Incredible Hulk- Tomahawk Extended Edition, The
The deleted scenes have been inserted as seamlessly as I could manage with some colour correction and additional score to fill out the soundspace. Additional score has been placed over deleted scenes that didn't have any, and surrounding scenes to help their insertion feel organic.
Scenes that were rearranged from the script in the theatrical version have been placed back into their original context generally surrounded by once deleted scenes.
- NTSC DVD-5
- NTSC DVD-9
Disclaimer: It's been a while since I've seen the original, so the movie may be better or worse than what memory serves but it definitely feels like this edit is an improvement over the original.
I thoroughly enjoyed this edit, the added scenes helped with character moments which is what I always felt was missing from the film and I also feel the way the flashbacks were used was brilliant.
Only problem I had with the edit was at times the music was a little loud but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the edit too much.
Note: An HD release would be appreciated.
The Incredible Hulk has long been the ugly step-child of the MCU. The triumvirate of the MCU is Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Each of these will have three solo movies in the can before even a glimmer of a second Hulk film is realized.
Part of the reason is that TIH was designed to "fix" some of the aspects of Ang Lee's earlier Hulk film -- and in that regard much of the cerebral and character building aspects of the Banner character were chopped out, leaving behind a film with lots of HULK SMASH but not so much story.
Tomahawk does an amazing job fixing this in his EE. Working off the Norton script structure, he recasts the film as perhaps Leterrier and Norton originally envisioned it, and the result is nothing short of miraculous. Tomahawk's version is now my go-to version for watching this film. I have the theatrical release, but it stays forever on my shelf. Tomahawk's edit adds back the depth of character that is required for a Hulk film -- without which, you're just left with a giant green rage-monster, which honestly gets boring quick. You need the character and backstory to make the Hulk compelling.
Editing-wise, the video editing is flawless. However, on the audio side the music is sometimes too loud, obscuring dialog. The edit is only available in SD, which honestly looks just fine on my 55" Samsung, but an HD version would be nice.
If you're a Hulk fan, or an MCU fan, get this now. This is the Hulk film to watch.
Many people know (not in this forum, but still) what I think of The Incredible Hulk Starring Edward Norton. Those who don't know, I will sum all up with one word: weak. While it still has some solid action scenes, which is what Hulk fans were waiting, i found that the story was a missed opportunity because of the underdeveloped characters and the fact it looked more like a sequel to Ang Lee's Hulk than a Reboot per se.
However, I had the PLEASURE to watch this fabulous Extended Edition. I must admit it, it's REALLY GOOD. Tomahawk has restored at least 30 minutes of deleted scenes for the movie, and while it doesn't seem like it, they help a lot the story and character development.
To begin with, this version doesn't have that horrible Title sequence where we see via fast Flashbacks Bruce Banner's Accident. The Fan Edit opens directly with the scene mentioned on The Avengers, where Bruce tries to commit suicide and Hulk spits the bullet. This allows the movie to have it's own identity and let the audience explore bit by bit what happened with Bruce and the Gamma radiation.
In other changes, we can see a significant improvement on the characters, like Bruce dealing with moral questioning about what he was made to do or the suffering he has, not only because he becomes a monster, but because he had to run away from home for so long time.
General Ross' motivation is more noticeable in this Fan Edit. His ambition for capturing Hulk's power and make it a weapon, even we can see he's a little bit nut, exploring a very important theme that in the original movie was underdeveloped: Power abuse. Also, in a little sub plot, we can see how General Ross works for someone superior to him, who doesn't approve what Ross has been doing to deal with Hulk.
We can also feel a little bit better the chemistry between Betty and Bruce, so the romantic aspect is this time better presented. Even Dr. Samson, Betty's boyfriend, has some interesting extra scenes to see instead of being left out of the movie and become a filler character who is not doing anything in the story. His character has a closure in the film. And the best part, some (little) plot holes are explained. Not exactly important, but welcome indeed.
So, why were these scenes removed? Well, it's obvious that in the process, many of this scenes make the story go slower. They compromise the pace, something the producers wanted to avoid to make the movie go faster and a little bit more fun to watch so it doesn't look like the original Hulk movie from 2003. But still, I believe some of the scenes should have been added because the original film lacks character development. Or at least, I don't connect with them. Some of this scenes are not exactly necessary after all because, as i said, they make the movie's pace go slower. Like the flower scene.
In other Aspects, I will give you an 8 on Audio Editing because some scenes had loud music and I had troubles to understand what were they saying. Everything else is seamless.
I've found a far superior job, and it's unbelievable to think that a Fan Edit could top the original film. The Incredible Hulk, which had a 3/5 in my opinion, has reached a 4/5. At least, this version. They should have done the movie like this. I wouldn't have complaint so much xD.
This was excellent. I wish I would have downloaded on a dual layer for quality purposes, but the cut was tremendous. This is the movie that we should have seen in theatres. Well done Tomahawk!!
While I've watched many a Fan Edit, this is the first one I've watched that has prompted me to and leave a review.
I am a huge fan of the Marvel franchise, and yet for some reason the Hulk movies have always been lacking in my opinion. While the action sequences have always been fun and entertaining, I've never really connected with the characters.
This Film however not only captures my attention, but demands it.
Through the addition of the deleted scenes, the characters now have a real story, and their development and depth now remind me why I love this franchise. In this cut, I feel genuine sympathy, understanding and a real attachment to Banner. The additional character development does not take away from the movies action sequences in the slightest, and if anything enhances them, and you now are truly invested in the films protagonist's, and when they are in peril, you really care about the outcome.
In addition to the story now being fleshed out and far more interesting, the deleted scenes are weaved into the movie seamlessly, and the average viewer wouldn't notice where the theatrical edition finishes and the deleted scenes began. Tomahawk has even gone to the trouble of adding musical score over these scenes, making the overall watching experience one to remember.
This edition of the Incredible Hulk really is the "Ultimate" edition. In fact, I couldn't even imagine not watching this edition when I next re-watch the entire Marvel story.