Hulk (2003) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Science Fiction / Thriller
Universal || PG13 - 138 minutes - $29.98 || September 16, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ang Lee
Writer(s): Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (comic book); James Schamus (story), John Turman and Michael France and James Schamus (screenplay)
Cast: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte


Theatrical Release Date: June 20, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • U-Control (BD Exclusive)
  • MyScenes (BD Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Hulk
  • Evolution of the Hulk
  • The Dog Fight Scene
  • The Unique Style of Editing Hulk
  • The Incredible Ang Lee


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Oh man... where did Universal go wrong with this flick? I've had to suffer through this film twice now - once on HD DVD where I purchased it simply to see how pretty it was and now on Blu-ray. While I have clearly seen films far worse than this (The Love Guru)... I just have to wonder what the hell Universal was thinking when they green lit it.

Following some of its comic book roots, Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is working one day in his lab when an experiment goes wrong and instead of killing him it actually mutates him into a huge green monster! Bruce now has to confide in his childhood sweetheart Betty (Jennifer Connelly) all while trying to escape her father, General Ross (Sam Elliot) because he has some evil plans for our green giant. For the next 2 hours or so were are subjected to The Hulk sulking, jumping around in the Desert, San Francisco and destroying some helicopters. Yawn.

The only thing I actually really like about this flick is the "comic book" feel to it (similar to Universal's "Heroes"). It is, after all, bases on a successful comic book and should have that style going for it. But that's where my praise ends. Eric Bana is pretty damn boring in the film and Jennifer Connelly... talk about miscasting. Remember Denise Richards from The World is Not Enough? Yeah, itís that bad.

Did you know this film is almost two and a half hours long? Yeah. It may have worked well for other comic book films, but this could have seen an easy been trimmed thirty or forty minutes and by doing so it could have been a much better film. Did we need to see an hour or so of The Hulk going emo on us?

Just skip this release. It's hard to say very many good things about and Universal felt it was bad enough to completely re-work the entire franchise with Edward Norton instead. Itís not a great film and with The Incredible Hulk only weeks away from a Blu-ray release... pick up that 'superior' Hulk film and leave this one for the bargain bins.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

Feature Commentary with Director Ang Lee - A really good listen if you want to hear how well Ang Lee thinks this movie will succeed in theaters (which it didn't).

U-Control (Profile 1.1/2.0) - Not really impressed with this simply because itís barely active. I think there is a total of about 20 minutes of "features". ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

MyScenes (Profile 2.0 Only) - This little feature allows you to bookmark your favorite scene to watch later or share them with friends via BD-Live. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Deleted Scenes (5:51) - An incredible poor selection of deleted scenes.

The Making Of Hulk (23:43) - Split into several different smaller features this gives us a look at the making of the film as well as some background information on some of the stunts and CGI used in the film.

Evolution Of The Hulk (16:17) - Probably the best feature on the disc takes a look at how The Hulk was transformed from his comic book origins.

Also included is a look at how the The Dog Fight Scene (10:09) was made; The Unique Style Of Editing Hulk (5:34) and The Incredible Ang Lee (14:28).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Hulk is presented in 1.85:1 (VC1) (back cover incorrectly states it is 2.35) on a 50GB Disc. While the movie may suck, the transfer does not. This was demo material back when it was originally released on HD DVD and while other titles have surpassed it already, itís still a really good looking title. Colors are very vibrant and The Hulk looks amazing when we see the big CGI beast. I compared the Blu-ray to my HD DVD version and found both to be identical.

Universal has included an English DTS MA track for this release (previously a DD+ track on HD DVD). Once again Universal presents a great sounding track that rivals some of the best the format has to offer. Comparing it to the previous HD DVD version it did sound a bit fuller which gives it a slight edge.



.::OVERALL::.

The Hulk is a forgettable film that pales in comparison to Universal 2008 The Incredible Hulk. While it may not be as bad as some have said, itís certainly something that you can skip over. Worth a rent? Yeah, that's about it. The Blu-ray release does boast some amazing picture and audio quality with a decent amount of special features so if you liked the film... it would be a good purchase. Only if you like it.