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Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Tom Stechschulte , Jake Strider Hughes  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Stechschulte
  • Directors: Jake Strider Hughes
  • Producers: Jake Strider Hughes, Wesley Coller, Paul Baldwin, Brian Stilwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QFYLKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes standard-def Digital Copy of the film. Compatible with Windows Media devices. Download code expires 3/2/2010.
  • Special sneak peek of DC Universe's animated Wonder Woman DVD
  • Watchmen Production Diaries #4: Dave Gibbons (in high definition)
  • Preview an exclusive Watchmen scene and access additional features via BD-Live

Editorial Reviews

Watched any great books lately? Now you can. The most celebrated graphic novel of all time that broke the conventional mold continues to break new ground. Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons oversees this digital version of the graphic novel that adds limited motion, voice and sound to the book's strikingly drawn panels. All 12 chapters of the story are here elaborated into nearly 5 hours, spanning everything from the mysterious demise of the Comedian to the crisscrossed destinies of loosely allied superheroes and their fateful impact on the world.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review March 7, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I have to admit that I have never read `Watchmen'. More specifically, before I saw the teaser for the film last summer, I don't think I'd even heard of it. The only two comic books I really cared for when I was younger were `Superman' and `Batman', having more to do with the movies, cartoons and TV shows than the actual comic books themselves.

I decided to pick up the Blu-ray of the `Watchmen' motion comic as an alternative to reading the graphic novel in preparation for going to see the movie because I thought it was an interesting concept.

I must say I was stunned.

I won't get into the story and characters as most of you who are reading this are probably well versed already. Let's just say that I can see now what all the hoopla is about. Instead, let me talk about the actual presentation of the "motion comic".

The Blu-ray image is outstanding. Each image on screen is composed of a single panel from the comic complete with the dialog bubbles. The colors are vibrant and the lines are crisp. Many of the images seem to jump right off the screen at you. The score is quite good as the music helps to set the mood of what is going on. Having heard some excerpt's from the film score I have to say as of right now I think the `motion comic' score is more suiting to the story. The sound effects are also well done.

The voice acting is excellent for being performed by one person. Many of the reviews I have read seem to have a problem with a man reading a woman's part. Having listened to many audio books on the road or at work, I can say that I did not find it distracting in the least. Having said that, if this "motion comic" format becomes popular, I think having an actual voice cast would be a wonderful idea.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The most compelling aspect of this release is that Gibbons' artwork is used. The frontpiece and endpiece quotes are also included (which will likely not survive the movie adaptation). Another excellent choice is the inclusion of the speech bubbles. Moore's text has delightful little nuances that can only be appreciated in the READING of the text. For the most part, the voice over exactly matches, but there are some VERY minor exclusions that must have been trimmed for timing.

There simply is no other way to experience the visual "harmonies" employed in the comic book in a live action movie. Zach Snyder is passionate, but he's already taken quite a few liberties with his production design. Ozymandias is horribly miscast (too bad, Jude Law didn't work out).

A perfect example is the iconic blood splash on the Comedian's "smiley" button. That splash motif is echoed throughout the 12 issues, effectively bookending the whole series. Snyder has "a" splash, but not "the" splash.

The voice work is initially off-putting, but he's a good actor, and his performance pulls you into the story. The background music sets the mood without overwhelming.

Despite the loss of Moore's chapter addenda ("Under the Hood" excerpts, Rorschach's psych eval and Journal entries, etc.), I like to think that he would enjoy these motion comics... at least a little. I'm confident that most fans of the comic will feel the same.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This motion comic is a must have for Watchmen fans. This is exactly like the comic except for a few minor dialogs that have been removed because they would have been unnecessary for the motion comic since the narration adds the emotion in the characters dialog (you'll understand if you read the book along with watching the motion comic). The motion animation and added transitions are just amazing and I just loved the music, I mean really loved the music!! The narrator did a great job for even doing the female voices, but it wouldn't have hurt to have gotten a female narrator because it took some getting used to a man give out a feminine tone as I laughed the first time I heard it. A must have for fans especially if the movie doesn't do to well, but to me the movie looks great. I also agree with the other reviewer that Matthew Goode was terribly cast for the part of Andrian Veight/Ozymandias. I mean why did they choose that scrawy guy for the part and I dont know what the hair stylist was thinking giving Andrian that hair for the movie. Anyways the motion comic really brings the book to life and recommend you BUY THIS!!!! IT JUST RELEASED TODAY!!!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but for die hard fans only February 25, 2009
Format:DVD
Originally available to download through iTunes, Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic is now available on DVD. Whether you are a longtime fan of Alan Moore's revolutionary comic or are a newfound follower thanks to the upcoming Zack Snyder adaptation, you'd be better off checking out a single episode before laying down the cash for this DVD set. As you probably already know, there is only once voice used throughout The Motion Comic, as actor Tom Stechschulte provides the voices for everyone, including the female characters. Saying this is just plain weird to hear at first is saying it lightly (especially if you're not expecting it), but all things considered, he doesn't do as bad a job all around as it could have been. The panels and dialogue of the comic are followed to a tee, and making Dave Gibbons' artwork breathe is a sight to behold. Still, Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic isn't without its flaws, especially considering that the DVD itself has zilch for extras, of which there could have been a great deal. In the end, Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic is an interesting endeavor, but is really a worthwhile trip for die hard fans only, if only for the fact that nothing beats actually reading the comic. That being said, there are worse distractions to find as old and new fans alike wait for Zack Snyder's take on Watchmen to hit theaters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potential Let Down By Odd Choices
I've been watching a lot of motion comics lately. Marvel has the most to offer so maybe I'm spoiled by their Marvel Knights series but this one didn't work as well for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars The Watchmen is the "Pulp Fiction" of Comics
I love the world of "super heroes", but this ain't you average Saturday morning cartoons like the Justice League and the Super Friends that I watched as a kid in the 70's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kimberlee Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchmen motion movie
Well done!! Not usually a comic book fan but great to watch! Artistry was awesome!! Movie was also so close to this.
Published 4 months ago by Darlene Marcotte
5.0 out of 5 stars A motion picture comic
I really like this setup and it would be a good thing if all the great super hero comics would start!
Published 4 months ago by Rod Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
The DVD is very good and the quality of the DVD and the motion comic is superb

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The quality is very good and the movie is not two long or to short.
Published 6 months ago by susan tello
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Work and a Must Have For...Well...Anyone!
Format: Blu Ray

I'd never read the comic book, but I did watch the movie adaptation and I really enjoyed that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars SERIOUSLY AMAZING.
This is amazing.

First: Watchmen. Holy Crap, already amazing.

Second, addressing some of the complaints: Some people don't like the 'male' female voice,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Megan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars if you're a fan...
then this review is not needed. But I will say this: Outside of men doing women's voices, this was a treat.
Published 20 months ago by ezyErnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for watchmen fans
A pretty nice action comic with descent voice over. Only thing they could have done better was got a lady to do the lady characters but not too big of deal. Read more
Published 21 months ago by blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More Indepth Than the Film
Recommended to anyone who enjoyed the film's story.

Silk Spectre II's voice may be annoying, but it can be easily gotten used to after a few chapters. Read more
Published 22 months ago by yarow12
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