Watching: The Incredible Hulk on DVD

I’ve been a comic book collector for over twenty years and I love a well-done comic book movie – but it’s rare that I buy new movies on DVD these days. I don’t have as much time for movie watching, so it’s becoming more economical for me to rent. I have watched Star Wars enough times that it costs me pennies per viewing, but I’d rather spend $4.00 at Blockbuster to watch a movie like The Incredible Hulk than spend $20 to own it, knowing that I’ll probably only watch it once or twice.

I watched The Incredible Hulk last night, and came to a few conclusions. First, it’s not as good as Iron Man. Second, I love how they drop hints throughout the script about what’s coming down the road – Captain America, the Avengers, and more. Third, Tim Roth is a tiny, tiny man. I mean, that dude is small. He’s only about 5’6″ or 5’7″ and has a thin frame that makes him look like a maniacal Frodo next to Ed Norton (at 6′) and William Hurt (nearly 6’2″). Small guy, great actor.

The movie was good, overall. Not great, but a hell of a lot better than Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk movie, which was just… ugh. This one’s not for the young kids; it definitely earns the PG-13 rating for violence.

Depending on how Marvel handles the upcoming movie tie-ins (Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor and Avengers), I may end up buying this one on DVD – or Blu-Ray, if I upgrade in the next two years. I mean, I own Daredevil and Elektra… and The Incredible Hulk smashes both of them to bits (that should go without saying, but still).

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Comments

  1. Andrew Wee says:

    Hi Daniel,
    You didn't compare them to the X-Men AKA The chronicles of wolverine?
    What'd you think of it?

    I would've loved to see more Colossus.

    The new Batman franchise seems to be the best translation so far IMO.

    Spiderman was kinda cheesy.
    The Hulk looks kinda meh in my opinion, I didn't want to give 2 hours of my life to that thing.

    The new Watchmen movie looks pretty awesome though, judging by the trailers.

    I've always liked Marvel, but DC seems to be doing a better job of translating their characters to the movies.

  2. Andrew Wee says:

    Hi Daniel,
    You didn't compare them to the X-Men AKA The chronicles of wolverine?
    What'd you think of it?

    I would've loved to see more Colossus.

    The new Batman franchise seems to be the best translation so far IMO.

    Spiderman was kinda cheesy.
    The Hulk looks kinda meh in my opinion, I didn't want to give 2 hours of my life to that thing.

    The new Watchmen movie looks pretty awesome though, judging by the trailers.

    I've always liked Marvel, but DC seems to be doing a better job of translating their characters to the movies.

  3. eq plat says:

    I see this movie. The movie was good, overall. Not great, It is not bad i.e HULK.

  4. Yeah, Ang Lee's Hulk movie from 2003 was pretty bad. It had some high points, but overall, it wasn't a very good flick.

  5. I liked the X-Men movies okay, I mean, for all their flaws. They were entertaining at least. They could have been more faithful to the source material, and the costume choices were terrible. I know they were paranoid about putting real actors in comic book costumes because it almost always looks ridiculous, but putting everyone in black leather… that's just not the X-Men. You may get your wish for more Colossus if they include him in the upcoming First Class movie (which is a whole 'nother post because if they do it, it will almost assuredly suck).

    Batman has been great since Batman Begins.

    Spider-Man was kinda cheesy, but you know… for the most part, that character has always been a little bit cheesy. Putting aside certain interpretations, the core of that character is a bumbling, clumsy high-school student. So, the movies worked on that level, I think.

    The Watchmen looks like it will be pretty great. I recently read the graphic novel, it's quite a story.

    I have to disagree on the DC vs. Marvel in the movies thing… I think DC rules as far as television cartoons – Superman, Batman and Justice League were all A+. Marvel's cartoons have been pretty substandard. But the movies… Marvel's got Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and Hulk, while DC can only claim the new Batman franchise as being worth watching (I'm talking the modern era here, from the late 90's on up). DC needs to step up to the plate with a Superman reboot and get Wonder Woman off the ground, then maybe I'll have a different opinion 😉

  6. Yeah, Ang Lee's Hulk movie from 2003 was pretty bad. It had some high points, but overall, it wasn't a very good flick.

  7. I liked the X-Men movies okay, I mean, for all their flaws. They were entertaining at least. They could have been more faithful to the source material, and the costume choices were terrible. I know they were paranoid about putting real actors in comic book costumes because it almost always looks ridiculous, but putting everyone in black leather… that's just not the X-Men. You may get your wish for more Colossus if they include him in the upcoming First Class movie (which is a whole 'nother post because if they do it, it will almost assuredly suck).

    Batman has been great since Batman Begins.

    Spider-Man was kinda cheesy, but you know… for the most part, that character has always been a little bit cheesy. Putting aside certain interpretations, the core of that character is a bumbling, clumsy high-school student. So, the movies worked on that level, I think.

    The Watchmen looks like it will be pretty great. I recently read the graphic novel, it's quite a story.

    I have to disagree on the DC vs. Marvel in the movies thing… I think DC rules as far as television cartoons – Superman, Batman and Justice League were all A+. Marvel's cartoons have been pretty substandard. But the movies… Marvel's got Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and Hulk, while DC can only claim the new Batman franchise as being worth watching (I'm talking the modern era here, from the late 90's on up). DC needs to step up to the plate with a Superman reboot and get Wonder Woman off the ground, then maybe I'll have a different opinion 😉

  8. i also rent instead of buying. there are very few movies i would watch twice and keep it in my collection

  9. i also rent instead of buying. there are very few movies i would watch twice and keep it in my collection

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