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DVD Review: Director’s Cut of ‘Watchmen’ Gives Fans Half a Release

4 August 2009 1:42 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Despite the serious problems I had with Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” it was a Blu-Ray and DVD title that I was highly anticipating. With the film’s detailed production level, lengthy running time, and broad scope, it would seem to be tailor-made for a loyal home audience. Whether you like the film or not, that audience is getting screwed.

DVD Rating: 2.0/5.0 Let’s leave aside for now any possible disagreement over the actual movie. We’ll get to that later. The DVD is undeniably, irrefutably, a place-holder. There is no way this is the final word on DVD and Blu-Ray on “Watchmen,” a film that has not only seen its share of controversy but also had secondary home releases to date, including “The Complete Motion Comic” and “Tales of the Black Freighter”.

Watchmen: Director’s Cut was released on DVD on July 21st, 2009.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Valkyrie – DVD

14 June 2009 7:54 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

DVD Review

Valkyrie

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Cast: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp

Running Time: 2 hrs

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: May 27, 2009

Plot: Based on the true story, a proud German military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise), is loyal to his country before his allegiance to Adolf Hitler (David Bamper). He along with other German politicians and soldiers look to use Hilter’s own emergency plan–known as Operation Valkyrie–to assassinate Hitler and seize control of Berlin.

Who’s It For? First and foremost, it’s a war movie, with enough well-crafted suspense. There isn’t much violence, only one important woman’s role and it also should be in contention for end of the year awards.

Movie: I have said this too many times … World War II will never run out of stories. There are infinite WWII film possibilities and Valkyrie is one of best. »

- Jeff Bayer

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