The Incredible Hulk-The Legend of the Incredible Hulk (1978)

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Released 5-Nov-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1978
Running Time 139:15
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Reza Badiyi
Bill Bixby
Chuck Bowman
Patrick Boyriven
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Bill Bixby
Lou Ferrigno
Jack Colvin
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Charles R. Casey
Joseph Harnell


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Dutch
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Despite the fact that it is not being released in entire series boxsets, The Incredible Hulk is luckier than most TV shows of old simply by virtue of the fact that it is being released in any form at all. This is the third disc which has been released, continuing the journey of David Banner seeking to find a cure for a mishap he had whilst experimenting with radiation on himself. Gamma rays altered his body chemistry, and whenever he becomes angry, he changes into the green, menacing Hulk. If you have seen the big screen movie, or have read the Marvel comics, you will know the basic story.

    The First (Part One and Two) - 46:28 & 46:32

    David hears rumours of a monster sighting in a small country town and investigates. Apparently another Hulk has been spotted over the years, implicated in several murders. David comes across the premises of a deceased scientist and finds equipment that could allow him to reverse his condition. Dell, a groundskeeper, informs David that he was once a Hulk, but was cured. When David comes close to finding the cure, Dell uses the equipment to turn himself into the Hulk again, and it is up to David to stop the original green giant.

    Kindred Spirits - 46:15

    An archaeological dig in an Indian reserve reveals images of an ancient creature with superhuman strength terrorising primitive man. Cave markings indicate a green creature holding a plant that cured it. David travels with the archaeological team to find out more about the plant so he can be rid of the Hulk. This episode guest stars Big Trouble in Little China's Kim Cattrell.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer has been presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced. The video quality ranges from average to quite superb.

    The image is quite sharp for the most part, with no edge enhancement apparent.

    Small film artefacts are visible throughout the majority of the transfer, as is grain, although neither of these are generally overly distracting. However, the scenes filmed outdoors are plagued with these problems, such as at 21:10.

    Subtitles are offered in English, French and Dutch. They are very accurate.

    This is a dual layered disc, and the layer change is located in between episodes.

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Audio

    Two audio tracks are available. One is an English 2.0 mono track encoded at 192kbps. The other is a French 2.0 mono track also encoded at 192kbps.

    There is nothing special about these tracks, but they provide what is required.

    Dialogue is clear and in sync. There are no dropouts or pops to be heard.

    There is no surround channel or subwoofer usage.

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Extras

    There are no extra features on this disc.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    A selection of 17 episodes is available in Region 1, entitled The Incredible Hulk: The Television Series Ultimate Collection. While it does not appear to have any special features, and only comes with a single English 2.0 mono track, it still wins over the Region 4 offering because of the large assortment of episodes included. Neither region offers an entire series releases, but Region 1 has the closest thing to it. The 3 episodes included on the Region 4 release are included in the Region 1 boxset.

Summary

    The Hulk is back! If you are a fan of the comics or movie, this show is for you. This disc offers three great episodes presented in the way they were broadcast, but they would never have been seen at this high quality back in the 70s.

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© Aiden O'Brien (Here are the results from my biopsy.)
Saturday, October 09, 2004
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DVDPanasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX-76PW60. Calibrated with Sound & Home Theater Tune Up. This display device is 16x9 capable.
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AmplificationOnkyo TX-SR500E
SpeakersJensen SPX-9 Front, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 Rear, Jensen SPX-17 Sub

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