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5.0 out of 5 stars The End is Nigh.. But at Least it's the Ultimate Cut, November 8, 2009
This review is from: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Finally, Zac Synder's vision as it was meant to be. I can't believe they milked the DVD release for literally ever last penny they could. Nevertheless, I am incredibly pleased to own 'Watchmen: the Ultimate Cut'.

The Set Includes:

Disc 1
- Watchmen, the Ultimate Cut (1080p/VC-1 Transfer, 215min)
- Commentary from Zac Snyder and Dave Gibbons (Explains everything from prop inspirations to plot alterations)
- BD Live

Disc 2
- The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics (HD 25min)
- Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes (HD 26min)
- Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World (HD 17min)
- Watchmen: Video Journals (HD 36mmin)
- Under the Hood (HD 38min)
- Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen (HD 36min)
- My Chemical Romance, 'Desolation Row' Music Video (HD, 3min)

Disc 3
- Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics (1080p/VC-1 Transfer, 325).
- Watchmen Video Journal, Dave Gibbons (HD 3min)
- Wonder Woman Sneak Peak (SD 10min)

Disc 4
- Bonus Digital Copy (Not Blu-ray)- Digital Copy of the Theatrical Version. (Not Blu-Ray, Expires November 2010)

- Disc 1 does not include 'Watchmen' WITHOUT 'the Black Freighter' integrated. The digital copy may somewhat compensate for this, but if you're still not satisfied, you'll have to purchase the 'Director's Cut' and 'the Black Freighter' separetely.

'The Ultimate Cut':

With 'The Black Freighter' interwoven into segments throughout the film, it extends the movie to over three and a half hours long and fills in the missing pieces from the graphic novel along with a few other small live-action scenes, that weren't in the 'Director's Cut' and that bookend the 'comic within a comic', making it all the more magnificently epic and unique. And the extra material is massive, analytic and comprehensive, which is only fair to the fans, who feel milked and cheated, or who just love the 'Watchmen'.

'The Black Freighter' is a grim tale that parallels the lives of different Watchmen, particularly Veidt's and Rorschach's, and their compulsion to fight evil everywhere they think they find it, blinded to the consequences of their actions. Tremendously beautiful yet raw and simplistic animation and the voice of Gerald Butler, bring this intriguing and fan-favorite aspect of the story to life, but it's the effective and pragmatic interweaving of it, that reflects on the Watchmen and stays true to the original source.

In order to match the significance and caliber of the graphic novel, the cinematic version had to embody every thematic nuance and concept behind the 'Watchmen', yet still understand itself as a medium and push the limits of it's own boundaries. And if the 'Theatrical Cut' didn't than that's exactly what the 'Ultimate Cut' does.

The notion of a fluid time-line, explored by Dr. Manhattan's character and the story's complex degree of structuralism is as prevalent as ever. The dark realities of nuclear weapons and humanity's abuse of great power are portrayed in the film through the superhero genre as effectively as they are in Moore's literary masterpiece. The alternative chronology of Cold-War America, defined mostly by the social acceptance of costumed vigilantes, the existence of a superhuman, victory in Vietnam, an endless Nixon presidency and proliferating social rot, reflects upon actual history with profound relevance and cleverly parodies it as well. The cast of talented but unfamilair actors embraces the moral, emotional and psychological aspects of their characters, and the 'Watchmen' universe is equally fleshed out with over 200 elaborate and painstakingly detailed movie sets, that are literally straight out of the comic.

Inevitably, the plot is altered but constructed in a possibly more coherent manner, due to the controversial but practical trade of the bio-engineered squid fore an even more diabolical scheme to frame Dr. Manhattan. Also somewhat diverting from the novel, Snyder pays homage to the 80's inserting a few of his own era-specific grace notes via time-capsule references to Lee Iacocca and "The McLaughlin Group, the film's Reagan generation-friendly soundtrack, head-nods to films like 'Brazil' and 'Apocalypse Now, and capturing the fear and uncertainty felt during the Cold War .

