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  • Title: Planet Hulk Two Disc Special Edition DVD
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Cast: Rick Wasserman, Lisa Ann Beley, Mark Hildreth
  • Writer: Greg Johnson
  • Director: Sam Liu
  • Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2009
  • Extras: See Below
  • Series: Planet Hulk

PLANET HULK Two Disc Special Edition Review

The Hulk Exiled!

By Tim Janson     February 07, 2010
Source: Mania


PLANET HULK Two Disc Special Edition Review
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Planet Hulk adapts the popular Marvel Comics story arc that ran in 2006- 2007. The film basically picks up where Hulk #92 started as the Hulk is trapped aboard a shuttle listening to a recording of Iron Man apologize for sending the Hulk into exile but explaining that it was done for the safety of the world. Behind him you can see the other members of the Illuminati Reed Richards, Doctor Strange, and an indistinct figure we assume is the fourth member, Black Bolt. As the Hulk fights to free himself from his bonds, he knocks the ship off its intended course and through a wormhole, causing it to crash land on the feudal planet of Sakaar.

The effects of the wormhole reduce the Hulk’s strength and invulnerability and he’s captured by the Sakaarians and affixed with an obedience disc like the rest of the slaves. He’s to become a gladiator in the Red King’s arena to fight with a mixed bag of other aliens including Miek, an insectoid alien; Hiroim, a former priest; Elloe Kaifi a resistance fighter; and the rock alien Korg, a Kronan, originally seen in Journey into Mystery #83, the first appearance of Thor. Korg in fact relates that tale as he and his fellow Kronans were defeated by Thor and Beta Ray Bill in a tale greatly change from the original comic.

While The Hulk is viewed by the others as their prophesized savior against the Red King, he merely wants to be free of this world and back home. Forced to fight against a series of terrible creatures and robots, the Hulk soon becomes a threat to the Red King and the ruler decides that the Hulk must die before he can threaten his rule.

Planet Hulk was a fairly true adaptation of the comic book story. Obviously there was some condensing of plot elements such as the prelude that led up to Hulk’s exile by the Illuminati, but all in all, the film stays remarkably true to the source material both in story and tone. The Hulk here isn’t the purely “Hulk Smash!” variety but able to think and converse and generally be pretty unpleasant but also display a true hero’s calling as he saves his fellow gladiators numerous times and eventually turns the tide against the Red King.

The one major change to the story is the substitution of Beta Ray Bill for the Silver Surfer due to some legal issues reportedly…I mean I don’t know how Marvel can’t use its own characters unless the Silver Surfer was constrained due to possible film productions.

The biggest difference between Marvel’s animated features and those of DC is in the voice acting. DC has spared no expense in bringing in well-known Hollywood talent to voice the characters in their films while Marvel seems to be going on the cheap with no-name, although experienced voice actors. Still a voice you know and recognize gives animated films that little something extra. Oh and keep your eyes focused on the crowd scenes during the arena fights and you’ll see some “guest spectators” in attendance.

The adaptation of “Planet Hulk” should be a sign of things to come. Marvel has many great story arcs out there from their nearly fifty year history and it would be great to see more of these adapted. “World War Hulk” anyone?

 

Extras

The Two-Disc special Edition comes with a host of strong features:

  • Audio commentary w/ Producer Joshua Fine and Screenwriter Greg Johnson
  • Audio commentary w/Director Sam Liu and Character Designer Philip Bourassa
  • A whole New World of Hurt: The making of Planet Hulk Featurette
  • Let the Smashing Commence: The Saga of Planet Hulk
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Wolverine Vs. Hulk episode
  • Spider-Woman “Agent of S.W.O.R.D.” Motion Comic
  • Astonishing X-Men “Gifted” Motion Comic
  • Digital Copy of the Film

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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HudsonTaco 2/7/2010 9:41:18 AM

I enjoyed the movie, Not a much a as "Hulk vs Wolverine" or "Hulk Vs Thor" those are some of the best Marvel Cartoons ever made IMO. I'd give it a "B" as well.

hanso 2/7/2010 10:54:37 AM

I didn't really care for Planet Hulk, I got bored watching it.  Like HudsonTaco, I prefer the Hulk Vs. films.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 2/7/2010 12:57:25 PM

And voice actors - famous or not - don't really matter to me.  I mean it's not like you're watching them perform or anything.

Wyldstaar 2/7/2010 2:09:03 PM

Voice actors can be very important in an animated feature.  I can remember seeing Ghost in the Shell at the movie theatre, and was horrified.  The actress they got to play the lead character, Major Kusanagi was awful.  She sounded as though she was doing a cold reading of the script. 

DarthDuck 2/7/2010 2:49:06 PM

If they couldn't even get the Silver Surfer into this movie I don't have high hopes for them getting the rights to all the characters they would need to make World War Hulk work.

dragon261 2/7/2010 6:35:45 PM

If Marvel really wants to up thier game to compete against DC in the animation arena they need to enlist well known Hollywood talent to voice their films. Now that Disney now owns Marvel that will be a short coming that will be rectified.

hulkster46 2/7/2010 7:02:36 PM

I liked the movie, hope they do a followup with World War Hulk, and have the hulk and his followers return too earth too fight Iron Man. Overall, I hope they do a Red Hulk  vs. the Green Hulk storyline. I would love too see the antimated first appearence of the Red Hulk. And if they want a good actor too voice him, I would suggest Bruce Willis. He's got the attitude from the Die Hard films that may be perfect for the Red Hulk. Just a thought.

noahbody 2/7/2010 7:58:14 PM

Gladiator but with the Hulk.

Grade C-

Was not impressed with this offering at all, If they do another they won't be getting my money.

Time to move on, let us see some other characters maybe a Marvel Team Up series. 

 

On another note the motion comics were pretty cool.

gauleyboy420 2/7/2010 8:21:47 PM

LOVED IT!!! MORE than the Hulk ZVs. movies, both of which merely used Hulk as a catalyst to showcase other heroes. Hulk vs. Wolverine should have been titled, Wolverine vs. Weapon X. And Hulk vs. Thor (I liked better than H v W) was a Thor movie...

 

This movie made only necessary changes to fit into an animated movie format, and I think it was done WAAAAAY better than the changes and condensing of Supes Bats Public Enemies.

 

The voice actors being big names means absolutely NOTHING to me. The voice acting in PH was fantastic, and I prefer NOLT being distracted by recognizing an actors voice.

 

Another GREAT animated treat for us, and I'm looking forward to WWH

 

I even enjoyed the change from Silver Savage to Beta Ray Bill, I mean C'MON!!! How often do we see Beta Ray bill kick ass in a movie... He was cosmic, and worked well with the Korg story of meeting THOR  on earth previously

 

I give it an A

jedibanner 2/8/2010 5:56:53 AM

I did not like that adaptation at all, very disapointed.

From the book to the movie, there is one thing that is missing in this movie which is such a big important meaning to the story...Hulks is beyond mad and wants to smash through anything...it ain't showing in the movie, it's just not there.

The Hulk needed to be angry and mad all the time, that's what pushed him to do what he did through the whole story of Planet Hulk but it's just not happening and I don't see why they took that out.

And the ending... (SPOILER): ............a happy ending?? really? Why not have him loose everything and end the movie like this?

Not impressed by that movie at all...I would've given it a C-.

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