To build up interest in the Watchmen feature film due in theaters in a scant month or so, Warner Bros. is releasing a pair of DVDs that will present additional views on the nearly immortal work of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. One is the digital ‘motion comic’ which I have covered elsewhere, but the second release is a far more important in my opinion. A full animated version of the comic-within-a-comic ‘Tales of the Black Freighter.’ Piggy-backed on this DVD will be ‘Under the Hood,’ the fictional auto-biography of Hollis Mason, the first Nite Owl, chronicling the rise and fall of the masked vigilante phenomenon.
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood offers audiences two essential Watchmen background stories on one disc
Burbank, CA, February 2, 2009 – Experience the exclusive and dramatic origin stories essential to the Watchmen experience as the comic-within-the-comic and Nite Owl’s autobiography are brought to life as Warner Premiere’s Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24th from Warner Home Video.
Produced in association with Legendary Pictures, both titles are executive produced by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull and Wesley Coller.
Tales of the Black Freighter, the story-within-the-story in the acclaimed Watchmen features the voices of Gerard Butler (300) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith and written by Alex Tse (Watchmen) and Zack Snyder. Tales of the Black Freighter is produced by Brian McNulty and Karen Mayeda-Vranek.
Tales of the Black Freighter brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel’s richly layered story-within-a-story. Within the graphic novel, Tales of the Black Freighter, appears as a comic book read by a young man in New York City while the city is being destroyed. This daring pirate saga chronicles a sailor’s journey home from being marooned. During his journey, the young seaman is “forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another” and experience horrible events along the way. The turbulent events the sailor endures seem to mirror those in the Watchmen’s world.
Hollis Mason’s tell-all autobiography, Under the Hood, chronicles the events in Hollis Mason’s life that led to him to become the masked avenger Nite Owl and discusses how the Minutemen were formed. It features the original Sally Spectre, the Comedian, Moloch the Mystic, along with Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl.
Under the Hood is directed by Eric Matthies, written by Hans Rodionoff and produced by Eric Matthies and Wesley Coller. Stars Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan appear as their characters from the theatrical Watchmen film in this live-action documentary style special.
Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter and Under the Hood will be available on standard definition disc for $27.95 SRP and Blu-ray disc for $35.99 SRP.
The DVD will also feature exclusive content not seen in the feature film.
Make sure to reserve a copy today!
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]