The Incredible Hulk [WS] [DVD] [2008]

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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (617 out of 643)

Special Features


  • Deleted scenes
  • Feature commentary with director Louis Letterier and Tim Roth

Synopsis


The Incredible Hulk
Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break free from his primal alter ego, but both the warmongers who long to exploit him for their own gain and a horrific creature known as The Abomination are determined to stop him from achieving his noble goal in Transporter 2 director Louis Leterrier's take on the classic Marvel Comics superhero tale. For years, Bruce (Edward Norton) has been living in the shadows, pursued by the military and haunted by the rage within. But traveling the world in secrecy isn't easy, and as hard as he tries Bruce can't get Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) off his mind. The daughter of Bruce's nemesis Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt), Betty represents everything that is beautiful in the world to a man who lives his life on the run. Eventually, Bruce returns to civilization and faces the wrath of The Abomination. While the Hulk may be a formidable force of nature, The Abomination is decidedly more powerful, and determined to destroy Bruce Banner. Created when KGB agent Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) exposed himself to a higher dose of the same radiation that transformed Bruce into The Hulk, The Abomination is unable to change back into human form and holds Bruce accountable for his frightful condition. With time fast running out for both Bruce and The Hulk, New York City is about to become the ultimate urban battle zone as two of the most powerful creatures ever to walk the earth clash in a massive, no-holds-barred fight to the finish. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Edward Norton
    Edward Norton - Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Liv Tyler
    Liv Tyler - Betty Ross
  • Tim Roth
    Tim Roth - Emil Blonsky
  • William Hurt
    William Hurt - Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
  • Tim Blake Nelson
    Tim Blake Nelson - Samuel Sterns



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best of All Worlds

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    AandJ091108
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    The second film to be produced directly by Marvel seems eager to prove why comic book companies should exercise direct control over their films. Rather than being nothing more than a new director's take on an old classic, The Incredible Hulk is both an engaging film and a love letter to every other incarnation of the The Hulk that proceeded it. This film truly endeavors to understand and assimilate the entire history of the character into one new project, and boy does it succeed. At the center of The Incredible Hulk is an ambitious attempt to marry the two most popular and conflicting visions of the character. The film borrows many elements from the fondly remembered 1970s television series but also incorporates many of the more important elements from the comic book. It's a tough balancing act, but the film makes the disparate elements mix together in a way that makes complete sense and (I believe), leaves fans of both series feeling satisfied. The origin and characterization come largely from the TV series (though, thankfully, it's Dr. BRUCE Banner this time), but the more memorable supporting characters and conflicts from the comic are worked in as well (though Rick Jones was quite fortunately forgotten). Additionally, the enemy is a highly logical choice from the comic book series. Finally, the bad memories of a mutated Nick Nolte are beginning to subside. The film also incorporates minor elements from the TV movies, the previous film (which is neither acknowledged nor completely contradicted), and even the previous Hulk video game. Of course there are also many wonderful nods to fans of each of the Hulk incarnations. The flashing danger light, the appearance of student reporter "Jack McGee," and Stan Lee's cameo proved to be my personal favorites. Lou Ferrigno also receives a far better cameo than in the previous film. Most importantly, whether you have any interest in previous Hulk incarnations or not, this film is exceptionally well plotted. It resists the urge to shine the light fully on Hulk or Dr. Banner, instead carefully developing the two in unison. Dr. Banner (masterfully played by Ed Norton, who actually outshines Bill Bixby) gets farther than his television counterpart was ever allowed, and that experience necessarily changes him. The transformation is satisfying, yet still allows the franchise to return to familiar territory by the end. In parallel, the monster also receives his share of development, though this isn't made clear until the end. His final scene cements this film's brilliant unison of television series and comic book, leaving no doubt that this is the most impressive project ever to come out of the Hulk franchise. I was left so excited, so convinced for the first time that the character had truly come to life, that I almost expected Doctor Strange and the Defenders to show up in the next moment. For only the third time in all my movie going experiences, a beloved comic book character actually seemed real (or at least possible), even in spite of the sometimes questionable computer animation. Finally, true Marvel fans will be amazed to see just how much continuity this two hour film packs. Clear and meaningful ties are made to Captain America, Iron Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D., and just you wait for the film's final scene! While DC is still trying to decide who should play Superman and Batman for their Justice League movie, you can rest assured that Marvel is getting ready to tie their films together in a meaningful and impressive way. The Marvel Universe has truly made the move into Hollywood and, with The Incredible Hulk as a shining example, it's safe to believe that they've just begun delivering everything a humble fan boy could ever hope for.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A solid popcorn flick and comic book adaptation

