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The Hulk original TV series pilot episode on DVD

In what is no doubt a blatant cash-in Universal Studios Home Video will release The Incredible Hulk: Original Television Premiere for the first time on DVD on June 3rd 2003 with a retail price of $19.98, just two weeks before the new movie is released in North America. Packing more of a punch than the promotional tie-in suggests you will find the following bonus material alongside the two hour series premiere...

  • FREE movie mail-in rebate! Available only with a rebate form contained in every The Incredible Hulk: Original Television Premiere DVD when accompanied by a ticket stub for THE HULK
  • Exclusive Hulk Sneak Preview! A behind-the-scenes look into the making of THE HULK with director Ang Lee and stars Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly.
  • A special introduction by Lou Ferrigno, popular star of The Incredible Hulk TV series.
  • A Special Bonus Episode! Available only on the DVD is “Married,” an extra two-hour episode of The Incredible Hulk featuring Mariette Hartley, who won a 1978/79 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her portrayal of psychiatrist Carolyn Fields, marking the first time a sci-fi-themed show won an Emmy award in a non-technical category.
  • Hot extras including an audio commentary on “The Incredible Hulk” TV pilot and “Married” bonus episode from director Kenneth Johnson, the theatrical trailer for THE HULK feature film, and a trailer for THE HULK interactive game.

    We have a look at the DVD packshot and menu screens for you, and following that we also have the Synopsis and Information on the original TV series courtesy of the Press Release...







    Synopsis


    The Incredible Hulk (Series Pilot)
    Following the tragic death of his wife in a fiery car accident, physician David Banner becomes obsessed with learning the key to the hidden strength that all humans possess but only demonstrate in situations of extreme stress. With his long-time friend and colleague Elaina Marks, David interviews a number of subjects who demonstrated superhuman strength in situations similar to the accident which claimed the life of his wife. One night, he discovers that all of his subjects demonstrated this enhanced strength during times when gamma radiation levels from the sun were unusually high. Excited about his discovery, David bombards himself with gamma radiation, hoping to endow himself with unearthly strength. At first, the experiment seems to have no effect on his physical condition, but while changing a tire after an accident, Dr. Banner injures his hand, causing him to scream in pain. Suddenly, a startling metamorphosis occurs, causing the scientist to transform into a raging, green, seven-foot creature, with superhuman strength. Realizing that that this violent affliction is brought on by situations of extreme anger or frustration, David seeks to reverse his condition with help from Elaina. Creating problems, however, is a nosy tabloid reporter whose investigation of the mysterious "Hulk" leads to a tragic series of events.

    The Incredible Hulk (Married)
    Dr. David Banner travels to Hawaii to enlist the aid of Dr. Carolyn Fields, a psychiatrist whom he believes will be able to help him control his transformations into the raging “Hulk” creature. When David learns that she is stricken with a terminal illness, he agrees to offer his expertise in exchange for hers. As the two work closely together, they begin to form a bond and fall in love. But will this romance be wrought with tragedy?

    About “The Incredible Hulk” TV Series


    The Incredible Hulk became a popular television series with critics and audiences alike and ran on CBS from 1978-1982. Based on the Marvel comic, the show featured actor Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner, a brilliant scientist, haunted by the tragic death of his wife Dr. Elaine Marks (Susan Sullivan) in a random car accident.

    Plunging himself into his research, Banner investigates people who display freakish amounts of strength under times of great stress. But after an experiment with gamma rays goes awry, he is transformed into a seven-foot-tall green creature whenever provoked by extreme anger. The series also featured bodybuilding legend Lou Ferrigno as his Hulk alter ego and Jack Colvin as his nemesis, newspaper reporter Jack McGee.

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