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  1. Senor Zoidbergo says:
    485 of 510 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Additional changes for Director’s Cut, July 2, 2009
    By 
    Senor Zoidbergo (Washington D.C.) –
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    This review is from: Watchmen (Director’s Cut) (DVD)

    The director’s cut runs about 25 minutes longer, and incorporates more elements from the comics, adds more violence, as well as more shots of Dr. Manhatten’s schlong. Some of the previous scenes are reworked with additional dialogue. Information has been supported by sites such as AICN etc.

    Overall, the storyline and conversations are better fleshed out, and this version is truer to the comics. The largest additional addition is that of Hollis Mason’s death, which is spectacularly directed to the score of the Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana (think Godfather III).

    (1) Rorschach gets additional dialogue, some straight from the comics.

    (2) When Rorschach searches the Comedian’s apartment shortly after the opening scene, he encounters two cops still stationed there. He fights briefly with them before jumping back out the window.

    (3) Conversation between Dan and Rorschach (beans scene) is extended.

    (4) All flashbacks extended, with the exception of Sally’s.

    (5) Dr. Manhatten discussing the symbol on his forehead. Additional questions in the face to face with Dr. Manhatten. Dan and Hollis watch Dr. Manhatten go crazy on their TV set.

    (6) Laurie getting interrogated by the military as they try to determine Dr. M’s whereabouts (on Mars). Alessandro Juliani’s (Lt. Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica) scene has been reinserted. He plays one of the scientists who bursts in during the interrogation of Laurie to tell the military that they’ve located Dr. M on Mars.

    (7) Probably the biggest addition is the depiction of Hollis Mason’s death at the hands of the knot heads. Interestingly, the death is done from poor Hollis’ POV, where he imagines himself fighting the gangsters of the 1940s. He delivers left and right hooks to Captain Evil, before being done in by “Moloch”. The score for the death scene is very fitting.

    (8) Dan taking revenge on an isolated knot head at a bar, post Hollis’ death. It’s a brutal revenge.

    (9) The shootout by hired hitman Roy Chess is much more brutal- e.g. more blood and gore, fingers blown off.

    (10) Conversation between Dr. Long and Rorschach is extended.

    (11) Longer jail-break scene with arguments between Rorschach and Laurie. Prison guards open fire on Dan’s ship.

    (12) Longer conversation between Dr. M and L on Mars.

    (13) Riot scene is longer with more conversation between the Comedian and the rioters.

    (14) Agent Forbes (Fulvio Cecere) has a larger role as the government agent in charge of handling all the Watchmen.

    This is THE version to get. It feels complete.

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  2. Dusty Bottoms "Dusty Bottoms" says:
    227 of 236 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The End is Nigh.. But At Least It’s the Ultimate Cut, November 8, 2009
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    Dusty Bottoms “Dusty Bottoms” (Redding, CA USA) –
    This review is from: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (DVD)

    Finally, Zac Synder’s vision as it was meant to be. I can’t believe they milked the DVD release for literally ever last penny they could. Nevertheless, I am incredibly pleased to own ‘Watchmen: the Ultimate Cut’.

    With ‘the Black Freighter’ interwoven into segments throughout the film, Synder’s phenomenal and slavishly faithful adaptation of the ‘Watchmen’ is complete. It extends the movie to over three and a half hours long and fills in the missing pieces from the graphic novel along with a few other small live-action scenes, that weren’t in the ‘Director’s Cut’, making it all the more magnificently epic, fresh and unique. The extra material included is massive and comprehensive, which is only fair to the fans, who feel milked and cheated, or who just love the ‘Watchmen’.

    ‘The Black Freighter’ is a grim tale that parallels the lives of different Watchmen, particularly Veidt’s and Rorschach’s, and their compulsion to fight evil everywhere they think they find it, blinded to the consequences of their actions. Tremendously realistic and beautiful animation and the voice of Gerald Butler, bring this intriguing and fan-favorite aspect of the story to life, but it’s the effective and pragmatic interweaving of it, that reflects on the Watchmen and stays true to the original source.

    The film is uncompromising, uncommercial, and unprecedented. It’s the ‘Watchmen’ movie you always wanted, but never thought you’d get, but now, even more so. All the crime-noir, political satire, superhero mythology and science fiction is still there, so unless you forgot or missed the most ambitious, most reverent, most obsessively faithful (to a point) cinematic adaptation of a graphic novel ever and all the stunning and innovative movie magic and gore-porn that went with it, then there won’t be much else new for you to get your hopes up for.

    O, except maybe for the 4 additional discs with extra material, the set includes:

    Disc 1
    - Watchmen, the Ultimate Cut (215min)
    - Commentary from Zac Snyder and Dave Gibbons (explains everything from prop inspirations to plot alterations)
    Disc 2
    - The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics
    - Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes
    - Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World
    - Watchmen: Video Journals
    - Under the Hood
    - Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen
    - Music Video: My Chemical Romance, ‘Desolation Row’
    Disc 3
    - Digital Copy of the Theatrical Version.
    Discs 4 & 5
    - Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics (325 minutes & in it’s own case within the box)
    WARNING:
    - Disc 1 does not include ‘Watchmen’ WITHOUT ‘the Black Freighter’ integrated. The digital copy may somewhat compensate for this, but if you’re still not satisfied, you’ll have to purchase the ‘Director’s Cut’ and ‘the Black Freighter’ separetely.

