One of the world's most acclaimed graphic novels has been
transferred to Blu-ray which has been directly transcribed from Alan
Moore and David Gibbon's 12-part mini-series about the tarnished
world of superheroes.
The story is set during the 80's in an
alternate universe where Richard Nixon is serving his fourth term as
president, thanks to the efforts of Doctor Manhattan, a powerful
superhero who changed the tides of the Vietnam War.
world of heroes was not always so grim and gritty and before them
was the Golden Age, a group of American heroes who combated evil
during World War II, however these heroes were also tarnished which
leads to the premise of "Who Watches the Watchmen?".
story begins with the death of the Comedian, one of the first heroes
in America who was unceremoniously thrown out the window of his high rise apartment.
From here, one of the few active heroes named Rorschach is
investigating this murder and believes that the target of this
killer are former heroes.
Through his investigation, he manages to
reinspire Dan Dreiberg to take on the cowl of Night Owl again and
Laurie Juspeczyk as the Silk
Spectre, however there most powerful member, Dr. Manhattan is beyond
the realm of human involvement even though someone is pulling his
strings. Lastly, there is Ozymandias, an immortal who has turned his
back on the world heroics and has become a corporate force which thoroughly
disgusts Rorschach to the core.
The series was extremely well
written and was recently turned into a fully fledged motion picture
thanks to director Zack Snyder. Unlike the movie, this current
instalment uses the original drawings from the graphic novel that is
complimented with some basic animation to assist in making this
story come to life and needless to say, it comes together perfectly,
thanks to the involvement of the original artist, David Gibbons.
It should also be noted that the tone of the story is quite dark in
terms of issues such as homosexuality, rape and even racism.
In terms of the transfer to Blu-ray, there are even some basic special effects in the movie such as
Rorschach's forever moving mask which only draws you in even more. The
comic is narrated by Tom Stechschulte who does all the voices in the
adaptation which is at times like listening to an old radio
It would have been nice if some others were involved in
the voices because his interpretation of the female characters
sounds a little tacky at the best but nevertheless, it somehow
Featuring all 12 issues of the comic, The Watchmen: The
Complete Motion Comic is truly an amazing experience that looks
fantastic on Blu-ray, thanks to the high definition transfer that
makes reading the comic a flawless experience.
The colours are
vibrant, the blacks are deep and the detail is quite awe-inspiring.
This presentation also supports Dolby Digital 5.1 and only adds to the
narration of Tom Stechschulte that is matched with music and sound
effects that in turn makes this comic come thoroughly alive.
When it comes to
extras, this presentation features a small featurette about the
Zack Snyder adaptation of the movie and a preview of Bruce Timm's brilliant Wonder Woman movie
which is nice, however some interviews with Gibbons and Moore would
have been more enjoyable, alas this was not to be.
In conclusion, if you enjoyed
the movie and want to delve more into the history and story of the
Watchmen, then I would highly recommend this Blu-ray which goes just
over 5 hours of pure unadulterated entertainment.