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‘Hulk’ Smashes … But Smartly


Planet Hulk
Planet Hulk

By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 15 Jan 2010


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a TV series, two live action movies and a series of animated titles, the impression of the Marvel character The Hulk is pretty set in stone: He’s a big, green, unthinking smashing machine, good for on-screen, wanton destruction.

However, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has a different Hulk in store for Marvel fans Feb. 2 when it releases Planet Hulk on single- and two-disc DVD ($19.98 and $24.98, respectively) and Blu-ray Disc ($29.99).

Oh, he’s still mean, green and very large … but this time’s he’s got feelings.

“You’re gonna change your perspective about The Hulk entirely,” said Joshua Fine, supervising producer of Planet Hulk, at a screening of the film Jan. 14 at The Paley Center for Media.

Exiled from Earth, Hulk finds himself a slave on a distant planet, forced into a gladiator arena. But when Hulk uses his brains along with his brawn, he joins forces with the other gladiators and gives his “owners” more than they bargained for.

“When you think Hulk, you think raw emotion, anger and destruction,” said voice actor Rick Wasserman. “You will see things break. But we also get to see a down Hulk, a dejected Hulk.”

Frank Paur, supervising director of Planet Hulk, echoed that, adding, “This is a completely different take on the Hulk than we’ve ever seen before.”

The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray will include a digital copy, music videos, featurettes, two motion comics, a “Wolverine vs. Hulk” episode and two audio commentaries.

Paur said the Blu-ray version is “beautiful” and the commentaries will offer tons of insight into the movie and original comics.

Screenwriter Greg Johnson added, “We really get into some nice details that you normally wouldn’t bring up.”

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