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Running Time:
138 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary by director Ang Lee; deleted scenes; "The Making of The Hulk" featurette; enchanced viewing mode during select scenes affording split-screen analysis of the monster; Industrial Light and Magic's "Anatomy of the Hulk" 3-D Hulk model, offering interactive mini-featurettes; "Hulkification," a look at different conceptions of the Hulk by illustrators representing Marvel Comics, Manga, (Japanese) and European styles of animation; storyboards; "Digital Incarnations" feature on director Ang Lee's visual process; "Dog Fight" storyboard-to-film comparison; "The Making of The Hulk" interactive game; game demo.



The Hulk
Ang Lee has successfully elevated the comic book adaptation to an art form without forgetting his source. Comic book style frame transitions effectively set the filmís mood, as new scenes are wiped in as if turning the pages of a comic book. We first meet David Banner (Nick Nolte) in 1966. He's a succesful, but "mad" scientist working in the field of immune system modification. What he needs is a human guinea pig for his experiments, but his supervisors forbid using a human, so Banner runs the tests on himself. When he and his wife have a child, the father suspects he may have passed his mutated genes onto his son, Bruce. Years later, the boy has become a scientist himself (Eric Bana) and is unknowingly following in his fatherís research footsteps, working alongside his former girlfriend Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly). One day he is exposed to extreme doses of gamma radiation, and as a result, whenever heís angered he becomes a gigantic green monster. Between rampages, Lee and his team of screenwriters introduce a number of moral quandaries such as the militaryís inclination towards dominance through advanced weaponry, as well as scientistís instinctive desire to control nature. But although the film unnecessarily runs for more than 2 hours, it will keep you engaged and even thrill most audiences. It also lays the groundwork for a sequel, which is bound to come along in another year or two after Terminator 3, Matrix 3, Spider Man 3, and 3 Fast and 3 Furious.






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