Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 06:30 AM PDT by
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed full specs for its highly-anticipated 'Spider-Man: The High-Def Trilogy,' but they may be something of a letdown for fans of the first two films in the franchise.
As announced earlier this month, Sony plans to issue all three Spider-Man movies in a special Blu-ray box set on October 30.
But while the box set will roll out the red carpet for 'Spider-Man 3,' featuring identical specs to the concurrently-released stand-alone Blu-ray edition of the movie (which includes a bonus disc filled with extras, plus PCM 5.1 surround and Dolby TrueHD audio tracks), the first two Spider-Man flicks will come significantly less feature-packed.
Neither 'Spider-Man' nor 'Spider-Man 2' will include any of the bonus features from their original DVD releases, and -- in a first for Sony -- neither will include support for PCM audio. Instead, both 'Spider-Man' and 'Spider-Man 2' will contain Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround tracks only.
For high-def fans of 'Spider-Man 2,' however, all is not lost. The 'High-Def Trilogy' will contain both the theatrical version of the sequel and 'Spider-Man 2.1,' an extended version of the film that was subsequently released on video. Viewers will be able to choose each seamlessly via the Blu-ray format's branching technology for uninterrupted playback.
Sony has set a $99.98 list price for the box set.
You'll find full specs for 'Spider-Man: The High-Def Trilogy' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where the box set eagerly waits to spin its web October 30. As always, we'll keep you posted if there are any further spec updates in the weeks ahead.
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