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Friending policy. Friend me and I am likely to friend you back if you actually have posts in your journal in a language I can understand. However, most of my posts are public.

There are a couple of exceptions to this. Some very personal posts may be flocked to a particular list of people I know. Posts about fan fiction also have their own custom list. After a few years hiatus I have started writing fan fiction again, and I do talk about it and rec it, though most of the fiction itself goes on AO3. If you want to be on this list, just ask. Its existence is mainly to protect the occasional delicate sensibility and to keep it off search engines.

Gravity, Interstellar, and The Martian
I finally saw 'Gravity' several years after everyone else. I regret not seeing it on the big screen, but no regrets at all for missing the 3D version. If a film can't hold up on the TV screen in 2D then it is not worth seeing in the first place.

However, 'Gravity' held up very well indeed. Superb SFX, fine acting, beautifully paced and excellently directed, it's real fault was what Ina refers to as "that bloody awful intrusive music." (Which won what I, personally, consider one of the most misplaced Oscars of all time!)

It was one of the (surprisingly) many things this movie has in common with 'Interstellar' - so why did I love this movie (though not as much as I loved 'The Martian) and hate 'Interstellar'?

Ina's comment this morning when I voiced this question was, "It's a bloody sight shorter."

And that, indeed, is one of the reasons. 'Gravity' is a short film by modern blockbuster standards and feels even shorter, because it's a rollercoaster ride. 'Interstellar' is much longer, has less action and less plot, though lots more cod philosophy. Nolan just will not kill his babies. Whereas, in 'Gravity' there is no wasted action, no wasted words, 'Interstellar' just rambled on and on to very little purpose.

Before I started watching 'Gravity' I was already well briefed on some of its scientific and engineering problems, much better briefed than I had been on 'Interstellar's but it didn't bother me during or after the movie. (In fact, some of those were what made it SF rather than a straightforward drama.) There was no moment when you asked 'Why are these characters fuckin' doing that (stupid) thing?" because each action was as clear as day. What's more, the characters in 'Gravity' actually talked like, you know, people. Likeable people.

It took me a few minutes to work out why I much preferred the effects in 'Gravity' to those in 'Interstellar' and my first thought was that the latter were, well, dull. And why were they dull? I've come to the conclusion it was the colour palette and the colour grading. Though set in space, 'Gravity' was bright and beautful, it had the backdrop of space, and of Earth. It had the golden glitter of the solar arrays. It looked real because it was based on the familiar shapes of Earth built craft. And, God, it was lovely. 'Interstellar' was all greys and browns, and not bright ones at that. All the worlds were miserable - even Earth. ('The Martian' also had the glorious colours of the Martian landscape, probably exaggerated, but I do not, honestly, care. They were beautiful. I think the lack of beauty in 'Interstellar' may have been a choice, but it did mean that the interminable dialogue silences were made worse by there being little of interest for the eyes.

Then there was the acting. All three movies had genuine stars in the leads, but, let us be honest, Bullock and Clooney in 'Gravity' and Damon in 'The Martian' generated interest and sympathy in the way truly great movie stars do when given decent material - they all knocked Matthew McConaughey out of sight. Did anyone care about him? I certainly didn't.

Oh, and all that ridiculous business with the singularity and the bookshelves (which was deliberately obscure - probably because if it hadn't been it would have been laughable) wasn't, thank Ghu, present in 'Gravity' - even the one strange scene plainly an hallucination, right from the start. Everything in 'Gravity' was believable while you were viewing the film, while I spent most of the time watching 'Interstellar' going, "What???"

I note, with glee, that 'The Martian' has now passed 'Interstellar's total take in the US, and will probably surpass its total take when it opens in China and Japan. It's also got real legs. And cost a lot less. It won't, of course, surpass 'Gravity's take, or come near its Oscar haul but, you know, I am okay with that.

