I guess I didn't notice in the first place.
I think this version does trump the theatrical version a little. I will go through every change and whether I agreed with it or not.
- Though the apology to Ursula was a nice alternative scene, I think the apology to Mr. Ditkovich made more sense. However the latter scene was probably removed due to him giving Peter an awkward speech on how to talk to M.J. on the phone.
- I didn't care much for the Harry/Norman speech removal. I don't think this made much of a difference to me.
- Probably the biggest and shouldn't "had done it" removal was the Aunt May forgiveness speech. By removing it, Peter just simply knew how he had to handle him hurting M.J. Aunt May had always been one of Peter's inspirations and advice givers, so removing this scene should had been a no-no.
- The black suit scene daylight scene we all saw in the trailer!!! Well, kinda pointless honestly, but I guess it was a nice addition.
- I like the extra Peter falling into the black-suit temptation scenes. After ridding the symbiote, the scene where he pulls out his original suit becomes more significant.
- The Peter/Harry fight is there. That is that. You could either go with the theatrical or the editor's cut in this one. To me it really didn't matter. To make matters worse, after he pumpkin bombs Harry's face, the dancing scene appears. Kinda feels off doesn't it?
- The Sandcastle scene is very much needed for character importance and development. I wonder why this was removed in the first place? By far the best addition of the entire editor's cut.
- Well, Harry crying is by far a better touch than the forced Butler reveal. However, in the editor's cut, Harry chooses to help Peter because of their friendship despite still believing Peter to be his father's murderer. In the theatrical cut, Harry gets closure on who truly killed his father.
- Music changes, the theatrical cut is better in my humble opinion.
Is the editor's cut worth a view? Yeah, why not? However, the changes are too little to warrant this purchase especially you have to buy the box set just to watch the editor's cut; $29.99 to be exact in Wal-Mart dollars. This wasn't a wow like how Spider-man 2.1 was. At least 2.1 added 8 extra minutes into the film and hardly removed anything. SM 3 editor's cut attempts to replace the theatrical version saying this is how the editor would had done the theatrical release instead of releasing an extended version the fans are owed. Also, the Editor's cut is two minutes shorter than the Raimi theatrical version. If you have a friend that has this, then I say borrow it from him/her. Don't pay full price for this until they release a definitive version of SM3. Look online to see other filmed and deleted scenes that never made both cuts. Ciao folks.