Avengers: Age of Ultron - Extinction Edition

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Avengers: Age of Ultron - Extinction Edition
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
We Fight Robots
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
141
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
152
Time Added:
11
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Brief Synopsis:
Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark unwittingly creates Ultron, a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve "world peace" via mass extinction.

Inspired by SamSpider3’s own extended cut, this adds all-new deleted and extended scenes with finished VFX being masterfully reintegrated into the movie. adding 10 new scenes and 11 more minutes of footage.

Intention:
I wanted to upgrade the SamSpider3 cut of AOU visually by fixing the green screen shots as it seemed like the EE was a fan-favourite on the website. But I also wanted to add in these 'newly' released deleted scenes as well that were missing from his cut to beef up the movie an extra 4 minutes, so I sought out to created the longest cut with finished VFX.
Other Sources:
VIDEO SOURCES
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-Ray (2015) - The feature film and the "Man in the Church, Watch Your Six, Bruce and Natasha, and Norn Cave" deleted scenes were taken from the standard BR release
- Avengers: Age of Ultron - Trailer 3 (2015) - Vision's eyes opening as he is ""born" is taken from the last shot of this trailer
- Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014) - The post-credits scene with Strucker and the twins was re-edited as a new prologue
- Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Box Set Bonus Disc (2016) - "Strucker's Demise, Hulk Out in the Jungle, Fight for Newborn Vision, Quicksilver Flirting, Sokovian Graffiti and We Fight Robots" are all taken from this disc

AUDIO SOURCES
- Arrow: Pilot, Season 1, Episode 1 (2012)- Used audio of Oliver Queen running through a forest at the start of the "Hulk Jungle" scene
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: Extended Edition by SamSpider3 (2016) - Audio from this cut was used in the "Norn Cave" and "Newborn Vision" scenes
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2015) - 'The Mission' and 'Ultron Wakes' are used in the Quicksilver Flirt/Sokovian Graffiti and Strucker's Demise respectively
- Fallout 3 (2007) Deathclaw footsteps were used as Ultron's footsteps as he entered Strucker's jail cell
- FreeSound.org - Crimson613 used sounds from this website to create the 'thunk' of Cap's helmet as he throws it back into the Quinjet in the "Sokovian Graffiti" scene
- King Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2005) - Sacrifice (Part 2) was used to score the Hulk Jungle scene too

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Special Thanks:
krlozdac for doing extra green screen and keying work on a few shots in the extended Vision birth scene where I could not
Crimson713 for building some SFX for the Sokovian Graffiti scene and giving feedback on the preview cut of this edit
heathen3017 for helping with finding the perfect track for the Hulk Jungle scene and giving all around great help and assistance throughout the production of the edit
SamSpider3 for creating the original EE, of which I've borrowed some audio work from and for giving me the initial inspiration for the edit

Creative Consultants (those who have helped in some capacity throughout the thread in the past year or so, whether it just be feedback, or a really nice comment)

flaminio, kal-el, addiesin, Masirimso17, nic, TinyBreadMouse, ChainsawAsh, motleycat Enterprises inc, stferguson78, Horrifyingly Hilarious, DigModiFicaTion, Take Me To Your Cinema (TM2YC)
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
- Extinction Edition Trailers 1 and 2
- Before and After VFX and Colour Correction
- Deleted and Alternate Trailer Scenes
- Unused Workprint Scenes
- Theatrical Versions of Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Ending
- Director's Commentary on Deleted Scenes
- Joss Whedon talks Deleted Scenes (Film Commentary Excerpts)
- Joss Whedon talks Deleted Scenes (Empire Podcast Excerpts)
- Cast and Crew Interviews on Deleted Scenes
Editing Details:
I'll break down the editing and changes that had to be done to each scene

AGE OF MIRACLES PROLOGUE
Since the post-credits scene of Winter Soldier was directed by Joss Whedon and introduced the Twins and Strucker, I thought it'd be neat to put before the Marvel Fanfare. The establishing shot of the castle was reused from later in the film when Ultron sets up shop in the basement, but the shot was reversed so the camera moves in instead of out. The scene was also cut down to remove the SHIELD/HYDRA reference and the mentions to the Winter Solider plot so that it focuses on the cocky Strucker and his devilish plans.