Discover Dogs
Bren adult
Spent yesterday at Discover Dogs, this year at Excel, which is more convenient for me, even if -- as yesterday - Docklands Light was out between Stratford and Canning Town, necessitating a diversion via Poplar, which added about twenty minutes to the journey time. By dint of a lot of "Yes, I'm certain," I managed to save a number of other visitors from the half mile or so walk through the Excel Centre by telling them they should stay on the train for another stop and get out at Prince Regent. (Thanks to inamac who e-mailed the Kennel Club to find out which entrance to use.)

I was there mainly to look at the merchandise and came home with a bright orange Equafleece coat for Bren, shampoo called "Fox Poo" for the poo-rolling Draco, some of the new Fish4Dogs treats, two freebee cans of food Bren can eat, some Greyhound rescue Christmas cards and a 'training pouch' that I can use as a dog-walking belt pouch.

I also had a great time meeting dogs and talking to other doggie people.

If (by some mischance) I lost Bren, or if we move to a house where we could have a third dog, I am very tempted to consider these,

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Catalan Sheepdogs. Small, active, hardy, and smart. (I do like sheepdogs, it has to be admitted.) Apparently they are really hot at agility.

Or these:


The Cirneco dell'Etna, the Sicilian version of the ancient type of hound found around the Med, such as the Pharaoh and Ibizan Hounds. (And, incidentally, isn't that unit superbly dressed?) They are quite small and also do agility, but they are hounds and the local rabbit population would not appreciate them. Nor, I suspect, would the cats.

Plus, just for Fred, I met some lovely Lancashire Heelers.


More pictures here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lilshepherd/albums/72157659952323972

Jurassic Park World in High Heels
Just so no one has to imagine dinosaurs in high heels any longer...

The Martian
gravity works
Ina and I went to see 'The Martian' at the local cinema yesterday. I haven't read the book (though it may well be my sort of thing) and the director, Ridley Scott, is someone about whom I am very, very ambivalent; all of his pictures are ravishingly shot, but he seems to loathe science and logic and historical research (or he picks screenwriters who do.) I still think Alien his best movie, but I am one of the two people in the world who dislikes every single cut of Blade Runner (the other one is my housemate, inamac), whose DVD index labels Black Hawk Down as CBATF (Can't be arsed to finish), and who put her foot down after Robin Hood (which Ina forced me to watch) as "No more Scott pseudo-historicals, please." This may be a little hypocritical of me, because I really liked Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven despite being full of bad history and so placed them in an 'alternate universe' category.

But the reviews said this was Scott's best movie in years, that it was clever and funny and, save for some named exceptions, scientifically accurate and that Matt Damon, of whom I am fond, was brilliant in it. Ina and I rarely have the same taste in movies, though I have learned to trust her judgement about some movies she walks out on (and am trusting it completely about The Man from UNCLE) but this time she wanted to see it too. (I suspect this was because there were not going to be any long fight/sex sequences in it and no big robots bashing each other.)

She didn't walk out. She didn't go to sleep. Her only complaint was that she couldn't hear some of the dialogue, which seeing as she had deliberately left her hearing aid at home...

And me? I loved it to bits. It reminded me forcefully of why I have always loved 'hard' science fiction - I am pretty sure that people like John W. Campbell Jr and Hal Clement would have adored it too. And the protagonist, Mark Watney, is surely a good example of Heinlein's 'competent man.' It is tense, interesting and often very funny and the Martian landscapes are stunningly portrayed.

On the other hand, if you are not interested in watching brilliant minds 'science their way out of this' then forget it. There is one action sequence towards the end, and another features one the acknowledged scientific inaccuracies - the force of a Martian wind - but without that one there would be no story. (And if, like Mark Watney, you hate 'disco' music, then you might well dislike the sound track, though the sound of rockets taking off shakes your seat superbly.)

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Though most of the acting is competent enough, it is Damon who carries it on his shoulders, and it would take a real effort of will not to engage with his humour, his cheerfulness and his struggle to survive. But this is science fiction, which has always been the fiction of ideas, and it is the science and engineering that drive The Martian. Don't look for mental breakdowns, cheesy love stories, parent/child angst or eye-rollingly bad philosophy (and yes, Interstellar I'm looking at you) because you won't find those things (or bookcases on the other side of a Black Hole - sheesh!)

