Category Archives: Hulk DVD

Which One Did You Get?

I don’t own a 3D player… or TV… but it doesn’t matter!

Yes, this is the week the Avengers came pouring into the stores – and there were a TON of special packs – each store vying for your business by offering up extra goodies with your purchase of the movie everyone knew you were going to buy! I know Best Buy was offering a ridiculous, humongous, “ultimate” package with lithographs, productions cells, worthless gift cards… and I think they included the movie in there as well.  For all that crap you had to empty your wallet of $70. Wal*Mart and Target had a better grasp on what collectors were really seeking – Wal*Mart had a exclusive trade – while Target offered an extra disc with 90 minutes of awesome-ness!

Since I don’t like Wal*Mart’s business practice it was pretty easy for me to choose where I was going to pick up my copy.  The thing is… Target made a huge boo-boo.  They had the movie on regular DVD – they had the Blu-Ray+DVD version with the extra disc – and then they had the 3D Blu-Ray+Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital copy+Music Download+Extra Disc!  The 3D pack was supposed to be $25 – but a printing error in their flyer marked it the same price as their regular Blu-Ray for $20!  Who, when faced with this choice, would pick the regular Blu-Ray set?  Anyways, which set did you end up picking up?

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Planet Hulk on DVD (2010)

Planet Hulk on Blu-Ray

Well, we all know the story – which has been brought to the, well… little screen. This is a new Hulk classic – a tale that will be remembered and talked about in the same breath as the origin, Mr. Fixit and the Merged Hulk – as well as Jarella’s World and Future Imperfect. They did change a few things from the original epic – I mean, they had to… one of the biggest omissions from the story is the Silver Savage. Replaced by a worthy Beta Ray Bill – although, it would have been much nicer to see the Surfer – BRB and the Hulk’s brawl was both brutal and bad ass! BRB was left practically broken in the end. But instead he used his power to free the rest of the slaves.

Hulk and Caiera’s fight was also one of the best parts of the movie – the first big blow from Caiera knocks off all of the Hulk’s armor. Some of the most important parts of the storyline are still there – the initial gladiator scenes, the spikes, and Caiera’s realization of the Red King’s betrayal… all in all this is a movie for the ages!

They also change the Red Kings death – although – the movie’s was way better! One of the biggest changes, which I thinks works better for the movie, is that they end things on a happy moment – the moment before one of the saddest of Hulk’s history. The moment before he went back to Earth and Loeb took over the writing. 🙂 – Sorry, couldn’t resist! Anyways, like I was saying, they end Planet Hulk on a happy note. This leaves thing open to make a sequel – and hopefully this is popular enough to make one… which would be WWH!

The New Hulk vs. Slipcover

Also, they released the Hulk vs. movies with a new slip cover – which I was able to pick up without having to buy the whole movie again – but it’s pretty sweet!

Planet Hulk DVD – February 2010!

Planet_Hulk

Here’s the box art for the upcoming animated Planet Hulk DVD – I am looking so forward to this!  Alex Ross has made a great cover – click on the image for more info!

Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes Volume 1 – Hard Knocks

Fantastic Four DVD

Fantastic Four DVD

This was Marvel’s attempt to cash in on the Manga mania that was taking the world by storm.  The animation is very different than the 2005 cartoon.  It starts with Sue and Johnny discussing the mystery man that showed up and disappeared into Reed’s lab with him.  They’re about to go spy on them when a huge explosion has them running in to see what happened.  There they are met with the Hulk and an unconscious Reed.  The Thing and Hulk begin to battle.

The Thing - doing his best "Carrie" impression!

The Thing - doing his best "Carrie" impression!

The Hulk takes on Thing pretty easy and then handles the Torch.  But Sue holds him inside a force field until Ben wakes up.  Then, Ben tackles the Hulk right out the wall and they fall to the street below.  The Torch goes after them to see what he can do – but when Ben gets up he sees the Hulk still ready to fight.  Reed wakes up and asks where Bruce is.  Sue says that she thinks the Hulk ate him.  He tells Sue to get down there and help Ban and Johnny and he will be there in a second.  Meanwhile, Grimm face plants the Hulk into the ground.  For that the Hulk throws a mailbox and a popcorn vendor’s cart at him.  Then the two behemoths throw cars back and forth while Johnny makes wise cracks.  Only until the Hulk smashes the Thing with a van and then extinguishes Johnny with a fire hydrant.  Sue comes to the rescue again.  She tries to end the fight with a force field around the head, cutting off his air – but it’s Reed with a device that affects his inner ear and knocks him out that ends the Hulk’s rampage.

The two Monsters battle!

The two Monsters battle!

