Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic
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Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (2-Disc)
FEATURE CONTENT: 12 original animated chapters on 2-Discs ENHANCED CONTENT: Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess - Its an insightful look at bringing one of DCs most beloved characters to life in the DC Universes all-new original animated movie on DVD.
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Just about everything has been said about this piece of art and how it is being studied in many US universities as well as finally giving, along with the other two titles, more maturity and respect to the whole comic book genre.
In this "adaptation" supervised by co-creator and illustrator Dave Gibbons, Watchmen comes to life with slight motion and animations, like wathcning a comic book. The only problem I had was the narrator: he's all alone doing all the voices for the characters, kinda like how a father would read a story to his child... only, this is an adult story and when the man handles the feminine voices, let's just say the intimate moments fall apart.
Aside from that very slight inconvenience, the entire graphic novel kept its roots, its pace and for a whopping 5 hours, you can sit and just Watch the Watchmen.
As for the special features, you only get a 10 minute segment of the new "Wonder Woman" animated movie. Warner probably saves the juicy interviews and making-of segments about the movie AND the graphic novle for the upcoming double disc DVD... (I thought that for The Dark Knight, but alas, my prayers for a decent double-disc edition will not be answered until the movie reaches 25 yars old). That was my whining about TDK, had to shout Warner about its poor edition.
This edition is truly a great piece of work and Watchmen fans should find what they're looking for. The voice for Rorschach is particularly worrying in the creepy sense of the word.
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I decided to pick up the Blu-ray of the `Watchmen' motion comic as an alternative to reading the graphic novel in preparation for going to see the movie because I thought it was an interesting concept.
I must say I was stunned.
I won't get into the story and characters as most of you who are reading this are probably well versed already. Let's just say that I can see now what all the hoopla is about. Instead, let me talk about the actual presentation of the "motion comic".
The Blu-ray image is outstanding. Each image on screen is composed of a single panel from the comic complete with the dialog bubbles. The colors are vibrant and the lines are crisp. Many of the images seem to jump right off the screen at you. The score is quite good as the music helps to set the mood of what is going on. Having heard some excerpt's from the film score I have to say as of right now I think the `motion comic' score is more suiting to the story. The sound effects are also well done.
The voice acting is excellent for being performed by one person. Many of the reviews I have read seem to have a problem with a man reading a woman's part. Having listened to many audio books on the road or at work, I can say that I did not find it distracting in the least. Having said that, if this "motion comic" format becomes popular, I think having an actual voice cast would be a wonderful idea.
The pacing is deliberate and maintains a somber mood as the entire 12 part story unfolds over a period of 5 hours and 25 minutes, including opening and closing credits for each story. Getting through the entire disc in one sitting may be difficult but it may be more difficult to turn off.
The extras are minimal. They include a 3 minute mini-doc illustrating how the look of the comic influenced the look of the upcoming film, and a 10 minute look at the new `Wonder Woman' animated feature. I found the inclusion of the latter to be a "filler feature" as it was released the same day as this `Watchmen' motion comic and it was included with the previous release of `Batman: Gotham Knight'. A look at how they created the `motion comic' would have seemed a better choice but I'm not going to complain about things that aren't. Also, exclusive to Blu-ray is a `WB Live' sneak peek at the `jailbreak' scene from the upcoming feature film.
I have seen all of the recent Warner Bros. Animated features and I must admit that this is my favorite. The `motion comic' is an excellent concept and was pulled of quite well on this first attempt. I hope this format catches on as it would be great to see some of the great graphic novels like `Batman: The Long Halloween' or `Arkham Asylum' or any number of others come to "life".
As for this release, it's probably more geared to hardcore fans but I found much to enjoy and couldn't imagine a better way to experience this spectacular story.
There simply is no other way to experience the visual "harmonies" employed in the comic book in a live action movie. Zach Snyder is passionate, but he's already taken quite a few liberties with his production design. Ozymandias is horribly miscast (too bad, Jude Law didn't work out).
A perfect example is the iconic blood splash on the Comedian's "smiley" button. That splash motif is echoed throughout the 12 issues, effectively bookending the whole series. Snyder has "a" splash, but not "the" splash.
The voice work is initially off-putting, but he's a good actor, and his performance pulls you into the story. The background music sets the mood without overwhelming.
Despite the loss of Moore's chapter addenda ("Under the Hood" excerpts, Rorschach's psych eval and Journal entries, etc.), I like to think that he would enjoy these motion comics... at least a little. I'm confident that most fans of the comic will feel the same.