Marvel Animated Features and Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Planet Hulk Blu-Ray and DVD will be hitting stores shelves Feb. 2nd, and having missed Greg Pax’s original storyline the first time around (no worries, it’s on my TPB list and I’ve been making great strides there as of late) I’m looking forward to experiencing the story in this format as something of a primer to the printed epic, and as a way of seeing the Hulk and his supporting cast come to life in a whole new way. I really enjoyed the 2008 film as I noted here on the blog and I’m hoping that the character is in good hands this time around as well. I’m a sucker for all things animation so I’ve little doubt this film will go a long way with me.
In all honesty I haven’t read the Incredible Hulk regularly since Peter David’s legendary run and I’ve been patiently waiting to check out all the great stuff Greg Pax has apparently been doing (that much more so with the recent announcement that Paul Pelletier is coming on board as penciller) so this flick will be a great way to get me fired up for more…though I’m fairly sure it’ll ultimately lead to a much lighter wallet!
Here’s the solicitation information from Marvel Animated Features and Lionsgate:
A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF HURT!
He was a monster, impossible to control, too dangerous to ignore. So Earth’s mightiest heroes exiled him into outer space. But now the Incredible Hulk crash lands on the distant planet Sakaar, ruled by the tyrannical Red King. Sold into slavery, Hulk becomes the planet’s mightiest gladiator—but his new masters get more than they bargained for when he forges a bond of brotherhood with his fellow fighters: crafty insectoid Miek, ruthless rock-man Korg, ex-shadow priest Hiroim, and the noble-born rebel Elloe. Unlike Earth, the desperate people of Sakaar believe a monster is just what they need. But will the Hulk be the one to save their world… or destroy it?
SPECIAL EDITION DVD AND BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:*
- Opening Sequence: Thor: Tales of Asgard
- Audio commentary by Supervising Producer Joshua Fine and Screenwriter Writer Greg Johnson
- Audio commentary by Director Sam Liu, Character Designer Philip Bourassa and Key Background Painter Steve Nicodemus
- “A Whole World of Hurt: The Making of Planet Hulk” featurette
- “Let the Smashing Commence!: The Saga of Planet Hulk” featurette
- “Rise Up” Astonishing X-Men music video
- “Watch Your Step” Spider-Woman music video
- Wolverine and the X-Men: “Wolverine vs. Hulk” episode
- Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D motion comic
- Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic
- Standard Definition Digital Copy of the feature film
*Special features may not all be in hi-def.