Hulk

Hulk

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Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Ang Lee, Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott

     
 

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If you were one of the many who were confused when you sat down to watch Ang Lee's adaptation of The Hulk, stand in line -- still, there's no doubt that the 2-disc Special Edition DVD will be an instant best-seller considering the high profile of the character and the amount of extras on this disc. Visually, the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen picture is a joy toSee more details below

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If you were one of the many who were confused when you sat down to watch Ang Lee's adaptation of The Hulk, stand in line -- still, there's no doubt that the 2-disc Special Edition DVD will be an instant best-seller considering the high profile of the character and the amount of extras on this disc. Visually, the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen picture is a joy to behold (a full-screen version is also available), brilliantly displaying the giant behemoth's green skin tones and the equally as rich color palette from cinematographer Frederick Elmes, while audio specs include three different 5.1 tracks for English, French, and Spanish languages. Audio commentary is supplied from director Lee, though don't expect him to lay out any of the meanings he inherently added into the film (no "jellyfish" explanations, sorry). Still, he's not at all boring to listen to, nor does he come off as anything but humble and very well natured. Also on disc one is the special feature "Hulk Cam," an optional behind-the-scenes branching technique with which you can delve further into a scene by pressing enter on your remote control when a special radiation graphic pops up on your screen. Another neat little extra awaits you with the "Superhero Revealed: Anatomy of the Hulk" interactive feature with which you can learn Film Facts and ILM Facts by selecting different sections of a rotating computer model of the character. Unfortunately, the idea is a little better than the navigability of its execution, but it still might be a fun way for kids to understand the inner-workings of the visual effects process. The Deleted Scenes section isn't quite all it's cracked up to be, with some scenes focusing more on the scientific aspects of the story line, while others offer a bit more of a glimpse into the young Bruce Banner character (plus one more tidbit of a scene with Lou Ferrigno, which is always good). Rounding out the DVD are, sadly, some shameful extras -- with commercials for a Chase Universal Credit Card and a Sunny Delight juice drink there for you to skip over. Also available is a quite lengthy Cast and Filmmakers section, which covers all the principal lead actors, along with various producers and writers who took a crack at adapting the green-skinned monster. Disc two is where the real bonus stuff starts to heat up, starting with the Hulkification section -- a genius idea for which they let four comic book artists from around the world adapt the same scene straight from the movie. While it's a novel idea, and the differences in each artist's vision are extraordinary, the way that the camera swoops around the panels is utterly annoying and more than a little disorienting -- chalk this feature up as a nice idea ruined by a hyper-kinetic features designer. Next up is the "Evolution of the Hulk," similar to many of the comic book origin documentaries on the few other recent Marvel film DVDs. With interviews from the great Stan Lee and covers from the long history of the character, it's a nice introduction to the Hulk for anyone not familiar with the backstory and a simple joy, if simply to just hear Stan "The Man" talk. An interesting feature for anyone who's seen the film will obviously be "The Incredible Ang Lee" featurette, which focuses on the director on-set and then in the motion capture suit where his movements were tracked and eventually synched in the computer to produce the Hulk's final dramatic performance that the audience sees on the screen (bet you didn't know that!). Also on the disc is a featurette completely on the Dog Fight scene, where production is tracked from the first moments when the director pitched his quite large idea to ILM to the various ways they were able to simulate a dog's real movements, along with the hurdles that the effects crew needed to jump when two CG characters had to fight in the same frame (as you'll see, it was quite hard to do). Probably the most interesting extra on the disc comes with the unique "Style of Editing Hulk," where editor Tim Squyres takes you through the truly innovative approach he and Ang Lee went for with the look of the film. Rounding out the disc is a blanket "Making of the Hulk" feature, along with a DVD-ROM section, with which you can play an entire level of the Hulk game. All in all, a fine representation for a troubled adaptation -- still, with a true reverence for the history of the character, as seen in the animated menus, you can't say they didn't try.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ang Lee's inventive direction and some state-of-the-art special effects help to rip the incredible Hulk -- a green giant who is anything but jolly -- from the pages of Stan Lee's Marvel comics of the 1960s. In reality (to the extent that "reality" is a workable concept in films like this one), he is geneticist Bruce Banner (Eric Bana), a troubled young man whose past holds terrible secrets he can never fully remember. Intense emotional stress turns him into the Hulk, a raging monster who smashes everything and everybody with whom he comes into contact. The lone exception, of course, is the lovely Betty Ross (Jennifer Connolly), Bruce's co-worker and the daughter of a hard-bitten general (Sam Elliott) overseeing top-secret government projects. Nick Nolte has a relatively small but showy supporting role as Bruce's father, a discredited scientist whose fall from grace has something to do with his son's deeply disturbed psyche. Resisting the temptation to fill the screen with live-action comic-book panels, Ang Lee alters the origin of the printed-page protagonist to include psychological complexities that even Stan Lee never anticipated for his troubled antihero. It takes a fairly long time for the Hulk to make his first significant appearance, but he does so in a dynamic, explosive manner. By rendering his leading character with computer graphics, Lee and the special-effects team enable the Hulk to perform feats that might look convincing in comics but would normally never pass muster in live-action movies. Hulk’s combination of larger-than-life action and intricate back-story made it an exceptionally ambitious undertaking, and the film succeeds on its own terms. Even if you've never read a Hulk comic book, you can enjoy this exceptionally well made thriller.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The hotly anticipated summer blockbuster The Hulk sets up a power struggle between father and son that manifests itself in the form of a giant green CGI creature. As Dr. Bruce Banner, Eric Bana certainly has the right bone structure and muscle mass to be convincing as the alter ego of a comic book superhero. He maintains an intense, cheerless attitude while Nick Nolte overacts as his Charles Manson-looking mad scientist father, Dr. David Banner. The clincher hangs on a repressed memory lurking in Bruce's subconscious, which is alluded to in the opening sequence of close-ups and replayed in various flashy ways. Much of the film's structure is flashy, with multiple split screens, fancy dissolves, and moving comic book-style cells that may seem gimmicky to some. Still, there are thrilling moments and striking visuals when the Hulk appears, especially during the extended chase scene across the desert and through the sky, culminating in the trashing of the San Francisco Bay area. Throughout it all, Jennifer Connelly is weepy and worried as Dr. Betty Ross, who never seems to spark with the closed-off Bruce. Surprisingly, it's Sam Elliott who brings a sorely needed gentle humanity to the role of Betty's stern and distant father, General Ross. After the main special effects-laden climactic sequence, the tacked-on ending marks a radical shift in tone toward a Hulk with a purpose rather than a Hulk on the run, presumably for the function of setting up a sequel. As a good monster movie, the action is entertaining and the main drama is intriguing, but the downbeat story and long running time might disappoint viewers looking for the charm of other contemporary superhero movies.
New York Observer
An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling. Andrew Sarris

