Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter
by Warner Premiere
Review by Drew Bittner
Warner DVD ISBN/ITEM#: 1419873709
Date: 29 March 2009 /
Tales of the Black Freighter completes the Watchmen movie experience by adding in content that was left out of the theatrical release. The harrowing tale of a man pushed to the brink of insanity, it's a fast-paced and nightmarish race to save a small town from the horrors of... the Black Freighter.
The narrator (Gerard Butler) is a seaman whose ship runs afoul of the supernatural pirate ship known only as the Black Freighter. Left for dead with the bodies of his shipmates, he must contrive a desperate effort to warn the small harbor town that is certain to be the Freighter's next target.
But to achieve his goal, the man must do the unthinkable -- a situation that may be more than the human spirit can withstand.
This DVD also features "Under the Hood", derived from journal entries made by Hollis Mason (aka Nite Owl I) in the back of two issues of the Watchmen comic series. These journal entries are handled in the form of a documentary, looking back on the careers of the Minutemen (a team of masked vigilantes founded in the early 1940s, many of whom came to unhappy ends). Carla Gugino (Silk Spectre I), Matt Frewer (Moloch), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the Comedian), and Stephen McHattie (Nite Owl I) reprise their roles from the movie in the form of flashbacks and newsreel footage, expanding upon and enhancing the complexity of the film.
Not designed to stand on its own, the DVD nevertheless delivers a strong complement to the movie, and is something that any fan of the film will need to own.