Incredible Hulk 2008

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Scientist bruce banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: the hulk.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 208688499
UPC 025195040006
UPC 14 00025195040006
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Hailing more from the pulp-melancholic spirit of CBS's 1978-1982 Hulk television series than its 2003 predecessor did, THE INCREDIBLE HULK wordlessly tells the entire gamma ray-afflicted origin story of scientist Bruce Banner's alter-ego within its first three minutes. This credit sequence in particular evokes (albeit with some cinematic weight) the lo-fi, premise-informing quality that one would find at the onset every episode of a cultish TV show, thus making two things quite clear. First, the Edward Norton-starring INCREDIBLE HULK is not a sequel to or a remake of Ang Lee's HULK, but a reboot equipped with an alternate plot, a new dynamic, and a different set of rules. Second, it is director Louis Leterrier's (UNLEASHED, THE TRANSPORTER) express intention to deliver a tightly wound, economically paced thriller in which scenes of drama and action are not mutually exclusive. ^THE INCREDIBLE HULK replaces cerebral family drama with the story of a lonely, afflicted scientist who, at the start of the movie, is already in hiding, training his mind-body dichotomy. As for the Hulk that inevitably comes forth, a previously poetic weightlessness is rejected in favor of gargantuan physicality, and this time there's an equal behemoth for the not-so-jolly green giant to battle. It's akin to seeing the huge robots of TRANSFORMERS face off, only with more muscle and bone. The angst, of course, isn't gone from this incarnation--not if Norton's intelligently passionate Banner and his tender, forbidden relationship with Dr. Elizabeth Ross (Liv Tyler) have anything to say about it. It's simply that this Hulk always smashes before he ponders.^Rounding out THE INCREDIBLE HULK's main players are William Hurt as General Ross and Tim Roth as marine Emil Blonsky, two men in pursuit of the Hulk who, like Banner, aren't so much evil as consumed by tragic character flaws.
New York Times "There are some big, thumping fights and a few bright shards of pop-cultural wit..." 06/13/2008
USA Today "[S]teeped in action and special effects....[Featuring] Edward Norton's engaging portrayal of scientist Bruce Banner, who turns into the gargantuan green monster in times of emotional stress." 06/14/2008
Los Angeles Times "[S]olid and efficient....Norton and Roth are strong actors, and Liv Tyler is properly empathetic as Banner's longtime girlfriend, Betty Ross..." 06/13/2008
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "With more weight, heft and sinew....There's a primal boil to the super-ogre that recalls that other iconic misunderstood-monster, King Kong." 08/01/2008 p.50
Premiere "[The film] manges to align the character with the energized tropes of contemporary superhero franchises by making his strength the real star of the show." 06/11/2008
Louis Leterrier
Edward Norton
Liv Tyler
Tim Roth
Cast & Crew
Edward Norton - Star
Tim Blake Nelson - Star
William Hurt - Star
Liv Tyler - Star
Ty Burrell - Star
Tim Roth - Star
Gale Anne Hurd - Producer
Avi Arad - Producer
Zak Penn - Screenwriter
Edward Harrison - Screenwriter
Peter Menzies Jr. - Director of Photography
Kevin Feige - Producer
Kurt Williams - Visual Effects Supervisor
Jim Van Wyck - Executive Producer
Avi Arad - Executive Producer
Robert Downey Jr. - Cameo
Stan Lee - Executive Producer
Kirk Petruccelli - Production Designer
Craig Armstrong - Composer
John Wright - Editor
David Maisel - Executive Producer
Louis Leterrier - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 61104819
UPC 00025195040006
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review For five years, Marvel has been trying to figure out what to do with one of the biggest potential franchises of its universe. Ang Lee's Hulk proved to be a dud with fans and producing a direct sequel was as unlikely an alternative as altogether forgoing additional Hulk movies. So the decision was made to "re-imagine" the character, which is a nice way of saying that the 2003 feature would be ignored. The Incredible Hulk is a more traditional superhero movie than its predecessor and should please those who want their not-so-jolly green giant served with helpings of action. This film provides less talk and more smashing...Structurally, The Incredible Hulk is a fairly straightforward superhero movie. While it is not an "origin story" in the strictest sense, it functions as one in the way it must introduce characters, establish situations and relationships, and open a series. As a result of so much backstory, there's not a lot of room for a complex plot...The special effects used to create the Hulk aren't flawless but they're good enough. The CGI is evident mainly during the final battle, when it's apparent that a lot of what we're seeing was crafted in a computer. The word "cartoonish" comes to mind but, considering that this is adapted from a comic book, that's not an inappropriate descriptor. The work here passes muster, and the Hulk is no longer the bright green of the 2003 feature. Letterier has rendered him in a grayish-green.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Incredible Hulk" is no doubt an ideal version of the Hulk saga for those who found Ang Lee's "Hulk" (2003) too talky, or dare I say, too thoughtful. But not for me. It sidesteps the intriguing aspects of Hulkdom and spends way too much time in, dare I say, noisy and mindless action sequences. By the time the Incredible Hulk had completed his hulk-on-hulk showdown with the Incredible Blonsky, I had been using my Timex with the illuminated dial way too often...It's obvious that the real story is the tragedy that Banner faces because of the Hulk-inducing substance in his blood. But if Banner never turned into the Hulk, nobody would ever make a movie about him. And if the Hulk were never Banner, he would be like Godzilla, who tears things up real good but is otherwise, dare I say, one-dimensional...So, what's to like in "The Incredible Hulk"? We have a sound performance by Edward Norton as a man who desperately does not want to become the Hulk, and goes to Brazil to study under a master of breath control in order to curb his anger. And we have Liv Tyler in full trembling sympathy mode...When you get down to it, as a fictional creature, the Incredible Hulk is as limited as a bad drunk. He may be fun to be around when he's sober, but when he drinks too much, you just feel sorry for the guy.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ken Fox, TV Guide The dialogue is minimal but sharp, the pace swift and the action sequences suitably loud and brutal.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...a neat thrill ride with an intelligent script by Zak Penn and smart, well-paced direction by the French director of "The Transporter" series...
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer Edward Norton's a more evocative actor than Eric Bana, and he supplies all the emotions required by Leterrier and writer Zak Penn.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle ...the big green gamma-guy returns to the screen in a purer, more unadulterated, vastly more entertaining form.
Pete Hammond, A super-powered adrenaline blast!

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