Watchmen

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When an ex-superhero is murdered, a vigilante named rorschach be gins an investigation into the murder which begins to lead to a much more terrifying conclusion

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Studio Warner
SKU 211213105
UPC 883929057771
UPC 14 00883929057771
Format DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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Review Transforming Watchmen, one of the most lauded comic series of all time, into a movie is as ambitious an undertaking as anyone in Hollywood is likely to attempt. For more than 20 years, a variety of people (including Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Greengrass) have been involved and all have backed off when faced with the enormity of the task. The team to finally get it done is headed by 300 director Zack Snyder. Whether Watchmen will become known as "Snyder's Folly" remains to be seen. Snyder may have replicated the narrative faithfully (with the exception of a change to a climactic plot device) and re-created the dark look of the comic books, but the nuances are gone. The film is too busy, too narratively dense, and too awkwardly structured for it to achieve the level of absorption that one can get from reading the books...From a visual and stylistic standpoint, Watchmen develops a gloomy, paranoid atmosphere, but doesn't overplay it. There are also fewer flourishes than one might expect from the man behind 300. Compared to that film, this one appears almost conventional...Watchmen isn't brain-dead, and that's a good thing. In fact, the opposite is true. But the film, as pregnant with ideas as it may be, has trouble standing on its own, and for a movie that's opening in thousands of theaters, that's a problem. For the Watchmen fan, this may be as close to the Holy Grail as a motion picture could come. For everyone else, a sense of frustration and disappointment is not unwarranted. Watchmen is many things but it is not the Next Great Comic Book Movie or the film that will advance graphic novel adaptations to the next level.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Watchmen" focuses on the contradiction shared by most superheroes: They cannot live ordinary lives but are fated to help mankind. That they do this with trademarked names and appliances goes back to their origins in Greece, where Zeus had his thunderbolts, Hades his three-headed dog, and Hermes his winged feet. Could Zeus run fast? Did Hermes have a dog? No...That level of symbolism is coiling away beneath all superheroes. What appeals with Batman is his humanity; despite his skills, he is not supernormal. "Watchmen" brings surprising conviction to these characters as flawed and minor gods, with Dr. Manhattan possessing access to godhead on a plane that detaches him from our daily concerns -- indeed, from days themselves. In the film's most spectacular scene, he is exiled to Mars, and in utter isolation reimagines himself as a human, and conjures (or discovers? I'm not sure) an incredible city seemingly made of crystal and mathematical concepts. This is his equivalent to 40 days in the desert, and he returns as a savior...The film is rich enough to be seen more than once. I plan to see it again, this time on IMAX, and will have more to say about it. I'm not sure I understood all the nuances and implications, but I am sure I had a powerful experience. It's not as entertaining as "The Dark Knight," but like the "Matrix" films, LOTR and "The Dark Knight," it's going to inspire fevered analysis. I don't want to see it twice for that reason, however, but mostly just to have the experience again.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com A terrific comic-book movie, the most completely satisfying and unsettling one I've ever seen.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club Snyder's Watchmen keeps moving so assuredly, it's nearly impossible not to get swept along.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...studded with inspired spectacles: fights and flights and imaginary creatures and reworked bits of history.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer This movie will shake your windows and rattle your walls.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer The casting clicks; the visuals have leaped right out of Dave Gibbons' original panels; the action is brutal, stylish and well-staged...

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