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Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World (2009)

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"As punishment, here's a college lecture"
4 January 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is 16 minutes long, and it is the only special feature found on the DVD of Watchmen. It consists of James Kakalios, a Minnesotan professor of physics(and yes, he does live up to the stereotypes about such a "dork"... however, his enthusiasm for his field is genuinely infectious, and I found myself interested in things I didn't expect to care about; and he doesn't complain about things that "don't make sense", he realizes that they want to know how it would work if it could, and he's game, he talks about "the miracle exemption", giving one single allowance for something that couldn't happen, so they could make it realistic if it could) explaining, well, that, of the different things that happen in the story, the powers and the like(with most of the focus on Dr. Manhattan(we even get a tiny interview bit with Billy Crudup, the only of the cast to appear in this, who explains the arc), since he's the one "super-being"... it also goes into other things, such as The Owl Ship, Rorschach's mask, etc.), together with clips from the discussions(annoyingly sometimes people talking over each other, making you wonder why they still went ahead and edited that in), the motion comic and the movie itself(note that it spoils several major elements about the ending), as well as a little behind-the-scenes footage. I recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to know how credible the various things in the plot are. 7/10


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