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Watchmen Blu-ray

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Director's Cut | Special Edition Warner Bros. | 2009 | 186 min | Rated R | Jul 21, 2009

Watchmen (Blu-ray)
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Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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French: Dolby Digital 5.1

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Watchmen

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Watchmen Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In an alternate reality, it's 1985, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime- fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching The Watchmen?

For more about Watchmen and the Watchmen Blu-ray release, see Watchmen Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Director: Zack Snyder

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Watchmen Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

I know more than a few people who were blown away by The Dark Knight's arrival on Blu-ray, but I was one of those sad saps who couldn't get past its alternating aspect ratios, its overheated contrast, and the rampant edge enhancement on display. As such, I approached Watchmen with a bit of hesitation, worried Warner's 1080p/VC-1 transfer would suffer a similar fate. I'm pleased to report that isn't the case. Not only does Watchmen retain all the brooding grittiness Snyder intended, it boasts a filmic presentation complete with unobtrusive grain, clean object definition, revealing textures, and striking skintones. That's not to say the film's absorbing gloom and bottomless blacks have been tempered -- just as Gibbons used heavy inks in 1986, Snyder uses similarly stark shadows in 2009 to bathe his rendition of Moore's city in darkness -- but, in my humble estimation, the somber elements of the picture never appear overcooked or artificial. Witness the pores dotting Rorschach's unmasked face, the flecks of blood splashed across the Comedian's stubbly chin, the remnants of a devastated metropolis, the bits of rubble raining down from Jon's emerging fortress, the controls in Dan's ship, the... I could go on and on, but I'll save you three paragraphs.

If I have any complaint it's that the image isn't quite perfect. While artifacting, aliasing, and unintended noise are nowhere to be found, the blue glow of Doctor Manhattan's skin is the source of some faint banding and other minor digital anomalies. Likewise, while it's kept to a bare minimum, slight (almost negligible) ringing appears on occasion. Regardless, the encoders at Warner have outdone themselves with Watchmen, creating a high definition transfer worthy of legitimate praise. I'm sure some viewers will inevitably gripe about Snyder's aesthetic choices but, as far as technical presentations go, this one is stunning.


Watchmen Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Warner makes its long-rumored leap to DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio with Watchmen, and what a leap it is. While a Dolby TrueHD track would have delivered an equally impressive sonic payload, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track included on this release is a marvelous, memorable endeavor that captures all the power and fury of Snyder's ode to dark superheroics. Dialogue is crisp, clean, and impeccably prioritized in the mix, imbuing Dan and Laurie's hushed conversations with the same care afforded to their less-than-subtle prison break. LFE output is refined as well, adding heft and presence to every potent punch, gut-churning teleportation, and deafening explosion. Rear speaker aggression rounds out the lossless trifecta with enough ambient effects, musical score support, and atmospheric acoustics to satisfy the needs of a dozen separate audio tracks. Not only are pans as smooth as they come, directionality (while intentionally skewed at times) is precise and the resultant soundfield is eerily enveloping. Even key cues from the soundtrack resonate: Leonard Cohen's baritone lulls in "Hallelujah" are deep and satisfying, Bob Dylan's nasally whine is sharp and stable in "The Times They are A-Changing," and Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" has never sounded better.

Despite its comicbook roots, Watchmen is as much an aural experience as it is a visual one. To that end, Warner's faithful DTS-HD Master Audio track fulfills Snyder's every demand and the film's every need. Fans will be bouncing in their seats at the sheer sonic majesty of this one.


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BD Snags over Half of Watchmen Ultimate Cut Sales - November 23, 2009

According to data from Nielsen VideoScan First Alert for the week ended November 15, 54.31% of all sales of 'Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut' came from the Blu-ray edition. This is a new first-week record for a title simultaneously released on Blu-ray and DVD. 'Watchmen' ...

Watchmen Breaks BD Share Record with 36% Ratio - July 30, 2009

As we reported on our previous post, a full 36 percent of disc sales of Warner's 'Watchmen' have been on Blu-ray. This is a record-breaking figure, even for action movies. For example, back in September 2008, 'Iron Man' got "only" 17% of its sales from Blu-ray. ...

Today on Blu-ray - July 21st - July 21, 2009

There are some movies where the story of the production is almost as entertaining as the resulting film (or sometimes more, as was the case of 'Superman Returns'). Twenty-two years in the making, 'Watchmen' finally reached the silver screen earlier this year, led ...

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