This is a fun movie! The new Star Wars movie is going to have to be very, very good indeed to beat it to the Hugo.

Star Spangled Greyhound
We were at a local fun dog event today, and spotted this greyhound (or possibly lurcher) in the ring.

What the hell would you call this colour combination, is it recognised, and if not, why not?

Spangled Greyhound

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One thing about receiving a slightly outdated copy of Starburst in the pack at Nine Worlds (though maybe a pack of Starburst/Opal Fruits would have been more welcome) is that it really does highlight just how much is studio puff, rumour and uninformed speculation. I looked at a couple of articles, and...

There is a long piece on how fantastic the new FF film is going to be (8% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes in reality) which is pure studio puff. This is the July 2015 issue which will have come out in June - but the rumours of how much of a mess the movie was and that the director had been behaving badly on set had surfaced in January. By this time the reshoots had taken place and the studio had cancelled the 3D conversion.

The review of Jurassic World (picked because, hey, I'd actually seen it!) is also excessively kind - but they also give the same marking to 'The Human Centipede III' (17% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) which must rank as one of the largest mistakes since Empire gave four stars to The Phantom Menace.

A quick look at their news pages reveal that they still reckon that Asa Butterfield was "favourite to win the gig" as Spider-man when apparently, Tom Holland had already nailed it the auditions. Nothing to see there, either.

I gave up reading 'Starburst' a couple of years ago. Nothing in this issue convinces me I should ever give it the time of day.

Fred Bassett - this is the link for you
Does the dog (or any other pet) die in this film? If that worries you, there's a new resource...

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UK and Commonweath specific meme from cmcmck
1. Marmite- love or hate?

Hate it, though we have it in the house because Inamac loves it.

2. Marmalade - thick cut or thin cut?

Thick cut and home made.

3. Porridge- made with milk or water?

I use half water, half semi-skimmed milk.

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?


5. Loose tea or teabags?

Normally tea bags, high quality single tea ones, and made in a pot.

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?

We have two. One on the central bar of a two part glass door, the other in the wall of the house - this is because we put on a new porch some years ago.

7. What's your favourite curry?

Chicken Tikka masala or chicken pasandana - both mild and both rather... er... British.

8. What age is the place where you live?

The house was built in 1967. The village has a few houses dating back to the middle ages, though the church is Victorian. And, of course, the Parish of which it is a part dates back much further. Mentioned in the Domesday book further.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?

I think they are Indian in origin.

10. Instant or fresh coffee?

Instant, mostly.

11. How far are you from the sea?

About 30 miles.

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?


13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?


14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?


15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?

We do. We try to keep it low maintenance.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?

Semi-skimmed. (Occasionally Channel Island whole milk for a treat.)

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?

I'd go by tube -- the Central Line -- but the nearest terminal is Liverpool Street which is my escape route if the tubes are out and I am in London.

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?

No. This is the posh part of Essex. The local baker has a few tables and serves coffee, otherwise, it's pubs. Rather good ones.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?

We have some, but only because we're lazy.

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative name?

No. The first mention of my home town - not the one where I currently live - is in Chaucer.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?

Well, the most famous of our local pubs was frequented by Churchill, Dickens and Dick Turpin. We have a lot of 'celebs' and probably a number of artists and authors (if rich enough) but I have no idea who they are.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?

No. Don't watch soaps.

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?


24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?

Don't drink blended tea. Our usual is an Assam.

25. What's in your attic if you have one?

No idea. It used to be full of water tank...

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?

Strawberry or raspberry, if I have a choice.

27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?

Scown. I'm a northerner. Jam first.

28. Barth or bath?

Bath. (See above.)

29. Carstle or castle?

Castle (see above)!

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?

Sea salt. Don't like other flavours.

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?

Nowadays, chicken. My old wonderful Greek chippie used to so a mixture of battered scampi and prawns. Yum. (And I have very, very fond memories of Doyles on the Beach in Sydney and their deep fried battered Moreton Bay Bugs. I could live on those.)

32. Take away, take out or carry out?

Take away. Though ours tend to deliver.

