If there was a favorite moment from the Watchmen graphic novel that didn’t make it into Zack Snyder’s epic film adaptation, there’s still some hope you might get to see it. Warner brothers has announced that the Director’s Cut of the film making its way to DVD in a Two-Disc Special Edition and Blu-rayon July 21, will have 25 minutes cut back in to the film, for a total run time 3 hours and six minutes.
The studio’s press release is touting that the footage will include “more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death.” By “more Rorschach,” are they hinting that we may see some more of the interplay between Rorschach and his prison psychiatrist? Personally, I’m hoping to see more of the newspaper vendor and the kid, which would add a bit more poignancy to their fate in the film’s finale.
The two disc Director’s Cut edition DVD will also the featurette “The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics,” the 11 online “making of” webisodes, the music video for My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row” and a digital copy for ripping onto your computer or video iPod. A single DVD theatrical cut of Watchmen will also be available with no special features.
The Blu-Ray edition will feature the director’s cut as well as the My Chemical Romance music video, the 11 webisodes and the “The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics” featurette plus two additional featurettes- “Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes” and “Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World.” The Blu-Ray disc will also feature “Maximum Movie Mode” which sounds like a multi-media version of the old DVD commentary track. It will include “Director walk-ons with scene analysis, picture-in-picture video from the cast and crew, side-by-side comparisons of the graphic novel and the film, timeline comparisons of our world events to those from Watchmen and photo galleries of production stills and storyboards.”
Of course, you can pre-order them from Amazon at the links above.