They four team members watch as the Hulk turns back into Bruce.  Reed gives them the rundown of the Hulk’s origin.  A slew of Helicopters are heading right toward the Baxter Building.  Meanwhile, the Thing begs Bruce to give him a rematch but Reed comes him and tells him that he doesn’t have a cure.  Bruce says he needs to leave because “they” will becoming for him.  They ask who THEY is – but they learn soon enough as a whole army of soldiers infiltrate the building.  Reed and Torch try as they might to hold them off but ultimately they are caught.  As well as Bruce and Thing.  The leader tells Bruce that thanks to him they will have 5 weapons at their disposal rather than one.

The REAL enemy!  Agent Pratt!

The REAL enemy! Agent Pratt!

While the soldiers are loading in their new cargo they tell Agent Pratt, the leader, that they can’t find the Invisible Woman.  And there is a reason for that – because she’s invisible.  Sue has been watching the whole time and breaks her family free.  She buys them enough time for the FF to wake up and start fighting.  But the team still gets Bruce loaded into the helicopter and takes off…

FF to the Rescue!

FF to the Rescue!

The FF goes after Bruce – but as they close in Agent Pratt calls in reinforcements to take care of them.  Sue and Johnny takes care of the jets while Reed and Ben cover the ground and try to break Bruce free.  They get him out  – but huge tanks with huge guns are right there ready to fire – until Ben tells Bruce to get mad and let out the Hulk.  He does and hits The Thing first.  Go figure.  But the Thing uses this to his advantage and antagonizes the Hulk into trying to get him – while destroying the tanks and soldiers at the same time!

The Thing sliding into first...

The Thing sliding into first...

The Hulk destroys everything – and even tells Pratt to leave him alone – to which Pratt replies “okay” in fear.  Before Hulk jumps off Ben tells him that one day they need to have a re-match – only in arm wrestling.

Hulk being caught red-handed!  Or green handed!

Hulk being caught red-handed! Or green handed!

I’ve got to say – this show was great!  Not only the is the mix of computer and classic animation amazing – but the humor in the story was great!  This is a episode – and the show is pretty darn entertaining!  Grade:  A-

Fantastic Four: Nightmare in Green – The Review

Fantastic Four - Season 1

Fantastic Four - Season 1

I was able to catch this episode this morning – I was psyched because I heard about how good this was.  No worries, I did think it was good too – especially with how many cameo appearances there were.  But let’s get into what this episode was about. 

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

First off – Alicia and Thing are sitting in the park discussing the latest issue of Cat Fancy… wait, no that was me – sorry – they were talking about Reed creating a cure for Grimm and having a Dr. Banner coming in to help him.  Some purse nappers with impeccable timing steal Alicia’s purse.  As Thing catches up to them and the crooks begin to squeal like little girls it catches the attention of the Hulk and he leaps into action.  The Thing and the Hulk begin to battle – although… it’s more like the Hulk hands the Thing his rocky ass. (Note that the Hulk wears purple pants during the fight – but suddenly is wearing blue when he jumps away)  It only ends after Alicia comes and asks the Hulk to stop.  We also see that Doom has been watching the whole time and intrigued with the powerful Hulk and thinking about using him to destroy the FF.  We also see that Rick Jones is there with Banner as they try to discover a cure for the Hulk. 

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

All the reports say the Hulk beat the heck out of Thing sending the Thing fuming around the Baxter building.  As Thing and Johnny Storm banter about the fight, Grimm finds out that Reed has actually been working on a cure for HIM.  Reed is also very sick – and as Banner and Rick Jones shows up Reed faints.  Banner gets a contraption ready to help Reed get better – meanwhile he goes back to the hotel.  As Rick drops him off he and Johnny Storm take the air cycle out for a spin.  What follows is a pretty fun, cool set of cameos including the X-Men, Juggy and it was either Spiderman – or maybe even the Scarlet Spider – take a look for yourself:

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Doom comes to Banner’s hotel room and kidnaps him.  He brings Banner to his lair and turns him into the Hulk where he tricks the Hulk into thinking that Doom is his only friend.  He also tells him that Rick Jones has turned against him and the only way to get him back is to destroy the rest of the FF.  This time as the Hulk leaps out of  Doom’s lair  his pants turn from blue to purple… the animators obviously needed a chart to keep the issue of the Hulks pants straight.

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Reed gets worse as Grimm and Johnny drop Jones off.  But Hulk arrives and starts a fight.  The Hulk takes on thing and the Torch with ease – notice Hulk’s pants are BLUE again!  As Rick is ready to stop the fight Doom comes to knock Rick out.  Sue sees the report on TV and goes to join the fight.  Seeing that everyone has left Reed alone Doom goes to take care of business.  Sue gets to the fight to help Grimm – by turning him invisible.

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

The Thing finally gets the upper hand in the fight – until Sue is knocked out of the Fantastic Car.  At that moment Doom shows up to Reed’s room (how did he get in?) to kill him – by shooting him with a Gamma Ray Gun.  Rick is there to help Reed and they throw Doom’s Gamma Gun back at him causing an explosion and knocking him out the window. 

