Warner Announces 'Watchmen' Blu-ray

Posted Tue May 12, 2009 at 12:00 PM PDT by Peter Bracke
Watchmen: Director's Cut

The 'Watchmen' are coming: Warner Home Video has set a late-July Blu-ray date for a never-before-seen extended cut of the comic book hit.

Despite a domestic gross of over $100 million, 'Watchmen' was considered somewhat of a disappointment, as it failed to hit the stratospheric heights of other comic book blockbusters like 'Iron Man' and 'The Dark Knight.'

Hoping to give the film another push on video, Warner will release 'Watchmen: Director's Cut' on Blu-ray July 21 (day-and-date with the standard DVD) with 25 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

Tech specs will present the feature film on a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p/VC-1 video (2.39:1) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround audio.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray is a "Maximum Movie Mode" picture-in-picture hosted by director Zack Snyder, a pair of featurettes ("Real Super Heroes, Real Vigilantes," "Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World") and BD-Live connectivity.

Shared with the standard DVD are "Watchmen: Focus Points," the "Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics" featurette, and a music video ("Desolation Row" by My Chemical Romance).

Included on a second standard DVD disc is a Digital Copy of the film (theatrical version only), compatible with PCs and iTunes.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $35.98.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Watchmen: Director's Cut' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under July 21.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Watchmen: Director's Cut (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (2008) (Blu-ray)
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