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Feature 8.7
Video 8.6
Audio 9.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.0
Distributor: Paramount
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer: Kyle Sudukis

9.0


Watchmen Tales of the Black Freighter


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From the blockbuster movie The Watchmen comes this impressive cartoon from Warner Bros which compliments not only the movie but also the graphic novel itself. For the initiated, The Watchmen revolved around the analogy of "Who Watches the Watchmen" which featured a social commentary of superheroes and how they may interact with the world of politics and man.

The graphic novel was masterfully written by Alan Moore and was pencilled by artist Dave Gibbons that became a cult hit in the world of comics and when fans heard it was coming to the big screen, there were shouts of joy. So where exactly does the Watchmen: Tales Of The Black Freighter ties in with this mythology?

Although a reference is made in the movie of this "non-existent" comic, the graphic novel goes into more detail as we see a young boy reading this comic that revolves around a crew of the damned of a ghost ship.

The main theme behind this story is about a man who is forced to become something that he despises and there are also strong links to the movie, the Watchmen

Although this cartoon was to be part of the movie, unfortunately due to time constraints, it was cut from the film and thankfully viewers can now experience this 25-minute film about the crew of the Black Freighter in the story entitled "Marooned". Featuring drama, action and quite a large amount of animated core, we could happily recommend this feature to fans of the superhero or animated (ala anime) genre.

Where the DVD does shine is through the special features which includes a featurette entitled Under the Hood which puts together a variety of thoughts and ideas from Moore's originally premise that neatly creates some fictional stories and even fake "archival" clips of these super heroes. Best of all, the actors from the movie lend themselves to these fictional interviews that include Stephen McHattie as Mason and Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter to name a few of the stars.

Definitely a must have to compliment the extraordinary movie!






 
 



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