The Hulk, Blu-ray (2003)

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The Hulk, Blu-ray (2003)

Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte
Studio: Universal
Video: 2.35:1 anamorphic/enhanced for 16:9 color 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French, French Canadian, German, Castilian Spanish, LA Spanish, Italian, Japanese DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, French Canadian, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, LA Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Traditional Mandarin
Music: Danny Elfman
Extras: Commentary track with Ang Lee, Deleted Scenes, Evolution of The Hulk, The Incredible Ang Lee, The Dog Fight Scene, The Making of Hulk, The unique style of editing Hulk, Blu-ray U-Control, Picture in Picture feature while you watch
Length: 2 hours 18 minutes
Rating: **

I’m frankly surprised that noted director Ang Lee and fine actor Nick Nolte would get mixed up in this juvenile, noisy, overly CGI-dependent and basically silly movie.  Also surprising that the big green guy is labeled as a Super Hero, because he causes everybody nothing but trouble. An accident in the lab while working on genetically-enhanced animals causes the hero to be subject to a huge dose of gamma radiation, which, when added to a shot his crazy scientist father had given him when he was a child, causes him to swell up to a gigantic green monster whenever he gets good and mad.  Of course the only one who believes in him – even when he goes on his rampages – is his cute lab partner. 

The final section of the overlong movie, with the Hulk bouncing from mountaintop to mountaintop like the squirrel in Over the Hedge, while being shot at and rocketed by multiple helicopters, is so dumb it’s painful.  The many visual effects and overbearing surround sound all come across with maximum impact via the fine Blu-ray transfer.  Will have to pass on the several bonus features because the movie itself was plenty for me.

 – John Sunier

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