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“Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter” & “Under the Hood” DVD details released

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Official Press Release

Experience the exclusive and dramatic origin stories essential to the Watchmen experience as the comic-within-the-comic and Night Owl’s autobiography are brought to life as Warner Premiere’s Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24th from Warner Home Video.

Produced in association with Legendary Pictures, both titles are executive produced by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder, Thomas Tull and Wesley Coller.

Tales of the Black Freighter, the story-within-the-story in the acclaimed Watchmen features the voices of Gerard Butler (300) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio and Mike Smith and written by Alex Tse (Watchmen) and Zack Snyder. Tales of the Black Freighter is produced by Brian McNulty and Karen Mayeda-Vranek.

Tales of the Black Freighter brings to strikingly animated life the graphic novel’s richly layered story-within-a-story. Within the graphic novel, Tales of the Black Freighter, appears as a comic book read by a young man in New York City while the city is being destroyed. This daring pirate saga chronicles a sailor’s journey home from being marooned. During his journey, the young seaman is “forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another” and experience horrible events along the way. The turbulent events the sailor endures seem to mirror those in the Watchmen’s world.

Hollis Mason’s tell-all autobiography, Under the Hood, chronicles the events in Hollis Mason’s life that led to him to become the masked avenger Nite Owl and discusses how the Minutemen were formed. It features the original Sally Spectre, the Comedian, Moloch the Mystic, along with Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl.

Under the Hood is directed by Eric Matthies, written by Hans Rodionoff and produced by Eric Matthies and Wesley Coller. Stars Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan appear as their characters from the theatrical Watchmen film in this live-action documentary style special.

Watchmen: Tales from the Black Freighter and Under the Hood will be available on standard definition disc for $27.95 SRP and Blu-ray disc for $35.99 SRP.

DVD ELEMENTS FOR STANDARD DEFINITION AND BLU-RAY

SD:

FEATURE CONTENT:

Tales of the Black Freighter

Under the Hood

ENHANCED CONTENT:

Story with a story – Exploring the comic-within-a-comic concept in Watchmen

Watchmen Motion Comic: Chapter 1

A first look at DC universe’s new animated Green Lantern DVD

Blu-ray:

FEATURE CONTENT:

Tales of the Black Freighter

Under the Hood

ENHANCED CONTENT:

Story with a story – Exploring the comic-within-a-comic concept in Watchmen

Watchmen motion comic: Chapter 1

A first look at DC universe’s new animated Green Lantern DVD

BD LIVE EXCLUSIVES:

The Why of Watchmen with Executive Producer and Director Zack Snyder

The Two Bernies – Additional footage from the Watchmen film not seen in theaters

BASICS

PRODUCT SRP

SD $27.95

Blu-ray (WS) $35.99

Standard/Blu-ray Street Date: March 24, 2009

Languages: English

Subtitles: ESDH

Feature Runtime: 62 minutes

Enhanced Content Runtime: 61 minutes

Rating:

Tales of the Black Freighter: R for violent and grisly images

Under the Hood: PG for mild thematic elements, brief violent and suggestive images, and smoking.

DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]

THE CREDITS

Warner Premiere

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment’s new production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content for the growing direct-to-consumer market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.