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.
Considering the Blu Ray set of this version goes for over $100, this is the best way to see it. Better picture, the entire story, and for the most part, it flows better. Where the theatrical cut was excellent and brisk, and the Directors Cut felt uneven, this one feels balanced - not too long, even though it IS longer - and that probably has to do with The Black Freighter being put back in the film. Somehow, it gives you a breather from the main action, and the moral of the Black Freighter reflects the story of the film itself. I won't spoil it...
I knew nothing about this picture before purchasing the Blu-ray. I bought it because the disk was an inexpensive sci-fi movie.
The film takes place in a different timeline (parallel universe?) in the 1980s. In this time and dimension, the United States and the Soviet Union are on the brink of nuclear war. The principal characters are aging superheroes who were once part of a now disbanded league. All have helped the US in both battling crime and fighting in war; however, despite their beneficial deeds, they all suffer from deep character flaws.
I enjoyed this movie despite its three-hour duration. The basic premise of very deeply flawed superheroes is original. Their history is told though numerous flashbacks. The action scenes are well done but are scattered throughout the film. Those who are looking for non-stop action will be disappointed. Those looking for character development and mystery are more likely to enjoy the movie.
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 first time that I saw this film, I was blown away. I was unfamiliar with the characters and the story, and just decided to give it a try. This is not your typical super hero movie. This one is DC Comics, but has a Marvel feel. Definitely a great story with some unexpected twists and turns.
I had previously purchased the blu ray disk, but when I saw it was available in 4k I decided to repurchase. The 4k version is a noticeable improvement so I"m glad I bought it. I was a little disappointed to find that one of the versions in this set is still the HD blu ray and not 4k I was a little disjointed, but overall I'm still satisfied.
Before Justice League, this was a superhero team movie set in the DC universe. Hits on many of the prescient topics of the day, and has a visually enthralling and multilayered story, but set aside a big chuck of tiny, as this version is over there hours.