STRUCKER'S DEMISE
Some light colour grading was done to the scene to tone down the green look. The back half of the scene was also rescored so there was more of a terrifying sting and to allow it to flow into the next scene. "Ultron Wakes" was used as it had the right amount of fright. Deathclaw footsteps from Fallout 3 were used as Ultron's footsteps as he walk's towards Strucker. I couldn't find the right SFX for him until I was playing Fallout 3 and heard a Deathclaw about to kill me in the game. So naturally I got the sound file out and put it into the edit as the mad robot.

MAN IN THE CHURCH
Not much was done to this scene, light colour grading so the contrast was a bit better. The sting from Strucker's Demise flows over into the start of this scene.

WATCH YOUR SIX
This was the scene that needed the most visual work done to it as there was a lot of unfinished green screen in the background outside of windows in the Avengers Tower. SamSpider3's original cut didn't have this done and it was the only real complaint I had about that version (as well as some others) so I made it a goal for my own cut. The completed scene in the movie had a visible city skyline outside the window, which would of made it hard to do tracking and a lot of intricate chroma keying, so instead I just made it a solid colour which was looked pretty good. Tracking markers had to be painted out too in After Effects and some pixelation was toned down thanks to DigMod's advice. Insert shots of a tablet with Strucker's dead body replaced the unfinished shots from the deleted scene. The colour grading was redone to match the film, which was a pretty yellow kind of morning haze look.

HULK OUT IN THE JUNGLE
Banner in the jungle about to hulk out was the scene with the most audio work as it was redone from the ground up. It starts with some audio taken from the pilot of Arrow as he runs through the foliage. The scene was rescored from nothing at all to a great track from the Peter Jackson King Kong soundtrack.(which heathen3017 helped out with) that's pretty intense and adds a lot to the scene. Hulk grunts were also added throughout the scene. The following bit with the african village was cut down from what it originally entailed as the Hulk rampaged through the houses and ruined some kid's soccer game, but that's all been cut so that part of that still remains without the unfinished VFX. Some shots from the final film had to be rearranged to accommodate the new scene.

THE NORN CAVE
These scenes with Thor and Selvig still exist in the final cut, but were edited down with some new dialogue being recorded and the context of the exposition being changed. So now these scenes have been put back the way they were before the theatrical cut. Audio from SamSpider3's EE was used here as he rescored and did some extra SFX, so I just used that here. I also colour graded the whole thing so it was a bit darker and spookier, looks pretty neat I think

BRUCE AND NAT
I'm sure this scene is better for their relationship or something, haven't really watched the scene back in full yet. I brightened the whole scene up from the horribly shadowey state it was in the on Blu-Ray. Also added some sappy love score to the background.

VISION'S BIRTH
There is a much longer version of Vision's birth on the Phase 2 Box Set, but since it has very unfinished VFX, I cut it down the the bare minimum like SamSpider3 did but finished the green screen shots of Banner almost hulking out (thanks to krlozdac). I also opted to use the deleted shot of Vision opening his eyes from Trailer 3 instead of the unfinished shot from the deleted scene like SamSpider3 did. There's an extra few lines from Banner here too and one of Thor repeating some Asgardian words that he said in the Norn Cave. Not too much new stuff, but the scene flows a little nicer.

QUICKSILVER FLIRTING
This quick little scene with Pietro running through Sokovia telling people to get out has a cameo from an older gentleman who appeared in the deleted "Man in the Church" scene. It also had a little bit of jarring unfinished VFX that I've tried to mend so that it looks a lot better. Bit of light colour touch ups here to remove the green tint.

SOKOVIAN GRAFFITI
Originally this scene started with the Quinjet landing and Cap putting his shield on his back, but since those shots had unfinished VFX, they had to go, so the scene starts on the shot of him picking up his helmet. The sound of him throwing it back into the jet was made excellently by Crimson713 by blending some SFX together so that the helmet isn't so silent. There was also a tiny bit of green screen in the distance between two buildings that was barely noticable, but I keyed that out still just to be sure. Both this scene and the Quicksilver scene was also rescored with 'The Mission' from the soundtrack.

