Published on July 22nd, 2009 | by Darren Byrne20
Competition Closed: Watchmen DVD and Hardback Movie Tie-In
*** Competition Closed ***
*** Congratulations to Tikkin, who has won the Watchmen DVD and Book **
The Watchmen movie is probably the best comic book adaptation there’s been and it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Rick reviewed the film in February:
This is no superhero movie.
This is an adaptation I’ve been waiting for 20 years for as the battered Comedian badge on my bag testifies, and one that I really like.
This is 1985 with the superpowers at five to midnight and Tricky Dick with his finger…On. The. Button.
This is costumed heroes that assassinate presidents, attempt rape, lay waste to Vietnam and carve up kiddie fiddlers with cleavers.
This is a narrative with no villain. And no heroes. Just endless brightly coloured shades of grey.
This is a whodunit only you don’t find out ’til the end what’s been done…
Watchmen is a complex, multi-layered mystery adventure set in an alternate 1985 America – a world darkened by fear and paranoia in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – moves closer to nuclear midnight.
When a former colleague, The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, who will next play Freddy Krueger) sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. Rorschach reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion, a disbanded group of retired superheroes, including Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson in a brilliantly understated role), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) and Dr. Manhattan (an unrecognisable Billy Crudup). Together, the heroes must expose a sinister plan that puts the human race and their own existence in danger. Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen?
This Friday, Watchmen is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The 2-disc DVD comes loaded with nearly 2 hours of special features, including ‘Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes’, 11 webisodes, four viral videos and the music video for the My Chemical Romance version of the Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, which was recorded for the film.
Just for you, Culch.ie has a copy of the DVD and a Special Edition movie tie-in Hardback Book with the full graphic novel and extras including interviews with the producers and director, Zach Snyder.
To be in with a chance of winning the DVD and Hardback Book, tell us what Superhero you would most like to be and why. Winners will be independently selected and announced on Monday morning (27th July).