The Spider-Man films aren't pretty, especially 1. I'm surprised they look this great.
I finally got around to watching my copy of Replacement Killers on BD, another title that I'd read a lot of criticisms of, and again it was a top-notch release by Sony.
It was another title that people cried "the night shots are grainy." That's how film works folks, especially depending on how you choose your stock and how much lighting you use. Be glad it wasn't shot digitally; then you'd have a real mess. Unless you shoot day for night and digitally color time it to night which is a trend these days.
This is Raimi, the guy who did the Evil Dead films (and don't count the DNR'd Blu-ray/BOTD edition of EDII). Darkman? Do you think his intent was to make Spider-Man 1 look like pristine HD cam? I'd expect dark and gritty. I'm amazed that's the Superbit version; it truly looks awful compared with the BD. As for the others, amazing how much eliminating edge enhancement does. And the clarity!
The first film has a bit of a dark atmoshphere; an uglier look probably helps it (though these caps don't look ugly to me).
At least you guys should be happy when Blade Runner hits; having seen it theatrically it's almost too clean now, but Ridley did his best with the color timing to keep it very smoggy and atmospheric, though it's still much bluer than old versions of it. But he showed us with Alien he likes to change his mind regarding color timing. Everyone seems to go from warm, organic colors to cold, synthetic colors. Save Alien which did the reverse!