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

Malin Åkerman , Jackie Earle Haley , Zack Snyder    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)

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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NGO880
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,831 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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243 of 255 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Directors cut review 8 July 2009
By DeeJay
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have little to no history with comics so it was very unusual for me to read one. It has the reputation for being the Citizen Kane of comics. So I thought it would be better to read it then it would be to watch a bland, simplified and shortened movie version.

So I bought the graphic novel and I really liked it. Well worth reading. I also agreed with Alan Moore, the creator and a noted hater of Hollywood, that a movie adaption was not needed. The book was complete in and of itself. It was not a blueprint for a future adaption in a different media. It was the definitive version. It was not a comic by default, it was a comic because it was meant to be a comic. A movie version was as needed as a musical version on ice - potentially interesting but pointless.

So I had low expectations when I finally watched the movie version. I initially wanted to get up and walk away from it in "disgust" but I sat it out. After the first half hour I relaxed into it and started to enjoy it. I don't think the first half hour is bad, more that it just took me that long to adjust to the acting style and the over-busy camera work, both of which were not what I was expecting.

I'm very surprised that so much of the book got into the film. Very little of note has been chopped. I would go as far as saying that I missed nothing from the comic. What little didn't make it onto the screen was of no great loss (I disliked the comic within a comic Tales of the Black Freighter and I'm glad it was removed). If you've seen the movie then essentially you've read the comic in its near entirety, which I'm very surprised to say.

If you're looking for an action movie then forget it. This is a talk-a-thon.
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars watchmen the Blu ray.
Great film and all the better for being a blu-ray.
Published 19 days ago by Fitzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever But Dumb
Despite promising a great mystery, actually delivers a portentous pot-boiler in which characters are types, the effects tedious and overblown, the violence unpleasant, troubling... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchmen
This is the original theatrical movie uncut and on blu-ray. This film is very entertaining. Very mature, very stylish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacko
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out from the crowd
Now watched Watchman a few times. Read the Comics when it came out monthly years ago.Movie is 90% based on graphic novel. Even most of scenes use the angles direct from book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CookeyUK1947
4.0 out of 5 stars Preferred version.
This slightly extended version is almost certainly my favourite of the different incarnations of the film. I'm not going to go into the comic v film arguments here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kallistan
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Memory Lane
Wasted really on people who are too young to remember Watergate, the Vietnam war, Nixon etc. Great music from the time, Marvel superheroes, love to get a mask like Rorshacks.
Published 4 months ago by T. A. Laycock
5.0 out of 5 stars Class
Top quality superhero film , never really enjoyed it at first years ago but, it grew on me after every time i watched it . Read more
Published 4 months ago by shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Cool, this was a item i always wanted, Amazing Edition, Lots of extras, i really like seeing how a movie was made, This is a dvd edition, the Blu-ray edition have the same extras,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lordfeudal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought as a gift and was received very well. This is definitely the kind of movie that looks good in high definition.
Published 5 months ago by DoodleinWonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars One film needed in any collection
Fast delivery seeing as was on top of Xmas film is already great but the extra seem to give it a bit more grit, don't want to ruin anything for you but I purposely went for this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Dix
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