Tales of the black freighter writer, alex tse interview cbr. In the comic book, tales of the black freighter is read by a teenage boy while he sits beside a newsstand whose proprietor contemplates the latest headlines and discusses them with his customers. Tales of the black freighter and under the hood 2009. When reading watchmen, how important is reading the tales of the black freighter to the rest of the story. When reading watchmen, how important is reading the tales. He makes it to a deserted island, along with the floating remains of alot of his crew including his first mate. We spoke with the fan who went ahead and did the work. A behindthescenes look at fitting tales of the black freighter and under the hood into the. Tales of the black freighter, narrated by gerard butler star of snyders earlier 300 is a horrific animated story of a sea captain who is attacked by pirates, and left for dead on a remote. Mar 26, 2009 tales of the black freighter 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 tse and zack snyder.
In the watchmen graphic novel, moore produced excerpts from a memoir by retired superhero hollis mason to fill out the last few pages of each of his first three chapters. That being said the ultimate cut is super long and is more or less the same as the directors cut with the tales of the black freighter animated segments added in. And they add a lot more time, i think the directors cut is only like an extra 30 minutes. Tales of the black freighter dvd as those of you that have read the watchmen graphic novel and seen the movie will know, the tales of the black freighter substory that is woven into the panels of the comic was conspicuous by its absence in the cinematic release. Expect to also see lots more of the two bernies at the nyc newsstand, whose banter usually segues into fragments of the black freighter pirate story. The ending of this story is a commentary and an indictment of adrian veidt, and. Len wein, the comics editor, wrote a video game prequel entitled watchmen. Anyhow one can state even after several times viewing. Tales of the black freighter is a nearcomplete misfire, but the other half of this double feature the 37 minute under the hood more than makes up for it. So to sum up, the highlights of the directors cut are more rorschach, more hollis mason, more laurie and overall better pacing and improved exposition. Its no great surprise that the black freighter storyline was dropped from the movie, as it could be easily removed to cut down the running time, without. Tales of the black freighter is the storywithinastory from watchmen, the genredefining graphic novel from the 80s and film of 2009. The first part, the supposed main attraction, is the short animated film tales of the black freighter, a pirate story from the days of pulp comics, which tells of a shipwrecked captain, whose vessel fell victim to the black freighter, a hellish ship roaming the seas and destroying everything in its path. One such loss was tales of the black freighter, the comic inside the comic that mirrors the watchmen progress, adding so much impact as a result.
Basically, it s several sentimental scenes with steve still feeling lost in the new timeline which is why he tries to find to himself. A boy is reading the graphic novel called tales of the black freighter near new york news stand, so he experiences the news about the russians as it happens, and all the while he reads his comic. A couple of weeks ago we brought you extensive details on tales of the black freighter, watchmens moviewithinamovie. The enigmatic pirate metastory was always the first thing to go in previous adaptations of the acclaimed graphic novel, so cheers of approval echoed through the exhibition hall. As compensation, the director s cut contains an 11minuteblock of scenes which is missing in the commentary version for some reason. Deducing the pirates will next massacre his seaside village and. When he took on the task of adapting watchmen, possibly the most widely respected comic book in. Of course, none of the animated black freighter comic will be spliced into this version either that is coming in december and will be dubbed the ultimate edition.
As those of you that have read the watchmen graphic novel and seen the movie will know, the tales of the black freighter substory that is woven into the panels of the comic was conspicuous by its absence in the cinematic release. But if youre really into the movie and cant wait that long, tales of the black freighter under the hood is a nice stopgap. From the director of watchmen and 300 come two tales from the celebrated graphic novel that do not appear in the extraordinary watchmen theatrical release. Rorschach eating beans freaks a few out for some reason. I think that this was a rather interesting move and it was actually an interesting take on filmmaking. Executive produced by the director of watchmen and 300, here are two tales from the most celebrated graphic novel of all time that do not appear in the extraordinary watchmen theatrical feature. With gerard butler, cam clarke, siobhan flynn, jared harris. Pirate stories, thats what, and the tales of the black freighter cartoon short here is an exceptionally horrific sea yarn, in which the ghoulish buccaneers manning a dread black freighter destroy another boat, leaving only one survivor, the captain voiced by gerard butler. The ultimate cut, a fused combination of the directors cut and tales of the black freighter animated comic, is packed onto the first disc along with an allnew.
