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'Watchmen' Deleted Hollis Mason Death Scene

Check out one of the many deleted scenes from the 'Watchmen' director's cut


 
One of the most powerful scenes that we encountered in the ' Watchmen' graphic novel, and possibly one of the most graphic, is the scene where we see the first ' Nite Owl' get beaten to death by a gang of men. This scene which was considered by many to be one of the most powerful and moving, was removed from the final version of the film. With the release of the Director's cut, we finally have the opportunity to see this scene played out. The scene comes after Dan Dreiberg (the second ' Nite Owl'). As Mason fights them off, he reminisces the days where he was a renowned hero. It is sad, and also somewhat interesting that the film makers decided to remove this particular scene from the final version of the film. I am glad, however, that on July 21st, we will have the opportunity to see much of what was missing from the film that was so vital to the graphic novel. What do you guys think? Did you feel that the scene was very powerful? Do you find it strange that the scene was not in the final cut of the film? Do you think it should have been? 

                                                                     VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED DUE TO THE VIOLENT NATURE OF THE SCENE

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Posted by xerox_kitty

I'm glad that it had been put back into the film.  In fact, I'm glad that it wasn't in the film, or I'd have been crying like a baby in the cinema ;)

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Posted by No_Name_
@xerox-kitty said:
" I'm glad that it had been put back into the film.  In fact, I'm glad that it wasn't in the film, or I'd have been crying like a baby in the cinema ;) "
I know. It was so sad...
Edited by killak11

That was a pretty good scene. It would not have hurt them to add it into the movie, but it was not like it was a big scene that could have sky-rocketed the movie. It was nice though.

Posted by thesleuth

Cant wait for the DVD release ^^
One of the most touching scenes in the graphic novel.

Posted by Dreadmaster

Dang, i forgot how violent this movie was and how the exactly the fight scenes were, which were awesome. :)

Posted by HarryF25

made me feel sad

Posted by AirDave817

As excited as I was to see the movie (and maybe this scene), I think it's a case of be careful what you wish for. It's a great movie, but just so dark, and sad.   

Posted by Omega King

At least he put up quite a good fight

Posted by Ares105

I actually really liked that scene, and would have liked to have seen it with the theatrical release.

Posted by WildCrawler

Man, I was so disappointed this wasn't in the theatrical release, it sure is a very powerful scene

Posted by MonicleMonkey

I really wish they would have put that in the movie. In the book, that scene was so powerful and it also showed you that even Night Owl II can get pissed off. if you werent feeling for the characters before this soon, you without a doubt would have been now, I just wish they would have kept it in

Posted by Omg chris

it was so sad :(

Posted by Bruce Vain

As much as it sucks that Hollis dies like this, it bummed me out when they said they cut this scene from the film.

I also believe July 13th is when they release the director's cut in the theatre in certain major cities - NYC,Dallas, & L.A. and think there were 2 more.

Posted by HaloKing343

I liked this scene. The flashbacks of bustin' supervillans was cool.

Posted by NotBrian

Having the absence of music at the end just amplifies the violence. Thats a sad scene, but the film needs it i think.

Posted by Grendel

Gah. That awful exposition by the gang at the beginning of this scene was cringe-worthy.

The flashback punches were a neat idea, but the over-orchestration of the soundtrack and the gratuitous violence that poisoned the whole film ruined it.  

Posted by DragonRex1

This was one of the scenes I wanted to see in the movie, the other was the current Nite Owl getting revenge on them

Posted by dondasch

Whole clip made me cringe, and not in a good way.  Another example of how the director failed to capture the essence of the book.  Please forgive us Alan Moore.

Posted by N15PCA
I wish it was part of the movie.  To me that was one of the most important things that happen in Watchmen comic.  I glad it's going to be on the Director cut DVD verison.
Posted by TheSavageAssasin
@Grendel said:
" Gah. That awful exposition by the gang at the beginning of this scene was cringe-worthy.
Thats what i felt like
Posted by MrDirector786

That was pretty brutal.

Posted by SAndshrew

I never really understood why they decided to leave this scene out, it just seemed so out of place to introduce Hollis and then do absolutely NOTHING with that character on screen, but now I'm really excited for the re-release of Watchmen. The first time I saw Watchmen the motion picture I went in with a bias
and found it missing all of Watchmens' special elements namely the secondary characters you develop a connection with over the course of the novel, (which gave the books ending that lingering "umph".) But now with watchmens re-release I can leave my bias at the door and try to apreciate it as a film on its own.

