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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 them on DVD. The two segments will be animated. Tales of the Black Freighter chronicles a desperate sailor whose ship is attacked by savage pirates and in his attempts to survive and race home to rescue his family, he descends into violent savagery that is not only self-destructive but also endangers the very people that he wishes to protect. Under the Hood is based upon the fictitious auto-biography of Hollis Mason, a costumed vigilante best known as the original Nite Owl, and details his career as a superhero before retiring and becoming a car mechanic.

Now, as promised the DVD makes its way to stores on March  24th and will feature the voice talents of Gerard Butler, who had previously starred in 300, which was also directed by Zack Snyder.
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CastGerard Butler
Genre:  Animation
MPAA Rating:  R
Runtime:  26 minutes
Studio:  Warner Bros. Independent, DC Comics, DC Studios
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review by . April 28, 2009
By this point we all know about the new live action super hero movie, Watchmen. We have all experienced the hype around it and even if we haven't seen it yet, we all have the urge to see it eventually. Those who, like me, have not read the comics will be very unaware as to what "Tales of the Black Freighter" is all about.    Within the comics, Tales of the Black Freighter is told as a comic within a comic which within the Watchmen series is known as "Marooned". This short animation …
review by . April 01, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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