Incredible Hulk, The

September 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

The series pilot and movie-length Married episode laid down the groundwork for one of the most iconic TV shows of the 70’s, and the longest running show based on a comic book character in history to this day.

The Sight & Sound

The 70’s picture and sound won’t stack up to the recent Ang Lee smash, but it’ll take you right back to the split flannos, overacting and Lou Ferrigno’s frog-like growl.

The Extras

The distributor has used the disc to shamelessly plug the current big screen version of The Hulk, but Jennifer Connelly makes a serious mistake in her short interview/promo spot by saying Ang Lee treats it seriously — he was twenty years late and used too many split screen effects for that.

As creator (and writer/producer/director) Ken Johnson explains, he wanted to move the show away from the comic origins and give it heart. As history shows, he created a very Frankenstein-like story of a frightened and lonely man (Bill Bixby as David Banner) instead of a cool superhero.

Johnson’s commentary of the two episodes on the disc is astounding as he constantly recounts trivia and technicalities of every aspect of creating The Incredible Hulk — from 25 years ago, no less.

The Worth

A very decent trip down memory lane, but not necessarily one you’ll watch over and again. Much more interesting for the story behind the show courtesy of Johnson’s brilliant commentaries and the short spot with Lou Ferringo.

3.5/5


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