Posted by steedthedeed

i would of loved that in the movie.  I was dissapointed they never even talked about Masons' death in the movie.

Posted by burr787

What the hell is Zach Snyder's problem. Having Mason actually being able to defend himself takes away the point of that scene. It wasn't meant to show that he still has it, it was meant to show that he's not a superhero anymore and that they're beating up some frail old man. But of coarse like Micheal Bay's explosion quota, Zach Snyder's need to put as much slow motion in a movie as possible had to be met.

Posted by Venom=sickest

wow

I like how the music just stops when he dies lol. It makes it that much more brutal.

Posted by Aronmorales

This seen was awesome, 'cept for the cutting of the music, kinda "unepic" if you ask me.

Posted by Secret Identity

I'm looking forward to the directors cut of this film. The Cinema version was technicaly very very good but it just left me with no strong feeling at all. I've pretty much forgotten it now. The comic however i will always remember. And this is one of my fave scenes

Edited by Korg
@Babs said:
" The scene comes after Hollis Mason (the first 'Nite Owl') breaks ' Rorschach' out of prison. 
Sorry, but this bothered me. It was
Dan Dreiberg (the second 'Nite Owl') who broke Rorschach out of prison, not Hollis Mason.



Great scene though, even if the slow-mo is a bit much.... and as mentioned, the knot-tops' dialogue was the worst ever.
Posted by The_MVPs

He went out like a G. Still had some moves but ultimately not enough.

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Posted by No_Name_
@Korg said:
" @Babs said:
" The scene comes after Hollis Mason (the first 'Nite Owl') breaks ' Rorschach' out of prison. 
Sorry, but this bothered me. It was Dan Dreiberg (the second 'Nite Owl') who broke Rorschach out of prison, not Hollis Mason.



Great scene though, even if the slow-mo is a bit much.... and as mentioned, the knot-tops' dialogue was the worst ever.
"
Don't be sorry! I will edit my post. Thanks for catching that. Forgive my 6am post, please!
Posted by TheBug

It bothered me that Hollis’s death was cut from the theatrical version, because it’s such a significant moment in Watchmen, the golden age hero being beaten to death by the new destructive generation. But other than the topknot gang’s awkward dialogue this was filmed really well, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the Directors Cut.

Posted by Lifeguard85
@Grendel said:
" Gah. That awful exposition by the gang at the beginning of this scene was cringe-worthy.The flashback punches were a neat idea, but the over-orchestration of the soundtrack and the gratuitous violence that poisoned the whole film ruined it.   "
completely agree, I thought the beginning was like a joke or something at first. I dont think it needed to be cut from the film, minus the thugs, but its definitely missing something that the same scene in the graphic novel had. Ill still get the directors cut though lol
Posted by Xion

Oh my God I forgot how sad this whole scene was in the novel, I almost cried right now :(

Posted by DH69

i gotta stop seein movies in theaters...

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Good god , that was Brutale with cheese

Posted by SUNMAN

this scene should of been cut

Posted by Darkchild

WOW!!

That was AWESOME!!

Defiantly getting this on dvd when it comes out

Posted by NightFang

Why do thay remove the scene?

Posted by Korg
@NightFang said:
" Why do thay remove the scene? "
The movie was already too long, due to gratuitous slo-mo shots that lasted 5 minutes each.
Posted by King Saturn
Wow... that was an awesome scene. Glad to see it will be in the Bootleg Rip... I mean Watchmen DVD...


Posted by White Mage
@King Saturn said:
"Wow... that was an awesome scene. Glad to see it will be in the Bootleg Rip... I mean Watchmen DVD...


"
LOL
Posted by ComicCrazy

hey that was a really good scene i always wondered why they never put that scene in the movie.

Posted by Media_Master

Looking forward to the director's cut on blu-ray!

Posted by Nerx

The best scene so far where they beat up an elderly to death, you don't see much of that nowadays

Posted by Feline

lol

Posted by Proverb

What a joke. That made Batman 1966 look like heartwrenching drama.

Posted by jdeluca2

I want to watch this so bad, in fact I started it but stopped it. I wanna watch it with the rest of the movie, I can't believe they cut out such an important part.

Edited by Selty

It would have been a bit too jaunting in the flow of the film, and it was a little awkward. The music didn't work and it didn't fit with the film. I did love it, but I can see why they didn't put it in the film. The silence at the end was very powerful.

Posted by buttersdaman000

that scene was awesome

Posted by whelanfi

What is the music used when Hollis Mason is being beaten up?
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