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'm a little disappointed in WB for only releasing the Ultimate Cut (the nearly unwatchable, 3 1/2 version) in 4k. I don't mind having The Ultimate Cut in 4k, for occasional viewing, however I feel WB should have also offered either the theatrical or directors cut in 4k as well. Also, the movie redeems only the Ultimate Cut in 4k. So basically I just bought something I'll barely watch and have to rebuy it again if they ever have the other cuts available in 4k.
In an alternate reality, it's 1985, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime- fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching The Watchmen?
Watchmen is one of the best comic book movies ever made, The Ultimate Cut is the superior way to watch the movie for it contains the director's cut and it has the short movie The Black Freighter edited into the movie in the same manner that it appears in the original comic book, Everything looked amazing in the 4k format.
As you can tell from the other reviews, this movie provokes an intense reaction in people. It is the type of movie that you either love or hate. There is no middle ground. But what I can say with certainty is that if you are a fan of the movie this is the version to get.
There is extra never before seen footage that Watchmen fans will appreciate.
The audio and video quality is the absolute best this movie has ever looked.
The package arrived in pristine condition. And it arrived timely. The price was very acceptable for what it is, and I enjoyed the movie greatly in itself. No complaints whatsoever. If you liked the HBO series, you definitely need to see this version.
Greatest comic book movie of all time.
So happy for a Steelbook release.
Got this one on sale and could not be happier, extended directors cut and the 'Tales of The Black Freighter' included.
Who Watches The Watchmen? I do!