Spider-Man 3 editor's cut

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 debuted ten years ago this month, and though the movie pulled in $890 million worldwide (more than $100 million more than its predecessor), it was largely seen as a misstep in the franchise by fans and critics. Since then, the maligned sequel has experienced a bit of a critical reappraisal and now seems as close to cult status as a mainstream film with a $258 million budget can be.

Over the weekend, a new “Editor’s Cut” of the 2007 sequel made its way online over at Amazon, only to be unceremoniously pulled from the digital shelves because it debuted too soon. Below, read all about the Spider-Man 3 editor’s cut and when you’ll have the opportunity to see it again.
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Is Blu-Ray an Inferior Format to DVD?

We all know that Blu-Rays are loaded with better audio/video quality and superior special features when compared to DVD. But is the experience of watching them actually more enjoyable?
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Were you excited last week to finally get Saving Private Ryan on Blu-ray? Were you less excited to see that the disc seemed to be exhibiting an audio sync problem, causing the sound of shells and explosions to be heard before they actually hit? Well, the problem wasn’t your player. It’s the disc, and Paramount is now recalling the entire first-run batch. Read More »


Settle down 3D fans, the solution to all of your high-def 3D woes is finally here in the form of 3D Blu-ray. Word has been swirling about the format for the past year or so, and now the Blu-ray Disc Association has announced that the specifications for 3D Blu-ray have been finalized.

The key bits: 3D Blu-ray will use the new Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec, which is an extension to the MPEG-4 AVC codec we use today on BR discs. MVC only requires about a 50% storage overhead, compared to the 2D version of a film, and both the discs and players will also be backwards compatible with existing 2D Blu-ray tech. To actually take advantage of 3D Blu-ray, you’ll need a 3D BR capable player (the PS3 will offer an update to support it), glasses — and most likely, a new HDTV since only newer sets support stereoscopic 3D.

Clearly, nothing can go wrong with this plan, and 3D Blu-ray will soon take over the world.

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Two film tech tidbits for you: First up, we’ve caught word from the Italy-based blog screenWEEK that Michael Mann is apparently very interested in doing a 3D feature at some point. In a recent event with Mann regarding Public Enemies, someone in the crowd asks him about shooting in 3D. Mann responds:

Yes! I’d love to shoot a 3D movie, it’s something that fascinates me! The more the audience is immersed the better it is!

This should be no surprise since Mann has a history of embracing new film technologies, much to the chagrin of some purists out there. In the same piece, Mann discusses how he decided to shoot Public Enemies digitally, and I think it also speaks to his stance on 3D.

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Tell me if this describes you: When Toshiba and Sony were going at each other during the great format war of HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray, you placed your bets on HD-DVD, the cheaper, more sensible option. Then, you watched in horror as the tides shifted and Blu-Ray won the day. Since then, you’ve sat idly by, watching others gleefully build up their Blu-Ray collections while you’ve decided not to really indulge in Blu-Ray and vowed never to spend another $30 to buy Batman Begins again.

Well, brother, have I got some good news for you: It seems that Warner Bros. feels your pain, and with the recent launch of their new Red2Blu program, are seeking to bring you back into the fold. They are offering HD-DVD owners an extra Blu-Ray copy of any HD-DVD discs they own in exchange for a small fee per disc ($4.95, plus $6.95 in shipping and handling). Hit the jump for some more details.
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