I finally had a chance to sit down and watch the Blu-Ray version of The Incredible Hulk last night and I wanted to share some thoughts.
First off, the transfer is amazing, both visuals and sound, and will really show off the home theater. The video is crisp and ultra-detailed without being too over the top, and the sound will give your system and run for the money. There are certain scenes that can definitely be used as demo material to show off your system.
There are spoilers ahead, so read at your own peril…
Overall I enjoyed the movie. I wasn’t a hater of the Ang Lee film, I thought he did a good job, until the end. I have to admit, my thoughts are similar in this version. Ed Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt and Tim Roth all do a great job. The movie captures the helplessness of David Banner and Norton does a wonderful job playing the roll.
I especially enjoyed the nods to the original TV show. The music, the cameo by Lou Ferrigno, and of course a very interesting way to work in the Stan Lee scene all add to the fun.
The film holds up as a “serious” comic book film, but along the way gives into some unexplained “camp” that at least to me seems out of place. I don’t know if you liked the original TV show or in retrospect think it is corny, but at the time it was a drama and remained consistent. The movie for some reason does not.
The movie becomes a little rushed in hashing out the Abomination storyline. When Tim Roth visits Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson) and the good Sterns utters an “Abomination” it seems like a scene out of the latter Batman movies that destroyed that franchise for several years. Sterns character gave me flashbacks to Edward Nigma and the campy Batman.
For some reason the movie also decided to go “camp” with the corny “Hulk Smash” line in the final battle. Why? Those are two places where you are drawn out of the consistency of the film. It’s like the film pulls you into the human story of it all, you are believing (well, as much as you can with this stuff), and someone smacks you out of it. In my opinion at least, it didn’t have to be the case.
Overall I enjoyed the movie, so don’t take my complaints as a poor review. It was such a good movie up to the Sterns part I’m just disappointed. I wish a few scenes were edited out and we had something to make us want to move to part two (if it ever comes). But due to the end of the movie, I doubt there will be another and you are supposed to motivated for the next parts of the Marvel Movie Universe. Which brings us to a bonus feature and the end of the movie.
The Blu-Ray and Special Editions of the movie include an alternate opening sequence. If you look very closely at the end of this scene, you’ll see Captain America frozen in ice. I mean very closely, very slow, and you almost have to know where to look. If you have questions you can google it.
So, Captain America, Tony Stark at the end of the movie and you see where this is all heading. Marvel has big plans for the Avengers, and in my opinion, that’s the next (and possible final) stop for the Hulk. I’ll be looking forward to 2011.