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Posted May 28, 2007 @ 7:34 AM

Edward. Norton. As. Bruce. Banner.

Are you serious? I LOVE him! I swear, whenever I look at him, I don't know whether I want to kiss him or slap him silly -- sexy little runt.

Wow. I'm way more excited than I should admit to being. But it is what it is!

Edited by DimSome, May 28, 2007 @ 7:35 AM.


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Posted Sep 19, 2007 @ 11:08 AM

I've found a lot of good piano renditions of the sad "The Lonely Man" theme that always ended the show on YouTube. Including a great Family Guy spoof of Stewie Griffen impersonating David Banner thumbing a ride alongside the road!

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Posted Jan 24, 2008 @ 6:25 AM

More dvds coming

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Posted Mar 21, 2008 @ 2:30 PM

Teaser for new movie
Hulk looks so much better than the crappy first movie. I can't figure out if they are ignoring the first movie or not.

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Posted Jun 10, 2008 @ 11:03 PM

I'm recording the current marathon on Sci-Fi. I hadn't seen the show since it first ran, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it's held up, especially the 2-hour pilot, which I thought was very well written. And Susan Sullivan was freaking gorgeous. Hated to lose her (I've forgotten every plot ever, so it's like watching a new show).

The thing that keeps distracting me is the cars. "280ZX! Chevelle! Big-ass Plymouth! OMG, 'Cuda!"

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Posted Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:00 PM

For some reason one of my fave moments is MacKenzie Philips (of One Day at a Time fame) as a rocker chick (she later toured with her dad of the Mamas and the Papas ) who IIRC sings a song called Necktie Nightmare. When family shows from the 80's tried to portray "hard" rock they were sooo sooo funny. Agree with everybody that Bill Bixby was the bomb. He acted the hell out of everything he did.

Does anybody know why they changed Bruce to David?

Does anybody know anything about the decision to do "Death of the Incredible Hulk"? That always upset me and still does. I couldn't believe they went through with it.

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Posted Jun 11, 2008 @ 9:22 PM

Bruce was considered too "gay" a name for a superhero. I wish I were joking. Mad magazine did an entire riff on it when they parodied the show.

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Posted Jun 13, 2008 @ 9:32 PM

MDKNIGHT: As I understand it, the plan was to do "Rebirth of the Incredible Hulk". However, Bixby's failing health prevented them from making the tv movie.

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Posted Jun 26, 2008 @ 1:19 AM

Actually, while the "Bruce is too gay" rumour has spread quite widely, the Director of the show has stated that he wanted it to feel like a drama, and the alliteration of Bruce Banner made it feel too 'comic book' for what he was going for.

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Posted Apr 21, 2010 @ 4:27 PM

Bumping this thread up because I have always loved this show. A local station has started airing it Mon-Fri. I just can't help it, I love me some hulk, he's just so innocent, it makes me aww, lol. There will only be one hulk in my mind & that is Ferrigno!

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Posted Apr 22, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

It's amazing but my mother loved this show. She said it was because she always felt scared walking alone at night where there were dangerous looking guys around and wished she could turn into the Hulk if they ever bothered her! The movies kind of miss that part of the appeal! Banner on that show was like Caine from Kung Fu. Inevitably he would always be harassed by d-bags even though he wanted to be left alone. Then he would have to open up a can of whoopass.

Edited by Limbonaut, Apr 22, 2010 @ 2:32 PM.


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Posted May 15, 2010 @ 5:49 PM

My grandmother passed away last month but I used to be her carer and we'd watch TV together in the afternoons. The Incredible Hulk boxsets were a part of our viewing schedule. She used to end up shouting at the Hulk to shut his mouth and stop carrying on. It was very amusing to watch a 100 year old woman shake her fist at the television, trying to out-hulk The Hulk. The episode where The Hulk tossed a grizzly bear nearly gave her a stroke. "That bear didn't do anything to you!! You're rude! Get the hell out of my sight!!"
Trufax.
And then there were the inevitable questions: "But why is he green?"/"What happened to his clothes?"/"Why isn't he wearing shoes??!"

Good times.

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Posted Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:19 AM

Marvel Productions is working on a new Hulk series for ABC.

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Posted Nov 16, 2010 @ 3:57 PM

Marvel Productions is working on a new Hulk series for ABC.

More details emerge...

http://blog.zap2it.c...-full-time.html

ABC and Marvel have enlisted two sci-fi heavyweights, Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth") and David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), to develop a new "Incredible Hulk" series for the network. The two will share story credit and be executive producers of the project; Eick is writing the pilot script, which del Toro will direct.



