Overall, definitely improved the film by adding in the deleted scenes. Especially the opening prologue. Really helps establish the character arc banner goes through and makes the end feel earned and different from his starting place.
I see this edit more as a proof-of-concept that there is a better movie within all the footage available for Incredible Hulk 08 than this being that better movie. Many of the scenes added enhance character development and make plot points clearer, but not all of them need to be included or included in their full form (much of the added Blonsky/General Ross footage sticks out in this way). The added scenes of Banner talking to "Mr. Blue" in Brazil also bother me since the restored footage has a different GUI on Banner's computer chat than the theatrical footage does, but that's probably minor.
All in all, I hope someone (maybe myself?) will one day tackle this film again using the structure of this edit as a guide to find an ideal "middle ground" between the too-short theatrical cut and this.
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.
To be honest, my review is mostly the same as pabs' overall, though I probably liked it a bit more than him. I'm the one who approved it for the site and I had no problem doing so. It looks and sounds perfect and the integration of deleted material is seamless. It's nice to have this 'ultimate' edition of the movie with few story changes, though I don't know that I would necessarily grab this edition if I ever had a hankerin' to watch the movie, to be honest, as it adds even more exposition and pure drama to a movie that has lots to begin with. As pabs did, I would recommend it to some—especially to those who already know what they're in for—but maybe not all...
A technically perfect edit. The added deleted scenes are weaved seamlessly. Unfortunately the deleted scenes slow down the pace of the story and hardly contribute to anything. This is supposed to be a Hulk movie, not Cassavetes. Carefully recommended to a selected few who appreciate the technical aspects of editing.