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The Incredible Hulk - Original Television Premiere
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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.
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...
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.
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.Read more ›
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product description was excellent and I would gladly do business with this seller again.Published 2 months ago by Ken Eden Jr
Memory lane baby! Used to watch this show with my dad when I was a kid. Love it!Published 3 months ago by Augustus
THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHOW FORM THE 1980's. NOW IS BACK ON TELEVISION. METV CHANNEL IN PHILLY. AWESOME!!!!Published 5 months ago by G.
These were great! Bill Bixbys acting is great! This series has everything drama, suspense, romanc.this is a must have series for all marvel fans.Published 10 months ago by Billie
I bought season one and thought I'd need this, but it is included in the season one set. It is subtitled in English as are the special feature. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
5 STARS ISNT ENOUGH AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED FOR THIS SHOW IT WAS GREAT AND I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE WHO LOVES THE HULK. IM A FAN FOR LIFE.Published on April 3, 2013 by JERRY WASHINGTON
Great item, great service! Thanks for a great item and the speedy turnaround. Really appreciate the great item and service!Published on February 28, 2013 by Jake Deptula
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