    Posted
    CrimsonKing42

    The Incredible Hulk is a sort of winning combination of the more serious, story-driven comic book film that has become the trend lately (with excellent results) and the sort of care-free action/sci-fi style that used to be found in comic book films. The result is a fun but simple film that manages to avoid being entirely disposable entertainment. At the center of it all is Edward Norton as scientist Bruce Banner, who after an incident caused him to turn into a giant green monster whenever he gets angry went to hide oout in Brazil, where he went to work in a bottling plant. It's not a glamorous life, but it keeps him hidden and safe until an accident involving a drop of his blood leads his nemesis, General Ross, to find his location. Ross hires special ops expert Emil Blonsky to lead the team that will capture Banner, but of course Banner manages to Hulk his way out of it. Uncovered, Banner makes his way back to the U.S., once again hoping to find a cure for himself. Ang Lee made a film version of the Hulk in 2003, and it was widely pandered by both audiences and critics. I personally liked the film a lot, even though it had nothing to do with the comics. To me it felt like an early sign of the character-driven style that comic-book-adapted films have now become. I was pleased to see that this is not a remake of the first film, but rather a sort of unofficial sequel. Nothing about the first film is really mentioned here, but the first film DID end with Banner hiding out in the jungle in South America, so this can easily be seen as a follow-up to that. No one really needs to see the origin story again; by now, we all get the gist of it. This is worth seeing. It's fun and well-acted. I especially liked seeing Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky and William Hurt as General Ross. They are both perfectly cast. Also, the final battel between the Hulk and the Abomination (who is a visual treat) was one of the best action scenes of the summer. Give this movie a shot if you like the genre. It's good fun.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better!...but Still Dissappointing.

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    raydjb

    First off, I must admit that this second installment is several times better than the original motion picture release. Even still, I found it dissappointing as a Hulk fan. Anyone who has ever watched the original Stan Lee animated cartoon of the Hulk knows that the Hulk was extremely expressive, and talked NONSTOP trash. Not sure how or when he suddenly became a mute, but I do not appreciate what has become more of a King Kong and/or Beauty and the Beast type of character. He literally said 6 words the entire movie and never more than 3 at a time. Perhaps the biggest stab in the backs of the fans is that his monster enemy in the film (Abomination) can express himself and talks all movie long (almost as much as an original fan would expect the Hulk to). Meanwhile, the Hulk just sits there with no verbal retaliation as if a confused, mentally impaired dog. The Hulk should at least be at equal par with Abomination -having had longer experience going through these transformations and all. Somehow the new beast comes out of nowhere and instantly is more controlled and comfortable being a super being. Now that I'm done venting about that, the movie itself is indeed worth seeing. As a stand alone movie it will entertain you, keep your attention, and dazzle you with animated cinematography and special effects. The plot itself is lacking but it's hard to explain without given too much away. Suffice to say that the plot fell apart at points, left holes, and found a way to make a story which everyone walks in knowing and accepting is an unrealistic concept, somehow feel even less realistic. Conclusion: Non Hulk fans can sit through it without wanting 2 hours of their life back. Hulk fans will enjoy it but end feeling empty.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HULK - Good

