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Watchmen Director's Cut
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07.23.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Zack Snyder

Actors:
Billy Crudup
Patrick Wilson
Malin Akerman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After one of their own is murdered, a group of second generation Super Heroes called “The Watchmen” hit the streets for answers as an unknown foe sets in motion a plan that could not only destroy them, but end in nuclear war.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
WATCHMEN was this year’s first highly anticipated big ticket, and like a lot of other “hopefuls” was lost in a sea of negative reviews and criticism. I think this film was fantastic, a true masterpiece of dark storytelling that only gets better the second time around. I find (this year especially) both fans and critics alike have come down HARD on a great many films, focusing on even the slightest imperfections instead of relishing and appreciating all the blood, sweat and tears that went into them. That said, if a film’s atrociously bad (like TRANSFORMERS 2), then by all means stomp on its throat! WATCHMEN however, was no such film.

Having read the graphic novel, I can say will all certainty that Zack Snyder not only did his homework, but executed his abilities almost flawlessly. The cinematography here is to die for, and the film’s surprisingly well paced for weighing in at one hundred and eighty six minutes. Some people have complained that Snyder “actioned it up a bit”, but for Christ sake, it IS a movie after all so give the guy a break. The director’s cut is pretty decent (even if it does mostly consist of added gore), and though I truly enjoyed the original Nite Owl’s added scene, I felt the lack of retribution made its validity as an addition questionable.

There are those who scoffed at some of the acting as well, and though I was unsure about Malin Akerman at first, like I said, my second viewing really made me appreciate things (and her) so much more. And speaking of appreciating things, you owe it to yourself to see this flick on Blu-ray, as this was THE most gorgeous HD presentation I’ve seen yet! Everything just worked for me here, and not just the score, plot and characters, but the raw emotion captured in this bleak world which is vastly different than what you’d expect. Another guilty pleasure is the subtle nuances like the comedian killing JFK and Nixon’s run in office. Again, there is SO much to see below this film’s gritty surface that I just can’t imagine how anyone could NOT like it.

WATCHMEN was everything I hoped it would be. It was a brooding picture with lots of violence, sex, strong themes and vivid visuals, taking the comic book genre to new levels by not only pushing the envelope but ramming it down our f*cking throats! And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what I like to see! Now it doesn’t matter how great the movie, director, story or actors are, there will ALWAYS be a nugget or two (when it comes to flaws) at the bottom of the bowl if you look hard enough. My advice? RELAX and embrace this amazing experience with open arms, as judging by what this summer’s had to offer, it may be awhile before we get this spoiled again.
THE EXTRAS
Disc One:

Maximum Movie Mode: Zack Snyder takes us through his own unique form of interactive commentary chalked full of special features. One of coolest things (and there are many) is that Snyder singles out and explains all the extra stuff in the director’s cut, in case you couldn’t catch them or are viewing the film for the first time.

Warner Bros. BD-Live: If you can hook your Blu-ray machine up to the internet, do so and enjoy another bunch of goodies from this flick and other Warner Brothers titles.

Disc Two:

The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics: DC wanted comics to grow up, so they did something about it. This is an in depth look at what became (and started) the “dark side” of comic books. I didn’t even know comics could win awards, much less, win nearly ALL of them.

Real Super Heroes: Real Vigilantes: Here we have a psychological approach to what motivates and then happens when real people take the law into their own hands. I remember hearing stuff about the “Guardian Angels” when I was a kid. Screw morality! If I was a billionaire like Bruce Wayne, I would SO build myself a Super Hero alter ego.

Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World: Physics Professor, James Kakalios was brought in as a consultant to help explain the science and physics behind the movie’s technology. This guy created a class called “Everything I know about Science, I learned from Comic Books.” Where the hell was that class when I was in University?

Music Video: Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance. Not the greatest song or video, but I’m not surprised seeing as how I haven’t anyone mention this band since High School.

There’s also a third disc (the digital copy) and a Blu Ray commercial.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As a fan of all things comics, I feel a little bias when I say WATCHMEN is a “must see”. Then again, I also feel you don’t NEED to have a comic collection (or own a lightsaber) to enjoy what this flick has to offer. But if you DO buy it (and you should), get the Blu-ray. It’s well worth it.

Extra Tidbit: But seriously, why couldn’t the world’s first NUDE Super Hero have been a hot, big breasted, blue woman? I know they exist, I saw one in STAR TREK.
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