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
The essential aspect of Norton's screenplay wasn't that it was moving from one action set-piece to another, or one Hulk-out to the next; it was that it built up to each Hulk-out.
Tomahawk clearly understands this. By having a greater amount of screentime dedicated to each location, It really better shows Banner's motivation for ridding himself of the Hulk; whenever he gains something, the Hulk makes him lose it. Every little aspect of his routine and daily life is shown and established so we become invested in it. It means more when he Hulks out and we lose everything we've become invested in. We feel the loss of everything he vecomes invested in, for each location. When he's in Brazil, we become invested in his love for the girl because more screentime is dedicated to it. Thus, it means more when he loses it all because he has to leave when he Hulk's out.
By establishing more of a presence for each location's respective subplots, we become more invested in them and care more when Banner has to abandon them all because of the Hulk. It makes us more deeply empathize with his motivation to destroy it, as the constantly changing structure of the narrative mirrors the constantly changing structure of his life. It's as disorienting for us as it is for him.
By establishing more for Banner to lose, and consequentially greater stakes each time he risks Hulking out, we have a film that incites greater emotional investment from the audience.
~Silver Screen Samurai~
Tomahawk has done some incredible editing as I could barely notice where the new scenes were. Granted, it's been a long time since I've seen it, but the editing here is fantastic. The movie feels more complete and I can understand the characters than I ever did. I like the new opening and that it was referenced in The Avengers. And with the flashbacks now sprinkled throughout the film instead of being in the opening credits feels way more organic.
The added score at times was a little loud, but other than that, it was great. It flowed from one scene to the next without me noticing the cuts.
I watched this on a laptop on a plane so I didn't notice the SD quality as much as I would of on a TV, but it looked fine to me.
There are probably some small trims that could be done to make it better, but this is the definitive version for me now until myself or someone makes a fanfix. Its amazing how much was cut out that made a difference when put back in
The 2008 Hulk reboot improved on the 2003 film in several areas. The origin story hewed closer to the comic book original, and Banner closer to Bixby's TV interpretation we all could emote to.
Now Tomahawk has improved on the 2008 film. The added scenes and reworked opening allow helpful character development and make us more invested in the characters. This is absolutely the go-to version!
Visual editing is flawless. Audio has one recurring flaw: dialog is overpowered in places (in the forum Tomahawk explains this is baked into the original). Narrative editing is impeccable.
This edit is only SD, but the quality is good enough to not detract on a big screen.
One minor narrative change could be to use The Consultant as post-credit clip. That would make explicit that Shield is watching Banner, which gives a nice continuity into the Avengers movie.
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.