More Watchmen Updates - Tales of the Black Freighter and Motion Comics

January 30, 2009

Rorschach - Watchmen

We're now into the thick of Watchmen mania, with new updates arriving almost every single day, including new photos, movie tie-ins, extra Blu-Rays, and so much more as we count down the last few weeks until its release on March 6th. In addition to that new photo above (which almost got an entire post of its own), I've decided to briefly feature two exciting announcements that have hit over the past week regarding two awesome Blu-Ray / DVD tie-ins. One of them is the Tales of the Black Freighter animated film, the other is the complete Watchmen: Motion Comics that have also been showing on iTunes for a while.

Watchmen: Motion Comics - This DVD features all 12 chapters of the original groundbreaking Watchmen graphic novel converted into stunning motion comics. Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons oversees this digital version of the graphic novel that adds limited motion, voice and sound to the book's strikingly drawn panels. This DVD / Blu-Ray will officially hit shelves on March 3rd.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter - This DVD features two tales from the graphic novel that do not appear in the movie. Tales of the Black Freighter (featuring the voice of Gerard Butler) brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel's richly layered story-within-a-story, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events may mirror those in the Watchmen's world. Additionally, stars from the Watchmen movie return in the live-action/CGI Under the Hood, based on Nite Owl's powerful first-hand account of how the hooded adventurers came into existence. This DVD / Blu-Ray will officially hit shelves on March 24th.

I'm definitely picking up both of these Blu-Rays when they hit. I've become one of those die-hard Watchmen fanatics that is obsessed with any and everything Watchmen, which includes making sure I have every last Blu-Ray and movie tie-in that they put out. Check out the covers for both releases below.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter Blu-Ray  Watchmen: Motion Comics Blu-Ray

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (of Dawn of the Dead and 300) and is written by David Hayter (The Scorpion King, X-Men, X-Men 2) and Alex Tse. The film is an adaptation of Alan Moore's highly acclaimed award winning graphic novel of the same name. Watchmen officially arrives in theaters everywhere on March 6th, 2009. Stay tuned for even more Watchmen coverage, photos, and more here on!

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


Very cool. You're right Alex, the pic is awesome in its own right.

Bryan on Jan 30, 2009


Shame that "Tales of the Black Freighter" never made it into the actual film.... due to time and yadda-yadda-yadda. i'll be sure to pick up both but im curious to know who did the animation for the Black Freighter flick. im hoping its on par with some of the AMAZING animated features we've seen in the past 20yrs. =/

Nick S. on Jan 30, 2009


Wow!, this is very cool indeed. I know I'm deffentially going to pick both of these, but I don't know if I should hold off on the motion comic until I actually read the real GN. I know right after I see the film opening day I'm heading straight down to B&N to pick it up. Since TOTBF comes out a bit later I will hold off on it for a while and just get the Graphic Novel and Motion Comic. Peace Out !

wrongturn on Jan 30, 2009



Conrad on Jan 30, 2009


I'm really hoping a Mega Watchmen DVD will come out that will have all of this in one shot...

????? on Jan 30, 2009


^Same here. Alex do you know if they are still releasing the movie with tales of the black freighter? And if so will it be mixed in with the story as in the book?

Dan W on Jan 30, 2009


yes it is zach said he is gonna intertwine BF in watchmen movie for dvd adding of course some bernie scenes aswell making it i believe around 4 hrs

nelson on Jan 30, 2009


you probably should mention that under the hood is from the first night owl, and not the second.

Allen Sharpe on Jan 30, 2009


ugh I hate motion comics. If I'd known the "animated" movie that came with the Transformers DVD was nothing more the comic book slightly animated I wouldn't have shelled out the dough.

Alfredo on Jan 30, 2009


#5 & #6 - I think it will be... but do you REALLY want to wait until the actual DVD for Watchmen comes out to see all that? That won't be until November! I'd rather watch all of this in March right after seeing the entire movie as well... 🙂

Alex Billington on Jan 31, 2009


I want to know if these standard-def versions will have digital copies with them. While I'm not too big a fan when other moives have it, I think I'd enjoy the Motion Comics and Black Freighter on my iPod. I noticed Amazon lists the Blu-Ray Motion Comics will have it, but none of the others 🙁

Matt on Jan 31, 2009


WAIT I just noticed this is written by solid snake himself thats fuckin awesome.

Cody on Jan 31, 2009


David Hayter is a pretty good screenwriter; X-Men 1 & 2 were solid movies, Scorpion King, not so much.

Movie Fan on Jan 31, 2009

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