Watchmen: Director’s Cut Blu-ray (Lil Devil)
Let me begin this by saying that I am a huge fan of Watchmen. The comic book is one of my all time favorite comic books. The movie is now one of my top ten favorite movies. I really enjoyed this movie. I think it was marketed badly and too much for most people to handle. It’s not your typical story and it definitely is not your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Hopefully, with the Blu-ray and DVD release it will get the second chance it deserves.
Watchmen is a movie based on a comic book that was first published in 1986. It was a milestone for comic books because it was one of the first mainstream comics that dealt with serious issues in an adult way. It was a comic for grown-ups. Back then, that was mostly unheard of.
The movie takes place in a world a lot like ours. Except that costumed vigilantes actually existed, Nixon pulled a Bloomberg and changed the Constitution in order to serve 5 terms, the world in 1985 is on the brink of nuclear annihilation and there’s a man with the powers of a god walking around who doesn’t like to wear clothes much. When one of these costumed “heroes” is brutally murdered it sets off a chain of events that reveal a massive conspiracy theory that could either save the world or destroy it. The movie deals with the moral implications of being a “hero” and what that truly means.
The Watchmen Blu-ray is excellent. It is one of the best examples of how to make the best use of the medium. Of course, the movie looks amazing. The movie practically jumps off the screen. The director’s cut has extra scenes that weren’t in the movie. And, if I’m not mistaken, they actually went back and fixed a continuity error in the movie with one of the added scenes. The only bad thing about the added scenes is that the movie is now 3 hours long. But, watching it at home makes the movie go by faster. At least, it did for me. That pause button is a bladder saver.
The extras are what really make this a great way to watch the movie. It has all 11 video journals, three full length documentaries and digital copy of the movie. The best extra is the Maximum Movie Mode. It’s a guided tour of the movie and WM universe with the director, cast and crew as your tour guides. It’s like watching the movie and a “making of” at the same time. It even has a time-line and storyboards. At one point the director even invites discussion on the WB blu ray forums about the changes he made to the ending of the story for the movie. That alone is worth the price of admission.
I give the movie 4 pitchforks and the Blu-Ray 5 pitchforks. Great stuff.