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?

Green for green waste, black for rubbish, a blue box for glass and plastic bags for rest of the recycling.

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?

Depends on the company. There are a number.

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?


36. Dettol or TCP?


37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?

We would if we had the room.

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?

Corgettes, though neither are on the list of my favourites.

39. In the 'real world' Do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?

Not a question I find it easy to answer as most of my 'real life' friends of other nationalities were those I met through SF fandom.

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?

Several, because we are interested in myth. Also a number of books on the psychology and origins of religion.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?

Tissues. I lose hankies.

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?


43. Doorbell, knocker or both?

Doorbell. Two, actually.

44. Do you own a car? What sort?

Yes. A Skoda Fabia estate. We take delivery of a new one tomorrow.

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?


46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?

No. But I like a man in braces.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?

Loads. I like using insults from Henry IV Part I.

48. Do you like toasted muffins?

Take them or leave them.

49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?

Yes. Though my mother used to make a separate trifle without sponges because neither my brother nor I liked them.

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?

No. Militant atheist here.

I went to see 'Jurassic World.'
Jurassic World' - the only movie where the dinosaurs have more character than the humans - and are more likeable. Also, come on, who can outrun a T-Rex in five inch heels?

Also, the pacing was... not good.
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Yesterday and today were Quite Interesting. Went to see the Practice Nurse for a medication review and agreed to have a go at losing some weight (which I was going to do anyway) in return for getting my medication renewed and some advice on other things.

Ina picked me up in the Lidl's car park (where traffic came to a standstill as a bloke tried to save himself a 20 yard drive by going the wrong way round the one way system just as others were coming in. In some car parks you can do this safely and without causing a traffic jam, but not this one!

We then walked the dogs on Fairlop Plain, went to Sainsbury's for Ina to get the security tag removed from the skirt she bought two days ago, and I headed for the dentist and a consultation that continued with me writing a cheque for several hundred nicker, then being in the chair for root canal work for nearly an hour.

Finally, Bren refused to do anything at agility unless forced. It was hot, but...

Today we got a phone call saying our various glasses were ready for collection and headed for Ilford, only to be caught up in a huge traffic jam along the A12, where someone had been silly and crashed at the junction with Aldborough Hatch Road. Even an hour and a half later (we were... er... delayed by a half price sale at the fashion department of Debenhams) police cars and ambulances were still dashing for the junction, so more had plainly happened.

Home now, and happy to be so, even though drugged up with Ibuprofen on dentist's orders. (400mgs every six hours for at least two days...)

Can someone please identify this flower
I think this is one of the milkworts, but plants on chalk are not my thing, so...


Avengers Movies: the Monsters and the Tumblr critics
black widow
Recently, I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron for a second time. It was less than twenty-four hours before that I had seen The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble if you must) on television, there being very little else to watch that evening, and Ina being busy knitting.

I ended up changing some of my views on the former*, and feeling sorry for Joss Whedon, who ended up being vilified because that scene between Bruce and Natasha wasn't seen not just in the context surrounding their conversation or that of A:AoU (of which more in a moment) but in the context of the major themes of both movies.

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Didn't see this at the cinema, for various reasons.

First impressions are: beautiful cinematography, sound utterly crap. (Which is one of the reasons, given its rep for this, that we are happy to be watching with subtitles.) Script pretty good, plot hopeless. Acting good. No comment yet on the astronomy or the physics or, for that matter, the engineering, but the biology is also crap. (No understanding of ecology.)

Too much bloody mysticism.

The robot is quite ridiculous.

"Most famous solo yachtsmen in the world don't know how to swim." Twaddle.

Excuse me, but if that planet is that close to a huge black hole then it is going to fall into the Black Hole eventually, so why the fuck are you all worrying about the time dilation effect when it is plainly NO USE as a colony.


Didn't it occur to anyone that a planet with oceans orbiting a Black Hole would have tides of extreme intensity? (And that, of course, is a real tidal wave, not a tsunami. Lovely special effect, shame about the stupidity of the crew.