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Posted Nov 25, 2010 @ 4:44 PM

All right, I'm in. Guillermo del Toro directing the pilot? I don't need to know any other details... I will watch that pilot.

Edited by caper24, Nov 25, 2010 @ 4:44 PM.


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Posted Feb 11, 2011 @ 3:31 PM

Apparently an adult entertainment (i.e. porn) studio is filming a "porn parody" version of The Incredible Hulk, heh. Interestingly, it seems they are being very diligent in keeping with the look and feel of the 1970's tv series, and taking it quite seriously. The LA Times posted a writeup on it a couple weeks ago.

I loved the Hulk as a kid. I was too young to fully appreciate it during its original run, but the reruns totally became "after school special" material for me, too. If the ABC/Guillermo del Toro version ever gets off the ground, I hope it displays even half of the sensitivity and acting quality of the Bixby/Ferrigno version. And a "realistic" looking Hulk would be great too; the big-screen movie characters both looked far too animated and digital.

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Posted Feb 12, 2011 @ 5:10 PM

Apparently an adult entertainment (i.e. porn) studio is filming a "porn parody" version of The Incredible Hulk, heh. Interestingly, it seems they are being very diligent in keeping with the look and feel of the 1970's tv series, and taking it quite seriously. The LA Times posted a writeup on it a couple weeks ago.


Let me guess, this David Banner would *not* have 'one size fits all' pants ;-)

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Posted Feb 2, 2012 @ 5:12 PM

"The Death of the Incredible Hulk" recently ran on Fox Movie Channel in the middle of the night. Re-watching it for the first time since it originally aired (on NBC), I was surprised at how well it held up. It's far, far better than the other two NBC TV-movies, which were painfully idiotic, from what I remember. The characters in "Death" were well-drawn and fleshed-out, and some of the spy stuff seemed surprisingly real, except for the over-the-top villains. (Andreas Katsulas doesn't get anything to work with here; he was much better on Babylon 5.) The woman who played Jasmine was actually a credible master of disguise.

But the hulk-outs were not as good as in the series. Lou Ferrigno's wig (or whatever bizarre thing they put on his head) was all wrong. Some of the Hulk action is pretty pathetic, too. Also, the sound cue when David Banner's eyes turn white was COMPLETELY wrong. I grew up with the later seasons of the CBS series, so a Hulk transformation without that perfect, incredibly eerie, high-pitched droning siren-like noise is NOT a proper Hulk transformation. Strangely enough, I couldn't really enjoy either of the recent Hulk films for this reason either. (Um, plus the first one needed a better script and the second one needed a better director.) I guess I got conditioned to expect that sound when I was five years old. They didn't use that exact sound in the first season of the show either, so I can't really enjoy the first season. It's only in season 2 onwards, if I remember correctly.

One big flub in the "Death" movie, though, is the atrocious vocal music that's playing after the climactic explosion, during the fall to the ground. What the hell was that? Fortunately it goes away pretty quickly. And (watch out, big spoiler if you haven't seen it) the final words spoken by David Banner are perfectly heartbreaking... when Jasmin says, "Don't die... we can be free now," he gasps, "I am free."

It's incredibly sad, but at least the show got an actual ending. That's more than you can say for virtually any TV series (unless maybe it was intensely serialized) from the 70s or 80s. Most of them just petered out.

Edited by soupcat, Feb 2, 2012 @ 5:12 PM.


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Posted Feb 12, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

The interesting thing to me is that it wasn't supposed to be an ending. A resurrection movie was planned, but Bixby's health troubles made it impossible.

Jasmine was played by the lovely Elizabeth Gracen, who I will always adore as Amanda from Highlander: The Series. (Do yourself a favour and do what I do: Pretend that Highlander: The Raven doesn't exist.)

And one area we differ in: I really, really like that song that plays during the explosion. It's stuck with me for over twenty years now.

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Posted Feb 12, 2012 @ 12:50 PM

I find that the huge issue with the series was the lack of special effects tech and budget.

You never got any of the Hulk comic villains such as The Leader or The Abomination nor crossovers and teamups with other heroes and villains.

Hulk had a lot of nasty enemies that would have been interesting to see if they could have been done in a live action tv series.

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Posted Jun 5, 2012 @ 6:49 PM

I think with The Avengers they've finally succeeded in cinematic depiction of the character. Director Joss Whedon said he worked with Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner closer to the Bill Bixby version where he wasn't just concerned with himself but helping other people.

Over on Badass Digest, FILM CRITIC HULK(who writes his reviews in all caps style) wrote a great essay written a couple of months ago on why the two Hulk films had failed to capture something the which made the TV show, which was empathy for Bruce Banner that the TV show version with Bill Bixby had.

