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nonserviam03
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:37 pm  Reply with quote



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Picked it up the other night. I like it a lot. I liked the theatrical cut, but the extra half an hour really makes a difference. They added the death of Hollis Mason back in and there are some shots of the guys at the news stand. A lot of little character moments are put back in. It's overall just a bit closer to the tone and feeling of the book, because of those added scenes.

Any thoughts?
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Legba
PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:03 pm  Reply with quote



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I've yet to see any version actually. But I'm not one to let thoughtful inquiries go by the wayside. So I'm posting in this thread!
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Gus Bjork
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:06 am  Reply with quote



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I dunno. To be honest I had a tough time sitting through the shorter version. There were some outstanding moments but as a whole it was pretty tedious. I'm sure one of these days I'll check out the extended cut.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:06 am  Reply with quote



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I dunno. To be honest I had a tough time sitting through the shorter version. There were some outstanding moments but as a whole it was pretty tedious. I'm sure one of these days I'll check out the extended cut.

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arandomthought
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:59 am  Reply with quote



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Good to know they added some of the newstand scenes. Those were some of my favorite.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:33 pm  Reply with quote



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I love the Director's Cut... am eagerly awaiting the fully integrated version coming out in a few months where they splice in scenes from the Black Freighter animated, as well
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nonserviam03
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:09 pm  Reply with quote



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arandomthought wrote:
Good to know they added some of the newstand scenes. Those were some of my favorite.


They don't add a lot back in, but they add in one important one that shows Walter Kovaks asking about that Republican newspaper he reads, and another with the Top Knots talking about Hollis Mason
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Damn, the conversations with the black kid, and the newsman, with the black frieghter in between was some amazing stuff. Too bad.
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yeah, but it's not imperative to the plot and the movie is 3 hours long, so its understandable why they cut it. The couple of scenes they do add in are a nice touch though.

Have you watched the Black Freighter animated movie?
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Yes, I was kind of dissapointed. It was changed a little too much, and it didn't have the same oomph it did in the comic as it progressed with the watchmen story.


Also, one part of what was awesome about the black freighter, is it paralleled the watchmen story perfectly.
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nonserviam03 wrote:
Picked it up the other night. I like it a lot. I liked the theatrical cut, but the extra half an hour really makes a difference. They added the death of Hollis Mason back in and there are some shots of the guys at the news stand. A lot of little character moments are put back in. It's overall just a bit closer to the tone and feeling of the book, because of those added scenes.

Any thoughts?


I dunno.

I was a big fan of the book when it first came out, and actually shoplifted it from the Cicero Public Library in 1986 when I was but 12 years old.

Years later, it made such an impact on me that I remembered it well long after I'd stopped reading comics...and whenever someone would ask me about what comic to read, or what comic should be made into a movie, I always said, "Watchmen".

I saw that it had finally been made into a movie, and revisited the comic. I thought it was brilliant, as I was able to understand it alot better at 35 years old than I did at 12.

I saw the flick, and loved it...the first two times I saw it. But, when I scored a high-quality bootleg in June, I watched it. Once.

And, I don't care to watch it again. I've simply lost interest.

I wonder how that happens? Neutral
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EvilRex
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:18 pm  Reply with quote



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I haven't seen the Director's Cut, but from what Ive read, it doesn't really help with some of the true faults in this adaptation.

The narrative and characterization just didn't capture the complexities of Dr Manhatan's existence like Moore's writing did. He was a human mind having god-like omnipresence and it just didn't translate well on screen. Maybe it was the dull, monotone narration. Also, the melodramatic bs especially revolving around the "reveal" of the relationship between Comedian and the girl just started to kill it for me after being bored through the final act.

This movie should be prime example to fanboys that strict adaptations of source material do not always work. A filmmaker/screenwriter must take creative freedom when translating.

I just hope the makers of futrue potential films of Preacher, The Boys, Sandman, etc understand this.
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nonserviam03
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 1:08 am  Reply with quote



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Just got the Ultimate Cut. ANOTHER half an hour. Excellent.
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nonserviam03 wrote:
Just got the Ultimate Cut. ANOTHER half an hour. Excellent.


I just bought this from Amazon. I can't wait to see how all of the various elements are integrated - Hollis Mason, the Black Freighter, et al.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:30 am  Reply with quote



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nonserviam03 wrote:
Just got the Ultimate Cut. ANOTHER half an hour. Excellent.


Please send me a link, and tell me everything!
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