Watchmen director's cut gets limited theatrical release—and somebody dies

Warner Brothers is giving Zack Snyder's director's cut of Watchmen—which will have an additional 25 minutes of footage, including the death of a supporting character—a limited theatrical run one week before Comic-Con International in San Diego. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cut will screen in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis and Dallas before the movie is released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 21.

The rollout will culminate with a special screening July 25 at Comic-Con that is designed to allow any viewer in North America to watch the movie simultaneously with the audience at Comic-Con, see and hear Snyder comment on the movie and even ask questions.

"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 Brothers, where the news was announced.

The theatrical re-release is unusual, as the movie is generally considered to be a bit of a box-office disappointment, with only $107.5 million grossed domestically. Snyder, however, stood by it. "I'm proud of the movie. It does everything I wanted it to," he said.

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