Watchmen Collector's Edition: Ultimate Cut + Graphic Novel [Blu-ray]
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The story is a chronicle of the lives of these individuals tarnished by the events of history & a story which all starts with the murder of one of their very own...
Watchmen is a movie with many layers. That been said; you have to watch it more than once, twice, maybe three times to fully grasp it. I speak from experience. This new collection brings about a sigh of relief for fans. Back in 2010, the movie was released in a special edition format titled, "The Ultimate Cut". This was the fully uncut version of the movie which included the Directors Cut release as well as Tales of the Black Freighter. The story that was told in the graphic novel "A story within a story" bringing the movie to an unbelieveable 215 minutes! The original Ultimate Cut stopped being pressed and was out of print. This further led dozens of people selling off their copies for a fortune.
Now you can all rejoice! The ultimate Cut is back and even better than ever. The full uncut movie, The motion Graphic Novel, awesome special features and they even throwed in the classic graphic novel by legendary writer, Alan Moore. All this in a lovely package that screams just in time for Christmas, "Buy me!!!"
Turns out the Ultimate Cut is by far my favorite version of this movie (except for the "Halleleujah" scene): the scenes have enough time to breathe and revel in the period details; there's legitimately poignant footage added (I'm thinking of That Scene with Hollis); and my regard for Patrick Wilson's performance increases every time I watch this movie. I still think the movie is distinctly inferior to the GN, but the 3.5 hour cut of this movie is the best cinematic realization of this story we're ever likely to see. There are also bonus features which flesh out the world in interesting ways that aren't as engaging as I'd hoped (I'm thinking specifically of the faux Hollywood Tonight feature about the original Nite Owl book) but are still worth watching if you're curious to see everything this world has to offer. And I still maintain that people should definitely do that, because good as the GN or not, this is still a movie people should definitely see.
For what it's worth, the first release of Ultimate Cut is now out of print and is fetching for absurd prices on the third market so this is the better deal if you missed out the first time. That being said, WB could have easily just put the UC back in print with little fanfare. The only reason this exists is to squeeze more money out of hardcore fans, and the majority of them are just getting a fancy new packaging out of it; chances are if you're at all a fan of Watchmen you probably already own the book and if you're a fan of the film you probably already got the UC when it first came out.
As for the "Ultimate Cut" itself, I would recommend the Director's Cut over this. For those who don't know, the Ultimate Cut integrates the animated film "Tales of the Black Freighter" (also available by itself) into the main picture. It's a largely unrelated story (being a comic that exists in the world of 'Watchmen') that parallels the main one. While I admire that Snyder went out of his way to make the film as faithful of possible to the original text, this is a prime example of something that is lost in the translation between mediums. A comic-within-a-comic is far less jarring than a cartoon-within-a-live-action-movie and the segments grind the film to the halt. It works better in my opinion as a separate feature onto itself.Read more ›
The only two negatives were, the box that it all came in was nicely adorned with holograms and graphics, but it was split in two different spots, making it essentially useless as a means to store the discs or the novel. I know that is mostly irrelevant, but its worth noting.
The other thing is I wish this set would have included the Directors Cut, not just the Theatrical and Ultimate Cuts of the film. The Directors Cut is the best version, in my opinion, and it was disappointing to have that not included in this supposedly end-all be-all of box sets.
Overall though, it would have been a great purchase.
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Great presentation of a great movie & book (comes with a great graphic novel too).Published 1 day ago by Scott
Tremendous value for this product. My husband loves this movie...and wanted the Ultimate Cut. $32 was a steal!!Published 3 days ago by Cheryl Greif
Includes Ultimate Cut, graphic novel, and entire Motion Comic Series, Under the Hood, and tons of special features!Published 4 days ago by Brandon W.
The Collectors Edition is a fantastic package for anyone who is a newcomer to the Watchmen franchise. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Leon Lau
This is the only edition of this movie you should own. The beautiful box opens to reveal the hardback graphic novel. Underneath is the 4 disc set. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kyle
Nice set. As of 7/15/2016, the digital code would not work through Vudu but did work through Flixster.Published 14 days ago by Michael
Box arrived in really poor condition but the DVDs work so I guess that's all that really matters.Published 24 days ago by Robert Tozzi
What an awesome set this is. You get the Ultimate Version, the Graphical comic book movie, as well an actual copy of the original graphic novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Incoherent Drivel
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