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4.0 out of 5 stars The Director's Cut., 2 Aug 2009
This review is from: Watchmen - Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
This U.S. Blu-ray release is a 3-disc set. Disc 1 has the extended version of the movie with 24 minutes of extra footage taking it to 186 minutes. The additions simply move the movie closer to the graphic novel with extra dialogue between characters, more explicit violence and the added scene in which Hollis Mason dies. The Maximum Movie Mode enables viewers to view timelines, behind-the-scenes footage and director and actor insights while watching the movie. Storyboard comparisons and inserts from the graphic novel are also included.

Disc 2 includes three documentaries. The Phenomenon is a 29 minute feature exploring the Watchmen graphic novel. Real Super Heroes is a 26 minute feature about real-world vigilantes. Mechanics is a 17 minute feature exploring the science behind Watchmen. Disc 3 is a digital copy of the director's cut. You will need a PC with DVD-Rom drive. This digital copy may not be compatible with U.K. systems so check your systems spec.

It must be said that the theatrical release is no less enjoyable without the additional footage. The Director's Cut is probably for completists only. Although a five disc set is due for release in December 2009. This must cater for the ultra-completists. If you are going to buy The Director's Cut, Amazon.com is the way to go. There were no import charges and it works perfectly on my U.K. PS3.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2009 16:52:26 BDT
Allan Heron says:
I had heard but not seen anything to confirm that the American Blu-Ray was region-free. Your comment about playing it on your PS3 seems to support it. Would I be correct in assuming that you're PS3 is NOT multi-region

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2009 22:08:52 BDT
I'm from the UK too, I imported it 2 weeks ago, it works on my PS3 as well, my PS3 is NOT multi region, but the Watchmen Directors Cut disc is as it is distributed by Warner Brothers and all of their blu rays are not region locked. I recommend this version of this fantastic film over the theatrical version.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2009 10:16:57 BDT
DM Bunny says:
There is no such thing as a region free PS3 so maybe that answers the original question

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2009 16:04:57 GMT
It plays on my un-hacked Philips BDP3000 bought from Argos a few weeks back.

I bought the US Blu-ray on the understanding it was region-free and this has proved to be correct.

Pre-purchase, I always check :

http://www.blubeaver.ca/

and

http://www.blurayregioncodes.com/index.php?region=a

for region info about US-sourced Blu-rays.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2010 19:31:17 BDT
A. Russ says:
All blu-rays are region coded, however you can get around it if you are fortunate enough to own a blu ray player than is is not region locked or is region 0.

That said, the director's cut, as said previously, doesn't add a great deal to the film but for those who have read the book cover to cover many a time, you will notice the little extras that have been re-inserted. The only big problem is Rorschach's escape from the Comedian's apartment - what was up with the point-blank shooting of Rorschach and yet he just jumps out of the window afterwards? (This is right at the beginning of the film, so not really a spoiler).
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