Watchmen 2 Disc Special Edition DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.5
Video 9.5
Audio 9.5
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.5
Distributor: Paramount
Running Time: 155 minutes
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

9.5


Watchmen
2 Disc Special Edition

The Watchmen has been dubbed as the greatest graphic novel of all time and although I've read the original comicbook series, I was quite impressed by Alan Moore's dark vision of the superhero world. Joined by Dave Gibbons who drew the limited comicbook series, the Watchmen revolved around a former group of superheroes who have turned their back on society as society turned its back on them.

Although the story was quite revolutionary for its day, many believed that it could not be turned into a live action movie and thankfully, they were wrong. The story begins with the murder of the Comedian who is violently attacked by an unknown assailant which eventually leads him to be hurled out a high rise building with the majestic song of Nat King Cole's Unforgettable playing in the background.

From there, the viewer is treated to the Golden Age of the Superheroes with the Minutemen of the 1940's that helps set the theme and plotlines for the central piece of the story. Set in 1985, the Watchmen revolves around the "hero" Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) who believes that the Comedian was murdered and the murder is targeting other masked heroes.

The twist to the Watchmen is that it is set in an alternate universe where Nixon  is still in power, thanks to Dr. Manhattan, one of the world's most powerful superheroes who has long since lost his ties with humanity. Needless to say, the world of the Watchmen is quite a twisted and grim reality, however a handful of heroes still fight the good fight.

As the story progresses, the psychopathic hero Rorschach attempts to draw in his former comrades that include Daniel Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) who is now a husk of the hero he once was, Laurie Juspeczyk, aka "Silk Spectre" (Malin Ackerman) who was forced into super heroics by her mother and is in a loveless relationship with Jonathan Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup). Finally, Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), the smartest man in the world who has managed to market himself to the world and is now one of the world's most richest men.

The story goes into great detail of what makes these heroes tick, although the star in the movie is Rorschach who brings together his former comrades in order to "save" the world that threatens to annihilate everything. The Director's Cut of the Watchmen features an additional 24 minutes of footage which actually makes the story even better as Zack Snyder goes out of his way to create a truly spectacular and at times confusing movie that is almost a narrative of social issues.

Add in a disc exclusively for special features and this gives the viewer a true backstage pass into the creation of the movie and how this graphic novel changed the world of comics. With brilliant video and audio quality, this may be the perfect comic book movie that flawlessly melds the world of superheroes with social issues and what is acceptable by society. Very deep and highly Recommended!

Special Features:

Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World
The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics
Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes
Video Journals (Webisodes)
Viral Video: NBS Nightly News
Music Video - My Chemical Romance "Desolation Row"
Easter Egg Viral Video: The Keene Act & You






 
 



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