Hulk [DVD] 
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Ang Lee ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') directs this special-effects (CGI), blockbuster adaptation of the Marvel comic character. Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is working in the research department of the University of California when he is accidentally hit by one of his experimental rays. This turns him into a very large, green monster which then goes on the rampage; destroying the lab and anything else that gets in its way. It transpires that Banner turns into this green hulk when he becomes angry. So when his despotic father (Nick Nolte) begins to use the rays to his own means, Banner's alter-ego has to go to the rescue of a fellow lab-mate, Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly). However, Banner is kidnapped by Glenn Talbot (Joshua Lucas), a wheeler-dealer who recognises a money-making scheme and manages to push Banner too far. The green monster once again rears its ugly head (!), going on another rampage through the streets of San Francisco. Is there anyone who can tame this beast?
Amazingly, Ang Lee's Hulk makes a fair fist of pleasing everybody. The latest in a run of Marvel Comic-to-film transfers, it acknowledges the history of a character who dates back to 1962 while recreating him in contemporary terms. Though this, Hulk's origin still draws on the 1960s iconography of bomb tests and desert bases, this new take mixes gene-tampering with gamma radiation and never forgets that poor Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) has been psychologically primed by a mad father (Nick Nolte) and a disappointed girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) to transform from repressed wimp to big green powerhouse even before the mad science kicks in.
The long first act is enlivened by comic book-style split-screen effects and multiple foreshadowings--Lee keeps finding excuses to light Bana's face green--but is also absorbing personal drama from the man who gave you The Ice Storm before flexing his action muscles on Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. When Banner begins his Jekyll-and-Hyde seizures, the ILM CGI boys step in and use Bana as a template for the most fully-realised digital characterisation yet seen in the movies. Comics fans will thrill as a credibly bulky, superswift, super-green behemoth tangles with mutated killer dogs (including a very vicious poodle) in a night time forest, bursts out of confinement in an underground secret base, takes on America's military might while bouncing around a Road Runner and Coyote-like South Western desert and then invades San Francisco for some major "Hulk... smash" action. Artful and entertaining, engaging and explosive, this is among the most satisfying superhero movies.
On the DVD: Hulk two-disc set doesn't quite hulk-out as well comparative Marvel movie releases for the X-Men films, Spider-Man and Daredevil. Disc 2 assembles a pile of those infotainment documentaries prepared to drum up pre-publicity but which feel a bit redundant once the movie is out, especially since there's so much repetition between the featurettes. It's all very well, and some of the technical stuff is fascinating, but this particular film could do with a more in-depth thematic approach: there's a lot about how the CGI Hulk was realised but little on the development of the story, the performances or the general tone, though Ang Lee's slightly sparse commentary makes interesting stabs in that direction. The biggest revelation in the background material is that Lee, known for his delicacy of touch, himself wore the motion capture suit and smashed up plywood tanks as a guide for the CGI animators. --Kim NewmanSee all Product Description
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When I first saw this film at the cinema I was left in a neither-here-nor-there frame of mind. I saw it was good but didn't fully appreciate what I'd just seen. It wasn't really a film about the Hulk but a film about relationships which happened to have the Hulk in it.
Now after the umpteenth reshowing on ITV2 I am finally seeing some of what I think Ang Lee was trying to show us in the first place.
It's a beautiful film about complex emotional issues transposed into a comic book world. Isolation, abandonment, love, familial duty, jealousy, emotional trauma and of course finally anger mixed with frustration at emotional impotence. In many ways it even serves as a metaphor for repressed sexuality. Have no doubt this is a tragedy of immense proportions.
Hulk is a distinctly brave and visionary film which has largely been dismissed as just another comic book film by some yet it doesn't pander to a casual audience either. This is possibly why it was perceived as a failure by so many.
Particularly noteworthy is Jennifer Connelly's performance. Unhurried close-ups of her face, subtly reflecting her changing emotional involvement become almost overwhelming the longer the camera intrusively lingers. I'm tempted to say that this is possibly her best performance in a movie so far even though she's been great in so many others. It's easy to portray such (comic book) supporting characters as caricatures or stereotypes (just look at the dismal 2008 Hulk movie for evidence of that) but Lee and Connelly bring such depth to Betty Ross that she somewhat steals the whole film.Read more ›
The editing is fantastic mimicing the implied movement of comic book frames. It a very layred film & only the most lazy of minds who wanted "HULK SMASH" & nothing else complain because it makes points far to subtle for them to take on board. For me it's what I crave - an intelligent comic book movie. A couple of things are a little abstract & I didnt get them the first time out & were mainly to do with Nick Nolte's transformation but Nick Nolte as Banners Dad is fantastic & the scene where he becomes pure energy after a taste of electricity it amazing & beautiful - especially for a Hollywood movie. Seeing the hulk racing through thunderous black clouds in almost still frames frozen by strobing lightening is mindblowing & layered as he is dragged by the power of his fathers uncontrolable rage & lust for imortality like a child barely able to keep up with an ingenious parent ending with him drowning under the weight of his fathers ambition & "LITERALLY" being smothered as a failed experiment that was put in motion before birth. The opening sequence is the most inovative set of images in any marvel film or any other film. It condenses all the experimental steps that lead to the birth of the hulk & what his father finally becomes in a frenetic & thrilling sequence of moveing microbial images. The sequence is manic & vivid & intoxicated by discovery & the search for perfection at the cost of a home life, it's just so dramatic & efficient. The Hulk "FLIES" almost & I personally think that is beautiful, it is his escape from pressure.Read more ›
The original version has Bruce Banner saving a young man during a gamma bomb test, in which Banner himself gets poisened, making him turn into the hulk whenever he gets emotional. The film, rightly so, has a good story behind it of how Bruce has "issues", what these issues are and how they effect his transformations. But we also get, in great deatail, a story of biological research of his Banners father, how he was used in experiments and many other complex biological issues, and then all of a sudden........there is a mistake with a Gamma test and Banner has to save his assistent thus getting infected himself. What was the point of all the biological talk when in the end they just stuck with the original events?
Apart from this the film is great, if not too long, and mixes comic capers, good acting and serious issues well. The film itself only deserves 3 stars, but this excellent version gains an extra star as it has a great bonus DVD, comic replicas, extensive liner notes and of course comes in the great "hulk fist" packeging! Essential for marvel, film and Hulk fans alike
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Cannot comment on the film as DISC 1 which has the film on it, is not recognised (i.e. FAULTY). My account says it is no longer returnable so it is going in the bin! Read morePublished 28 days ago by R. T. Griffin
i looked for this for a while so was really pleased to buy it and it is a great MoviePublished 2 months ago by TheeVamPirate
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