Everything seems to be about the Watchmen these days. There is a boat-load of great tie-in products being released with the film, and I hope to get my hands on some at New York Comic-Con next weekend. I have gotten a bunch of details from Warner Home Video, regarding the much talked about Tales of the Black Freighter DVD/Blu-ray, which hits store shelves a few weeks after the film. From the details listed, it looks like there are some pretty massive spoilers on the disc, which is probably the reason it’s being released after the film. Check out the stats below.
Release Date: March 24, 2009
From the director of Watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary Watchmen theatrical feature. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of 300s Gerard Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmens world. Stars from the Watchmen movie team in the amazing live-action/CGI Under the Hood, based on Nite Owls powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. Two fan-essential stories. One place to watch the excitement. Watching the Watchmen begins here.
Executive Producer: Zack Snyder
Cast: Gerard Butler as the voice of The Mariner, Salli Saffioti as the Mariners youngest daughter
The Watchmen Tales of the Black Freighter DVD and Blu-ray will also include the following special features:
- Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen which explores the comic-within-a-comic style of the Dave Gibbons/Alan Moore classic.
- A first look at the upcoming Green Lantern DVD.
- Hollis Mason’s Tell-All – Under the Hood: The live-action expose on the masked men of Watchmen, featuring stars from the Watchmen movie.
Bonuses exclusive to the Blu-ray include:
- The Two Bernies: A scene from the Watchmen movie not seen in the theatrical release.
- The “Why” of the Watchmen with commentary from director Zack Snyder.
Just below is the box art for the Tales of the Black Freighter series. Click on the images for much larger versions.
Below are the details on the Watchmen Motion Comic, which has already been discussed around the web, and has already been released digitally on iTunes. That 12 episode series is also getting the disc treatment.
Release Date: March 3, 2009
Watchmen Motion Comic Synopsis
Watched any great books lately? Now you can. The most celebrated graphic novel of all time that broke the conventional mold continues to break new ground Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons oversees this digital version of the graphic novel that adds limited motion, voice and sound to the books strikingly drawn panels. All 12 chapters of the story are here nearly 5 hours spanning everything from the mysterious demise of the Comedian to the crisscrossed destinies of loosely allied superheroes to their fateful impact on the world. Be in the know. Be watching. With Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic.
Director: Jake Strider Hughes
Cast: Tom Stechschulte as the narrator
And here’s the box art for that series. Click on the images for much larger versions.