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Watchmen's Black Freighter Release Plan
DVD out only four days after film

27 May 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: New York Times

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In a move as twisted and clever as the film itself, it's been revealed that Warners and director Zack Snyder are planning to release the animated Tales of the Black Freighter, the separate tale that forms part of the Watchmen opus, on DVD only four days after the film hits cinemas.

Watchmen will be the live-action adaptation of what journalists are contractually obliged to call "the Citizen Kane of comic books" (not without justification). While the main story concerns a bunch of aging ex-superheroes investigating the death of one of their own, the Black Freighter story appears in the background: a bit-part character reads comics telling the story of a man trying to save his town from marauding pirates, and these comics are reprinted amidst the main Watchmen thread. Confused? We recommend having a read (or several) of the Citizen Kane of comic books to get your head around it.

Warners plans to release Tales of the Black Freighter, which will be fully animated, on DVD on May 10 2009, just after the live-action (or as close as a Zack Snyder film gets) Watchmen's release on May 6. Warners and Snyder envisage three DVD releases for the Watchmen brand, therefore: this first Freighter release, the main movie some four months later, and an "ultimate" edition with the two spliced together after that. Buyers, be warned.

Rather worryingly, the New York Times story above claims that Warners sees Watchmen as a potential new movie franchise, which fans of the book may see as blasphemy. Still, the fact that they're treating the Black Freighter in this rather clever ways gives us hope, so fingers crossed they get Watchmen right first time, and then leave well enough alone.

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Freaking Happy!
Oh yeah, can't we have this now or what? The DVD sounds so good, totally want to see it and hear that sexy Gerard Butler's voice. Oh please, I'm freaking happy after this news. I will probably see the movie on the big screen and get the DVD afterwards. Thank you for the warning, Empire but this relase is something not to be waiting for. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 15:06 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

So, The Black Freighter won't feature in the film? Or will it in part? I wondered how they might fit it in, given - y'know - Hollywood and all that. Totally cutting out seems like a plausible, pussy move. More

Posted by wooz at 11:25 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Money grabbing Warner...
...obviously they need to shore up the accounts after buying out New Line. I'll wait for the 'Ultimate' edition and get both together I think. Although I expect the 'Ultimate' edition to cost more than the others seperately. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 11:04 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

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Just put up on Aintitcool. Those sure are some tight pants! More

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RE: Watchmen's Black Freighter Release Plan
"Franchise"?!  That's possibly the single scariest word I've heard attached to Watchmen yet...  More

Posted by rikkie at 10:23 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Watchmen's Black Freighter Release Plan
Franchise?? Yeah but, but....yeah but,....Aaaaaawwwww fuck it!! Wankers! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:14 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The writing on Empire...
L: chunk The writing on Empire is getting really poor.. irst, are you our sort of a person? Do you wear A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch, A brace or a hook, Rubber breasts or a rubber crotch, Stitches to show something's missing? No, no? Then How can we give you a thing? Stop crying. Open your hand. Empty? Empty. Here is a hand To fill it and willing To bring teacups and roll away headaches And do whatever you tell it. Will you marry it? It is guarante More

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The writing on Empire...
'In a movie as twisted and clever as the film itself,' shouldn't that be 'in a move as twisted...'? The writing on Empire is getting really poor.. More

Posted by chunk at 09:00 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Tales of the Black Freighter is the most depressing story ever. It makes Requiem for a Dream look like High School Musical. More

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