One of the most hated superhero films, "HULK" has been released on blu-ray from UNIVERSAL. While this critic admits to not liking it at all in its theatrical presentation, having to re-watch it again for this review, allowed for a better analysis, especially in comparison to the recent film release of "THE INCREDIBLE HULK" starring Ed Norton. While there are numerous flaws in "HULK," it's much better than the newer Ed Norton film. The actors are great in both films, however, as bad as CGI fared in both films, Director Ang Lee actually relies less heavily on it in "HULK," making it slower paced at times, but also with a better narrative. The more recent "INCREDIBLE HULK" film gives most viewers a headache due to its heavy-handed CGI effects that never let up. In "HULK," there are some great non-cgi moments!
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray. Colors are eye-poppingly vibrant although never oversaturated! There isn't one scene that appears flat in this film, making it one of the best reference quality blu-rays available! Contrast is flawless, with deep, inky blacks for perfect detail in darker scenes. A FLAWLESS TRANSFER!
UNIVERSAL has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. This is an aggressive mix, with constant, panning and discrete effects. The sound editing is also impressive, especially when considering the creativity offered during split screen moments wherein more than one effect for different locations, occurs. However, as good as the mix is, balance is somewhat lacking, as the center channel needed to be adjusted several times, due to it overpowering other effects.
All of the extras found on the dvd and HD-DVD have been carried over, all in standard definition.