Monday, May 25, 2009

FanBoyWonder DVD Review—Hulk Vs…

FanBoyWonder hit the video store and among our rentals was the recently released “Hulk vs...” featuring two separate animated films—“Hulk vs. Thor” and “Hulk vs. Wolverine.”

To be honest, we were in the video store looking for the even more recently released Wonder Woman animated DVD but loathe to walk out empty handed, we picked up Hulk vs…

We found it an amusing waste of time…with the operative words being “waste of time.” Not for nothing but since we went to the trouble of watching it, we thought we would bang out a DVD review from the hip.

Here’s the Upshot from Marvel Animated Features: Hulk vs. WolverineAlberta, Canada. The Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian countryside, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there's only one man up to the job. He's the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn't very nice. He's Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada's top secret Department H, and he's been put on Hulk's trail with a single objective: stop the green all costs. Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives.

Hulk vs. Thor—Asgard, realm of the gods. For ages, Loki the trickster has sought a way to bring defeat to his accursed stepbrother, Thor. But for all the battles Thor has fought, in all the nine realms, only one creature has ever been able to match his strength - a mortal beast of Midgard known as The Incredible Hulk. Now, with Odin, the almighty king of the gods, deep in a regenerative sleep, and the forces protecting Asgard at their weakest, Loki is finally ready to spring his trap. In an epic battle that will pit gods against monsters, that will test a hero's limits more than ever before, only The Mighty Thor can hope to prevail.

FanBoyWonder is glad that we only paid $3 to rent this video rather than $20 something or more to own it.

Two weak stories packaged together into one DVD do not make a good buy…or even a rental. Our biggest of many gripes about this DVD comes from the fact that the Hulk is a guest star in his own video—two times over. In both stories, a rampaging Hulk is little more than the plot device to spur Thor and Wolverine, respectively, into action.

Worse, we are promised Hulk vs….the two heroes but the fighting between Hulk and Thor and Hulk and Wolverine short and not all that satisfying—especially in the Wolverine movie.

At PG-13, this video is not geared to the little ones but more toward the hard-core fanboys—both due to the graphic violence and to the non-existent attempt to provide any kind of back story to the viewer. The storytellers simply assume that the viewer is up to speed the goings of the Marvel Universe.

If nothing else, there is an implied promise to the viewer that there will be some serious battling, brawling action between the God of Thunder, the Main Mutant and Marvel’s heaviest of hitters but even there, Hulk vs… fails to deliver.

We laud the Marvel marketing machine for its animated effort to plant the seeds of interest for live-action movies featuring Marvel characters but it seems to us that it’s counterproductive to attempt to grow interest by slapping out such inferior product.

Unless it’s a freebie two-for-one rental deal, avoid this inferior product.
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