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The Incredible Hulk: The Complete First Season [DVD]
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete First Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Bixby
Price: £6.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hulk smash!, 7 April 2007
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.

This boxset contains two feature length stories plus the remaining 10 episodes of the first season as well as a bonus episode from season 2.

Apart from a few ropey effects (which can be easily forgiven) this is a first rate show. If you were put off by Ang Lee's brilliant yet misjudged "Hulk" but can find a place in your heart for the green goliath, this is a must own collection.

The Prestige [DVD] [2006]
The Prestige [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £2.90

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thats magic!, 19 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Prestige [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale star as rival magicians in director Christopher Nolan's (Memento, Batman Begins) epic tale of deception and mystery that proves to be more than just smoke and mirrors.

Angier (Jackman) and Borden (Bale)are two magicians assistants, who become bitterly intwined in each others lives after a tragedy forces their friendship to dissolve. The story shifts back and forth as details are played out with ever increasing tension as each one attempts to ruin not only the others latest show stopping spectacle, but also their very lives. That is until both perform the same trick, with Angier eager to know how Borden performed it, with shocking results.

The final twist isn't the surprise that it wants to be, instead its the performance that Nolan creates that is the true spectacle. Like watching a magician perform a trick, which you have already worked out the conclusion to, it is the art with which the illusion is created that satisfies the most. The result is a fantastic film, with a great surporting cast, including Michael Caine, that is certainly worth more than one viewing.

Justice League Unlimited: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Justice League Unlimited: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £30.32

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Justice League go Unlimited, 27 Jan. 2007
This boxset combines seasons 3 and 4 of "Justice League" into one long season, that sees the original 7 members of the League expand their team to incorporate every hero on the planet.

As the season progresses an interesting story arch develops which draws continuity from previous animated series from Producer Bruce Timm, surpassing anything he has created to date. The show clearly draws inspiration from recent hit shows like Buffy, Angel and 24 and manages the seemingly impossible task of juggling so many characters whilst breathing new life into the original 7.

Animation is clearly Timm's calling, making use of the 'unlimited' scope the genre can offer, whilst raising some very interesting questions regarding the leagues presence as weapons of mass destruction.

There are too many episodes on this boxset to make specific reference to, but "The Clash" and "For the man who has everything" are just two of my favourites.

If you have never seen any of Timm's previous work, but you have the slightest interest in Super heroes, then this is a must buy, as you will never see anything like this outside of the comic panels.
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Wonder Woman: Season 1 [DVD] [2005]
Wonder Woman: Season 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Lynda Carter
Price: £9.98

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Woman!, 24 Jan. 2007
Lynda Carter IS WONDER WOMAN in this fantastic opening season of the iconic Amazon Princess. Yep move over Xena, you're good but this lady was here first and what an impact she makes.

This boxset is comprised of the feature length pilot plus 13 episodes and sees Wonder Woman fighting the Nazi threat of the early 1940's, using her magic laso and a set of bracelets that can stop bullets! With a healthy dose of camp and just a pinch of silliness, the show manages to tread a fine line and follows the Super heroine as she battles oppression during World War II. Throw in an invisible plane, an island full of Amazonians and a very catchy theme tune and what you have is a show that never fails to deliver with each passing episode.

If it has faults, it manily boils down to the slight repetative nature of the Nazi threat and that not enough is made of the potential romance between Wonder Woman and Major Steve Trevor. These are minor faults though and don't detract from what stands up as a fantastic piece of television!

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