DVD Thoughts: Watchmen Director’s Cut – 2 Disc Special Edition

In my last DVD review, I complained about the Blu-Ray release having exclusive features that you can’t get on the standard review. That is somewhat the case with Watchmen, though I can’t say that I was disappointed with this standard version.

The main highlight is that the film is 24 minutes than the theatrical release of the film, making the running time around 3h6m.

I can say that I never felt bogged down by the extra length of the film and I didn’t start noticing new scenes until an hour in. I never read the graphic novel, however I can probably say that the extra scenes helped make the film a more complete story.

In what is a growing rarity these days, the second disc is actually used for the special features (along with the digital copy). The features include a 28 minute featurette about the phenomenon of the graphic novel, eleven 3-5 minute video journals, and a My Chemical Romance music video. I can say that this was a decent amount of features, even though the Blu-Ray version has two additional featurettes and a video commentary/interactive features.

In the end, even though it’s missing some of the Blu-Ray features (though I don’t really like the idea of video commentaries — too distracting), I can say that I was happy with DVD release of Watchmen.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).