A while back, director Zack Snyder promised fans that the DVD/Blu-ray versions of Watchmen were going to be packed with extras, including a director's cut of film which would run almost thirty minutes longer than the theatrical version.
Well, The Blu-Ray Blog has gotten hold of the details regarding the forthcoming release of the Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray. For those who still care are keeping track, feel free to take a look and see how closely the Watchmen Blu-ray is living up to Snyder's promise.
Who watches The Watchmen? Facebook, baby. According to The Blu-Ray Blog, the Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray is going to push Blu-ray's BD-Live function to new heights, by allowing Watchmen watchers to synch their Facebook friends network with BD-Live, "allowing for interactive community-screening and commenting."
Now, as someone who doesn't actually own a Blu-ray player (just constantly mooches off his friend's PS3 for his Blu-ray thrills), I'm not sure if this BD-Live/Facebook hookup means that you'll be albe to watch Watchmen simultaneously with people off your Facebook account who also own Blu-ray players and copies of Watchmen The Director's Cut; or if you (owner of the Blu-ray player and Watchmen Blu-ray) will be able to stream the movie for your Facebook friends to watch online. If I had to guess, I would guess it's the former (they sell more Blu-rays that way).
Tech geeks, can you help us out here?
Other than the BD-Live/Facebook feature, here is a spec list of what you can expect from the Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray:
WATCHMEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT
190 minutes (vs. 162 minutes for Theatrical Cut)
Video: 1080p VC-1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
• Maximum Movie Mode (BD exclusive split-screen, on-camera commentary)
• Watchmen: Focus Points
• The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics
• Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes (BD exclusive)
• Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World (BD exclusive)
• Music Video: Desolation Row (My Chemical Romance)
• Digital Copy (theatrical version)
Ok, so, elephant in the room: This "director's cut" of Watchmen isn't the rumored 205-minute "ultimate" cut of the movie, which is said to have footage from Tales of The Black Freighter spliced into the film. If you remember correctly, Zack Snyder said a few months back that the "Ultimate Cut" of Watchmen was going to be hitting stores in the Fall of 2009 (though I'm betting on early 2010 myself).
That means this "director's cut" is only going to be a stepping stone. If you want to get the full and total Watchmen expereince, you're going to have to wait until the "ultimate" cut hits stores (Warner Bros. is really milking this film for all it's not worth).
However, if you can't wait for the ultimate cut, or you're just interested in seeing the director's cut for the sake of some deleted scenes, the Watchmen Director's Cut Blu-ray hits stores everywhere on July 28, 2009.
Are you ready to re-live the awkward, head-scratching experience that was Watchmen? Will you be checking out the director's cut? Or are you going to save your time and money for the ultimate cut?
Source: The Blu-Ray Blog