Ive heard the filmmakers intend to include this in a directors cut, but for now, we have this animated take on the content. Even if you see the ending coming a mile away, it somehow just makes it worse. Tales of the black freighter foley project part 2 youtube. The ending of this story is a commentary and an indictment of adrian veidt, and his actions in what he saw as saving the world. From the pages of watchmen tales of the black freighter. The narrator of tales of the black freighter has become a murderer just like the crew of the black freighter in his own deluded efforts to save his town from being destroyed by them. Mar 24, 2009 directed by daniel delpurgatorio, mike smith. Tales of the black freighter is a straightup piratehorror story about a sea captain who is the lone survivor of an attack on his vessel by a possiblyundead band of buckaneers. I think the clever thing about having made the tales of the black freighter is that when they made the directors cut of the film, they managed to fit the segments of the animated film into the main film itself to match the graphic novel. Watchmen theatrical cut watchmen director s cut watchmen ultimate. In watchmen, the story is being read by a young boy at the newsvendors stand, throughout the main action.
Tales of the black freighter dvd pictures are something i thought you guys would enjoy. In addition to its extraneat packaging and lenticular cover, this new collection includes watchmen. It comprises the directors cut with tales of the black freighter edited in throughout, along with additional newsstand framing sequences. Tales of the black freighter writer, alex tse interview. Those images consist of various body parts floating around the ocean, and bodies exploding from decay, and the protagonist building a raft of bodies. First up is tales of the black freighter, an animated short based on the comic book that pops up throughout the graphic novel. These two special features collected on dvd are due in stores march 24 tales of the black freighter. Snyder had butler and harris record their parts together. Mar 02, 2011 as a part of immt 155 foley art and sound design at columbus state community college students were given an animated sequence with no sound. The microcosm watchmen is a cinematic pleasure definitively belonging to the masterpieces of the last decade.
Manhattan abandons earth, enabling the city to be destroyed, a young boy reads a survival tale about a doomed sailor who goes mad while returning home from being marooned. A directors cut with 24 minutes of additional footage was released in july 2009. Truthfully, im still torn on whether or not i like having black freighter in the comic, but it is what it is, and at least now i understand it better. Tales of the black freighter featuring the voice of 300s gerard butler brings to strikingly animated. Watchmen movie directors cut, black freighter and motion. A director s cut with 24 minutes of additional footage was released in july 2009. The film itself was released on dvd four months after tales of the black freighter, and in november 2009, a fourdisc set was released as the ultimate cut with the animated film edited back into the main picture. Zack sndyer talks about the various cuts of watchmen and explains why the director s cut is his preferred version over the ultimate cut. Its covers of discarded issues are seen all around the background. On the 3rd of november 2009 the ultimate cut has been released in the us where the tales of the black freighter has been accurately inserted from the original into the director. Tales of the black freighter breathes life into the metastory of the same name, which appeared as a comicwithinacomic throughout moores graphic novel but is only alluded to in snyders theatrical version look for black freighter to be woven into the story in a directors cut of watchmen. I have snapped a few screen captures click to enlarge from the 25 minute animated film available. Feb 14, 2009 a couple of weeks ago we brought you extensive details on tales of the black freighter, watchmen s moviewithinamovie. Tales of the black freighter complete score if this is your first visit, be sure to check out the faq by clicking the link above.
We are proud to announce that we have been granted exclusive access to the story behind britain s largest warship, hms queen elizabeth, and have secured a commission from the bbc for a threepart series to be shown in 2017. Tales of the black freighter featuring the voice of 300s gerard butler brings to strikingly animated life the novels richly layered storywithinastory, a daring pirate saga whose turbulent events. Tales of the black freighter runs a mere 26 minutes, and under the hood clocks in at only 38 minutes. At the 2007 san diego comiccon director zack snyder vowed to include tales of the black freighter in his motion picture adaptation of watchmen. Tales of the black freighter 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 tse and zack snyder. Tales of the black freighter is produced by brian mcnulty and karen mayedavranek. Tales of the black freighter is kind of a bonus for the movie watchmen that will eventually be put back into the movie.
