Planet Hulk (Blu-Ray+Dvd)
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hulk e' la creatura piu' potente della terra, dove nessuno puo' rivaleggiare con la sua forza. ma cosa succede quando il golia verde si trova esiliato e imprigionato su un pianeta sconosciuto? sara' ancora il piu' forte? dominera' questo nuovo pianeta o sara' schiavo di esseri piu' potenti? cosa sara' piu' importante per sopravvivere? la forza bruta di hulk o la mente geniale del dottor bruce banner?
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The story is like a Hulkified version of Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The Hulk get's banished to outer space and crash lands on a planet oppressed by the Red King. He immediately is captured (?!) and forced to fight alongside other alien races in a Coliseum for his freedom. He eventually befriends this rag tag group of aliens and fights alongside them against an ever more difficult group of foes. One of my favorite story threads involves Beta Ray Bill.
The animation is Saturday morning cartoon quality. You will not be marveling (get it, Marvel?) at the beautiful backdrops or stunning special effects. The animation serves the story, but just barely.
If you are a fan of the Hulk and can look past some low production values, you should give Planet Hulk a look. It kept me interested long enough in the story to make it to its conclusion.
The only special features are two commentaries, maybe they should have included a digital comic in the special features to explain why Earth finally exiled the Hulk.
Planet Hulk is not quite as good as Bruce Timm at his absolute best; as seen in the likes of Batman - Mask of the Phantasm and the Project Cadmus story arc in Justice League Unlimited, Seasons 1-2 (DC Comics Classic Collection). But it is good, and there are also plenty of things that Bruce Timm has put his name to over the years that aren't up to the standard of Planet Hulk.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I won't say much about the plot. There are just two observations I want to make...
First, the single thing I love most about Planet Hulk is that it's not yet another reboot origin story. We see far too many of those as it is. To me, that's just lazy writing. Damn it, we already know who Wonder Woman is and where she comes from! We already know who Spider Man is and where HE comes from! And we already know who... well, you get the point. Planet Hulk assumes we already know who and what The Hulk is and goes from there. Which is just fine with me.
Second, I want to draw attention to something another reviewer has already observed - that Planet Hulk clearly owes much both to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Carter of Mars novels, and Howard E Carter's Conan the Barbarian stories. On both counts I agree. But Planet Hulk is never merely derivative. It takes this noble heritage and actively builds upon it, creating something uniquely its own, and yes, uniquely Marvel.
One final point: the only real negative feeling I've noticed in the other reviews came from people who reckoned that Planet Hulk wasn't up to the standard of the comic on which it was based. I can't comment either way since I haven't actually seen that comic, although I'm not entirely unsympathetic. I can't help but think back to when the Tank Girl movie came out. Those who who saw it and hadn't read the comic book generally liked it. Only those of us who were familiar with Tank Girl in her original form understood what an insipid, watered down offering the movie really was.
What I will say is that if nothing else, this DVD was certainly good enough to convince me that I wanted to see the original comic.
In fact, I just put it on order.