The Incredible Hulk 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."
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 GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
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The pilot tells a tale of a brilliant scientist tormented by his past, looking for an explanation for his moment of weakness when others like him found great strength. His research leads to him eventually looking for a cure to his original work.
The movie "Married" doesn't immediately follow the pilot, but it follows the show's theme of a man wandering the nation looking for a cure, and in the process helping others while staying one step ahead of the media and the authorities. In a sense, it was better than the "Fugitive."
I'd recommend this ove the new "blockbuster" coming out this summer. This story is about the human condition, and not just about a big green guy breaking things...
When I was a kid, I didn't enjoy this series much because I had to wait too long to see the Hulk in action. However, as an adult, I appreciate the fact that Bill Bixby was a great actor and the science fiction aspect of the story was ahead of its time. Your kids might not sit through this pilot, but the adults in the room will be entertained by the well-written script and superb acting and directing.