300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to the big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero commando whose mysterious free fall out a window perks the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, Watchmen gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio.~Jeremy Wheeler
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This was a blind buy, and didn’t know what to expect. However, I really enjoyed it and turned out to be a fun movie. Picture quality was better than I expected. Very thin layer of grain, but nothing to noticeable. Otherwise picture is very clean and detailed.
I saw the Watchmen movie when it first came out in the theaters and thought it was fairly enjoyable, but didn't really revisit it until HBO's Watchmen TV show debuted. I'm a viewer who thinks the TV show is an amazing quasi-sequel to the Watchmen movie and has more visceral gut punches than an UFC match. I personally don't understand all the hate it gets from certain fanboys. In fact, it was so good that it made me want to revisit the original movie, which led me to this 4K Ultimate Cut edition. I had seen the Tales of the Black Freighter standalone cartoon back in the day, but I hadn't seen it spliced into the movie with the expanded scenes of the newsstand worker and the comic book fan reading the story. I have to admit that the cuts from live action to the Black Freighter cartoon were a bit jarring to start, but I felt that it helped enrich the movie experience overall, and it brought life to a couple live action characters who only appeared very briefly in the original cut of the film. I think most fans can treat this as the definitive version of Watchmen - just be ready for 3 1/2 hours of viewing time!
The story was good. The soundtrack was ok nothing memorable. Didn’t really care for the hero's except Rorschach and Dr. Manhattan. They were my favorite and only tolerable characters. I wanted to see Snyders earlier work on supes which is why I bought it. Its one of those movies you need to rewatch a couple of times to TRULY understand it. Although im sure it wont come close to Man of Steel or Batman v Superman UE. They are masterpieces and soon to come is Zack Snyders Justice League. Anyways id recommend still give it a chance.
Having recently watched the HBO series, I thought I would purchase this movie and give it another viewing. My original viewing was in theaters when it was released and I did not really understand the movie at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie this time around. My viewing partner in this case seemed to have a similar experience to mine the first time through. She felt that it was unnecessarily long and difficult to stay engaged. The action scenes are gripping, but few and far between. I watched this on my Sony A9G and found the video quality to be quite impressive, however, not up to speed with some more modern films.
I have had the ultimate cut blu ray set from November 2009 (the big box with the ultimate cut and the motion comic) for a little over 10 years, but since hearing about the HBO series, and after I upgraded my home theater to a much larger television (75") and a 4K model to boot, I was all in on this release.
The night I picked it up, I popped it in and was blown away by the PQ. Although the AQ is the same as the ultimate cut blu (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), it still sounded amazing. I do not have an Atmos setup so I am really not missing out.
While it might be a tad darker than the blu, the colors were a lot richer and popped with the added HDR10. I went ahead and threw this disc in with the ultimate edition set, and now it is an even more comprehensive set!
Fans of DC, fans of graphic novels come to life, fans of some great actors (Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan to name a few), definitely pick up this disc!
It also comes with the blu of the shorter Director's Cut, which DID NOT come with the ultimate edition in '09.
In an alternate US Superheroes have been banned. But when a murder occurs they start to get involved when one of their own goes down. Action based movie for those who want a smarter themed movie. You have to pay attention but the Payoff is great. Based on a great comic series of novels. This is the must have Ultimate 4K edition.
I saw this in the movie theater but I had not read the graphic novels back then. Now I am rewatching this again and It is a really awesome movie. Especially now that the HBO show is out.
I have to say that I am disappointed in the 4K Ultra HD picture quality, if you pause it you will see the grainy image. However It is hard to compare this to new movies shot using new 4k cameras. The long version is LONG but that's why you are buying it!
It is quite a masterpiece, great actors for each of the characters.