‘Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘Ruby Sparks’ on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin on November 14, 2012

in Blu-ray/DVD Reviews,Reviews

This review originally appeared in shorter form on KSNT-NBC, KTKA-ABC, and KTMJ-FOX, Kansas First News.

A writer brings a character to life out of thin air and a boy begins to learn the secret of his family after a strange spider bite in two movies new out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

 The-Amazing-Spider-Man-Blu-ray-2012The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man starts the Marvel comic-book legend over with Andrew Garfield in the lead role as Peter Parker. Despite the movie’s thematic familiarity with the 10-year-old Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film, this new one plays surprisingly well.

Featuring a well-rounded story and great chemistry between Garfield and Emma Stone—who plays Gwen Stacy—it’s a great start to the new series.

For my full-length review of the movie itself, check out The Amazing Spider-Man Familiar but Effective.

As far as extra features on the Blu-ray go, this is one of the most stacked releases of the year. There’s an audio commentary, a feature-length making-of documentary, 16 minutes of deleted scenes, early animated visualization sequences, and stunt rehearsals.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

ruby-sparks-blu-ray-2012From the directing team that did Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks is an offbeat comedy-drama about an author—played by Paul Dano—who wills a woman into existence while writing his new book.

Zoe Kazan is the writer of the film and also plays its title character, a girl so cute and perfect that she could only be a fictional creation.

But Ruby Sparks isn’t all sunny romantic comedy. The manic pixie dream girl doesn’t stay that way for long. She grows into something of her own.

What the movie really does is tackle the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image.

Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but Ruby Sparks has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Hunter November 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for the reviews, Eric. I didn’t get a chance to see The Amazing Spiderman in theaters, but I did get the chance last Friday night. I was in my office at DISH surfing online, when I saw that The Amazing Spider-Man was available to rent to my DISH Hopper DVR. I ordered it and it was ready to watch by the time I got home. It was a good movie, and it was definitely better then the other movies, but there were a lot of things I didn’t like about the movie. In the end it felt rushed by Sony, and that was only to prevent the rights to Spiderman from returning home to Marvel.

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2 Eric Melin November 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Nice plug for the Dish Hopper.

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