Hulk Versus Thor DVD Home Video Release
Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Marvel Animation
Release Date: March 29th, 2011

DVD Bonus Features:
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



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Hulk Versus Thor DVD Review
Review by James Harvey


Lionsgate Home Entertainment, and Maple Pictures in Canada, has released this Hulk Versus Thor DVD as a very obvious and very deliberate cash-in for the upcoming live-action Thor movie, an easy impulse buy at a very affordable price. It's a no-frills package. No fancy packaging or inserts of any kind. Just the disc.

The bonus content for this disc is identical to what was released on the original Hulk Versus: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release from 2009. 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. The only real new content are a few new trailers for recent and upcoming Lionsgate releases.

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 talk about 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" featurette pays tribute to Kirby and covers the influence 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 (and last) Marvel Animated Feature, hitting shelves next month, starring a young Thor exploring the world of Asgard and covering the character's origin.

All in all, a great selection of bonus materials, but nothing we haven't seen before. And, much like the original Hulk Versus DVD release, the animation quality is very high and it looks really nice on a standard-definition transfer. The colors look solid and everything looks smashing. The audio track, as you can expect, sounds excellent in 5.1 Dolby Digital, with everything coming out crisp and clear. A really solid audio and video transfer.

So, can I recommend this release? Well, it's kind-of hard to. While Hulk Versus Thor can be picked up for as little as $6, the original Hulk Versus DVD release, with both Hulk Versus Thor and Hulk Versus Wolverine, can be swooped up for between $5 - 10 dollars. The only way I could recommend this release is if you really, really can't stand or care for Wolverine, or are coming out of the live-action Thor theatrical feature and just want to see more of the Norse God in action. That's it, really. To everyone else, you can easily Skip It. Besides, for a few dollars more, the original Hulk Versus Blu-ray release is still readily available for around $10.