This is a 1h version of Ang Lee’s HULK. More than half of the movie went into the trashcan – and I might add: rightfully so. The original was for many people an unbearable piece of junk. Dragging, long, ridiculous, badly acted, overanimated etc.
The new version is tight and follows a clear plot: The Hulk is revealed through the failed experiment, confronted by his mad scientist father, persecuted, tortured and experimented with by the army and finally … see for yourself.
The edit works great. It is a huge improvement over the original movie, at times it is really fun to watch it, thrilling, entertaining and Jorge managed to get rid of so much of the over-animation. This Hulk rocks.
I enjoyed watching it a lot for about 50 minutes, then the finale started and once again I found myself thrown out of the movie. I just didn’t get it. All this transforming of power and objects, well, too weird for me.
The image edit quality is perfect as is the audio edit quality. One huge problem is the low volume mix of the DVD. Without surround system it is really very quiet and increasing the volume with the remote to the max unfortunately leads to white noise.
image editing: 5 of 5
audio editing: 4 of 5
entertainment: 4 of 5
effort: 5 of 5
The image quality is great. It’s perfect. I found the image sharp, detailed, colorful.
video quality: 5 of 5
The audio is great, yet suffers from a low volume level. This is the one problem of this edit, but could easily be fixed.
audio: 3 of 5
The presentation is a typical Jorge DVD. Warning –> static menu, scene selection, info.
It is nice and effective. Still it could be improved a lot by adding animation, sound, extras. The cover art, disc art and slip are cool.
presentation: 4 of 5
resulting in a 4 of 5 overall rating from me. Would have been 5 of 5 if the audio was louder and the finale would have worked a bit better (which is of course subjective – as is this entire review)
This is about the best what can be done to the HULK. Congratulations for creating such a cool movie from this, what many would call unsalvageable. This shows once again the great potential of fanedits and for me this replaces easily my original DVD in my shelf. For this fanedit lots and lots and lots of work was needed and it clearly shows. I am a huge Jorge fan and I tend to stay one, because he won’t let me down.
Review by Russkafin — September 18, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
Jorge, I just finished watching your edit of Hulk. I have to agree with everyone who said it is a vast improvement over the original. I was amazed at how much you were able to peel away and still create a coherent film. The backstory that is cut away is not missed at all. The pacing is superb, the movie moves much better and doesn’t slow down. I love the ending with Hulk roaming free and leaping around the desert.
What I did not feel worked as well was the voiceover narration. I understand why you included it… to help bridge the scenes and connect the story while you were hacking away so much of it. But to be honest, I don’t think you needed it. I really feel that with the scenes you chose and the way you ordered them, the story works well enough that you don’t need that v.o. to explain everything, the story still flows well enough on its own I feel. Without the narration, I also don’t think you needed the newscast opening… it could have started right out with the lab experiments.
When we first see Bruce’s father in the hospital scene, his father says something about Bruce’s last name not being Krenzler, it’s Banner. In your edit we never heard any reference before this to his name being Krenzler, as far as we know it was always Banner. You could have cut that line and started with Bruce saying “How’d you get in here?” or whatever came next.
It’s too bad you couldn’t cut even more of Nick Nolte than you did. That scene with him and Bruce before he bites the electrical wire at the end always makes me cringe, it feels like some bizarrely acted two-man stage play.
I wonder if an edit of this film could be done that completely removes the Notle character, and is just about Hulk vs the military…? Before seeing your edit I would not have thought it could be done, but after seeing what you were able to do with this film I am convinced that anything could be possible.
Anyway, very nice work and I enjoyed it very much.