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
UPC:
0025192248924
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
2:18:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Ang Lee; deleted scenes; "The Making of The Hulk" featurette; enchanced viewing mode during select scenes affording split-screen analysis of the monster; Industrial Light and Magic's "Anatomy of the Hulk" 3-D Hulk model, offering interactive mini-featurettes; "Hulkification," a look at different conceptions of the Hulk by illustrators representing Marvel Comics, Manga, (Japanese) and European styles of animation; storyboards; "Digital Incarnations" feature on director Ang Lee's visual process; "Dog Fight" storyboard-to-film comparison; "The Making of The Hulk" interactive game; game demo The Hulk Xbox video game.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Dr. Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly Dr. Betty Ross
Sam Elliott General "Thunderbolt" Ross
Josh Lucas Major Glenn Talbot
Nick Nolte Dr. David Banner
Boni Yanagisawa Technician
Pete Anthony Conductor
Ricardo Aguilar Boy's Father
Mark Atteberry Technician
Sasha Barrese Alice
Cara Buono Edith Banner
Eva Burkley Technician
Lorenzo Callender Soldier
Todd Lee Coralli Soldier
Jesse Corti Colonel
Craig Damon Security Guard
Reggie Davis Security Guard
Mike Erwin Teenage Bruce Banner
Amir Faraj Boy
Lou Ferrigno Head of Security
Jennifer Gotzon Waitress
Rondda Holeman Technician
Toni Kallen Delivery Nurse
Lyndon Karp Davey
Johnny Kastl Soldier
Louanne Kelley Delivery Doctor
Paul Kersey Young David Banner
Paul H. Kim Officer
David Kronenberg Bruce Banner as a Child
Michael Kronenberg Bruce Banner as a Child
Daniella Kuhn Edith's Friend
Brooke Langton Jennifer Sossman
Stan Lee Security Guard
John Littlefield Security NCO
Sean Mahon Comanche Pilot
John A. Maraffi Technician
Randy Neville F-22 Pilot
Michael Papajohn Technician
John Prosky Atheon Technician
Kevin Rankin Harper
Regina McKee Redwing National Security Advisor
Lou Richards Pediatrician
Victor Rivers Paramilitary
Geoffrey Scott The President
David St. Pierre Technician
David Sutherland Tank Commander
Todd Tesen Young Thaddeus Ross
Brett Thacher Comanche Pilot
Eric Ware Soldier
Celia Weston Mrs. Krensler
Kirk B.R. Woller Comanche Pilot
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn Young Betty Ross
Daniel Dae Kim Aide
Rob Swanson Colonel

