DVD - Daredevil vs Spider-Man
Review And Scans By Amazing Spidey
As a Daredevil and Spider-Man fan I thoroughly enjoyed the two-part Daredevil episode. It showed the origins of several
characters in the series, both new and old.
The first one, obviously, is Daredevil. The story is spread out over the episodes "Framed" and "The Man Without Fear." While
not entirely faithful to the comics, it is still an interesting story that played out well in the episode. It also delivers
the origin of The Kingpin, a longtime Spidey villain, who appeared in most episodes throughout the show.
Episode three on the disc is "The Ultimate Slayer." This episode deals with the events from the previous two-parter.
It involves Smythe, the Kingpin's assistant, being changed into a cyborg after he attempted to double-cross the Kingpin.
While the story felt slightly rushed to me, it was still an enjoyable episode. Up next is "Tombstone," which has nothing
to do with the previous three episodes but is next in the production order. The episode which shows the origin of
Tombstone, is a definitely underrated episode which stays faithful to the comic series.
The DVD looks great. It has very little grain and the picture presentation is up to par with the previous two releases.
In addition, the audio is slightly better this time around, and Spidey's voice isn't as deep as before, which I prefer.
The episodes are still shown in full screen, but that was expected. Whilst it's not a stunning transfer, the disc's presentation
is perfectly exceptable.
The best extra is "A Blind Man Shall Lead Them". Whilst he's not as interesting as he was in the Spider-Man episodes,
Daredevil looked better here. For a feature they didn't have to include, it was pretty cool.
The 1966 bonus episode was a treat although now they have all been remastered on DVD which a stunning transfer, this doesn't hold up.
This episode is arguably the best of the 60's second season but man... Spider-Man spends a good 1/4 of the episode
simply swinging around, doing nothing!
The episode introductions from Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee were enjoyable, much like the previous DVD releases.
Stan Lee's Soapbox was also a treat, but more focused on one subject than the previous discs. Though he focused mostly
on Daredevil, he also talked about his meetings with Spider-Man and what they would talk about when they "met for a
sandwich." Stan also talks about Daredevil's short-lived yellow costume and why it was changed, and the Kingpin
becoming a Daredevil villain as well as a Spider-Man one.
There are three Easter eggs on the disc in the same place as they where on the previous Spider-Man: The Animated Series
discs. In one Easter egg, Stan Lee talks about his catchphrase. Always good to get Stan Lee fluff. Still, can't deny I'd
much rather be listening to John Semper talk about the actual show.
The menu has also been slightly tweaked from the previous DVD releases. It still has the villain theme featured in the
previous two, but it then changes into "Shadow World." The effect actually is pretty spiffy and is the best of the Spidey
menu's so far.
If you like either Spidey or Daredevil I would strongly recommend picking this DVD up. It should keep fans of
Spider-Man: The Animated Series happy until the sets (hopefully!) arrive.