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This may be a little early, but I didn’t think the pretty much direct translation worked, pacing-wise. And man, that was a lot of slow motion. I’d like to see a stripped down 90 minute version with only the scenes Rorschach is in. He is the narrator, after all. And his scenes were the most enjoyable.

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Wow.  No offense, but that would be ... terrible.  That would strip all of the depth out of the movie.

I think any 'Watchmen' fan edit should take the future Director's Cut and cut it to match the book a little better, while cutting out some of the cheesy uses of songs (Ride of the Valkyries and Sounds of Silence especially).

And cut out as much Nixon as can be cut out.

Pacing-wise, the only thing that was a problem IMO was the Mars scenes.  I know they were their own chapters in the book, but they could have used some more inter-cutting with the main story to make it flow a little better.

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I thought the film hit a lot of weird beats as a whole. It was almost like watching the story drunk. I would definitely rescore it, most of the musical ques were jarringly bad.  Nixon has gotta go---bad acting, bad makeup, bad , bad , bad. It was the one part of the movie I would say totally took me out of the experience. I would leave the scene with him and Dr.Manhattan because he was slightly out of focus. I also think it would be cool to change the color in some scenes, give the prison rescue sequence a two color-scheme of black and red like the comic. I don't know. I cant wait to play around with this, it will be a fun edit. These are just my petty nitpicks. I did like most of the film. It just needs some tweaking to get it across the finish line.  And I hate what was done to Desolation Row.

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You reckon you can speed up the slow motion parts so it looks more like real time? :D

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I wonder how long it will take before a fan editor incorporates scenes from the motion comic into the live action movie.  Not too long I would think.

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^thatd be cool, like tank girl.

 

i think the film suffered from a fragmented pacing, and felt a bit predictable. i didnt mind the aternate ending, just missed the corpses. would try and reincorperate rorshack toasting the paedophile and sort the music out.

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I would love to see the Motion Comic with the voices redone. Using just one guy for all the parts was really awkward.

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The fight scenes in the motion comic would need to be adjusted a bit.  They're a bit awkward as is.

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I am really looking forward to the extended version to see what all can be done with this. One thing I would most certainly like to see changed would be for Rorschach's death to remain unseen by Dan. I liked the idea that Rorschach, the very narrarator of the story and the one who never gave up on what he believed in, dies without anybody even knowing about it. He begs John to kill him, and John does, then leaves and nobody ever knows what happened. Dan just happening upon the scene and witnessing it, then giving a cliched preformance by dropping to his knees and letting out a good "Noooooooo!" didn't feel necessary, and took a great deal away from Rorschach's tragic end.

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As I understand it there will be 3 cuts on DVD.  Theatrical, extended, and extendeder.

Plenty for any editor to work with.

Dr. M

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Yeah, but the only difference between "extended" and "extendeder" will be the addition of "Tales of the Black Freighter," which I'm not sure is necessary for a movie at all and might just bog down the pacing.

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My ideal edit would be to wait and see how the extended edition is, and - if there's enough - produce a version with the movie audio synched to the motion comic.  The motion comic is a great idea, but the fact that all of the voices are done by one guy (while reminiscient of audiobooks) is a little disappointing. 

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Well I saw it on the weekend. I went in to see [Zack Snyder's] Watchmen and I enjoyed it. It's not a perfect film, on one hand it's overly long but on the other hand they could have explained some things a little better for the noobs...

I understand that the comics show the origin of Rorschachs mask, and while not entirely necessary to the story being told i would have liked to have seen that. I guess I'll wait and see what the extended cut includes.

The Nixon stuff was unbelievably bad and the end titles music really bugged me, not because it seems out of place, just because it sounds completely rubbish. I'm sure there are other things but overall they'd be minor [purely my opinion]. The overuse of slo-mo / blue dong / cheesy music didn't bother me all that much.

I really don't understand the mentality of some people but there were young kids in the audience. Needless to say they were ushered out after Rorschack started getting some decent screen time.

 

 

 

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Johnny Ringo said:

I really don't understand the mentality of some people but there were young kids in the audience. Needless to say they were ushered out after Rorschack started getting some decent screen time.

10:20 showing opening night.  Probably 7 year old kid in front of me.  Stayed the whole time, even after the film melted around midnight.  Some parents...

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I know, and then you get all these complaints about how evil Hollywood is marketing this stuff to kids. I have heard so many times people say things along the lines of "This is a comic book movie! Why are they trying to sell this filth to our children!" Wake the hell up and step into a damn comic book shop sometime! It isn't all Archie and Peanuts anymore. The movies rated R, if the parents are somehow too daft to notice that, or don't care if their kids see R rated films, then they have no right to complain. Same thing for video games, the rating is on the box for a reason, and it ain't there just to indicate the difficulty level, as I have discovered some parents think.

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