The films depiction of brutality transcends the standard Hollywood repertory of effects; it is more like a cause, a principle.. an ideology. Snyder's marriage to violence exposes the shallow nihilism lurking beneath the intellectual and sophisticated pretensions of 'Watchmen'.

'Watchmen' is a post-modern tale about costumed vigilantes with complicated and true-to-life psychological profiles and a man with god-like earth-shaking powers, trying to function in a world without hope , and it was said to have been impossible to film. Some tried, and failed before they even began. It's probably a miracle it took decades to make the movie, Zac Snyder was the right man to do it.

The film is uncompromising, uncommercial, and unprecedented. It's the 'Watchmen' movie you always wanted, but never thought you'd get, but now, even more so. All the gritty crime-noir, political satire, superhero mythology and science fiction is still there, so unless you forgot or missed the most ambitious, most reverent, most obsessively faithful (to a point) cinematic adaptation of a graphic novel ever and all the stunning and innovative movie magic and gore-porn that went with it, then there won't be much else new for you to get your hopes up for.

O, except maybe for the 3 additional discs with extra material. The Box it comes in, is pretty snazzy and durable too.

I love 'Watchmen: the Ultimate Cut'. I'm glad I bought it. If you're a fan of the 'Watchmen', and need the complete version of the film, then you'll love it and be glad you bought it too.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2009 8:06:36 AM PST
N. Votrobeck says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 8:51:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009 7:43:21 AM PST
i bought it at walmart, you moron.. amazon isn't always up to date..

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 11:46:47 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2009 5:00:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2009 5:02:52 AM PST
*I* am stupid?

You're the one who has the freaking product and still can't give accurate information. How in the world does that make me stupid?

You don't have to time a movie with a stopwatch to know the running time. It's on the disk and on your player as you watch it. There's a pretty BIG difference between three and a half hours and four hours ten minutes. You'd think you would have noticed.

Writing what I would like to see shouldn't bother you at all. What the hell do you want me to write? "O, dude, you're a god for pretending to have purchased this before the release and for giving incorrect and faulty information. U RULEZZZ!"

To your credit, I see you have updated your review to correct the mistakes. Shouldn't you be thanking me for pointing them out instead of calling me names? Why are you so defensive???

For the record, I bought this as well and am looking forward to watching it. Amazon will probably deliver it today or tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2009 5:57:34 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2009 6:03:27 AM PST
I believe you. But you can't blame people for doubting you when some of the information you give is incorrect. Can you confirm that the Motion Comic is in fact a Blu-Ray and not a DVD? It fits on one disk (supposedly) in the BD version so I don't see how it can be anything but BD. The DVD version has 2 disks.
Sorry for jerking your chain. I wan't trying to call you a liar, I guessed you were probably telling the truth the whole time but that you were a bit too quick to post and thus lost a bit of the affect.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2009 7:40:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2009 8:26:52 AM PST
i am sorry for being rude. it wasn't necessary. it's true i've been quick to post and haven't been entirely accurate or clear on the details. The truth is, I've only watched the movie, I've seen most of the extras already on the internet and the previous dvd releases, and so I've hardly paid attention to the details. Thank you for correcting me about the length of the movie. I do owe you a thank you. So, thank you. So i took a real hard look at the thing and i hope i can be clearer now.. the motion comics is one disc... it's transferred in 1080p/VC-1.. so yes it's blu-ray. Once again, i apologize. I should have responded with your posts respectfully. I guess I felt like i was being called a liar, when really I hadn't paid THAT much attention to the box.. the movies been in my player since I bought it, and the box has been in my car... my reaction to your helpful corrections was defensive. I hope overall i answered a few questions, i apologize.. and thanks again for helping me improve my review. I hope it's better now. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2009 10:18:46 AM PST
No worries, I totally understand. I am sometimes a bit overzealous in posting reviews - to try and get one on here quickly.
Your review was useful once you clarified some things (the MC, amount of disks, running time, etc) and I do appreciate your time and effort as well as your comments.
Take care! :)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 7:22:02 AM PST
Well, despite all of the commments above, I'd like to say that I really liked your review. But I want to ask you if the movie has Spanish subtitles. I'd really apreciate if you give me that info.
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