A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community.



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A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, brief violent and suggestive images, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: Under the Hood  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The commercials used in-between segments of this feature are genuine commercials from the 1970s, except with newly recorded voice-overs. The exception to this is the first commercial (Veidt Nostalgia), which ties in with the character of Ozymandias, played by Matthew Goode, from the main Watchmen (2009) movie. See more »


Spun-off from Watchmen (2009) See more »

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nifty but not very memorable extra/short-doc on Hollis Mason's "Under the Hood"
27 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like with the DVD release of the Dark Knight, though this time much earlier to coincide with the theatrical release, DC put together this short documentary as a companion piece cum extra to the "source" of the film, which itself is a take-off on the in-between chapters of the Watchmen book. Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl in Watchmen, writes an autobiography chronicling the history of the costumed heroes that are a big deal in the 40s, then becoming less of a "fad" in the 1950s and then being outlawed, all with the prose of who was originally a NYC police officer. It's a series of interviews doen in faux 1970 style TV (even includes a few "vintage" commercials, one of the three actually quite funny), with an interviewer who gets the actors playing the characters to improvise (or maybe it's all written, I can see that very well being the case as well) on the subjects posed and raised. It's fun to watch and a little clever, but is mostly a cookie- it's got not much else really substantial out of it unless you have read the book. Certain characters pop up that are not in Snyder's theatrical cut of Watchmen (i.e. Captain Metropolis), and it doesn't run too long to over-stay its welcome. This said, the other little 'goodies' presented by Snyder and company - the other fake news segments on the likes of Dr. Manhattan that appeared online - were better.

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