And I'm not happy about the one woman crewmember supposedly basing her judgement on love... stereotypes, anyone

Meanwhile, Ina states she cannot posit a universe in which they get Murphy's Law wrong.

And the pacing is off. Too much pseudo-philosophical twaddle.


Someone just said the equivalent of "There are some things man was never meant to know."

And some folks already think they have come close to reconciling General and Special Relativity with Quantum Mechanics.

"Do you have an idea?"

"A feeling."

SCREAMS even louder!!!!

None of these planets feel in the least alien. And they are dreadfully unimaginative, compared with the reality within the planets and moons of our own solar system.

Oh, ghod, this is Nolan unable to kill his babies again. These long space sequences are pretty but plain boring, and that music is just... just... not good.

Here we go, the good ol' slingshot effect. *sigh* I wish I could believe that this is a Trek tribute.

Y'know, I thought they had a scientific advisor on this. This is all pushing coincidence and special pleading too far.

Now we've got a typical deus ex machina.

The 'power of love'.


Ina, in disgust: "This movie is all clichés." She then blamed a nationality which isn't Nolan's. I'm not sure if she just mean "bloody Hollywood suits". Then she added, "This makes 2001 look compact."

And the sound is, indeed, totally crap.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Blimey! A BBC fantasy adaptation that cuts right to the heart of the novel, necessarily stripping away some of the richness, but laying bare the strong bones. Wonderfully cast, beautifully filmed, and instantly comprehensible. I am going to be glued to the TV every Sunday for the next six weeks.
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Just to Finish Things off: Battle of the Five Armies

It isn't one continual battle, but it feels like it is. And those individual battles go on and on and on and on.

At least Richard Armitage gets to show some acting chops, but in the main this is so effects heavy it is almost Michael Bay-ish in places. And so doom laden that, to be quite frank, when Billy Connolly's Dain made his entrance he had us commenting, "Now that's my idea of a Dwarf!"

The fight in Dol Guldur was, to put it frankly, hilariously bad. So was Orlando Bloom.

Smaug's death was wasted.

And what the heck happened to the fifth army? I must have blinked and missed them.

Look, Peter J, if you want to remake Tremors go get the rights.

Is that the entire justification of the inclusion of Radagast? Because if so, he wasn't at all necessary. And this demeans Eagles, who in both 'The Hobbit' and 'LotR' do not need a wizard to decide what they ought to do.

I liked the goats, though.

And Bilbo was a bright spot.

Ina commented, at the end, "Why don't we watch LotR again now." Well, it will take the bad taste out of my mouth.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Well, that was a bit better, mainly because there was no singing and no fart jokes, and even Radagast seemed a bit less stupid - though not by much. The dwarves, save for Thorin (brooding), Kili (pretty) and Balin (sensible) -- not to forget Bombur (fat) - remain pretty much indistinguishable.

Bloom's Legolas seemed to have lost all his personality from LotR (maybe he had a transplant between these movies and FotR) though an occasional Leggy-moment (TM) enlivened some of the fight sequences. But everyone seemed very one-note and Bilbo's transformation from tongue-tied klutz (particularly in the scenes at Bag End, where he should have been most confident) to silver-tongued burglar seemed just a bit sudden, and most of it seemed to take place between movies. Thranduil is just plain nasty, with not a hint of any redeeming feature, Beorn isn't in it enough to make any impression, Bard is, again, fairly one-note (though very pretty) and Fry is dreadful as the Master of Laketown.

I can see why they added Tauriel, but female Captains of the Guard (or even female guards) are not very Tolkien, even in LotR, let alone The Hobbit and I just cannot buy the 'romance' with Kili or even Legolas. I get the impression that Jackson and the writers didn't quite know how to deal with the elves in 'The Hobbit' who have no connection with the elves in LotR save the name.

Many of the other problems with An Unexpected Journey are still here. The tone is all over the place. For pity's sake, Mr Jackson, make up your mind whether you are making funny kid's movie or a prequel to an epic!

