You can now read 10 articles a month for free. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

That spider-sense keeps tingling, even on disc

Columbia Pictures

We’d give a spoiler alert before getting into discussing “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014) — but at this point, is there anything left to spoil? Even before the superhero sequel hit multiplexes, producers and studio marketers openly acknowledged that something major could well be in store for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. Yep, they conceded, there might be something to all the online chatter that we’d see Gwen die at the hands of the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), re-creating a classic moment in Marvel Comics history. Yet, in a curious way, the movie still felt genuinely suspenseful. Would the filmmakers really do it, particularly when Garfield and Stone’s chemistry was so often cited as the franchise’s greatest strength? And if they did have the nerve, how would they do it? By sticking to the fateful Brooklyn Bridge scene from the source comic? (We’ll say this: Director Marc Webb’s scrutiny-conscious handling of the location question is clever.) Viewers can check out commentary with the producers and writers to hear what they have to say about it all. Other extras include a deleted third-act scene, exclusive to Blu-ray, that bookends the surprising straight-thriller prologue spotlighting Peter’s father (Campbell Scott). Among the notable featurettes is a segment on transforming DeHaan into the Goblin and Jamie Foxx into transluscent, energy-channeling baddie Electro. The characters’ tag-teaming is narrative overkill — and Electro’s nerdy alter ego especially doesn’t mesh — but the actors’ patience in the makeup chair is pretty amazing in itself. (Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray/3-D, $45.99)

COMEDY/DRAMA

FILTH (2013)

Continue reading below

Imagine “Trainspotting” source novelist Irvine Welsh putting his gonzo stamp on “Bad Lieutenant,” and you begin to picture the mesmerizing depravity that Scottish cop James McAvoy gets up to in this latest Welsh adaptation. (Hard to say why it bypassed area theaters, unless exhibitors fretted about what the title implies, not entirely hyperbolically.) What starts as a look at McAvoy’s amusing misanthropy and Machiavellian work approach turns into a far darker study of a man in free fall. Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) plays one of the decent folk in his skewed orbit.
Extras
: commentary by Welsh and director Jon S. Baird; featurettes. (Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98; available now)

COMEDY

FADING GIGOLO (2014)

John Turturro directs, writes, and stars in a vanity project that’s actually far more charming than vain — incredibly, even though it casts him as a stud-for-hire to New York’s idle rich. Part of it is the humor: Woody Allen is the funniest he’s been in years as subdued Turturro’s chatterbox pal, whose pimping epiphany sets up Turturro with everyone from socialites (Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara) to a Hasidic widow (Vanessa Paradis). The chaste, keenly observed scenes between Turturro and Paradis take the story in surprising directions — including making room for Liev Schreiber as a Hasidic neighborhood-watch cop. Extras: commentary by Turturro. (Millennium, $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

Titles are in stores Tuesday unless specified. Tom Russo can be reached at trusso2222@gmail.com.
Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week