Tales of the black freighter is a misguided attempt at adapting a story that couldnt and shouldnt stand on its own. The ultimate cut, a fused combination of the director s cut and tales of the black freighter animated comic, is packed onto the first disc along with an allnew audio commentary. Under the hood may only ever exist to support watchmen. Director zack snyder has done a bangup job making sure that all watchmen tiein projects like black freighter or the hollis mason documentary under the hood are just as awesome as theatrical film is going to be.
Snyder shoots tales of the black freighter in watchmen. The tales of the black freighter series in the book of watchmen was linked to the actual plot of watchmen with merely one line i wont mention by whom, but its by one of the main characters, towards the end that ties into what and why the story is in the book thematically. Its the directors cut of the film with all the side stories thrown back in and the animated complementary piece, tales of the black freighter voiced by gerard butler, interwoven into. One has to wonder one why you should bother buying this standalone disc if the black freighter short will appear in its entirety in a directors cut one day. Find prices andor buy scripts and performance rights to theatre scripts plays, pantomimes, musicals, sketches, etc. Ive watched the half hour tales of the black freighter. The director s cut lacks the mentioned exterior shot. Watchmen steelbook uk exclusive limited edition steelbook directors cut 186 mins bluray region free. The ultimate cut, which is zack snyder s director s cut with tales of the black freighter interspersed, basically all of alan moore s groundbreaking work in a threeandahalfhour feature film. Redux remember that kid reading the pirate comic at the newsstand in watchmen. The ultimate cut weaves tales of the black freighter into the watchmen. Tales of the black freighter is a classic comic book magazine within the watchmen universe. Feb, 2009 the official trailer for the animated watchmen tale tales of the black freighter starring the voice of gerard butler 300, phantom of the opera.
Director gets the goahead to film the famous subplot from the graphic novel, though its likely to be straighttodvd. What is the significance of tales of the black freighter. This is a quick analysis on the transition of the tales of the black freighter comic that features in the watchmen graphic novel to the big screen version and how they fit it in with the main feature. Which are cool but really have nothing to do with the story. Tales of the black freighter is the tale of one mans struggle against the sea, time and himself to save the people he holds most dear in his life, namely his wife, his youngest. The material on this dvd could easily wind up on the home video release of watchmen when it arrives later this year.
The ultimate cut edition incorporated the animated comic tales of the black freighter into the narrative as it was in the original graphic novel, lengthening the runtime to 3 hours and 35 minutes, and was released on november 3, 2009. The tales of the black freighter series in the book of watchmen was linked to the actual plot of watchmen with merely one line i wont mention by whom, but its by one of the main characters. Director zack snyder has done a bangup job making sure that all watchmen tiein projects like black freighter or the hollis mason documentary under the hood are just as awesome as theatrical film is going to be well now you can judge the finished product for yourself. It includes the title marooned, which is partially seen by bernie, a teenage boy who reads it. The ultimate edition has a cut with the tales of the black freighter scenes.
I saw watchmen in theaters and enjoyed it, and am a fan of the comic book. In that regard, the most intriguing part of the tales of the black freighter dvd may be its backup feature, under the hood. 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. Bluray software general discussion which version of watchmen should i buy. Whats more important, for the sake of our discussion, is that zack snyder understood how important watchmen. The book emphasizes symmetries, going for a postmodern effect thats all about the sparks generated by the clash of the familiar. On the offchance that someone from dc comics sees this and doesnt instantly hit me with a ceaseanddesist order for posting their ed material, let me make a plea. Zack sndyer talks about the various cuts of watchmen and explains why the directors cut is his preferred version over the ultimate cut. Tales of the black freighter video 2009 tales of the.1461 932 1328 829 500 1446 1407 308 1169 264 223 601 1277 827 109 387 834 568 881 364 1089 682 550 262 1045 1071 1444 209 869 1051 452 533 576