Friday, January 30, 2009

Tales of the Black Freighter

Those anticipating the release of Watchmen, and have already read the book, know that there are some elements from the original pages not included in the film. Namely, Tales of the Black Freighter, a comic within the comic that tells the tale of a lone pirate while mirroring the story of Watchmen itself. The other part, Under The Hood, is a strictly written part of the graphic novel written by the character Hollis Mason a.k.a. the first Nite Owl, detailing the origins and tales of the Minutemen.

Well, thanks to Warner Premiere, you'll be able to watch both of these stories after seeing Watchmen, as it will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24th; that's just eighteen days after Watchmen releases in theaters on March 6th. The DVD will retail for $19.95 while the Blu-ray will sell for $29.95; the only differences being, other than picture quality, is that the Blu-ray includes a Digital Copy. Both editions feature the Tales of the Black Freighter animated film, Under The Hood (live action/CGI), "Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen" featurette, and a sneak preview at the next DC Universe animated film: Green Lantern.

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Also, rumor has it, that when Watchmen releases on DVD and Blu-ray, there will be a "Director's Cut" of the film that not only includes more scenes, but would also add Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood segments directly into the film. While it may sound like a fans dream, it would also push the film to a near 5 hour mark, and remember, it's still just a rumor.

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