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The Incredible Hulk - Original Television Premiere

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Discover the origin of "The Incredible Hulk" with the TV series pilot that helped to inspire the "Hulk" phenomenon. While conducting a research project about superhuman strength, Dr. David Banner bombards his own system with gamma radiation, unexpectedly transforming himself into the powerful beast, "The Incredible Hulk."

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Universal's Incredible Hulk DVD will satisfy fans of the CBS television series by offering the two-hour 1978 pilot, as well as the feature-length second-season opener, "Married," and a commentary track by series creator Kenneth Johnson. In bringing the Hulk to TV, Johnson decided to focus on its human alter ego, scientist Bruce Banner (here renamed David), rather than its rampages. In the pilot, Banner (Bill Bixby) is haunted by the death of his wife and unleashes his untapped rage in the form of a monstrous creature (Lou Ferrigno) after experimenting with radiation. And in "Married," Banner falls for a researcher (Mariette Hartley in an Emmy-winning performance) who attempts to cure his "hulk-outs." Johnson's solid scripting and direction and fine performances from the leads made the series a critical and audience favorite during its network run, and the DVD--deceptive cover art aside (which features images from the 2003 Hulk theatrical feature)--should again please longtime fans and novice viewers alike. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Introduction by Lou Ferrigno
  • Commentary with Director/Writer Ken Johnson
  • Sneak Preview of Ang Lee's The Hulk
  • The Making of The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • The Hulk Interactive Game Trailer
  • The Hulk Novelization Excerpt
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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Susan Sullivan, Jack Colvin
    • Directors: Kenneth Johnson
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
    • Run Time: 288 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00008WFTU
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    By A Customer on March 26, 2003
    Format: DVD
    The Incredible Hulk film that comes out this summer has one thing that differentiates it from the other Marvel Comics film adaptations - the t.v. series that came before it is actually quality enough to give the film a run for it's money. The show never stooped to the campiness of shows like Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and the original Superman t.v. show which catered to only children. This show had sophisticated stories that dealt with the inner struggle of a man trying to control his metamorphosis into a dangerous creature. Bill Bixby's acting was always excellent and made an unbelievable concept completely believable. I am glad to see the pilot finally coming out on DVD with the Married episode, which is a very emotional episode and proves that this was far more than just a kid's show. This t.v series definitely deserves to be released on DVD on a season by season basis. I can't wait till June!
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    Do yourself a favor and skip this summer's over-promoted blockbuster. That's right. On Friday, June 20, do yourself a favor and take that $9 you were going to spend on admission and $6 on popcorn and purchase The Incredible Hulk Original Television Pilot DVD, and curl up on the couch for 3 hours of the most moving human drama you will ever see.

    Having seen the theatrical film, I can promise you that its overblown CGI effects and cliche characters are cold and lifeless compared to the original televison series created by Kenneth Johnson, the brilliant man who gave us the original V mini-series and both the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, and brought to life by the incredible and unforgettable talents of Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

    The first 5 minutes of the Pilot episode has more humanity than a single frame of Ang Lee's new Hulk film. It is the sad, tragic origin of Dr. David Bruce Banner's endless quest to come to terms with his wife's unfortunate death and the accident that caused him to transform into the infernal green Hulk.

    But that's just the beginning of the story. This DVD also includes perhaps the most powerfully moving episode of the series called "Married" and it is a real treat. I remember watching it as a 6 year old boy back in 1978 and thought it was very sad. Now, having seen it again as a 31 year old man, I can tell you that by the end you will not be able to hold back the tears from streaming down your face. It is perhaps the saddest piece of drama I have ever seen.

    Now, what would you rather watch? Some cold, lifeless, CGI infested blockbuster that has absolutely no soul or depth of character, or a 25 year old television show that reminds you what it means to be a human being and can all be attributed to a single differential reason: Story.
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    The DVD is finally here. I bought it the day it came out and was very pleased. It includes the pilot episode with Susan Sullivan and the "Married" episode with Mariette Hartley, both written and directed by Kenneth Johnson.
    These episodes were great choices for the first DVD. They are exceptionally well written and the acting in them is terrific. The sets and make-up are also outstanding too. These shows stand the test of time because they were not only well done but they include messages that are truly timeless: the preciousness of life and man's inability to control not only his environment, but his emotions.
    One feature that puts this DVD into the "must have" category is the commentary by writer/director Kenneth Johnson. He gives a lot of insight into how the series was put together and what the inspirations were.
    There are some humorous moments in the DVD too: Jack McGee's outrageous Jackie O sunglasses in the pilot, the disco boys with their chest hair in "Married" and of course the leisure suits, big hair and first generation Nikes worn my Bill Bixby.
    If you are a fan of The Incredible Hulk TV series these DVD is a must have. Those who remember and enjoyed the series as a kid will definitely enjoy it, especially with its low price.
    Now, hopefully a season by season set of the series will be in the offing...
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    The "Pilot" and "Married" are arguably the two most emotional, well-scripted episodes of the Hulk ever created. Even among all dramas in television history, these stand out among the best of the best.

    But keep in mind, these episodes are for the mature viewer. If you are one of those people who simply want to watch something where the Hulk smashes stuff, then you are better off buying the recent Hulk movie. These episodes are a much more mature, sophisticated interpretation of a comic book character that focuses much more on the drama rather than pure action.
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    In honor of the Hulk blockbuster that hit theaters in Summer 2003, Universal Pictures kindly released this 2 double sided Hulk disc that contains the Pilot episode and season 2's Married

    The pilot episode introduces us to the beloved, legendary Bill Bixby, portraying perhaps is most notable role as Dr. David Banner; just your average man who spends his days as a physician-scientist at the Culver Institute, working alongside one of his longtime friends, Dr. Elaina Marks. Banner continues to be plagued with nightmares of the recent passing of his wife, Laura, who tragically died in a horrible car accident. Together, Elaina and David conduct a study on several people who were involved in similar accidents such as Banner--only difference being they were able to save the person they were involved in the predicament with. Following tough, thorough research, the only link Banner and Marks can find between the test subjects is that extreme emotional commitment and high levels of adenine/thymine.

    Banner becomes extremely bitter over the fact that the study subjects could save their loved ones during such fatal events, but the same didn't happen to him, so he one night bombards his body with gamma radiation. Unfortunately, he accidentally overdoses on it. While riding home one night in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm, he gets a flat tire. Banner injures his hand while trying to change the flat tire and all of the bad events that have happened to him, build up, causing a horrific metamorphosis to occur with Banner transforming into the large, green ravaging creature known as the Hulk! From there, Banner struggles to understand exactly what this Hulk is, if it will kill.
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