HulkDirector: Ang Lee
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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 1.33:1 full-screen picture is a joy to behold (the widescreen 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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- [Dolby Digital]
Cast & Crew
|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|
|Ricardo Aguilar||Boy's Father|
|Cara Buono||Edith Banner|
|Todd Lee Coralli||Soldier|
|Craig Damon||Security Guard|
|Reggie Davis||Security Guard|
|Mike Erwin||Teenage Bruce Banner|
|Lou Ferrigno||Head of Security|
|Toni Kallen||Delivery Nurse|
|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|
|John Prosky||Atheon Technician|
|Regina McKee Redwing||National Security Advisor|
|Geoffrey Scott||The President|
|David St. Pierre||Technician|
|David Sutherland||Tank Commander|
|Todd Tesen||Young Thaddeus Ross|
|Brett Thacher||Comanche Pilot|
|Celia Weston||Mrs. Krensler|
|Kirk B.R. Woller||Comanche Pilot|
|Rhiannon Leigh Wryn||Young Betty Ross|
|Daniel Dae Kim||Aide|
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
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
Feature Commentary With Director Ang Lee
Hulk Cam: Inside the Rage
Superhero Revealed: The Anatomy of the Hulk
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Cast and Filmmakers
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Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
Spoken Languages: English 5.1
Spoken Languages: Español 5.1
Spoken Languages: Français 5.1
Feature Commentary With Director Ang Lee
Side #2 -- Disc 2
Evolution of the Hulk
The Incredible Ang Lee
The Dog Fight Scene
The Unique Style of Editing Hulk
The Making of Hulk
Cast and Crew
Stunts and Physical Effects
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
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I went into this movie thinking it would be so great, but it sucked. I didn't get half of what was going on! Even if I did get what was going on, it was still completely boring. I hope they do not make a sequel.
I didnt like this movie. CGI looked great story was long and dragged. if you do watch it be ready to hit fast forward alot...
All right, yes the story is terrible, there is barely anything with the HULK but Common! The effects are amazing (except for the dogs. I hate to knock on ILM but, they could have done better) and the action sequences are very exceptional. besides, who ever said the film had to have plot and character development to just be fun! Give it a break, and enjoy this thriller.
This was a horrible adaptation of the comic book. The story of his becoming the Hulk was drug on forever, and had very little action. I was also disapointed not to see his fighting more of his enemies like Wendigo.
I liked this new take on the Hulk. At least they made him capable of the fantastic feats in the comic unlike the TV show. The story needed to be updated regarding the origin since the original was tied to the testing of weapons during the time of the war/cold war. DNA mutations/manipulations are alot more interesting, although the origin story from the TV show was actually pretty good. They are working on another Hulk movie with a different director- we'll see how that turns out.
I am a big HULK fan, but when I saw this movie I was dissapointed! The plot takes forever to build up, The story leads on and on as if it were lost, and The HULK was the most dissapointing! He looked like Shrek on staroids! Bad film! Stick to the original TV Show!
To me, Hulk is one of the greatest Marvel-Comic characters to hit the big screen. The film was great. It was quite creative how they made many scenes like the pages of comic books. In this film unlike many others, we can understand who these characters are and why they are the way they are. Also, the visuals are great. If you don't know, Hulk was the worst performing film that was based on a marvel-comic superhero. It is not considered a sucess compared to the films that came before it. But who cares about that. In this film adaptation, he is made out into a monster movie rather than a superhero film. He does perform some heroic acts in the film. But for the most part, this is a monster film. But that is not a bad thing. This movie had a great storyline and great acting also. It had great visual effects so good, I almost thought that it was a real person. I believe that this movie is a lot better than Spider-Man or X-Men. We learn a lot about the green giant that we don't learn from other characters. However, the running time of the movie is longer than any comic book based movie since Superman in 1978. That probably angered some people. But for the very most part, Hulk is so much better than it looks. Ang Lee does a great job in showing what the characters in this movie actually think. I recommend that this movie be seen by all.
I may just be the exception to the rule, but I thought Lee's restraint in directing made the movie- that is it wasn't just 2 hours of daring-do and smashing the bad guys, he developed characters and gave them reasons for their actions. Pretentious? Sure. But a lot more fun than movies that present action without context.
This version is the best Hulk presentation I have ever seen. This movie has been under-rated, that is why we should not go by what the official critics think. The premise, transformation, and the action was so realistic. I give this movie two thumbs up.
I SAW THIS MOVIE AND I LOVE IT AND MY MOM THINKS IT BAD
I was never a hulk fan but I saw a documentary on TV so I decided to see the movie. After I saw it I was amazed. The split screen technique and transitions made it look and feel like a comic book. The visual effects are amazing and the acting makes this movie probably the most belieavable of all comic book movies. This is how comic to movie adaptng should be.
I missed this in the theaters so was looking forward to it on DVD. Leave it to Ang Lee to take on another genre and nail it. I watched this twice the first night I rented it and bought it a week later. It loses nothing with multiple viewings. Like X-Men, director Lee made outstanding casting choices which raises this above standard super-hero fare and turns it into a brilliant, albeit dark, character study. Jennifer Connelly (who not only turns in a wonderful performance but is absolutely stunning!), Sam Elliot and especially Nick Nolte all turn in Oscar worthy performances. I think the bad box office killed any award possibilities which usually are heaped upon most of Lee's films. Eric Bana is the one weak cast member, but his awkward speech patterns (I think he's Australian) fit okay into the nerdy and stunted personality of his character. The Hulk effects range between excellent and so-so, but the star of The Hulk is the story not the FX. This movie uses the focal point of the father/son relationship of Superman the Movie (still the best superhero epic) and turns it on its ear. Where Clark Kent had his brilliant loving Kryptonian Father, Jor-el and equally loving and caring Jonathan Kent on earth, to David Banner poor Bruce is nothing more than an experiment gone wrong, a failed research project to dissect and study. Chilling.
I thought this was a great movie. It was beautifully done and nice to see Ang Lee's sensibilities brought to a superhero film. I also enjoyed how the film progressed through smaller windows, sometimes simultaneously, giving the viewer a feeling of a comic book being brought to life. I think this movie got a couple of bad reviews when it opened, for whatever reason, and those had a snowball effect on some viewers' experience of the film. However, I think that if you watch it with an open mind there is really little to complain about here, and much to applaud. I also should mention that Jennifer Connelly's beauty is completely & inexplicably mesmerizing in this movie. I would highly recommend this film.
I saw this movie with my sister in theatre and I have to say, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting it for Christmas. But, I have to say, you must really pay attention to the beginning or you'll be lost the rest of the way through.
If you like comic book movies this one is just fine. It is a little long but the special effects more than make up for it! I think the sequal will be better if they make one.