Sue to the rescue!

Sue to the rescue!

Meanwhile Sue’s force field is the only thing stopping the Hulk from beating the heck out of the Thing.  When she falls Alicia shows up to calm the Hulk down.  But Ben, exhausted, faints.  Everyone explains to the Hulk that Rick is still his friend and the Doom is the enemy – only in time for Doom to show up to congratulate Hulk on a job well done.  As he is about the land the killing blow on the FF the Hulk attacks Doom and – even though Doom tries to escape – Hulk brings his transport down in the ocean. 

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

They all think the Thing is dead – even Reed, the genius, – but they are wrong and the Thing gets up.  Reed is fine and the Hulk and Rick Jones leave – with no one the wiser…

Pretty good episode.  I picked up the DVD set with this episode on it – found it for a pretty good price.  With the coin – certainly this is one of the better FF cartoons that has been released.  Episode: B- Whole Set: B+

Wolverine and the X-Men / Deadly Enemies DVD (2009) – The Review

Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies

Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies

I saw this when it aired on TV – but boy am I glad they brought out this DVD rather then having to buy a WHOLE season just for this episode.  Because I would have!  This episode is pretty freakin’ sweet.  I never try to give away too too much in my reviews so that you still have something to surprise you if you choose to purchase it yourself.  With that being said – you should totally get this!  Not only is the animation pretty solid but the episode itself is not only full of action but also some pretty decent humor.

Hulk vs. Wolverine - no contest!

Hulk vs. Wolverine - no contest!

Alright, this episode begins with SHEILD agents being taken down one by one by a quick moving Wendigo.  Just as the helicopter takes off the Hulk shows up – FADE TO BLACK!  Pretty strong beginning.  Anyways, SHEILD shows up to ask Wolverine to take on the monsters in the Canadian forest.  Wolverine agrees because everything Fury knows about the mutant school and he said he’d let it go public.  It doesn’t take long after Wolverine gets to the forest for the Hulk to find him.  Hulk says he remembers him – and they even flash back to Wolverine in his classic costume – they tangle for a bit, but after Wolverine shoves a hand grenade in the Hulk’s mouth he finally falls. 

There's a quick flashback with Wolvie's first costume!

There's a quick flashback with Wolvie's first costume!

We join Wolverine and Banner in a cave where Banner recounts how he ended up in Canada with SHEILD – how Banner had a cure for the Wendigo but was then thrown out of the plane to become bait.  As Wolverine and Banner set out to find the helicopter they are intercepted by the Wendigo.  They also find out that the Wendigo’s bite has infected others and there is a whole clan of them – where have I heard that before?  Oh that’s right – in Hulk, written by Loeb, the big difference is… Loeb’s story sucked and made no sense because the Wendigo had made their way to Vegas and the Fixit came out for a few panels to fight them.  Here, it makes a lot more sense and is worked in nicely.

The Wendigo!

The Wendigo!

As Wolvie takes on the multiple Wendigos Banner finds the helicopter that has the cure inside.  But it’s in a tree.  High in a tree.  Just as Banner discovers this the main Wendigo comes out of nowhere ready to attack – but Wolverine isn’t far behind.  As Wolverine continues to fight off the fury beasts, Banner makes it into the chopper – only to have another Wendigo jump into the chopper as well, making it crash to the ground.  As the Wendigos get the upper hand on Wolverine, Bruce Hulks out and saves the day.  Hulk throws the Wendigos around like rag dolls and Wolvie takes the opportunity to grab the cure from the chopper and starts to inject each of the monsters.

The Hulk in control!  Where he belongs!

The Hulk in control! Where he belongs!

The best line comes out when Hulk gives his attention to Wolverine again “Hulk is not a behind!” (you have to watch it) – but as the Wendigo all revert back into human form Wolvie notices that all the Wendigo are wearing SHEILD uniforms.  He realizes who the real enemy is.  Hulk grabs Wolverine by the head and is ready to beat him to a pulp when Wolverine apologizes to him.  The Hulk accepts and lets him go.  It’s another classic scene!  Fury comes back and scoffs at Wolverine when confronted with the evidence of his involvement.  But Wolverine has a way to get him back.  Let’s just say – it’s a great ending with the Hulk out on top!

Hulk rages out in the end!

Hulk rages out in the end!

If you have the chance, listen to the commentary.  It’s chock full of interesting tidbits – as well as a very embarrassing moment caught on audio as one of the writes admits to thinking the Wolverine’s first appearance was in TIH #183.  They explain how this is a re-imagining of the classic match-up – which works out well – and my favorite part – the magical clothing.  Really solid episode.  The disc also features 4 other episodes , one including Gambit.  I think it’s worth the pick up – Grade B+