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Published on July 22nd, 2009 | by Darren Byrne

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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:

WatchmenThis 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…

Epic WIN.

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.

WatchmenWhen 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).

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20 Responses to Competition Closed: Watchmen DVD and Hardback Movie Tie-In

  1. I’d like to be PAnts Man from The Apprentice on BBC2. That poor guy who invented him on the apprentice reckons Pants Man will be big. I think he got fired after that

  2. Darren Byrne says:

    @Stephen I actually laughed out loud at that. I loved Pants Man – absolutely ridiculous.

  3. rubot says:

    Jesus, because he can pretty much do anything.

  4. Andy Gaff says:

    Can I be Hugh Grant from Notting Hill? Because sometimes true love is a super power……………….him or batman.

  5. Tikkin says:

    I would love to be the Invisible Woman for me. I’d love to say it’s because of the force field, invisible power blasts etc. But the fact is I’m just nosy and I’d like to be able to eavesdrop on people!

  6. Joanna Schaff says:

    I would like to be Wonder Woman, cause she has an invisible airplane! Who doesn’t need an invisible airplane? Plus she can change her outfit just by spinning around. That would save me a lot of time in the mornings.

    Also I can think of a good few uses for her truth lasso.

  7. Batman, because who doesn’t want a batmobile to call their own? WHO?

  8. Lottie says:

    Ooh wantsies!!!! can I enter? Is that considered nepotism of some sort?

    I’d be Wonder Woman. She totally rocked. The clothes the powers, the “wapah”.

  9. Will Knott says:

    I don’t think we can enter.
    but if we can… I invented Dr. Helen Kelly.
    A hydrokenetic. She can wring water out of the air, cause the molecules to stop or speed up, causing freezing or boiling and move bodies of water around the place.

    Remember that the human body is 70% water. As is most of your blood plasma.

    And you only need to stop the blood reaching the brain for a few seconds to trigger an aneurysm, and prevent the lungs from expanding (or fill with water from elsewhere in the body) for 3 mins to ensure death.

    And she could make tea just by thinking about it.
    I like subtle powers like that.

    Now I just need to write the comic.

  10. @Will Watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood may spoil your ideas of originality
    http://fma.wikia.com/wiki/Isaac_McDougal

  11. I wanna be Starfire!

    She’s not as famous as ike other super hero chicks, but she’s a seriously hot busty red head, and being a seriously hot busty red head is one of the best things ever! hee hee

    http://www.daikon-art.com/ColoredArt/StarfireColor01.jpg

  12. Social-Dullard says:

    It would have to be my alter-ego self that i made up for a watchman type universe.

    Basically he’s a mental patient who think’s he’s in the wrong reality, and he has knowledge of what the universe should be like and telekineses. He’s called Smilie for his wry psychotic smile brought on by all the drugs that don’t work on him.

  13. Will Knott says:

    Thomas – Ah shazbat

  14. karl davis says:

    i would be mr fantastic, the power of elasticity and the ability to convert his entire body at will, into any shape or stetch that much… yeah, you better believe its gonna be a hit wit the ladies!..

  15. Deirdre durran says:

    I would have to be Dr Who with a sonic screwdriver i could do anything.

  16. Andy Gaffney says:

    Oi Oi a possible girl that likes Doctor Who

  17. Maxi Cane says:

    I don’t care if I can enter or not, I’m going to create a Superhero for me to be.

    Mild mannered:
    Durk Dent, a production line supervisor in a Jukebox factory.

    What happened:
    One day while taking a delivery of seemingly normal Jukebox parts, he trips over a misplaced biohazard Jukebox from Chernobyl. In the panic, he knocks over a whole stack of jukeboxes, and to cut a long story short, the factory explodes.
    Just as such stories would have it, he emerged from the accident unharmed. But he noticed that he could find the beat in any song and bust a move like never before.

    He became:
    Captain Breakdance.

    Powers:
    Find a beat in even the most unlikely song and bust a move.

    Catchphrase:
    YEAH Boy-eee!

    Calling:
    To teach the world to breakdance and spread the word of great choons.

    Sidekick:
    The BeeBop Kid – purchased from a superhero sidekick surplus store.

    Love interest:
    The Soul Sister, and her posse, the Jive Bunnies.

    Arch Nemesis:
    Dr Groove – He is on a world wide quest to fill the airwaves with shite like Boyzone. He is pure evil.

    His Sidekick:
    Fintan – is gay and really loves Boyzone. Is conflicted.

    City of conflict:
    Radio City.

  18. Voodoolady says:

    I’d like to be Rogue from X-Men, deadly white streak in my hair for free. Also, would not have to come up with excuses to avoid intimacy, a stereotypical woman’s dream!

  19. Darren Byrne says:

    Okay, okay – your answers are all sublimely ridiculous.

    @Will, @Maxi and @Social-Dullard You scary people – far too much thought went into that.

    @rubot He can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, can he? And he can’t shoot flames from his hands. He’s no superhero.

    @Andy Hugh Grant is a fine human being, but a super hero? Maybe…

    We couldn’t agree on a winner, so I resorted to the random number generator and Tikkin won out. Congratulations.

  20. Tikkin says:

    Hooray for random numbers!

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