The CGI (and the make-up!) is occasionally very, very obvious (I think because this is the highest of high definitions) and there are occasional moments (and not just Leggy moments) where the movement is sick making (God knows what it was like in 3D). I really think this must be an occasional result of the transfer from the higher frame-rate. And the action sequences went on and on and on until it became almost impossible to suspend disbelief. (Ina, interjecting, "Almost????") The 'barrel' sequence, in particular, had exactly the same problems as the fight in the goblin caves in that it was video-gamish, with no sense of peril. (One began to wonder if the dwarves were prototype Ultrons.)

Which is not true of the Bilbo's encounter with Smaug (though it is exceedingly true the moment the dwarves enter the halls.) The conversation between the pair of them and the FX that accompanies it are, to put it simply, brilliant - clever, funny and exciting, with a real sense of peril. (None of this is true of Smaug's pursuit of the dwarves which is so OTT that even Legolas might boggle.) Cumberbatch is plainly enjoying his voice over, and does a splendid job, and this time Bilbo is note-perfect. Of course, a lot of this sequence is mainly Tolkien, which helps. And it has been pointed out that there isn't as much gold in the world (even adding that in the Earth's crust) as Smaug has collected.

I am trying not to speak of Gandalf's trip to Dol Guldur. There is so much in this movie that looks like a cheap version of something in LotR, and this is one of those scenes. All the magic of places and people in LotR is missing - there is nothing, nothing to compare with the first sights of Rivendell, Moria, Lorien, Edoras or Minas Tirith. Dol Guldur has nothing of the menace of either Mordor or Isengard. The complexity of a Boromir, a Theoden or Denethor is totally missing.

Glad I've seen this, because of that scene with Smaug. Other than that, a pleasant enough time filler, but the lack of imagination on the part of the writers and director is all too apparent.

The Hobbit
Having seen 'An Unexpected Journey' at the cinema, I avoided parts 2 and 3 in favour of waiting for the DVD. So two days ago I bought the collected theatrical release box set in blu-ray (on the usual basis that something so effects heavy needed the blu-ray. I have no intention of watching something even more overblown than the theatrical releases, so am not going anywhere near the extended edition.

Currently, because Ina didn't see it, we are watching 'An Unexpected Journey'. I do not expect to watch it for a third time. I only hope the next two episodes are not as boring, do not have snot and fart jokes, have better CGI and a lot more tension in the fight scenes. And less Radagast.


Incidentally, there seem to be a lot of revised outakes from 'The Two Towers' in the sequence where the wargs and orcs chase the dwarves (until Elrond arrives with the cavalry.) That scenery looks awfully familiar.

Monday in Ongar
This lovely girl has been trained to guard her boss's scooter while he is shopping

Guarding the Scooter

Greensted church, one of the oldest in the country.

Greensted Church 1

The black timbers you can see along the sides are the remains of the original Saxon church.

Greensted Church Porch

Amazon reaps what they sows
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A few days ago at lot of my friends got really excited on Facebook because Amazon had sent them a puff e-mail for them to "Pre-order 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' which would contain an 'extended version' and an 'alternate ending'.

This led to everyone yelling that they expected inclusion of their particular favourite...

Now most of these folk

(a) Should have remembered that days before the release of the UK DVD and Blu-Ray of 'Avengers Assemble' everyone, but particularly Amazon, was telling us all it would include the director's commentary, when the word had been out for weeks that this had not been made in time to be included. This resulted in a lot of us ordering ours from the States (on advice from Disney, no less!) and

(b) as a lot of them were on Tumblr, should have been aware of the interview with Joss Whedon in which he said that he might - might - change the version of one or two scenes but they would be essentially the same, and that this would not amount to a director's cut because there would not be one, but there would be a lot of deleted scenes.

I spent some time adding a note of caution to these posts.

Today, we all (I presume) received this email from Amazon.


We recently sent you an e-mail about the Avengers: Age of Ultron
which said that these items included an extended version and alternate ending.
As the studio hasn’t yet confirmed which special features will be included with
these items, this information may not be correct. We're sorry for any
inconvenience our e-mail caused.

I suspect the long arm of the Disney lawyers...


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