Monday, June 29, 2009

Watchmen Blu-Ray Maximum Movie Mode

The Director's Cut version of Watchmen comes out on Blu-Ray on July 21st. It will add 25 extra minutes on to the theatrical version.

“There’s a couple Rorschach scenes; it’s a little bit more violent overall,” Snyder said of the “Maximum Movie Mode” Blu-Ray disc, which even has a mode where the director walks onto the screen and explains certain scenes’ significance. “It’s a little gorier, a teeny bit gorier; like, when Veidt’s being assassinated, the secretary puts her hand out and she gets shot in the hand - and her fingers fly off.”

As for the other goodies inserted into Snyder’s 25-minute-longer Director’s Cut, “After Hollis dies, we cut to Dan and Rorschach and they go to Happy Harry’s to get some info on who’s trying to assassinate Veidt…at the end of that scene, in the theatrical version, it cuts [after they get some information]. In the longer version, Dan notices on the TV that there’s a report that Hollis has been murdered. He sees that, and then he sees a Knot Top in the bar, and he attacks him and beats the sh-t out of him, just like in the graphic novel. Then Rorschach pulls him off and says ‘not in front of the civilians!’”

“[Dan Dreiberg] is getting emotional, he’s knocking the guy’s teeth out of his mouth; it’s pretty gory,” Snyder promised of the scene that had to be cut from the theatrical release for length. “It’s the kind of thing where you get to see Dan lose it — which helps set up the end of the movie a little bit.”

“Everybody gets a little bit extra character from all that stuff,” Snyder said of the new cut.

What I'm really excited about is this Maximum Movie Mode commentary by director Zack Snyder. Yowza this is going to be cool! Zack did similar commentary throughout 300, but this looks even more awesome! Leave it to Zack to truly embrace the new technology. Pick it up on pre-order from Amazon for only $23, and there are a couple more videos there as well.

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