The digital-to-digital transfer of the animation makes the picture look flawless in it’s 1.78:1 Widescreen presentation. The colors are vibrant and the blacks are deep and rich. The colors are on full display during the opening credits “vs. Thor” as the visuals travel through space from Earth to Asgard along the Rainbow Bridge. Not all the backgrounds are drawn with clarity but wherever there is texture it can be seen clearly.
The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is used to great effect. The music and the action surround the viewer and the Hulk gives the subwoofer a workout. Sobrino said it sounded just like a movie theater. The sound levels are balanced well because there’s no need to adjust the volume when the fighting stops for dialogue.
This release seems like it’s intended in part to draw attention to other Marvel Comics projects since DVD releases featuring the other characters are promoted, but nothing more about the Hulk. Wolverine and the X-Men has already been airing on television and will be released on DVD this spring. Thor: Tales of Asgard tells a story of a young Thor. The direct-to-DVD movie will be released in the fall.
Hulk Vs. is an improvement over previous Marvel Comics direct-to-DVD releases, like Ultimate Avengers 2, because both the stories and action are improved. The battle between Hulk and Wolverine deserves to be remembered alongside their classic comic-book clashes. This deserves a place on your comic shelf, especially in Blu-ray.