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WHV Press Release: Watchmen: Director's Cut (DVD/Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, May 13, 2009.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    OWN THE ACTION-PACKED
    WATCHMEN Director’s Cut
    WHEN IT STORMS ONTO BLU-RAY AND DVD JULY 21 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

    25 Minutes of Footage Not Seen In Theaters includes
    more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death.

    New Groundbreaking Blu-ray Technology:
    Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode and BD Live

    Burbank, CA, May 12, 2009 –Be the first to own the one of the most anticipated films of 2009 when Watchmen Director’s Cut arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 21. From director Zack Snyder, this new cut of the action-packed blockbuster includes an additional 25 minutes of footage not seen in theaters only available on Blu-ray and DVD. Watchmen as seen in theaters will also be available on DVD and ON DEMAND July 21.

    Available on the Blu-ray disc of Watchmen Director’s Cut is new interactive technology used for Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode, a first-of-its-kind bonus feature that showcases a seamless multi-story presentation of the Director’s Cut. Hosted by Zack Snyder, the feature will offer in-depth scene analysis, picture-in-picture videos from the cast and crew, side-by-side comparisons of the graphic novel and the film, photo galleries and more.

    From Director, Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) Watchmen stars Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, Semi-Pro), Malin Akerman (27 Dresses, The Heartbreak Kid), Billy Crudup (Mission Impossible III, Almost Famous), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural), Patrick Wilson (Lakeview Terrace, Little Children), and Carla Gugino (Race to Witch Mountain, Night at the Museum).

    Warner Home Video has also implemented Facebook Connect to launch with Watchmen Director’s Cut BD-Live. With Facebook Connect, users can interact with their friends from Facebook, update their Facebook status while in BD-Live and invite their Facebook friends to a Live Community Screening.
    SYNOPSIS
    Someone’s killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?
    Watchmen Director’s Cut will be available on Blu-ray for $35.99, 2-disc special edition DVD for $34.99 and the theatrical version of Watchmen on single disc DVD for $28.98.

    On July 21, Watchmen theatrical version will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. The Director’s Cut and theatrical version can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.


    DVD and BLU-RAY ELEMENTS

    Watchmen Theatrical Version (WS or FS) – no bonus features

    Watchmen Director’s Cut 2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition DVD:
    •Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
    oNewly included footage contains more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death
    •The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics [Learn how the subversive, thematically complex, award winning comic that changed literature, inspired analytical debate, and won countless fans, was created]
    •Watchmen: Webisodes
    oMy Chemical Romance Desolation Row Music Video
    oDigital Copy

    Watchmen Director’s Cut Blu-ray Disc:
    •Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
    oNewly included footage contains more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death.
    •Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode [With Watchmen Director Zack Snyder as our host, we’ll dive deep into the intricacies of the Watchmen.]
    oDirector walk-ons with scene analysis
    oPicture-in-picture video from the cast and crew
    oSide-by-side comparisons of the graphic novel and the film
    oTimeline comparisons of our world events to those from Watchmen
    oPhoto galleries of production stills and storyboards
    •The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics [Learn how the subversive, thematically complex, award winning comic that changed literature, inspired analytical debate, and won countless fans, was created]
    •Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes [Explores the fascination and psychology behind real-world vigilantes and where that behavior crosses over into actually donning the hood and behaving as superheroes.]
    •Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World [The creators of Watchmen had a great understanding of engineering and science, allowing for plausible mechanics in their characters tools and the world itself. This featurette will guide the viewer through the filmmakers process of turning these technologies into cinematic reality]
    •My Chemical Romance Desolation Row Music Video
    •BD-Live with even more content
    •Digital Copy
    BASICS
    PRODUCTSRP
    Single disc Amaray (WS or FS)$ 28.98
    2-disc Digital Copy Special Edition$ 34.99
    2- Disc Blu-ray disc$ 35.99

    Standard Street Date: July 21, 2009

    Languages: English, Quebec French, Latin Spanish (English only for the 2-disc Digital Copy Special Edition and Blu-ray)
    Subtitles: English, French, Latin Spanish
    Running Time: 161 min (186 min for Director’s Cut)
    Rating: R (for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language)
    DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
     
  2. John Swarce

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    Even though I know the uber-size movie with the Tales from the Black Freighter scenes incorporated will be coming in the fall, I think I will be in for the Blu-ray of this release. "More Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death" sounds great to me. I missed having Mason's death scene in the theatrical version, and it was really glossed over.

    --John
     
  3. mdnitoil

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    I'll play wait-and-see on the super version. Considering how it tanked at the box office, that version may never see the light of day, but then they'll be giving away this one for ten bucks by then. I figure it's a win/win either way.
     
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    I don't think you have to worry about that. I'd be surprised if there isn't a longer version by the end of the year.

    As for it tanking, it made $107 million but Warners was crazy enough to spend $150 million because they assumed that anything with a superhero was a license to print money. Unfortunately, Watchmen is R rated, runs over 2 and a half hours, a period piece, had zero recognizable characters or stars to a mainstream audience and is very grim so they never should have spent that much money on it.
     
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    Oh, I'm actually hoping that there is a longer version. I've just noticed that studios tend to give perceived box office failures rather short shrift in home video. For whatever reason, box office follows these films around for the rest of their life and home video decisions are made based on the numbers, even if the numbers are 30 years old.
     
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    But here's something I just remembered: Warner Bros. spent about the same amount of money on "Watchmen" that they spent on Oliver Stone's "Alexander"... and Stone's picture didn't even break $40 million in the States. Yet a Director's Cut was released on DVD, followed some time after by a "Final Cut" that was 3 1/2 hours long. If Warners will put in the effort for THAT movie, I'm positive that they'll do it for "Watchmen". I'd be very surprised indeed if there wasn't some kind of jumbo economy-size "Watchmen" -- that incorporates "The Black Freighter"! -- no later than next year....
     
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    Good point, though with Alexander there were more bankable larger named actors involved.
    But I'm hoping for the trio of releases as well. For that reason alone I will be supporting the Director's cut. If that's all we ever get, so Be it.
     
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    Yes but the Director's Cut of "Alexander" was supported and allowed the Final Cut to be released. "Watchman" needs the support of all for the longer cut, it anyone wants to see a even longer cut arrive.
     

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