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Watchmen: Ultimate Cut + Graphic Novel (Blu-Ray)
Someone's killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?]]>
Everybody's favorite graphic novel comes to the screen (after years of rumors and false starts), less a roaring work of adaptation than a respectful and faithful take on a radical original. Watchmen is set in the mid-1980s, a time of increased nuclear tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, as Richard Nixon is enjoying his fifth term as president and the world's superheroes have been forcibly retired. (As you can probably tell, the mix of authentic history and alternate reality is heady.) Things begin with a bang: the mysterious high-rise murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a masked hero with a checkered past, puts the rest of the retired superhero community on alert. The credits sequence, a series of tableaux that wittily catches us up on crime-fighting backstory, actually turns out to be the high point of the movie. Thereafter we meet the other caped and hooded avengers: the furious Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the inexplicably naked Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup, amidst much blue-skinned, genital-swinging digital work), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), and Ozymandias (Matthew Goode). The corkscrewing storytelling, which worked well in the comic book, gives the movie the strange sense of never quite getting in gear, even as some of the episodes are arresting. Director Zack Snyder (300) doesn't try to approximate the electric impact of the original (written by Alan Moore--who declined to be credited on the movie--and illustrated by Dave Gibbons) but retains careful fidelity to his source material. That doesn't feel right, even with the generally enjoyable roll-out of anecdotes. Even less forgivable is the blah acting, excepting Jeffrey Dean Morgan (lusty) and Patrick Wilson (mellow). Watchmen certainly fills the eyes, although less so the ears: the song choices are regrettable, especially during an embarrassing mid-air coupling between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II as they unite their--ah--Roman numerals. In the end it feels as though a huge work of transcription has been successfully completed, which isn't the same as making a full-blooded movie experience. --Robert Horton
This is an amazing upgrade to just the standard edition of watchmen. With all the extended and extra scenes allow for a more detailed story. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jarod brommer
Amazing movie that makes you rethink all you know about justice and morality. Love it 10/10.Published 5 days ago by Pa5tey
It is three hours long. I would say that it is a movie worth watching but no on TV. The cut it up to the point that it is no good. Read morePublished 5 days ago by WTR
The directors cut offers a brutality that the original cut could not portray, high recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the movie and likes zack Snyder films.Published 12 days ago by Jeremy L.
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just grab the Collector's edition at Costco - $24.99 plus tax out the door
Nov 12, 2013 by sparta man | See all 2 posts
|Ultimate or Director's Cut||
Definetly Ultimate Cut...as you can see on the back of the box, there's written "about 30 min longer than the director's cut" :)
Oct 13, 2012 by Sebi_Star | See all 9 posts
|Why is this item under review by Amazon?||
Yes, can any anybody answer this question, and should I order it from another shipper?
Dec 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer | See all 9 posts
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do you know if this edition is region free? because it says region a...
Jun 26, 2013 by H. P. Graber | See all 4 posts
|Region and Subtitles?||
As far as i know always region free. Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish.
Sep 27, 2012 by Jørgen Holteng | See all 7 posts
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