In 2009, Zack Snyder brought to the screen the dark political commentary Watchmen. Its gritty, rain-soaked photograph of a dystopian American dream became an instant classic.
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A Huffington Post review noted that “[f]or much of the movie, a Sin City-esque rain washes over a dystopian, mid-‘80s New York City….” Comparison’s to Frank Miller’s classics aside, it rains a lot in Watchmen. It is not just atmospheric, although it certainly provides the gloomy atmosphere for which the film is known. The masked character Rorschach (a/k/a Walter Kovacs) kneels in the rain and provides a dark eulogy for his friend. “Edward Blake, The Comedian, born 1918, buried in the rain. Murdered. Is that what happens to us? No time for friends? Only our enemies leave roses. Violent lives ending violently.”
But the rain does more than create a funereal feel to the, . . . well, to the funeral. It also provides the metaphorical construct for the extreme violence which permeates the future-past created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons and brought to the screen by director Zack Snyder. Again, it is the poetic language of Rorschach which creates the metaphor:
Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985: . . . This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. . . . [P]oliticians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.”
R-rated, and not a film for the faint of heart, Watchmen paints a bleak and violent picture . . . more than suitable for a bleak, rainy day. You can see the trailer by clicking on the picture below.
If your video library is collected on discs, you’ll want to order the Blu-ray Special Edition of Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut from Amazon.com. Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut is the version never seen in theaters, integrating the animated Tales from the Black Freighter into the Director’s Cut of the film for a more in-depth experience, with 2 all-new commentaries by Zack Snyder and graphic novel co-creator and Illustrator Dave Gibbons. This special edition comes in a four-disc boxed set with over three hours of special features:
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut Film
Audio Commentary with Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons
Over 2 Hours of Special Features
- The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics
- Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes
- Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World
- Watchmen: Video Journals
- My Chemical Romance Desolation Row
- Under The Hood
- Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen
Digital Copy of the Theatrical Version
Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comics BD-Live
If your video library is collected in digital form on a hard drive, you’ll want to buy the digital download of Watchman: The Ultimate Cut from Amazon Video, with 24 extra minutes of action-packed, effects-laden scenes not seen in theaters, as well as the animated short Tales of the Black Freighter re-edited into the film! Sorry, this title is not eligible for Amazon Prime. Runtime: 3 hours, 35 minutes . Or, if you prefer, you can watch it before you buy (terms apply). – Candy
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