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

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

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.