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Watchmen - Tales Of The Black Freighter [DVD]


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  • Directors: Mike Smith, Daniel DelPurgatorio
  • Producers: Brian McNulty
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001S3GDPE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,088 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER: Tales of the Black Freighter brings to striking animated life the graphic novel's richly layered story -in-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those of the Watchmen's world. A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn has a horrific cost. UNDER THE HOOD: Base d on Nite Owl'as powerful firsthand account of how the hooded adventurers came to existence. Live action.

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Based on a comic within the Watchmen graphic novel, Tales Of The Black Freighter was cut out of the big screen version of the story, and is set to reappear in an extended cut of the film on DVD. For those who simply can’t wait, however, the 26-minute animated story has been given a standalone release, attracting the voice talent of 300’s Gerard Butler too.

Tales Of The Black Freighter is actually, in the Watchmen graphic novel, a comic book that we see being read reasonably regularly. It concerns itself with pirates, and the story is that of a man who survives an attack from the Black Freighter of the title, only to then have to try and get back home and warn people at home it’s coming. His journey, and this is some understatement, isn’t an easy one, and for good reason this was the story deemed to be the most tricky part of the Watchmen graphic novel to realise on screen.

It turns out that animation has proven to be a wise way to go, though. Tales of the Black Freighter works well as a cartoon, and it’s able to contain much of the material from the graphic novel as a result. Its effect is a little dampened when taken in isolation, but it’s still a welcome and well-realised version of the story, and a faithful one too. Well worth picking up. --Jon Foster

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. O'connell on 3 Sep 2009
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...or whatever they're calling it. Now knowing that at the end of 2009 they will be releasing the directors cut of Watchmen with Tales of the Black Freighter cut into the actual film (according to Zak Snyders original intention) does sting a bit after having just bought the both of these dvds seperately. Irritating that as so often happens these days they spin one film and its extras (or bits that should have been included in the first place) over several staggered dvd releases. What a swizz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on 29 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Never expecting that it would be possible to realise the achievement of the original graphic novel, and knowing the tortured production history of bringing it to the screen, Watchmen the movie was a wonderful revelation, so much so that I was compelled to go back to the cinema and watch it again. Then I encountered all the supplementary materials for eager fans to fritter their hard-earned cash on, and was like a kid in a candy store, restraining myself to purchase of the film companion book and the Black Freighter/Under The Hood DVD. And it too proved worthy, performing the same complementary function that that they did in the original graphic novel. I look forward to the animated Freighter integrated into the Watchmen movie as a mammoth director's cut. And if Apocalypse Now Redux can tolerate so much extra material, then Watchmen certainly can. I could have asked myself if I might be able to economise in the future by waiting for a special edition DVD with the film and all these crucial extras, but I needed this now. So, if the film rocked your world, if it brought back a wonderful nostalgia for that revolutionary graphic novel, then get this too! The Black Freighter stands as a powerful story and the documentary of Under The Hood is as lovingly realised in its period details as Watchmen itself. I can't help but wonder what Alan Moore would think if he saw the film and its extras -surely he would concede what an amazing movie and faithful realisation it is, and all in homage to him as a great writer whose work enriches human experience.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J Capeling on 5 May 2009
Format: DVD
Much as I respect him, Alan Moore can say what he likes this time: Watchmen was a great movie, and a great comic-book adaptation (dodgy incidental music aside). Moore is well known for distancing himself from the films created from his graphic novels after the event, sometimes with cause, other times, not so much. Watchmen however succeeded on practically every level, the film being a near panel-for-panel remake of the book version. Even where the plot diverts from the original story and uses Dr. Manhattan as a scapegoat rather than the comic's Outer Limits derived plot device (subtly referenced in the film's conclusion) of `humans unite in the face of extraterrestrial threat', it is - I maintain - an improvement. They did themselves proud with this one. The only thing left for fanboys to bemoan was the obviously necessary exclusion of Black Freighter comic-within-a-comic segment. After all, the film is already pushing three hours long.

It's true that the metafictitious Tales Of The Black Freighter comic story was a marvellous little additional plot device which nicely mirrored The Watchmen's main story and was allegorical of many of the main characters' - specifically Ozymandias' - bloody paths to becoming what they most hated, all paved with good intentions. It fitted nicely within the pages of the comic books and all was well-and-good. Tales Of The black Freighter was never likely to make it into the movie-proper though and - as much as those purist geeks may disagree - it is far from an essential part of the story, however much I may personally have liked to see it on celluloid. I was delighted, therefore, when I heard that, so dedicated were Zack Snyder and Co.
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At the bargain price Amazon is selling this for, it's a worthwhile purchase for anyone with even a slight interest in the Watchmen movie, or the original novel.
As a few people have said here,"Tales from the Black Freighter" is a comic within a comic, read by one of the minor characters who haunt a particular New York intersection.

There's a few ways in which it deepens the world described in the novel. For one thing, in this world Pirate comics are more popular than superhero comics - with real life costumed heroes, escapism in a cape and cowl isn't as attractive.
The particular story which is adapted here, and read in the book, is the work of another minor character - one who loses his place completely in the rejigged ending.

And, most resonant for me, the story is so powerful that it haunts the dreams of the smartest man on the planet, as he struggles to come to terms with the monstrous things he's had to do, from the best of intentions, and his fears that he has become a monster himself.

Lovely stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams on 29 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
As I thoroughly enjoyed the film 'Watchmen' (see my review) I got this disc to complete the 'collection', but do note that the 'Ultimate Version' features it.

Watchmen - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]
Watchmen (4pc) (Ws Spec Ult Dig Digc) [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]

I didn't particularly like the main feature (which is animated) and found it quite different in content to 'Watchmen'; I also think that it featuring at a certain point within the 'Watchmen' film is unnecessary. I understand that seamless-branching allows it to appear in the ultimate version and as a result, and due to the additional space it requires on disc, affects the audio options and is also bound to affect the video bitrate - which is not just a pity but annoying due to my feelings on it's necessity.

The story features a single main character who is shipwrecked by the said freighter and his struggle to survive, get home etc. Having it separate allows you to make a choice about to see it, but I think the most important reason to get the disc is because of the extra features, and especially the one entitled 'Under the Hood'.

This featurette takes the form of a old-style '60 Minutes' type interview with a significant character from 'Watchmen', Hollis Mason, and deals with him being one of the inaugural 'Minutemen' and autobiography 'Under the Hood'. More importantly, it provides tit-bit facts, snippets and contributions from other significant characters who also appear in the film 'Watchmen'.
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