The original feature-length pilot episode of the 1970s TV series based on the Marvel Comics character. David Banner (Bill Bixby) is a research scientist who exposes himself to high levels of gamma radiation in an effort to uncover physical powers he believes lay dormant within him. However, the experiment has an unexpected side-effect, transforming him into a muscle-bound beast (Lou Ferrigno) whenever he gets angry. The DVD edition also features the pilot episode to the second season, variously known as 'The Incredible Hulk: Married' or 'The Bride of the Incredible Hulk'.
Universal's Incredible Hulk: The TV Pilots
will satisfy fans of the television series by offering the two-hour 1978 pilot, as well as the feature-length second-season opener, "Married". In bringing the Hulk to TV, series creator Kenneth Johnson decided to focus on its human alter ego, scientist Bruce Banner (here renamed David), rather than the creature's rampages. In the pilot, Banner (Bill Bixby) is haunted by the death of his wife and unleashes his untapped rage in the form of a monstrous creature (Lou Ferrigno) after experimenting with radiation. And in "Married", Banner falls for a researcher (Mariette Hartley in an Emmy-winning performance) who attempts to cure his "hulk-outs". Johnson's solid scripting and direction and fine performances from the leads made the series a critical and audience favourite during its network run. --Paul Gaita