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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood (2009)

Gerard Butler  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerard Butler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QTWC0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen: How Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood connect to and expand the world of Watchmen, with a unique analogy of the character arc of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
  • Watchmen: Motion Comic episode 1
  • First Look at DC Universe's animated Green Lantern

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They're in the book. And on this disc. From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen Theatrical Feature. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of 300's Gerard Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmen's world. Stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI Under the Hood, based on Nite Owl's powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement. Watching the Watchmen begins here.

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Theyre in the book. And on this disc. From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen Theatrical Feature. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of 300s Gerard Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmens world. Stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI Under the Hood, based on Nite Owls powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement. Watching the Watchmen begins here.

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98 of 108 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Watchmen bonus features. March 24, 2009
Format:DVD
Is "Tales of the black Freighter" a very cool animated short film and a fantastic companion to the Watchmen film? Yes. Should it have been sold as a separate full-priced DVD altogether? No way. What this is is essentially a disc of bonus features marked up to the price of a feature film. This is no bueno. I was looking forward to a fleshed-out version of the story with tons of great material, but unfortunately there is very little on this release that you haven't seen if you've read the graphic novel.

The feature tale is 25 minutes long, looks cool, and has all the brutality of the comic and maybe even more. But God, do I hate me some roaring sharks. Filmmakers, take heed: SHARKS DO NOT ROAR! That aside, the film is good and would have made an amazing bonus feature on the double-disc DVD release of "Watchmen", but packaged by itself, it just isn't enough. Even when thrown together with a 37 minute live-action interview featuring cast members from the film discussing the original Nite Owl's tell-all autobiography "Under The Hood" it's not enough. The contents of "Under The Hood" is mostly just a reiteration of things from the graphic novel and even some redundancy from the film. Again, an outstanding bonus feature, but not worth a lot by itself. It's nice to get more Carla Gugino without that awful aging makeup, though. Also featured is a half-hour documentary about the projects, and a 10 minute preview of the promising "Green Lantern" animated feature. All good, but one more time: it all amounts to nothing more than a disc of bonus features that should have been saved for the "Watchmen" DVD release.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Borne on the Naked Backs of Murdered Men March 21, 2009
Format:DVD
Tales of the Black Freighter was a story within a story in the Watchmen graphic novel. A young black man visits a newspaper stand everyday and reads comic books without paying for them. A pirate story bled through the pages and introduced the reader to a man who had lost his entire crew thanks to the attack of the Black Freighter. He decides to head home in hopes of warning the people before the Black Freighter makes it to his town. After making his way back to shore, he uses the corpses of his crew to make a raft and sets out to sea. He winds up going mad in the process as the Freighter impairs his judgement of what's truly fantasy and what is actually reality.

The storyline was almost identical with the source material in this animated feature. The only issue I had was the character design. Everything else looked fantastic and was animated beautifully. The sky was incredibly vibrant the entire time and the sea looked almost lifelike at times. The characters were animated rather poorly, in my opinion though. It may just be the design, but their quality looked poor and their animation wasn't up to par in comparison to everything else around them. Reminded me a bit of the character designs in Aeon Flux. All in all, it's well worth seeing. But it's rather short as it only clocks in at around twenty one minutes without the credits.

Under the Hood is the autobiography of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. It's basically his version of the events that transpired during the time he was a superhero and was a part of the Minutemen. There's a feature devoted solely to this autobiography on the Black Freighter DVD.

The feature is basically a live-action documentary of Hollis Mason/Nite Owl being interviewed about Under the Hood and everything he included in his book.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Follow Up to the Graphic Novel and Movie March 14, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Following on the smash success of "Watchmen" Warner Brothers Premiere has released "Tales of the Black Freighter" on DVD and Blue Ray. The features laden set is truly impressive an tells the story within a story of The Black Freighter in an animated format. Fans of the graphic novel Watchmen will remember that the newsstand owner had a patron who would read a pirate adventure and that the savage tale also served as a counter point to the events happening in the Watchmen universe.

The animated feature is voiced by Gerard Butler and tells the story of a captain who is the lone survivor of an assault by a mysterious freighter. Convinced that the freighter is headed to his home, the captain faces a series of ghastly challenges to stay alive and return home. As the obstacles mount, the captain slowly starts to lose his grip on reality which leads to a startling finale.

The top flight animation serves the episode well as does Butler's solid voice work. The episode is briskly paced and runs in at roughly 3o minutes.

Another feature of the set is the Under the Hood segment which tells the story of the original Night Owl Hollis Mason and provides a background on the world of the Watchmen. Done in the format of a television interview show, the great segment features characters from the film as they tell the story of the original Night Owl and the formation of The Minutemen and Watchmen as well as the villains they faced and the pending Keane Act.
This was a fantastic and unexpected feature of the disc and when combined with the look at the upcoming Green lantern DVD made this collection an absolute gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
looking forward to more
Published 2 days ago by Lillian Knudson
3.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome comic that I hoped would be better.
Gruesome comic that I hoped would be better. The story is well presented, but the graphics are story board, not animated
Published 6 days ago by Puck
1.0 out of 5 stars otherwise I wouldn't have started towatch it. One of the faults I find...
May be I missed it, but didn't know it was animation, otherwise I wouldn't have started to watch it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by L. Worth
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
First half hour is good . Then rest is all talk about watchman
Published 1 month ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The missing piece of the Watchmen puzzle.
Published 2 months ago by Charles J. Mcpeak
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchmen:Under the Hood/Black Freighter
Originally bought it for Under the Hood but the Black Freighter was cool too. They did an excellent job on graphics!
Published 2 months ago by Darlene Marcotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Well what can I say - this movie showed the original Comic that was so...
I did Liked this disc because it was nothing like the Live Action "Watchmen" - it showed the comic book Watchmen and the words were very similar to what was Said in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Pylant
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Not bad you get two mini movies and a motion comic in one disc. Good story but more for die hard watchmen fans.
Published 7 months ago by Demonte Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ig you like watchmen!
This edition was great, has great special features and the story is awsome! A must if you are a watchmen fan.
Published 7 months ago by Raymond Medina Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great movie, blu-ray is awesome, movie is awesome. Wouldn't have bought it if i didn't think so, Either way, good movie
Published 7 months ago by WMKzelis
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double-dip!!! take caution!
Will the ultimate cut feature the "Black Freighter" story in one continuous presentation as in this release, or will it be broken down and edited into the film in pieces spread throughout the story? I think that there are plenty of fans who would be interested in having a copy like... Read More
Mar 3, 2009 by T. F. |  See all 6 posts
Proposal: Work with Alan Moore on Animated Version of Watchmen
Moore dosent think it should be adapted at all, he was asked in the 90s to write the screen play and refused. later when asked if he would ever personally adapt one of his works he said if someone was going to butcher one of his babies he would rather it wasnt him.

Also i dont think he cares... Read More
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