Okay, so maybe the game isn't the greatest thing in the world, but the movie has shown something significant in the world of Blu-Ray market sales: the high-definition format is definitely growing at a good clip.

According to Home Media Magazine , 36% of all "Watchmen" movies sold have been the Blu-Ray edition, which shatters the previous ratio record of 28% set by last year's "Quantum of Solace." There are certain films people just want in HD, but it's only recently that a significant percentage of consumers have begun to purchase the Blu-Ray versions of those movies. As a comparison, only 17% of "Iron Man" movies sold were on Blu-Ray and now, even the second-place BD title – "Coraline" – sits at 18%, and the third-place movie, "Knowing," is at 17%. Also, if you hadn't noticed, retailers everywhere are continually expanding their selection of Blu-Ray movies, which now takes a more prominent position on the sales floor. Many will say it was only a matter of time before this began to happen (what with HD-DVD bowing out early), but the shift to full high-definition certainly can't happen overnight. The fall in price of standalone Blu-Ray players, the userbase of the PS3, and the simple fact that more people have TVs that will benefit from a high-def movie format…they all combine to promote the further growth of Blu-Ray. Of course, all PS3 games use the BD format, but typically, only gamers know that.

So anyway, it's great to see more Blu-Ray movies finding their way into people's homes. Just remember, to watch a film in true high-def, you need the TV that can support it, the player and appropriate format (DVDs have never been high-def), and the correct hook-ups (HDMI). In other words, just because you have a 1080p HDTV doesn't mean you're watching anything in high-def when you pop in a DVD…

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Jiggy
Jiggy
11 years ago

What!? People are actually buying this movie?

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

it's a good movie

fail

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

I saw this at Walmart yesterday for under $30 which I thought was a good price…but I ended up opting for 'Batman' (Keaton, Nicholson one) in Blu-Ray instead 😛

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Good Call, i would have beats the s*** out of the new Batman films (And the Watchmen)

Though personally the new release i want to get is Let the Right One In. Being a student, i wait a month after the release for them to go half price.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

The original Batman was awesome, going by DC canon. But, they did a really good job going by Dark Knight canon, in the newer Batman's. I just hope Christian Bale gives the voice a rest in the next one.

What didn't you like about the Watchmen though? I thought it was amazing, all in all, the best comic to movie adaptation, imo.

Jalex
Jalex
11 years ago

Even though the game isn't great, I have to say that 'The Complete Experience' is actually worth the $50:
Both parts of 'The End Is Nigh', which is still above average, and an extremely interesting and unique film.

Hope this version sells well (or has been selling well).

Boger
Boger
11 years ago

Amazon, $21.00

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Yea, I ordered mine from Amazon. Although I won't get it till later this month. I bundled my order with the Metroid Prime Trilogy to get free shipping.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

@Jawknee

You should cancel your purchase of Watchmen. they are coming out with a 5-Disc Ultimate Collectors Edition on Bluray during Christmas. And it has like so many new features in addition to the ones coming out now. I was gonna buy it until I found out about it…

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Yea? Eeh.. Do you know how much it will be? I'm not big on special features. If it costs more then 30 I don't know that it would worth it to me.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

Here's the quote pulled from the announcement, Warners is trying to keep it a secret though so that they get people to buy both versions…

"In December, 2009, an "Ultimate Collector's Edition" will be released. The five-disc set will include the director's cut of the film with Tales of the Black Freighter woven in, new commentaries by Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons, the complete Watchmen Motion Comics, and over 2 hours of bonus content including Under the Hood, which was previously released on the Tales of the Black Freighter DVD"

Deadman
Deadman
11 years ago

So if you already have the Blck Frieghter and the motion comics your not getting anything new because my Watchmen collection stands right now at 5 discs (2disc BD/2disc MC/1disc BF/UTH), 12 comics, and a TPB. So why wait?

