Hulk Versus Blu-ray Home Video Release
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Marvel Animation
Release Date: January 27th, 2009

Blu-ray Bonus Features:
Hulk Vs. Wolverine
Audio Commentary by Supervising Producer/co-writer Craig Kyle and co-writer Chris Yost
Audio Commentary by Supervising Director Frank Paur and Storyboard Artists Kevin Altieri and Butch Lukic
"This is Gonna Hurt: The Making of Hulk Vs Wolverine" featurette
"Fan Frenzy: Hulk Vs Wolverine at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con" featurette
"First Look Wolverine and the X-Men" featurette
Trailer Gallery

Hulk Vs. Thor
Audio Commentary by Supervising Producer/co-writer Craig Kyle and co-writer Chris Yost
Audio Commentary by Supervising Director Frank Paur, Animation Director Sam Liu and Color Key Design James Peters
"Of Gods and Monsters: The Making of Hulk Vs Thor" featurette
"Jack Kirby and Thor" (original Thor comic illustrator) featurette
"First Look Thor: Tales of Asgard" featurette
Trailer Gallery

Hulk Versus Blu-ray Review
By James Harvey


Click Here!Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released Hulk Versus in the standard Elite Blu-ray case with a foil-embossed cardboard O-ring slipcase. The artwork on the slipcover replicates the artwork for the case wrap-around. Disappointingly, there's no artwork on the other side of the case wrap-around, artwork that can be seen through the Elite case when you open it up, something that apparently recently discontinued on their Blu-ray releases.

Now, onto the actual contents of the Blu-ray disc itself, it should come as no surprise that Lionsgate Home Entertainment has created a great release for the new Marvel Animated Feature. After including only a handful of disappointing extras for each of their previous Marvel Animation Features releases, Lionsgate has finally given us an amazing selection of bonus features that should please any fan. Since the menus are divided between Hulk Versus Wolverine and Hulk Versus Thor, the respective bonus material will be approached in the same manner.

For the Hulk Versus Wolverine half of the disc, the extras include an audio commentary with Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, an audio commentary with Frank Paur, Kevin Altieri and Butch Lukic, a "This is Gonna Hurt: The Making of Hulk Versus Wolverine" featurette, a "Fan Frenzy: Hulk Versus Wolverine 2008 Comic-Con" featurette, a brief "First look at Wolverine and The X-Men" featurette, and a batch of trailers. The commentaries are very informative, as Kyle and Yost comment about how they came up with the story for the movie and discuss the writing process. As one can expect, they also point out references in each of the films to their comic origins. Overall, I found both Kyle and Yost did a great job with the commentary and, thanks to the relative short running time of Hulk Versus Wolverine, there was rarely a quiet spot to be found. The other commentary, featuring Frank Paur, Kevin Altieri and Butch Lukic, tends to focus more on the overall look of the movie, the drawing process, and artistic changes made along the way. There's also an interesting discussion on choosing the right level of violence for the feature. Like the other commentary, it moves along at a nice pace with few blank spots. The "Making of" featurette is your standard EPK-style look at the movie, featuring the cast and crew discussing the film and providing a fair amount of behind-the-scene material. The "Fan Frenzy: Hulk Versus Wolverine 2008 Comic-Con" featurette is generally well done and will likely be a big interest to fans who attended the Comic-Con presentation of the movie. The "First look at Wolverine and The X-Men" provides a brief overview of the series, a look at why some of the creative decisions (like making Wolverine the leader instead of Cyclops) are quickly touched upon, and provides an estimated street date for the first Wolverine and The X-Men DVD release. Basically an EPK, but a very good one that gives us a really nice look at the series. I would like to add that the featurettes do seem a bit longer than the usual EPKs on these Marvel Animated Feature releases, which is a nice surprise. This section is rounded off by a selection of trailers, which are a mix of Marvel-related and Lionsgate titles.

And now, the Hulk Versus Thor bonus features. For this section we get an audio commentary with Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, an audio commentary with Frank Paur, Sam Liu and James Peters, a "Of Gods and Monsters: The Making of Hulk Versus Thor featurette, a "Jack Kirby + Thor" featurette, a "First Look - Thor: Tales of Asgard" featurette, and a collection of trailers. Much like with the Hulk Versus Wolverine half, the extras here are quite good, as well. The commentary by Kyle and Yost is enthusiastic and informative, basically covering the same ground as the other commentary. However, they reveal an interest fact about the opening credits for Hulk Versus Thor that really adds to the movie and some neat deleted concepts. The second audio commentary with Paur, Sam Liu and James Peters basically covers how they approached this story and what they wanted to convey in their style to make the movie feel as epic as the characters themselves. The "Of Gods and Monsters: The Making of Hulk Versus Thor featurette is your standard EPK featurette, covering the basics on the creation of Hulk Versus Thor. The Jack Kirby + Thor pays tribute to Kirby and covers the infleucence of the famed artist on the project and how they tried to stay true to what Kirby created. After that the "First Look - Thor: Tales of Asgard" featurette gives us our first look at the next Marvel Animated Feature, slated for Fall 2009, starring a young Thor exploring the world of Asgard and covering the character's origin. And the trailers are the same here as on the Hulk Versus Wolverine menu, covering Marvel-related and Lionsgate titles.

All in all, a great selection of bonus materials. We've gotten a lot more great material to see and listen to here, a huge step up over the usually lackluster extras put on the Marvel Animated Features releases. We actually get commentaries - four, no less! - and they are great to listen to. Everyone is obviously very enthusiastic and you get that sense as you listen. They are obviously enjoying their work, too, as they get really involved with the movie as it unfolds. They're really fun commentaries, all of them, from start to finish. Animation and comic fans will definitely enjoy the commentaries since they go in-depth about this project and mention others, as well. Everything looks great, too. The Blu-ray is definitely a sharp looking release. The animation quality is very high and it looks great on the high-definition transfer. The colors are vivid and everything looks smashing. The audio track, as you can expect, is just crazy impressive, with everything coming out crisp, clear, loud, and just earth-shattering at times. A really solid audio and video transfer.

Overall, the Blu-ray release of Hulk Versus is the way to go. Hulk Versus looks absolutely stunning in high-definition and the extras are nothing to sneeze at, either. In terms of bonus material, this is a great release that dwarfs all other Marvel Animated Features releases. Hulk Versus is a fun kick-ass movie that is a non-stop ride, rarely letting up the breathe. Both "mini-movies" here are a great trip, whether it's the dark nature of Hulk Versus Wolverine or the epic feel of Hulk Versus Thor. This feature won't win any Oscars, as Kyle and Yost say in the Hulk Versus Wolverine audio commentary, but it's a really fun trip for fanboys. I have no doubt this will end up being one of the most popular animated releases to date for the comic fandom, one that will assuredly bring in a lot of new fans, as well. Without a doubt, Hulk Versus comes Highly Recommended to check out. Again, this movie is a just a bang-up smashfest, so don't go in expecting an art house film. What you'll get instead is epic battles that will rattle your speakers with their high intensity and, sometimes, very bloody fallout. It's a fun ride, so hop on the Marvel train to see where it takes you.