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Please correct me if I'm wrong here: This forthcoming TIH TV series Blu-ray release is not Region 1, correct? It looks like this is either a Region-free or non-Region 1 release.

Obviously, this is important to those of us in the U.S. who have Blu players that can only play Region 1 disks. I.e., my player can typically play Region 1 or Region-free disks, but that's it.
 

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Please correct me if I'm wrong here: This forthcoming TIH TV series Blu-ray release is not Region 1, correct? It looks like this is either a Region-free or non-Region 1 release.

Obviously, this is important to those of us in the U.S. who have Blu players that can only play Region 1 disks. I.e., my player can typically play Region 1 or Region-free disks, but that's it.
It's coming from Universal itself through their MoD program, like The Office and Parks and Recreation did. So it'll likely be region free, with an outside chance of being Region A locked since the Region B set has been out for a while now.

But it's 100% a US set.
 

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It's coming from Universal itself through their MoD program, like The Office and Parks and Recreation did. So it'll likely be region free, with an outside chance of being Region A locked since the Region B set has been out for a while now.

But it's 100% a US set.

OK - Thanks for the clarification.
 

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This is great news. I have been holding out importing this hoping Kino or Mill Creek would release this on Blu Ray. Didn't think Universal would release it but glad they are.
 

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Obviously, this is important to those of us in the U.S. who have Blu players that can only play Region 1 disks. I.e., my player can typically play Region 1 or Region-free disks, but that's it.

That is how my PS3 is when it comes to DVDs and Blus.
 

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Also saw TIH S02 over the summer. Excellent!! It's worth noting this was the first full-length season, given that S01 only had 10 episodes. As with S01, I find this to be another excellent season, with no bad episodes.

Some S02 episode reviews:

"Married" and "Bride of the Incredible Hulk": Banner travels to Hawaii to seek the help of psychologist Dr. Carolyn Fields (Mariette Hartley) - who may be able to help him control his Hulk transformations. However, Dr. Fields is suffering from an incurable illness, and David tries to help her find a cure. In the process of her doing an experiment on David, he does turn into the Hulk....which she witnesses. Not that surprisingly, they fall in love & have a brief marriage.

The ending was expected, but tragic. I especially liked the poignant conversation that David has on the beach at the very end of the episode (with a child he had earlier saved from drowning).

These are definitely two of the best episodes in the series. Very poignant. These are two of the few episodes I remember seeing as a kid during their initial broadcast.

"Ricky": David is working on a race-track in NM, and befriends a young disabled man named Ricky. Ricky is coerced into driving a defective race-car, and the Hulk has to save him.

It seems obvious that the Ricky character here is based on "Rick Jones", the teen that Bruce Banner saves from the Gamma Radiation test - in the initial Hulk comic origin story.

"Haunted": David helps a woman who is convinced her large ancestral home is inhabited by ghost(s). Creepy episode.

"Mystery Man - Parts I-II": David's face is bandaged after a bad accident. And, after meeting the bandaged David in a hospital, reporter Jack McGee offers to help him go to a specialist in L.A. While flying there on a small plane, David & McGee crash-land in the mountains. They are the only survivors, and have to rely on each other to stay alive.
 

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Some general observations about the show, and some specific observations re: S02:

When Banner turns into the Hulk, the Hulk does definitely have some sort of residual "memory" about the events leading up to the transformation; so, he'll know enough to go after the bad guys & to leave the innocent people alone, etc. Conversely, when the Hulk turns back into Banner after an "event", Banner has no recollection of what he did as the Hulk.

The Hulk has a soft spot for children, most women (other than the evil/manipulative ones), the elderly, and the handicapped/disabled.

In S02, I noticed there were more sequences were people actually saw Banner transform into the Hulk. Conversely, in S01 that barely happened.

In S02, I noticed that Jack McGee did carry a camera with him & took some pictures of the Hulk at times (unlike S01).
 

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Finally got around to finishing TIH S03. Excellent season - all of the episodes were either good, or great. S03 was, overall, as good as S02 - and I thought S02 was amazing. Some of the many highlights:

'Metamorphosis': David befriends a troubled rock star (Mackenzie Philips). One of the most disturbing scenes in the series is when she is on-stage & 'mesmerized' by the lights, and is presumably planning on harming herself...but then the Hulk intervenes. Like many of the episodes, I like how David's entering people's lives is an inadvertent help to them (for the most part). The rock star/group seemed to be inspired by the "glam rock" that was popular in the late 1970's.

'Homecoming': David returns to his home in CO for Thanksgiving, and has to help his family with a serious issue involving his father possibly losing his land. David also has to reconcile with his family as well.

This may be the only episode that references Banner's family, and seems to be inspired by a similar episode of "The Fugitive", when Richard Kimble goes back to his home-town to help his father.

'The Snare': David ends up on an small island inhabited by only one other person, a wealthy psycho who likes to hunt people for sport. This episode was inspired by the iconic film "The Most Dangerous Game" (1932).

'Broken Image': Banner is working as the maintenance man in an apartment complex, and is coincidentally the dead ringer for a local criminal/mobster named Mike Cassidy. Things heat up when David (who is thought to be the criminal), is pursued both by the criminal's rivals & LE. Bixby does an excellent job of portraying both Banner & Cassidy, two different people who have completely opposite personalities, etc. Well-done.
 
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Part 2 of my S03 review:

'Captive Night': David is working at a large, well-known department store in Philadephia. One night when he & others are working late, the store is robbed. And, David has to pretend to go along with the criminals in order to save his fellow employees. Excellent episode. Guest starring Anne Lockhart (Battlestar Galactica).

'The Psychic': In San Francisco, a young psychic "sees" David's alter-ego the Hulk when she happens to spot him in a grocery store. This causes unwanted attention for David, when the "story" gets the attention of reporter Jack McGee.

'Deathmask': David is working at a campus library in the college town of Prestonville, and women are being killed/assaulted. Being a relative newcomer/stranger in town, David is unjustly accused of being a serial killer.
But, the truth eventually comes out - and it's revealed that the serial killer is actually the LE officer investigating the crime.
Very unsettling/creepy episode. Guest starring Gerald McRaney (Simon & Simon).

Both 'The Psychic' and 'Deathmask' have strong horror elements.

'Falling Angels': While working as a handyman for an orphanage, David slowly realizes that the orphans are being used by the orphanage's administrator(s) to commit crimes/robberies.
This episode features a heart-felt ending, when David has to explain to one of the orphans why she can't come with him (when he's leaving).

Other comments:

-Throughout the seasons there is a "stock" scene showing the Hulk running alone through a narrow, dimly lit back alley at night. This is a scene that is re-used in numerous episodes, but not overly used. I like this footage; it's atmospheric, and gives the show a kind of 'noir' feel.

- I'm actually completely satisfied with these TIH DVD's & don't plan on upgrading to Blu. That's usually not the case with me, but I find the DVD's have decent PQ/color/sound (for the most part), and I don't know how much better I need these to look. Also, I don't typically like double-dipping unless there's a really good reason for this.
 

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The famous alley shot was filmed for "The Final Round," the first hour episode aired. Even though it's a view from behind, you'll notice that Lou's head is wider, as he's wearing his original Neanderthal Hulk headpiece, which was replaced with a loss severe forehead appliance after the first few episodes.
 

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