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Watchmen: The Film Companion (Watchmen) [Paperback]

Peter Aperlo
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6 Feb 2009
It is the most eagerly awaited comics-to-film adaptation of them all. The graphic novel that changed an industry is now a film, directed by Zack Snyder (300), and "Watchmen: The Official Film Companion" is the essential guide to this cinematic event. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, "Watchmen" is set in an alternate 1985 in which costumed super heroes are part of the fabric of everyday American society. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present super heroes. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?Featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and scores of photos, this is the comprehensive guide to the new movie event.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (6 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560673
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 27.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "I'm overwhelmed by the commitment, the passion, the palpable desire to do this right." Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, on visiting the set of the movie. * "Watchmen is peerless" - Rolling Stone"

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PETER APERLO is an LA-based writer whose credits include the screenplay to the video game 300: March to Glory.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice companion to the movie 25 Mar 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Here's a look at Watchmen: The Film Companion, one of the three tie-in books for the Watchmen movie. The other two being Watchmen: Portraits and Watchmen: The Art of the Film. The copy I have is a paperback version, but there's a hardcover option as well.

The content in the book is split into six parts, namely, Pre-production, World of Watchmen, The Characters, Production, Post-production, Making Manhattan. The pictures included and mainly film stills and set photos. Some images overlap from Watchmen: The Art of the Film but not to the point I would complain.

The section devoted to character introduction is sizble, and includes the lesser known characters from Minutemen and some villains, oh, and Richard Nixon (no JFK though).

I'm actually more interested in production stories. The production writeup talks about the casting, costumes, sets, filming process, using of computer graphics for special effects, motion capture with Dr Manhattan and other stuff. Interesting bits include knowing that the film was actually short from start to end instead shooting all set-based scenes first.

Overall, I felt the writeup could be more because the movie is 160 minutes. But this is not totally a "making of" book anyway.

For viewers who want to find out more about the Watchmen and the movie, this is the book for you, especially so if you've never read the original graphic novel.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchmen Film Companion 24 Mar 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. If movies and how they wer made and designed is your thing then this is the book for you.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Watchmen movie book 1 Mar 2009
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The latest in the Watchmen related books released just prior to the film, this is a bargain at under $20. I am a Watchmen fan and can't wait for the 03/06/09 release. I have not spent as much time on this book as I did not want to see too much before the movie. But I did flip through it quickly, and it does not disappoint. It appears that there is some duplication in material between this book and the "Watchmen - The Art of the Film", but it is presented differently and they compliment each other. If you are a fan, don't miss this. I can't get enough, and hope there will be a few more books that come out after the film.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice companion to the movie 25 Mar 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Here's a look at Watchmen: The Film Companion, one of the three tie-in books for the Watchmen movie. The other two being Watchmen: Portraits and Watchmen: The Art of the Film. The copy I have is a paperback version, but there's a hardcover option as well.

The content in the book is split into six parts, namely, Pre-production, World of Watchmen, The Characters, Production, Post-production, Making Manhattan. The pictures included and mainly film stills and set photos. Some images overlap from Watchmen: The Art of the Film but not to the point I would complain.

The section devoted to character introduction is sizble, and includes the lesser known characters from Minutemen and some villains, oh, and Richard Nixon (no JFK though).

I'm actually more interested in production stories. The production writeup talks about the casting, costumes, sets, filming process, using of computer graphics for special effects, motion capture with Dr Manhattan and other stuff. Interesting bits include knowing that the film was actually short from start to end instead shooting all set-based scenes first.

Overall, I felt the writeup could be more because the movie is 160 minutes. But this is not totally a "making of" book anyway.

For viewers who want to find out more about the Watchmen and the movie, this is the book for you, especially so if you've never read the original graphic novel.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Way to Extend the Magic of the Movie 24 Nov 2009
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Watchmen train that is hard to avoid. Given that you're visiting this particular site, you've probably already succumbed to it, at least in some small part. But just in case, here's a quick recap of the pivotal plot of the book the movie is based on: America is in possession of a gigantic nuclear weapon in the form of Dr. Manhattan, a former scientist who has been transformed into the most powerful being on the planet. Not surprisingly, this has led to an alternate history from the one we know, one in which Nixon is still president, masked crime fighters have come and gone (after being outlawed in 1971), and America won the Vietnam War. In the mid-1980s, America and Russia stand at the verge of nuclear war, with a countdown clock frozen at five to midnight. And in that precariously balanced world, someone may or may not be murdering former masked heroes.

It took more than 20 years for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' career-defining work--which, by the way, changed the field of comics and graphic novels forever, which everyone is probably well aware of by now--to reach the silver screen. Directors and screenwriters came and went (and Alan Moore dropped his name from all references to the movie work), but 2009 is finally seeing the release of the Watchmen movie.

Watchmen: The Film Companion is a beautiful retrospective. The interviews and extensive essays it contains elaborate incredible details about how the movie was filmed and what went into making it possible. More than that, the book goes into detail on what makes the movie pop, those small touches that don't seem like much from a distance but ultimately make or break the entire work.

Since the book is packed with hundreds of color photos (and really, the photos are awesome), it's a lovely way to extend the magic of the movie.

-- John Hogan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching 20 Oct 2011
By Sickly Child - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to the 'Watchmen' ouvre, so please take that into consideration. I like 'noir' movies like 'The Maltese Falcon', 'The Third Man' and 'Blade Runner' and the Watchmen story fits right in there. The characters are enjoyably quirky and complex and the whole scenario is just plausable enough to create a realistic world for the film. For neophytes like me, this book is a great way to liesurely explore the story and characters without having to read the graphic novel or rerun the movie. Like 'Blade Runner' the film production has taken great pains to make the Watchmen's world very dense with detail. This photo book is a great way to enjoy it.
4.0 out of 5 stars worth shelving next to your copy of the graphic novel 7 Jun 2014
By Fenrix - Published on Amazon.com
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and it's worth shelving next to your copy of the graphic novel. It goes beyond what a "making of" book can be. I actually read the whole thing, not just flipped through and looked at the pictures (which were also effectively presented). I really liked the section on Dave Gibbons, particularly where they showed where he signed the physical New York City street set.
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