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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood

3 Ratings: 2.3
The DVD companion piece to the 2009 graphic novel to film adaptation.

When filmmaker Zack Snyder realized that he could not include two important segments of Alan Moore's story in his 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen, he decided that the best way to tell these stories and satisfy fans was to release … see full wiki

Genre: Animation
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter &...

Excellent Features, But Rent, Don't Buy.

  • Apr 1, 2009
There are all kinds of things that make WATCHMEN a unique graphic novel. One thing is the comic book story within the comic, TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER. Even though the comic within the comic is important to WATCHMEN, it's not crucial to the story's plot. However, Zach Snyder really was dedicated to bringing the complete novel to life and had TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER filmed separately as an animated short. The short follows the story from the comic extremely well. Also included on the DVD is the faux television newsmagazine, the Culpepper Minute, which takes a retrospective look at Hollis Mason and his best-selling memoir, "Under the Hood". Great care was taken to put these features in their proper perspective of the greater world of WATCHMEN.

As a fan of both the graphic novel and the movie, I really enjoyed both TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER and UNDER THE HOOD. However, after watching the "Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen" I learned that the directors cut DVD of WATCHMEN will include TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER interspersed between the action of the film, just as it is the book. While I was excited to learn about this, I was disappointed that the studio and filmmakers released this DVD as a separate DVD and are selling it for the price of a two-disc full-length animated film (on average $20). If you're a fan of the movie and comic, these features are worth watching, but they aren't worth the DVD is currently selling for.

Besides TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER, UNDER THE HOOD, and the "Story Within a Story" featurette, the DVD also includes the first episode of the Watchmen Motion Comic as well as a preview for the upcoming Green Lantern DVD.

TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER is a wonderful supplement that fans of the movie and comic will enjoy. Not only that, but animation fans will probably even enjoy watching TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER just on its own merits. However, all of the "features" on this DVD are really just extras that shouldn't have been sold separately and just included on the WATCHMEN DVD. Instead of buying this DVD, rent it and when the WATCHMEN DVD is released buy that.

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