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    Penslinger
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    With the second iteration of the big green guy, Universal and Marvel get it better than the last outing. Edward Norton appears to be an interesting fit, but nowhere near as charismatic and fun as Mark Ruffalo who later became the staple for Bruce Banner/Hulk. Also, on board are the beautiful Liv Tyler and the perfect General "Thunderbolt" Ross, William Hurt. Director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) and writer Zak Penn (The Avengers, and upcoming Ready Player One) give us a Hulk we are far more familiar with rather than the clunky version delivered by director Ang Lee and his team of writers. Production is also far more interesting as much as the monster Hulk faces off with. Still, it does not quite match the quality of the Marvel productions of today. This steelbook is still a handsome collectible. The Blu delivers best picture yet. And, sound is a thunderous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. A bevy of extras including an animated comic and an alternate opening make this one worth purchasing for the Marvel collector especially at the low price for under $10.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Just ok

    Posted
    Danto
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    There should be a law that if you intend to relaunch a franchise less than five years after the last attempt, every negative must be destroyed if it winds up being worse. From start to finish, this was a total mess of a film that seemed more interested in finding room for not-so-subtle cameos and wink-nudge-grins than telling a complete story. Knocking out the whole origin chapter during the opening credits may have freed up the rest of the picture to explore new territory, but it also killed the basis of the cast's relationships and removed any reason for the audience to care about them. Ed Norton and Liv Tyler turn in genuinely rotten performances, with a black hole of chemistry as an on-screen duo, that are neither true to the original characters nor interesting in the slightest. Bruce never came off as remotely intelligent, let alone the super genius he'd have to be to come up with the formula that turned him into the Hulk. He actually spends more time running from grossly generic government operatives than using his brain, which kills the intriguing contrast between he and the Hulk that's supposed to fuel the story. They're both mindlessly running, just in opposite directions. Corny dialog, predictable twists and turns, weak CG, flat characterization and sleepwalking actors. This blew up in Marvel's face.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SO much better than the 2003 Hulk.

    Posted
    Barback

    I bought this movie after seeing it in theaters. I am a big comic books movie fan of both DC and Marvel and was very pleased that they had the Hulk movie redone. It wasn't as good as iron man, which to me is Marvel's best movie yet, but the Hulk is just a beast that can't be stopped his love for Betty Ross makes him more powerful than any foe even though the Abomination is more than a worthy adversary. I loved how they involved the super soldier serum, which is what made captain america, who I was so happy when he died in the comics. In the end you get a little surprise, but not much of a surprise if you are used to seeing Marvel movies because they almost always put something after the credits or right after the movie giving you hope to another film like x-men did with Charles Xavier coming back in a different body, or Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson....mistake) meeting with Tony Stark, all I'm saying is that it would be sweet if the next time we see the Hulk is when he would be fighting the Hulk Buster and that's enough of a clue I believe.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Fun

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    Xman
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    This movie is a lot of fun. I liked the look of this hulk compared to the Ang Lee one and he gets to fight something just as strong as him , which is also good. Edward Norton's performance was well done. Most of the special effects were rendered nicely, although there are some softness here and there. The picture quality on this disc is generally really good with HDR and wider color making things pop a bit more. The sound is tremedous and demo worthy if you have a good home theatre audio system setup. Overall, a fun movie that's awesome in the AV department.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!! The Hulk finally done right!

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    Jovy

    Marvel got it right this time. Everything that was wrong with the 2003 movie was fixed this time around. The Incredible Hulk is a great comic book movie. Imagine an updated big screen version of the old TV series and you'll have a good picture of what this one's like. Edward Norton is great as Bruce Banner, bringing the character elements that Bill Bixby made famous, while also adding some great little character. Hurt, Tyler and Roth all do great jobs in their respective roles. When studios hire actors with credibility and talent, good things happen. This movie is good and exciting. Also it's better than the first one. This movie computer special effect was fantastic. I enjoyed this movie.

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