    The box it comes in is pretty snazzy and durable.

    I love ‘Watchmen: the Ultimate Cut’. I’m glad I bought it. If you’re a fan of the ‘Watchmen’, and need the complete version of the film, then you’ll love it and be glad you bought it too.

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  3. Dusty Bottoms "Dusty Bottoms" says:
    112 of 119 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The End is Nigh.. But at Least it’s the Ultimate Cut, November 8, 2009
    By 
    Dusty Bottoms “Dusty Bottoms” (Redding, CA USA) –

    Finally, Zac Synder’s vision as it was meant to be. I can’t believe they milked the DVD release for literally ever last penny they could. Nevertheless, I am incredibly pleased to own ‘Watchmen: the Ultimate Cut’.

    The Set Includes:

    Disc 1
    - Watchmen, the Ultimate Cut (1080p/VC-1 Transfer, 215min)
    - Commentary from Zac Snyder and Dave Gibbons (Explains everything from prop inspirations to plot alterations)
    - BD Live

    Disc 2
    - The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics (HD 25min)
    - Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes (HD 26min)
    - Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World (HD 17min)
    - Watchmen: Video Journals (HD 36mmin)
    - Under the Hood (HD 38min)
    - Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen (HD 36min)
    - My Chemical Romance, ‘Desolation Row’ Music Video (HD, 3min)

    Disc 3
    - Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics (1080p/VC-1 Transfer, 325).
    - Watchmen Video Journal, Dave Gibbons (HD 3min)
    - Wonder Woman Sneak Peak (SD 10min)

    Disc 4
    - Bonus Digital Copy (Not Blu-ray)- Digital Copy of the Theatrical Version. (Not Blu-Ray, Expires November 2010)

    WARNING:
    - Disc 1 does not include ‘Watchmen’ WITHOUT ‘the Black Freighter’ integrated. The digital copy may somewhat compensate for this, but if you’re still not satisfied, you’ll have to purchase the ‘Director’s Cut’ and ‘the Black Freighter’ separetely.

    ‘The Ultimate Cut’:

    With ‘The Black Freighter’ interwoven into segments throughout the film, it extends the movie to over three and a half hours long and fills in the missing pieces from the graphic novel along with a few other small live-action scenes, that weren’t in the ‘Director’s Cut’ and that bookend the ‘comic within a comic’, making it all the more magnificently epic and unique. And the extra material is massive, analytic and comprehensive, which is only fair to the fans, who feel milked and cheated, or who just love the ‘Watchmen’.

    ‘The Black Freighter’ is a grim tale that parallels the lives of different Watchmen, particularly Veidt’s and Rorschach’s, and their compulsion to fight evil everywhere they think they find it, blinded to the consequences of their actions. Tremendously beautiful yet raw and simplistic animation and the voice of Gerald Butler, bring this intriguing and fan-favorite aspect of the story to life, but it’s the effective and pragmatic interweaving of it, that reflects on the Watchmen and stays true to the original source.

    In order to match the significance and caliber of the graphic novel, the cinematic version had to embody every thematic nuance and concept behind the ‘Watchmen’, yet still understand itself as a medium and push the limits of it’s own boundaries. And if the ‘Theatrical Cut’ didn’t than that’s exactly what the ‘Ultimate Cut’ does.

    The notion of a fluid time-line, explored by Dr. Manhattan’s character and the story’s complex degree of structuralism is as prevalent as ever. The dark realities of nuclear weapons and humanity’s abuse of great power are portrayed in the film through the superhero genre as effectively as they are in Moore’s literary masterpiece. The alternative chronology of Cold-War America, defined mostly by the social acceptance of costumed vigilantes, the existence of a superhuman, victory in Vietnam, an endless Nixon presidency and proliferating social rot, reflects upon actual history with profound relevance and cleverly parodies it as well. The cast of talented but unfamilair actors embraces the moral, emotional and psychological aspects of their characters, and the ‘Watchmen’ universe is equally fleshed out with over 200 elaborate and painstakingly detailed movie sets, that are literally straight out of the comic.

    Inevitably, the plot is altered but constructed in a possibly more coherent manner, due to the controversial but practical trade of the bio-engineered squid fore an even more diabolical scheme to frame Dr. Manhattan. Also somewhat diverting from the novel, Snyder pays homage to the 80′s inserting a few of his own era-specific grace notes via time-capsule references to Lee Iacocca and “The McLaughlin Group, the film’s Reagan generation-friendly soundtrack, head-nods to films like ‘Brazil’ and ‘Apocalypse Now, and capturing the fear and uncertainty felt during the Cold War .

    The films depiction of brutality transcends the standard Hollywood repertory of effects; it is more like a cause, a principle.. an ideology. Snyder’s marriage to violence exposes the shallow nihilism lurking beneath the intellectual and sophisticated pretensions of ‘Watchmen’.

    ‘Watchmen’ is a post-modern tale about costumed vigilantes with complicated and true-to-life psychological profiles and a man with god-like earth-shaking powers, trying to function in a world without hope , and it was…

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