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Eric Abrahamson Stunts
Ismail Acar Animator
George Aleco-Sima Animator
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Alleneck Animator
Avi Arad Producer
John Armbrust Consultant/advisor
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Rick Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Roy Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Jim Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Dotan Bonen Stunts
Mary R. Boss Stunts
Jake Brake Stunts
Craig Branham Stunts
Wendi Bromley Stunts
Sue Campbell Animator
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Derrick Carlin Animator
Todd Cherniawsky Set Decoration/Design
Callie Croughwell Stunts
Cameron Croughwell Stunts
Joshua Croughwell Stunts
Michelle Croughwell Stunts
Sean Curran Animator
Virginie D'annoville Animator
Lou Dellarosa Animator
Andrew Doucette Animator
Michael Easton Animator
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Dane Farwell Stunts
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
Scott Fisher Stunts
Jennifer Fong Executive Producer
Clay Donahue Fontenot Stunts
Michael France Screenwriter
Miguel Fuertes Animator
David Gainey Animator
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel B. Gold Camera Operator
Sean Graham Stunts
Andrew Grant Animator
Kevin Grevioux Stunts
Shari Hanson Associate Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Avy Kaufman Casting
Bevin Kaye Stunts
Maia Kayser Animator
Shawn Kelly Animator
Peter Kelly Animator
Greg Kyle Animator
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Andrew Lantieri Stunts
David Latour Animator
Alison Leaf Animator
Janice Lew Animator
Clay Lilley Stunts
Clint E. Lilley Stunts
Tommy Lohmann Camera Operator
Michael Malone Production Manager
Megan Marshall Stunts
Kevin Martel Animator
Phil McNally Animator
Christopher Minos Animator
Kathleen Misko Costumes/Costume Designer
Tristan Morts Stunts
William Morts Stunts
Rick O'Connor Animator
Casey O'Neill Stunts
Hiromi Ono Animator
Greg Papalia Art Director
Jakub Pistecky Animator
Kristen Pratt Set Decoration/Design
Steve Rawlins Animator
Jay Rennie Animator
Magali Rigaudias Animator
Megan Robinson Stunts
Jason Rodriguez Stunts
Tommy Rosales Stunts
David S. Rowden Stunts
Mika Saito Stunts
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
James Schamus Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Gunther Schlierkamp Stunts
Trish Schutz-Krause Animator
Kevin Scott Animator
Dave Sidley Animator
Sharonne Solk Animator
Tim Squyres Editor
Tom St. Amand Animator
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Nick Teta Consultant/advisor
Kim Thompson Animator
Cheryl A. Tkach Associate Producer
Delio Tramontozzi Animator
Marjolaine Tremblay-Silva Animator
John Underkoffler Consultant/advisor
Martin Valinsky Stunts
Jan Van Buyten Animator
Brad Wilder Makeup
Darlene Ava Williams Stunts
Ava Rose Williams Stunts
Jerry Wills Stunts
David Womark Associate Producer
Gabriel Womark Stunts
Don Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Merritt Yohnka Stunts
Brady Conrad Stunts
Larry Franco Producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer,Source Author
Hailey Peitzman Stunts
Hannah Peitzman Stunts
Molly Peitzman Stunts
Sonny Tipton Stunts
Jesse Tipton Stunts
Wyatt Tipton Stunts
John Turman Screenwriter
James Turman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Main Titles
2. The Banner Bloodline
3. Dr. Krenzler
4. Nanomeds & Gamma Rays
5. Talbot's Offer
6. My First Memory
7. My Bruce
8. The Accident
9. Your Name Is Banner
10. Lunch With Dad
11. The Beast Within
12. The Morning After
13. My Son Is Unique
14. Forced Hand
15. Talbot's Mistake
16. Betty & the Beast
17. His Father's Son
18. The Essences of All Things
19. Home
20. Talbot in Charge
21. My Downfall
22. Out of Control
23. Desert Fury
24. Target: Hulk
25. Top of the World
26. A Chance to Calm Down
27. Give Back Your Life
28. Battle of the Banners
29. Sweet Dreams
30. One Year Later...
31. Me Está Enojando
32. End Titles

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