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Watchmen: Art of the Film Hardcover – 6 Feb 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (6 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560680
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,535 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 * "A masterwork representing the apex of artistry" - Entertainment Weekly"

About the Author

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



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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:37 Mins
Peter Aperlo, the author, has included a lot more visual content other than art illustrations in the book, all packing in to make it a rather thick book at 256 pages. It's well constructed and bind. Pages are thick low gloss with good colour reproduction.

There are five chapters in the book, namely Concept Art, Sets, Props, Owlship, Costumes and Posters. All pretty self explanatory.

First off, the art. These come in the form of character designs, storyboards (cute but not detailed) and beat board illustrations. There isn't as much art as I expected, the art in this book is seriously overwhelmed by photographs. Well, Dave Gibbons has already done most of the concept art in the comic.

The photos are shots of sets, locations, props, miniatures, film stills etc. To list a few, there are detailed close up of newspapers, New York wall graffiti, Blake's costume wardrobe and other miscellaneous items and backgrounds that appear in the movie. There are several unused concepts shown also.

I really enjoyed looking at all the gadgets, prop and location shots. They really give depth to movie adaption of the comic. I bet they will have even more meaning after I watch the movie.

There's not a lot of text other than the chapter introductions and short captions. It doesn't really need that much text anyway.

This book is highly recommended for Watchmen fans, comic and movie. It's well worth the money. I like it very much.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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Format: Hardcover
As someone who bought the original Watchmen graphic novel when it came out (and am still coveting the Absolute Edition!) I was intrigued/terrified about what the Movie version would be like.
Whilst it hasn't set the world on fire or described as the 'best.movie.ever.', this book shows the immense amount of hard work put into the production.
This thick tome is packed with set photos/sketches/paintings etc, and descriptive paragraphs are brief & succinct.
In general, it is an excellent companion to the movie, and gives the fan an in-depth look into the things that would usually be on screen for only a few seconds or minutes.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent hardback book - presenting the 'art' of the "Watchmen" film. It's quite comprehensive, at over 250 pages in length - and it covers all the various aspects of the movie (the characters, the locations, the events).

There is a narrative offered, explaining the art and how it connects to the film. But this book focuses more on the images themselves ... and they are fantastic. Fans of the film will enjoy looking through this book.

The concept art, and the story-board details explaining possible sequences for the film (some of which were later omitted), are fascinating. Thoroughly recommended for fans.
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