A mariner survives an attack from the dreaded pirates of the Black Freighter, but his struggle to return home to warn it has a horrific cost.
I regard this more as something stand alone than something that accompanies The Watchmen. It is the perfect example of an animated short. The entire plot is chilling from start to end especially with Butlers sterling performance as the Sea Captain. The animation i was quite surprised how much i actually liked it as i did not expect a great deal of detail- but it looks extremely effective. I can only hope in the directors cut of Watchmen that it makes an appearance between the film as it did in the graphic novel. Though it is unfair to constantly relate this back to the film as it is its own work and has its own merits.
For me it is exactly what i wanted it to be, a haunting exploration of the inner mind. As someone who takes delight generally in the DC animations I was hugely impressed by Tales of the Black Freighter. There are a couple of instances where the action is a tad lacking in flow but even that's occasional. The animation is very detailed and atmospheric, with well-done character designs. The music is appropriately haunting and never overdone, while the writing is intelligent and thought-provoking. Most of the action is very well-choreographed and paced and the story is dark in tone, very compelling and quite suspenseful and even chilling. The characters are engaging, not stock and with a sense of conflict that gives them some dimension. Gerard Butler's voice work is superb, a perfect balance of gruff and sympathetic.
Overall, a simply great DC animation short, that more than stands up on its own. 9/10 Bethany Cox In the fictional world depicted in the "Watchmen" comic book, superheroes are controversial public figures and therefore not standard comic book subject matter. Instead, other stories of heroism like pirates are popular. "Tales of the Black Freighter", therefore, is a comic-within-the-comic about the titular Freighter and its pirate crew.
In the "Watchmen" movie adaptation, "Tales of the Black Freighter" was to be presented in segments using stylized animation. However the complete film's run time would have extended beyond three hours, which the studio found unacceptable. Instead, "Tales of the Black Freighter" was incorporated into the film for the "Ultimate Edition" DVD and Blu-ray release; in addition to being available separately on DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD and Blu-ray versions will contain the following main presentations:
* "Tales of the Black Freighter": A animated short-film based on the comic-within-the-comic of Watchmen, in a drawing style close to that of original graphic artist Dave Gibbons. Rated R for violent and grisly images. Running time: 26 minutes
* "Under the Hood": A mockumentary short film based on the excerpts of the same name book withing the Watchmen mythology, supposedly written by Hollis Mason, aka Nite Owl I, exposing the background of many characters as well as a brief introduction to the alternate reality everything takes place. Rated PG for mild thematic elements, brief violent and suggestive images and smoking. Running time of 38 minutes.
As a extra features, both versions will contain:
* Story Within A Story: The Books of Watchmen: A short documentary on how Watchmen defined the metafiction in comic books, as well as its innovative narrative structure.
* A First Look at "Green Lantern: First Flight," the next DC Universe Original Animated Movie.
Also, exclusively in the Blu-ray version:
* "The Two Bernies": A scene from Watchmen not seen in theaters, featuring the news vendor and the kid reading the comic book beside his namesake.
* "The Why of Watchmen: Director Zack Snyder explains the reasons Watchmen is still so relevant in fiction and in the world today. Its a cue by a company called Groove Addicts called "The Beast at Our Door". The track was supposedly going to be found on their release 'Full Tilt 3', however inquiries about the subject to the Groove Addicts website are as of yet unanswered. a5c7b9f00b
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