Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Tales of the Black Freighter
Two videos on one DVD. So you get a two-for-one review:
Tales of the Balck Freighter
Gerard Butler … The Sea Captain (voice)
Cam Clarke … Money Lender (voice)
Siobhan Flynn … Sea Captain’s Daughter (voice)
Jared Harris … Ridley (voice)
Salli Saffioti … Sea Captain’s Daughter (voice)
Lori Tritel … Sea Captain’s Wife (voice)
Under the Hood
Jay Brazeau … Bernard / News Vendor
Frank Cassini … Lawrence Shexnayder
Glenn Ennis … Hooded Justice
Matt Frewer … Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic
Ted Friend … Larry Culpeper
Carla Gugino … Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
Erik Johnson … Commercial Narrator (voice)
Rob LaBelle … Wally Weaver
Niall Matter … Mothman
Stephen McHattie … Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
Jeffrey Dean Morgan … Edward Blake / The Comedian
Dan Payne … Dollar Bill
Darryl Scheelar … Captain Metropolis
William Taylor … William Long
Apollonia Vanova … Silhouette
Reviewers: VS, PIT #2, PIT #3
TotBF – .75 pointed ears
A very nicely animated, true to the source material, cartoon sequence. Therein lies part of my problem with this sequence. I didn’t care for the comic-within-the-comic. The cartoon is rated R and rightly so. It is graphic in it’s outlook and tone and not suitable for kids. The subject matter, while an interesting counterpoint to the comic it appears in, seems out of place when excerpted into its own format. It is a very dark and depressing storyline and is NOT suitable for children. Watching this portion made me regret
UtH – 1.8 pointed ears.
The saving grace for this DVD. The Culpepper Minute provides a lot of backstory to the movie. Most of the complaints I saw on the boards from the general public about the Watchmen movie would’ve been answered by watching this video first. The producers did a very nice job of translating straight text into a engaging video production.
TotBF – .5 pointed ears
Nice animation, that’s the only good thing about this cartoon. The entire story was overly gory and pointless
UtH – 1.5 pointed ears
The background information contained in this video was a nice addition to the movie. I can’t wait to watch Watchmen on DVD again.
TotBF – .5 pointed ears
When I dislike a Pirate movie you know it’s bad. I don’t recommend this cartoon at all. The fact that it’s about pirates is the only redeeming feature. The song playing over the credits was annoying as well.
UtH – 1 pointed ear
This movie gave us a lot of background info about the Watchmen. I wish I had seen this before Daddy took us to see the Watchmen.
Overall: TotBF – 1.75 out of 6 pointed ears :: UtH 4.3 pointed ears out of 6
This DVD comes recommended for Watchman fans or for those planning on buying or renting the Watchmen DVD, with reservations. The Under the Hood segments provides a backstory only hinted at in the opening credits of the motion picture. The Tales of the Black Freighter segment is there for the purists, if you enjoyed that portion of the graphic novel you will enjoy the cartoon.
Bonus material: the first issue of the Watchmen comic is presented in an animated. This DVD is 2/3 recommended.