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We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.
We see a much more confident super hero in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which will be released on Blu-ray combo pack on Tuesday.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" swings onto shelves tomorrow

When retail outlets open their doors tomorrow morning, Sony will unleash "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and with it an incredible debate for one of the bestselling comic book characters of all time.

In one of the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray combo back, a young and broken Peter Parker meets his dad. Unlike the trilogy of films that stared Toby McGwire in the lead role … the Amazing series here is dealing with much more drama, more intense emotions than the first film ever touched. In the scene that didn’t make it in the theater, Andrew Garfield as Peter confronts his father played by Campbell Scott.

If the clip had made it into the film, it would have sent the story into a whole new and different direction. With it left out, it keeps the timeline of Peter open to figure out what his dad was truly involved in, and why his parents left him with his aunt and uncle many years ago.

Let the debate rage on which was a better way to go.

This second film picks up the pace from the first one, which was more of a story between Peter and Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone. This time around, the relationship between the two waffles as Peter is left to deal with the reality that as Spider-Man, anyone close to him becomes a potential target. In the fight sequences we do see a Spider-Man that is much more confident in his abilities, and much more cocky with the banter.

Jamie Foxx as Electro finally gets the attention his character deserves, and Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn’s transformation into the Goblin makes sense in an intense and organic way.

With the filmmaker commentaries and 13 deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, it builds upon the story, offering the viewer much more insight rather than being a throw-away item used to market the discs for more sales. I had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray combo pack over the weekend. And, to be honest, this was the best home entertainment package I’ve reviewed this year.

If you are a fan of comic book stories, and better yet, a fan of an emotional life and love story that comes to a seemingly tragic end, then this is a must-have for your collection. Pick up yours when it hits the streets tomorrow.

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