HULK THINK IT SAFE TO SAY THAT AUDIENCES HAVE NOT REALLY GOTTEN THE "HULK MOVIE" THEY WANTED. WHEN CITING THE REASON WHY EVERYONE SEEMS TO THROW OUT IDEAS ABOUT WHY RANGING FROM TONE, TO SUBJECT MATTER, TO POODLES. BUT HULK BELIEVES THERE IS ONE CENTRAL REASON THAT SPEAKS FOR THEIR LACK OF CONNECTION WITH AUDIENCES. IT ISN'T THAT THEY DIDN'T CAPTURE THE "MOOD" OR "ICONOGRAPHY" OF THE TV SHOW THAT EVERYONE SEEMED TO LOVE, IT WAS THAT THEY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE AN IMPORTANT ROOTING COMPONENT OF THE BANNER CHARACTER:

YOU DON'T ALWAYS WANT HIM TO TURN INTO THE HULK.

THEIR FAILURE TO REALIZE THIS SPEAKS TO EVERY OTHER PROBLEM IN THE FILMS. TO EXPLAIN: IN ORDER TO CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE YOU HAVE TO GROUND THE CHARACTER IN A BASIC SENSE OF EMPATHY. AND NO THAT''S DOESN'T MERELY MEAN BEING A LIKABLE GUY. IT IS ABOUT ESTABLISHING A ROOTING INTEREST IN EVERY MOMENT OF THEIR LIFE. YOU WANT THEM TO SUCCEED AND TO BE HAPPY. IT'S NOT A CRAZY OR DIFFICULT CONCEPT. THIS EMPATHY STUFF IS BASICALLY DRAMA 101. AND IT WAS SOMETHING THE SHOW WHOLLY UNDERSTOOD, DESPITE CRAMMING IT IN WITH SOMEWHAT CLUNKY WAYS (OH NO! A BUNCH OF GUYS IN THE GYM ARE MAKING FUN OF HIM! OR OH YES! HE'S MET A PRETTY WOMAN WHO SEEMS TO LIKE HIM!). THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE HULK-OUTS, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD, WERE ALWAYS REALLY ABOUT WHAT WE REALLY WANTED FOR BANNER. THE TRAVELER GOING FROM TOWN TO TOWN, JUST TRYING TO LIVE LIFE, HELP PEOPLE, UNDERSTAND HIS DISEASE, AND CURE IT. BUT MOST OF ALL, HE WAS JUST TRYING LIVE HIS LIFE WITH A QUIET DIGNITY. BUT SINCE HE ALWAYS EMPATHIZED WITH OTHER PEOPLE (THUS GIVING THE AUDIENCE A MODEL TO CARE AS WELL), BANNER WAS BASICALLY TORMENTED DAILY. HE COULDN'T HELP BUT BE INVOLVED. TO BE KIND. TO BE A KIND OF HERO THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH TURNING GREEN. AND AS A RESULT HE GOT IN SITUATIONS WHERE HE HAD TO PUT HIMSELF AT RISK. WHERE TURNING INTO THE HULK WOULD ACTUALLY BE BAD FOR HIM. THEY KNEW HOW TO GET YOUR AFFINITY AND EMPATHY. AND THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU INVESTED.

CALL IT THE BILL BIXBY FACTOR.

IT'S TRUE, A LOT OF THE SHOW'S SUCCESS HAS TO DO WITH BILL BIXBY'S NATURAL DISPOSITION. KINDLY. FATHERLY. UNDERSTATED. (QUAFFED?). HE HAD A GENTLE, YET PAINED HUMANITY ABOUT HIM THAT MADE HIM A PERFECT VEHICLE FOR THE NARRATIVE. BANNER SHOULD BE THE LAST PERSON EVER THAT YOU WANT TO BE STUCK WITH THE HULK. THE AUDIENCE HAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT ON AT LEAST A SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL. THEIR MINDS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO WAIT FOR THE HULK-OUT, BUT THEIR HEARTS MUST SECRETLY WANT HIM TO BE HAPPY AS BANNER.



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Posted Jul 14, 2012 @ 9:57 PM

Hey guys!!!

Did you like it in "The Avengers" when Hulk and Thor beat up the bad guys?

but, then again, it's always great when Hulk and Thor team up, right?

Wanna bet?

Tomorrow morning on FMC: "The Incredible Hulk Returns"

Don't say I didn't warn you.



Followed by "The Death of the Incredible Hulk"
(see what soupcat has to say about this up above)

Edited by Twilight Man, Jul 14, 2012 @ 9:58 PM.