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Ken Houghton

I saw The Hulk (Eric Bana) and got the peak of "Banner’s efforts to remain calm in order to keep himself from Hulking out." Nice to see that Ang Lee was right in the first place.

Otoh, when Xanadu came on cable recently, I sat through most of it just to see the Gene Kelly scenes. (The rest of you: this is what Streaming was invented for--being able to treat DVD-quality video transfers as if they are VHS tape. [Betamax people, you will remember the experience. Both of you.])

El Jefe

Ken,

Ahem. That would be three of us, thanks :) My aging father has been a radio ham since crystal sets, so he has stubbornly bought the good version of new technology for decades, which is really just a road to tears and obscurity, but I do remember.

Susan

I beg to differ, if only on a few points. Maybe it's because I have a teenaged daughter who is, like most of them, fairly obsessed with Tom Hiddleston, & so we paid particular attention to him whereas others didn't, but in no way does he come off as a bad actor in "Avengers". Without giving anything away, there are a few scenes, a few shots/glimpses, of him that show there's much more going on than you think - and they are all due just to the expression on Hiddleston's face. I also both disagree & agree with you about Maria Hill: she doesn't do much, but Whedon obviously intended there to be more for her (look for the deleted scenes that might be floating around YouTube, but which are certainly on the disc). Without going into any detail at all, it would have changed the movie significantly had her scene been left in, & would have set up an entire plotline for a future movie.

And while I agree with you about the focus of the movie, I am also not surprised to find that Whedon almost made it Captain America's movie (Again, look for the alternate opening scenes. Everything in them is consistent with everything you point out about Cap in this movie. But, yes, the development of Stark would have made inclusion of the deleted scenes unbalance the movie, robbed it of a clear focus.

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