June 25, 2009 / 4:51 AM / 9 years ago

"Watchmen" director's cut headed to theaters

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The director’s cut of “Watchmen,” featuring an additional 25 minutes of footage and the death of a supporting character, will receive a limited theatrical rollout during the weekend ahead of its July 21 home-video release.

Director of the movie Zack Snyder (C) poses with cast members Billy Crudup, Danny Woodburn, Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (L-R) at the premiere of the movie "Watchmen" at Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California March 2, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The superhero saga, which was considered to be a bit of a box office disappointment during its first go-round in March, will screen in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis and Dallas.

The rollout will culminate with a special screening July 25 at the Comic-Con International confab in San Diego, taking advantage of a Blu-ray Disc feature that will allow any viewer in North America to watch the movie at the same time as the audience at Comic-Con, see and hear director Zack Snyder comment on the movie, and even ask questions. The screening will then be archived and will be able to be accessed for future viewings.

“Comic-Con, it isn’t just comic book fanatics, it’s cinephiles as well. It’ll be cool to discuss what people are thinking,” Snyder said at a “Watchmen” press day, held Wednesday at Warner Bros., where the news was unveiled.

The day was designed to showcase a bonus Blu-ray feature called Maximum Movie Mode as well as features to be seen in Snyder’s Blu-ray release of “300: The Complete Experience.”

The theatrical rerelease is unusual, given that the costly movie grossed just $107.5 million domestically. Critics were also divided about the movie, with some saying it was too slavish to the graphic novel’s many devotees.

Snyder, however, stood by it. “I’m proud of the movie. It does everything I wanted it to,” he said.

Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters

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