WE FIGHT ROBOTS
Some big portions of the background of the first shot had green screens up, so fixing up that was the first step and was done to great success I think. There is some in the background of the Black Widow/Hawkeye shot, but with all the smoke, it's unfixable and hardly visable so I left those as it. There was colour timing that had to be done shot-by-shot to maintain a sense of continuity throughout the scene so it all matched up. TM2YC gave some advice here on how to do that.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added an edited version of the mid-credits scene from Winter Soldier with Strucker and the Maximoff twins to before the Marvel Fanfare
- Added Strucker being killed by Ultron
- Added Pietro handing stolen supplies to the people of Sokovia
- Added Tony and Bruce talking about screwing up Ultron
- Added extended convasation with Cap and Maria Hill about Strucker's death.
- Added extended scene of the Avengers talking about Ultron killing Strucker and what War Machine is up to
- Added Bruce hulking out in the jungle after Wanda jinxs him and scaring a girl in a village
- Added extended sequence of Thor going for a swim in a cave. They now contact the Norns to ask them what to do then simply Thor having his dream again.
- Added extended scene of Bruce and Nat talking at the farmhouse
- Added snippets of the extended scene of Vision's birth with some extra Banner and Thor dialogue and an extra shot of Vision's eyes opening as he is born
- Added Cap seeing graffiti of him in Sokovia saying "FACIST" and him deciding not to wear his helmet
Added scene of Pietro running through Sokovia telling everyone to get out and him flirting with a girl
- Added scene of Cap, Nat, Clint, Pietro and Wanda talking about what to do as the air was getting thinner, some nice banter here.
Cover art 1 by Bobson Dugnutt (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Cover art 2 by Bobson Dugnutt (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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Release Trailer


Trailer


Before and After VFX and Colour Correction

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Again Bobson does a great job of improving the theatrical release by masterfully integrating the deleted scenes. Joss Whedon once again cuts out most of the character focused and horror type elements of the the theatrical cut and reinserting them back adds so much more to the story and the characters. The narrative is now more better, the editing is brilliant, the audio work is solid and never felt jarring. Another go to version from Bobson that is truly superior over the theatrical.

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I actually really enjoyed the theatrical cut of this... but after having watched through Wandavision, this was necessary to revisit. Before I busted out my Theatrical cut... I felt like I would rather dip my toes into the Fanedit that boasts the best extended version utilizing (what I now see as incredibly vital) deleted scenes and some VFX punch ups.. After having seen this it made me realize that if these scenes were missing on future watch throughs, they would be missed. As everyone has stated... this is my definitive version now!

I never noticed any jarring visual or sound edits, the narrative is improved, and this is just better. Sometimes I watch a fan edit and it makes me kinda mad, because this is what we should have had all along. Kudos!

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A fantastic extended edition by Bobson Dugnutt which almost tackles my main complaint about the theatrical cut; I’ve always felt that adding the Twins, especially Quicksilver, was more of a contest between Marvel Studios and Fox (developing Days of Future Past back then) to present their own version of Magneto’s offspring than a crucial storytelling addition. A couple of extra scenes gives them some required depth and eventually make Pietro’s death much more relatable. Another thing that I particularly appreciated was the Hulk in the jungle as well as the Norns cave scenes. They bring a level of darker tone and creepiness that I miss from the MCU. The VFX by the editor on the extended “Watch your Six” scene, removing the green screen, were seamless and so is his editing as a whole. The only real problem I could spot was some small sound desynchronization in the aforementioned scene, but since it is the 1.7 version I watched, I suppose there’s a fix for that in some updated version. In conclusion, Bobson Dugnutt’s Age of Ultron: Extinction Edition is definitely my canon edition from here on!

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This is my least favorite Avengers movie, but this edit really brought my enjoyement for it up. I think the biggest thing is the added content for the twins. I'm happy for all the deleted scenes that got added in. The only thing that still feels so out of place is Nat and Bruce. Not the editor's fault though. Overall much better than the original. Won't be watching that one again.

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So, first things first, I watched this just a week or so after SamSpider's version. I am in no way trashing SamSpider's version, as I rated it very highly. It was excellent. This version is, however, better. And not really technically, as they are both executed on a level that was nearly seamless, and its not due to a better artistic vision, as I feel like both edits were essentially working from the same idea. No, the only REAL difference is that this one is MORE of that. My understanding is that Bobson Dognutt had a few more scenes to work with, and you can tell. I don't remember the exact number, but I think its only like 2 minutes or so, but every second taken from this film was part of the problem with the theatrical cut. Everything bad about it is remedied with these extra scenes, and the fact that this cut has a few more is the only thing that makes it better. Both are absolutely amazing, this is just slightly more amazing.

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