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The Incredible Hulk: A Solitary Place/Like A Brother/Haunted [DVD] [1978]

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  • Actors: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Ted Cassidy, Charles Napier
  • Writers: Kenneth Johnson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2001
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABUG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three adventures for scientist David Banner (Bill Bixby) and his green alter ego, the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). In 'A Solitary Place', David retreats to a Mexican hideaway, but has his peace disturbed when a woman on the run asks for his help. 'Like a Brother' sees David facing racial prejudice when he takes a job at a car wash, while in 'Haunted' he is hired by Renee Stevens to help her move back into the family home where her sister drowned. However, once back in the house Renee becomes haunted by events from her past.

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One of the best television adaptations of a comic book, The Incredible Hulk (1978-82) lent gravity and pathos to the fantastic premise--an experiment gone wrong causes a scientist to transform into a giant creature whenever he becomes angry--established in the popular Marvel Comics series. The network version stripped away the Hulk's outlandish foes (as well as his rudimentary speech) and instead focused on the loneliness of his human alter ego, David Banner (well played by the late Bill Bixby), as he traveled across the United States in search of a cure for his affliction as well as an escape from a prying reporter (the late Jack Colvin, also terrific). But despite its Fugitive-like premise, the TV Hulk never lost its comic book audience thanks to the plausibly ferocious performance by actor/bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno (whose growls were dubbed by actors Ted Cassidy and Charles Napier) as the Hulk, who handled the action portions of the show with plausibly superhuman brawn. The Complete First Season set contains both of the pilots that kicked off the series ("Pilot" was previously released on a separate single disc) as well as all 10 episodes from the first season; among the adventures encountered by David and the Hulk are a gambling scandal in Vegas ("The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas"), a meltdown at a nuclear facility ("Earthquakes Happen"), and a runaway plane ("747," which reunites Bixby with his Courtship of Eddie's Father co-star Brandon Cruz).

Extras on the set have been the subject of much Internet debate--the commentary by series writer/producer/director Kenneth Johnson on "Pilot" is the same as on the previous DVD release of this episode (as well as the introduction by Ferrigno), and a proposed gag reel mentioned in promotional material has been moved to a future DVD release. The sole fresh bonus material is "Stop the Presses," an episode taken from the series' second season. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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After being widowed in a car accident, Doctor David Banner (Bixby) bombards his own body with Gamma radiation in the hope that he will unlock the key to hidden strength. Unable to understand why he couldnt tap this power in his hour of need, his experiment with his own DNA unleashes his inner rage, personified as the Hulk (Ferrigno). The Hulk becomes linked to the death of Banner and his fellow research colleague in an explosion, leaving the doctor unable to prove that he wasn't responsible and destined to travel from city to city in the hopes of finding a cure to his condition.

Bill Bixby is superb as Banner, bringing a deep sincerity to the role of the tormented doctor, whilst Ferrigno managers to deliver both equal amounts of fury and innocence to the Jade giant.

By following the fugitive's formula of 'man on the run', each episode is able to invoke suspense as Banner gets ever closer to his personal quest only to have it snatched away from him in the eleventh hour. This leaves the audience with much reflection as the sombre tones play out during the end credits, whilst Banner once again hits the road in search of his next opportunity.

The episodes offer many highlights, in particular "The Hulk breaks Las Vegas" as investigative reporter Jack Magee (Colvin) gets closer to discovering the connection the creature has to Banner. The real treat though is "747" which sees Banner travel cross country in the desperate hope to reach a doctor who may offer an answer. Unfortunately his journey is complicated by a rogue pilot and leads to a deep psychological battle as Banner has to take control of an aeroplane whilst fighting his own transformation.
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I bought this dvd as i had never seen the episodes on it.It was worth the wait.I loved every episode on it.Wether your a fan or not buy this for the wonderful acting skills,the touching story lines,those ripping shirts and the lovely bill bixby makes it worth watching every time you have got to see these episodes i cannott recommend it enough
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A fun 1970s series, presented in full screen DVD.

Some of the episode are great fun, including the hulk trapped on a passenger plane about to crash.

There's no CGI the hulk looks authentic and real. The actor playing him must have been a big man. The violence is pretty tame, there's no blood, he mainly chucks people round in slow motion or knocks them out. He often bends a metal bar as a demonstration of his strength. Banner is potrayed as a decent man, intelligent, caring and adventurous. Through his travels he often finds himself confronting crinimals after stumbling onto their plots. Placed in highly stressful situations he undergoes a frightening transformations. The music is great, sometimes a touch hillbilly, the acting is pretty well done and there's a strong supporting cast.
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Incredibly entertaining first season of the 1970's television series of The Incredible Hulk. Includes two film length episodes including the pilot episode and another one of which features a fairly impressive fight scene with a bear! And ten further episodes.
I didn't find it as dark as some reviewers, though one of the episodes does feature a baby stealing operation, but I always found it engrossing and a pleasureable viewing experience.
Mostly the episodes feature David Banner overhearing some scoundrels planning a dasterdly deed whereupon they discover him listening in, give him a few slaps and dump him in a container/out of sight so that he can transform and do his thing leaving them none the wiser that weedy David and the green one are one and the same. This is in no way a criticism but the very epitomy of its charm. The transformations are great, I especially like the latter stage when it is Bill Bixby (David Banner)with a huge forehead, eyebrows and mad hair but his little face all green. Lou Ferrigno looks suitably impressive as 'The Hulk' and must be enormous in real life though not as big as the foot cast they showed in one of the episodes which would have put him somewhere in the 20 foot + region.
The stories are good and the effects vary greatly, the whole gorilla thing in one episode was a bit silly but as I said this programme can seemingly charm its way through anything.
Interestingly one of the episodes about a female trucker used a number of clips from Spielbergs 'Duel' I had recently seen this film again and spotted these sequences easily. Even the end sequence with the truck going over the cliff was used. It would be interesting to find out if any other borrowed scenes were utilised from other sources, I suspect the earthquake episode may have done the same.
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I watched this programme on TV as a child, and now my eldest is a huge fan too. He asked me to buy this box set as he had enjoyed seeing the hulk in various guises in different films. Although this TV series has a different origin story, its genteel and decent main character works well and the action sequences keep things spiced up. In short, we love it. We have also purchased season 2 and plan to work our way through the entire series.
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