Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watchmen Director’s Cut to Screen in Select Theaters

Did you love Zack Snyder’s Watchmen? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that a director’s cut of the film will be hitting select theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis and Dallas the weekend prior to its July 21 DVD and Blu-ray shelf date, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. The cut includes 25 minutes of unseen footage.

The weeklong theatrical Watchmen event will culminate in San Diego on July 25 with a special screening at Comic-Con International. Snyder will attend to talk about the film and answer questions from fans who may or may not be dressed as Rorschach. If you’re going as Dr. Manhattan, I think everyone—Mr. Snyder included—would appreciate it if you wore pants. In that case, accuracy be damned!

The screening will be a BD-Live session, meaning that Blu-ray owners can watch the movie at the same time as the Comic-Con crowds, listen to Snyder’s commentary and even submit questions. The screening will be archived, so fans can revisit it anytime they want.

“Comic-Con, it isn’t just comic book fanatics, it's cinephiles as well,” said Snyder at a June 24 Warner Bros. press event. “It'll be cool to discuss what people are thinking.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that a theatrical re-release of this film is unusual, as the big-budget comic book adaptation is generally considered a financial disappointment. Watchmen earned just $107.5 million domestically.

However, Snyder has no regrets. “I’m proud of this movie,” he said. “It does everything I wanted it to.”

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