Watchmen DVD/Blu-ray News! (updated 5/14)

Watchmen Bluray

The Hollywood Reporter has announced the first details about the upcoming Watchmen DVD and Blu-ray releases! The latter sporting an innovative new feature! For the first time fans who purchased the disc can sync their Facebook profiles to BD-Live and have online interactive screenings, sharing live commentary with their friends. The Blu-ray will also feature a split screen viewing mode with video commentary by Zack Snyder. A standard no frills disc of the theatrical version along with the Special Edition 2 disc DVD and Blu-ray Director’s Cut are all expected to hit stores within the last two weeks of July, coinciding with San Diego’s Comic-Con.

I’m dying to see this director’s cut!  The only bits I’m certain will be included are the death of Hollis Mason and at least some of the two Bernies at the newsstand along the re-insertion of The Black Freighter animated feature. As for the rest I want to see more Dr. Manhattan on Mars (because it’s just awesome), and some more Ozymandius. I particularly missed the scene of him at the wall of monitors analyzing all the trends and symbolism within the various commercials and programs,  such a great insight into how his mind works. His was the only character that felt misrepresented from the book and I hope they explore more of his nature and motivations so he comes across less one dimensional.

ozymandias

Whatever Zack Snyder decides to include in his final cut, one thing is for sure. Come this July, fans will be able to strap themselves in for nearly 4 hours of the most faithfully adapted comic book epic off all time!

UPDATE: Warner Home Video has released the official specs for the Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray, now set for release July 21

Watchmen Director’s Cut 2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition DVD:

  • Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
    • Newly 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
  • My Chemical Romance Desolation Row Music Video
  • Digital Copy

Watchmen Director’s Cut Blu-ray Disc:

  • Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
    • Newly 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.]
  • Director walk-ons with scene analysis
  • Picture-in-picture video from the cast and crew
  • Side-by-side comparisons of the graphic novel and the film
  • Timeline comparisons of our world events to those from Watchmen
  • Photo 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

Very disappointing there is no mention of Tales of the Black Freighter being included into the director’s cut as promised. I smell a “Watchmen Ultimate Edition” comin’ out later this year.

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