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  • Actors: Bill Bixby, Susan Sullivan, Jack Colvin, Lou Ferrigno, Susan Batson
  • Directors: Kenneth Johnson
  • Producers: Kenneth Johnson, Chuck Bowman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A1M67
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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'.

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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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "rajiaahmad" on 7 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
I bought this because I wanted to see Married, the 2nd pilot which I had never seen before. By this time, Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno had settled well into their roles of Dr. David Banner and his rage-induced alter-ego The Hulk. This is a human interest story, in which Banner befriends a psychiatrist Carolyn Fields who he thinks can help control his transformations with her hypnotherapy treatment. However, she is dying of an incurable disease, and her relationship with David leads to tragedy. This was a good, well-acted episode and I liked the scenes with David and The Hulk in the desert.
The pilot too is very good, showing us how David Banner first became The Incredible Hulk. The good news for UK fans of the series is that later this year, a series box-set will be released, containing 18 episodes of the series, including Prometheus (The Hulk is captured and taken to a military base), Dark Side (David/Hulk becomes capable of murder) and The First (The Hulk battles with an evil creature).
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Format: DVD
THE SHOW

I'm sure that many people reading this - like me - will have memories of watching this series in childhood. The ripping shirt, the white contact lenses, Joe Harnell's haunting "Lonely Man" piano theme and the iconic line "Don't make me angry... You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!"

They're all here, of course. And so much more.

Something that is new for me watching this show as an adult - I am bowled over by the quality of writing and acting. Kenneth Johnson has taken one of Marvel Comics' most beloved creations, and respectfully given it a substance and heart that make this a story about people first and foremost. The action is secondary.

There are two feature-length episodes... the Pilot episode, and the premiere episode for Season 2 - "Married". The three-hour journey is a rollercoaster, boasting not only the origin of "the creature" and many moments that would be alluded to every week in the title sequence, but also an emotional journey that is at times unsettling in its intensity (no wonder I used to watch it through my fingers), and at times truly tragic.

Both episodes feature powerful performances from Bill Bixby in the lead, and from Susan Sullivan in the Pilot, and Mariette Hartley in Married. The commentary discloses that Mariette actually won an Emmy for this episode, and after watching it, I can say that she really earned it.

THE PACKAGE

Perfect!! Full commentary on both episodes by Kenneth Johnson, who clearly has passion for the show. He shares his memories, and explains very clearly the vision he had for the series - even right down to pointing out what a certain camera angle represents. He also shares memories of working with Bill Bixby ("Bix"), and his frankness is refreshing.
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By Bj Lucas VINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2005
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from the opening scenes you just know this is something special and not a typical interpretation of a comic book.Dr david bruce banner has lost his wife laura in a car crash from which he was unable to save her.He becomes obsessed with studying the effects of adrenaline on strenghth.Aided by his assistant and potential love interest dr elaina marks.Dr banner then discovers that gamma rays from sun spots are responsible for the feats of strenght he has been researching.He decides to experiment on himself using the gamma equipment at the laboratory.Only he doesent realise its been crancked up to a dangerous high level dose.At first he feels no ill effect but later that night as he is driving home in a rain storm he gets a flat tire and while attempting to change it hurts his hand.He then metamorphsises into a giant green creature with extraordinary strength.He and his assistant dr marks try to reverse the process but tragedy is not far behind.A fantastic start to the series and i have to say THE best pilot for any shoe i have seen.Terrifick performance from bill bixby and susan sullivan who plays elaine marks.This is a must see for hulk fans and non huklk fans unmissable fantastic stuff.
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Ok so no major block buster effects! What it does have is story, you get drawn in and actually feel for these characters. Glad I revisited this one. I showed it to my 12 year old son, who is a big Marvel fan, and he loved it.
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By shaz on 13 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
my grandson loves the incredible hulk, he has watched it over and over again. I was glad to see i could still get hold of the original tv film.
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