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

You are getting new things, new features and commentaries that aren't included in the first Bluray release…

Craigo
Craigo
11 years ago

I might have to rent.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

happy to see blue-ray sales up 🙂 but honestly this movie? little confused on that one

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Not surprising, that movie was insanely good.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

Great movie…F*cking Fantastic Comic Book

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Yeah man, I Was floored. I think they screwed up with the commercials for the Watchmen, the commercials are what turned me off. But yeah, just watching the credits, I understood it was going to be a slick piece of work. And it totally was. The extended cut is amazing.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

I can't wait to pick it up myself…especially with the digital copy…whenever I go somewhere and I get bored, I'll just start watching the watchmen lol no pun intended…

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

all three of those movies are worth owning on blu-ray… coraline is good, knowing is surpisingly good, and of course watchmen as well… good to see sales spiking… maybe it will mean a price drop in the near future because, buying blu-ray movies is a rip-off… thank god i can rent them in blu-ray with netflix…

dart_driver
dart_driver
11 years ago

This movie sucks. The beginning fight is lame I mean the 1 guy looked like a robot. I think they was aiming for martial arts but got Marshalls Sharts if you ask me. just compare it to any CHUCK NORRIS fight and you will see what a fight really is

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

I'm curious as to whether you watched the remainder of the movie. If you actually knew who the players in the fight were, you'd understand why Chuck Norris would've gotten smashed into tiny bits in that fight…by either person.

Beyond that, I'll take Donny Yen (Ip Man), Bruce Lee, Jet Li (foreign films…not American), or Tony Jaa over Chuck Norris, any day.

whooka
whooka
11 years ago

I loved this movie (been fan of graphic novel forever, have first edition somewhere). I did only see the extended/director's cut release, which was about 20 mins longer then the theatrical release, but from the people i talked to who did not like the movie in theaters it sounds as though the extra 20 mins helped alot because their main complaint was it felt as though too much was squeezed into the original 2hr40min running time. That extra 20 mins added to various scenes prob helped balance things out alot (though one or two elements still seemed squeezed in). This is def not your typical 'superhero' movie and i think the studios tried to depict it as such which was bound to disappoint alot of people. it's more like 'superhero noir' and was very heavy imo. i watched the 1080p/blu/mkv about three weeks ago and i still think about it alot. prob watch the theatrical release for a second viewing at some point.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

I plan on buying it eventually, but I heard some of the original scenes that were altered in the film are restored like when he kills the murderer and the two dogs…in the extended cut he leaves the saw and sets the house on fire…

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

Hey guys, easy on the spoilers for those 2 or 3 of us who haven't seen it or had a chance to read the entire GN.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I liked the movie, but it didn't rock my world. Rorschach was awesome though, ftw.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Rorschach is possibly the best character, from anything, ever. His narration in that film was badass. 'Screams like an abitoire of retarded children'. Some vivid imagery to that movie.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I too thought Rorschack was strongest character in the movie. I connected with him more them any other. Shame he was put down at the end(surpise to me. I never read the comic).

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

A good movie. I understood it much better the second time through. I think the wife was bored though…

te la meti 14
te la meti 14
11 years ago

that movie wasnt as good as everyone says in here its almost 3 hrs not alot of action the story is ok pretty much an adverge film for me love the intro though

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

I'm gonna go ahead a assume that you haven't read the graphic novel…

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

Typically, in a comic book/book to movie release, some time is spent on creating the character depth. Informing of the respective back stories et al. The Watchman did it better than every other comic movie I've seen. Hands down. Yes, the Director's cut was really long, like 3 hrs and 10 minutes. But, nothing in it, was unnecessary. It all had a point and a reason for being there.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I've never seen it, but from what I read here it seems like you either love it or hate it.

slackernz
slackernz
11 years ago

That's great. Now give me my LOTR trilogy in gorgeous blu-ray dammit

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

I would wait for the extended editions…

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

A good movie though all the Watchmen somehow are stronger than normal human being, eg. bad guys were sent flying with one punch or kick.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
11 years ago

They don't really explain it, however, in that universe, basically the only person with real super powers is Dr. Manhattan (Although, he's probably the furthest from a Super Hero out of all of them). The rest, are simply exponentially stronger/faster/smarter, or a combination of all three, than normal humans. The only thing that lacks explanation in the movie, as far as I could tell, was how Rorschach's mask continuously forms and reforms.

ExhumeART
ExhumeART
11 years ago

I thought their incredible combat capabilities were the result of spending their whole lives training. The reason not everyone is a Watchman is because they're Martial Arts masters and are highly skilled in their occupation (kicking ass). Great movie, DC really helped finish the story (especially with Mason) and the rise of BD sales is terrific news.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

I thought the movie was pretty decent. Rorshach definitely was the coolest of all the characters.