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Watchmen (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2009]


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  • Actors: Malin Åkerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Format: Limited Edition, PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NGO880
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An adaptation of Alan Moore's landmark comic book series, Watchmen is a story set in an alternative 1985 where a group of heroes, fo rced into retirement a decade before are called together once again to investigate the murder of one of their own. What they discove r an age-old conspiracy to change the balance of power

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Everybody's favourite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumours and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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252 of 264 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on 8 July 2009
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I know a number of people are trying to decide whether to order the Directors cut from the states, or to make do with the British theatrical cut. It's a little hard to do when you've no idea which is better. Well thankfully ive been able to see the Directors cut version and here's what I think.

Essentially, most of the extra running time is made up of 5 seconds here and 10 seconds there. The most prominent additions are, a battle scene with the original Nightowl when thugs go to his home. This is superbly merged with flashbacks of fights from his heyday. As a result of this the bar scene with Nightowl and Rorschach is extended. I did enjoy this violent scene but I can see why it was cut, it didnt really fit in with Nightowls character at all, neither did Rorschach's reaction come to think of it.

There are extended/extra scenes of Rorschach without his mask as he watches his fellow Watchmen. He's much more prominent at the funeral and we see him taking his "face" out of a dumpster after watching Daniel. I imagine these scenes were removed as it takes away any mystique of who Rorschach is under the mask.

Laury has a few extra/extended scenes, and almost a subplot where the FBI are always keeping tabs on here to ensure Dr Manhatten is kept happy.

Also, there are a few moments of extra gore, which is always nice. We see more footage of the newspaper stand where a young man is reading the Tales of the Black Freighter comic. Overall though, the rest is mainly an extra line here and there. A few are superb, others not so worthy. Rorschach is certainly the main beneficiary of these added scenes, and seeing as he was most peoples favourite, thats not a bad thing.

Is it worth importing though?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb 2010
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I got tired of waiting for this ultimate cut to be released in region 2 and ordered the region 1 edition, playable thanks to an online hack I found for my dvd player. I hadn't seen the film on its cinema release and, knowing there was an ultimate version on the way, I hadn't seen any of the other dvd releases. So, was it worth the wait? Well, yes. With a running time close on four hours, this version has the whole of the 'Black Freighter' animation spliced into the main story along with linking interplay between the news-vendor, the kid who reads the 'Black Freighter' comic and other characters who pass on the street. Since all these elements are fairly central to the story of the original Watchmen graphic novel, it's kind of hard to imagine the movie bereft of them.
As a fan of the graphic novel, I naturally had the usual concerns about how well or otherwise it might transfer to the very different medium of film. Given the different nature of the medium, I think the director has produced a very watchable, very enjoyable movie. Inevitably some of the subtleties and sub-texts of the original are lost in translation, but, in this version at least, a surprising number of them are maintained. The chief reason I don't give it five stars is that, having been incredibly faithful to the graphic novel in so many ways, the director randomly decides to radically change the ending, requiring several key aspects of the original story to be entirely dropped or substantially re-written as well as altering the motivations of some characters. I've no idea why. The only reason I've found offered is that the ending of the graphic novel was deemed too close to that of an existing movie. So what?
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan 2010
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THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 5DVD US-ONLY ULTIMATE CUT : NOT THE 1-DISC, NOT THE 2DVD, NOT THE BLU RAY, NOT ANY OTHER VERSION. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 5DVD US-ONLY ULTIMATE CUT. (The UK 2 BR Directors Cut is very good, mind you).

Whether this purchase is worthwhile depends on what you have. Avid fans who bought everything as it was released will benefit only from the commentaries and the extra few seconds integrated back in. If you've bought everything else, the only `new' content is on the first disc ; all you get extra is a fraction of new footage and two commentaries for your big splashout. If you have no release of "Watchmen" at all, or held out, then this is the Big Enchilada, and get it now.

Britain, and the DVD format, get a bum deal. Britain isn't important enough to get the luxurious 5DVD set of "Watchmen : The Ultimate Cut". So in the end, I had to wait until the transatlantic postmen crawled through the snow to deliver this epic, but short-changing set.

THE ULTIMATE CUT

And what a Cut it is. The Ultimate Cut is exactly that : an enormous ambitious film that is, by any standard, a classic. It's not perfect in the slightest, but what it lacks in narrative it makes up in big brass balls. The pacing is often erratic, but then again - so was the original novel - and the small cinematic conceits of pacing and re-ordering of the narrative are for the benefit of the film.

What's different? Most of the "Black Freighter" is integrated back in, alongside some touching dialogue between the two Bernards that turns their previous cinematic incarnation - as two extras - into a symbolically important, wider universe.
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