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The Incredible Hulk Returns Reviews

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February 14, 2016
not a terrible movie really fun to watch.
Super Reviewer
December 23, 2015
I have enjoyed watching the TV show with the wonderful Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno on Hulu over the past couple years. It started strong and was not until the later part of the fourth season and the shortened fifth season in the 1980s that the 70s seemed to rear its ugly head and the writers ran out of ideas. The final seven episodes with an extended gap between the Fall of 1981 and the Spring of 1982 got more far-fetched, repetitive, and did not offer closure to the series. So, then six years passed until this first of three Incredible Hulk TV movies was released. Before the current Marvel studios domination of the small and big screens with a whole universe of Super/Mutant characters with flaws, Stan Lee was a consultant to the producers for the entire series and all three of these TV movies. Every effort was made to show that David Banner was an Everyman. He was an educated scientist, but he wore cowboy boots, was willing to listen to and help anyone in need, and work any number of menial (read anonymous) type jobs. Stan Lee created the Hulk as a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's monster. Rather than this Mr. Hyde being the embodiment of the Doctor's evil psyche, David is such a nice guy with a strong moral compass that the big green guy only goes after the villains who cause it pain, and at other times is a gentle giant with a childlike quality. Filmmakers then probably envisioned the sort of Marvel Universe we have today with character crossovers. It feels the most like a two part episode with the same opening credits from the series. This one tries to wrap up the dogged reporter story-line of Jack McGee (Jack Colvin), doesn't do a very good job, and then promptly drops any further mention of McGee, the third central character in the series, from the next two movies. Banner (full name David Bruce Banner) under an assumed identity is living a fairly regular life. He is in love and he has a fulfilling job back in a high-tech science lab. Then Donald Blake (Levitt), a former student of Banner, shows up to explain how he found Thor's hammer and is now Thor's master. He is supposed to be a sympathetic character similar to Banner who struggles to control this overwhelming force. The Thor plot takes over! This one is the campiest of the three, I think. Thor (Kramer), who is not really that muscular and is wearing a cheesy Halloween costume, is an adversary to the Hulk at first. They make an uneasy alliance when a crooked business deal derails Banner's plans for a cure, but Thor is more at home in a bikers' bar. By the end, just like each episode, we hear that same sad song that cues Banner walking alone toward a new life and another chance to be released from this frightening transformation.
July 17, 2015
Very Good Movie RIP to Bill Bixby aka Dr David Banner
November 10, 2014
A bit cheesy especially Thor but not a bad movie and it actually does well on some parts.
½ September 26, 2014
This is great 80s cheese
July 15, 2014
A bit more campy but arguably more fun than the series. The addition of Thor is appreciated even if he is handled ridiculously. Hulk and Thor is a lot of fun!
January 8, 2014
one of my favorite hulk movies
½ April 19, 2013
A late-80s treasure. This movie is freakin' UN-BE-LIEVABLE! A comic book tour-de-force! As great as the Hulk is, Thor just STEALS the show! Kinda reminds me of a young Triple H. Pretty much OWNS every scene. The two teaming up is like a childhood dream come true. Wonderful use of the Lonely Man theme.
½ March 7, 2013
It's been two years since his last transformation, and Dr. David Banner (Bill Bixby) has developed a new Gamma Transponder that he hopes will cure him of his inner monster forever. But when a former colleague unearths the frozen tomb of an ancient Norse warrior king, the Mighty Thor (Eric Allan Kramer) is unleashed upon 20th Century society.

Can the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) end the rampage of this mead-crazed barbarian, or will the two raging beasts become allies to save both the Transponder and the woman Banner loves?

also stars Jack Colvin, Steve Levitt, Tim Thomerson, Jay Baker, Tom Finnegan and John Gabriel.

directed by Nicholas Corea.
½ March 3, 2013
Campy and fun. It's interesting to see Hulk and Thor team up in the 1980's. The plot is a thin and a little slow, but it's entertaining in a retro-way.
½ December 9, 2012
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October 27, 2012
TV movie picks up 6 years after the CBS series left off. Bixby is again good but story disappoints relative to the tv show as it gets derailed by the curious addition of another comic book hero, Thor. Jack Colvin's last appearance with the series.
October 16, 2012
Old school series, was good...
September 23, 2012
A return of the tv series with this tv movie. all the main cast of the show return and are backed up by the introduction of thor and donald blake. im assuming this was supposed to launch another show in thor. Its a shame it never happened it could have been pretty fun,thor pretty cool in this. Bill bixby was great again as banner while ferrigno seemed so much bigger in this. the budget was clearly a bit bigger for this than any of the show. fun for what it was.
July 4, 2012
I am not going to subject myself to the "original" hulk.
May 7, 2012
Not as entertaining as The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, this one features the Hulk facing off against Thor for the very first time in film history. Just as in the case of the Kingpin, the costume design is only about 35% accurate when compared to the original comics. However, Eric Allan Kramer's norse accent is overall pitch-perfect, as is the way he carries himself as the god of thunder. I have to admit: This one isn't as enjoyable as ''The Trial of the Incredible Hulk", but even that one is a pretty average interpretation of the Marvel comics.
April 22, 2012
Don't know how, but I somehow missed this one when it originally aired on tv. It's been a few years since his on the road Fugitive epic, Bill Bixy's Banner has finally settled upon a cure to his Hulking Out. Unfortunately, Tim Thomerson (Jack Deth!) and Charles Napier (His Worst Nightmare is Rambo!) have planes of their own for his gamma transformer. And that's when Thor shows up. Wha? It's bonkers but Banner and Dr. Donald Blake team up with the God of Thunder to take down some California thugs. Silly. But fun. VF.
Super Reviewer
March 16, 2012
Banner now close to a answer while working at a lab working on a project gets mixed up with corrupt business men but also the mighty thor coming into the mix, its all fun and thor which looked like a oportunity for a series, is a enjoyable watch plus its two marvel heroes working together, and with the Avengers coming in may, its good to see two of those charactors fight it out in the 80s, its a tv movie so you get what you get but fun all the same.
½ May 8, 2011
If I could give this -5 stars I would.
February 21, 2011
David Banner's continuing search for a cure is interrupted by Donald Blake who summons the allmighty Thor. Meanwhile the Joshua Lambert Instute which David Banner works for is in jeopardy whn it becomes the target of a crime organisation.

stars Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Tim Thomerson, Jay Baker, Tom Finnegan, John Gabriel, Steve Levitt and Eric Allan Kramer.

directed by Nicholas Corea and Bill Bixby.
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