The Incredible Hulk DVD Review

November 6, 2008

ChattahBox The Incredible Hulk DVD ReviewThe Incredible Hulk: 3 Disc Special Edition

DVD Review

Publisher: Universal Home Entertainment
Street Date: October 21st 2008

The big green machine is back and better than ever! Coming off of a summer of superhero blockbuster films The Incredible Hulk in my opinion ranks 3rd as compared to The Dark Knight and Iron Man, but not because it is not a good film.

The film re-starts the franchise on the Marvel Comic icon Hulk, after the disappointment that was John Woo’s 2003 take on the character. The film not only finds itself with a new director Louis Letterrier, but also a new cast as well. Edward Norton, a comic book fan and fan of the original television series, cast perfectly in the title role of Bruce Banner. Bruce is an unfortunate victim of some testing with gamma rays goes horribly wrong and finds himself trying to hide the beast within him known as the Hulk. The film opens with Bruce hiding in South America, providing his services to a bottling facility all while trying to find a cure for his affliction so he can return to his life and love Betty Ross, re-cast in this film with Liv Tyler.

Betty’s dad General Ross who is hot on the trail of Bruce brings on a soldier on loan from Britain, Major Emil Blonsky, played by Tim Roth. Blonsky after going into battle against the Hulk convinces General Ross to level the playing field to take down the monster. In the end Blonsky becomes the very evil that Ross thought the Hulk was, and now the world needs the Hulk to save them from Abomination.

For a superhero movie the film has some great moments, the battle on the college campus between the Hulk and the entire US Army, but my favorite had to be when the Hulk and Betty seek refuge in a cave from a thunderstorm. This scene really gave the characters a human feel, that there was more to the creature than just being big and strong and really went a long way to helping develop the characters as humans. It was also neat to see the cameos from Lou Ferigno and Bill Bixby the original Bruce Banner and Hulk from the television series.

The bonus features on the disc included a number of making of featurettes and an Alternate opening of the film, and other deleted scenes. The commentaries provided in these show the care that thew cast and crew went through in trying to revitalize this character as a viable franchise. It is unfortunate that there was so much negativity between Edward Norton and the studio because he is someone I think could help to continue the development of the character and franchise.

Film: 7.5

Audio: 7.5

Video: 7.5

Bonus Material: 7.5

Overall: 7.5

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