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Waterworld

Kevin Costner , Jeanne Tripplehorn , Kevin Costner , Kevin Reynolds    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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Let's be honest: this 1995 epic isn't nearly as bad as its negative publicity led us to expect. At the time it was the most expensive Hollywood production in history (it had a Titanic-sized $200 million budget), and the film arrived in theaters with so much controversy and negative gossip that it was an easy target for ridicule. The movie itself, a flawed but enjoyable post-apocalypse thriller, deserves better. Waterworld stars Kevin Costner as the Mariner, a lone maverick with gills and webbed feet who navigates the endless seas of Earth after the complete melting of the polar ice caps. The Mariner has been caged like a criminal when he's freed by Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and enlisted to help her and a young girl (Tina Majorino) escape from the Smokers, a group of renegade terrorists led by Dennis Hopper in yet another memorably villainous role. It is too bad the predictable script isn't more intelligent, but as a companion piece to The Road Warrior, this seafaring stunt-fest is adequately impressive. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Extended edition!! June 30 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Universal has done it to us again using the same cover picture as the extended edition which is 177 minutes but this crap from January 2012 is only 136 minutes long.
Don't upgrade keep your DVD edition until such a time when Waterworld Extended Edition Blu-Ray comes out if ever. What kind of 100th anniversairy edition is this without the missing 21 minutes extra?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do people hate this film? Jan. 18 2004
Format:DVD
I regard this movie as the ultimate escape. It's exotic, tropical and the 'seascapes' are simply stunning. I guess it's popular to hate Waterworld. But for what reason? Okay, so it never made as much money as Universal wanted, but it's all up there on the screen and it DID make a profit. It's not the flop everyone thinks it is.
I found Kevin Costner to be actually quite effective as the (fish) man with no name (they only refer to him as 'The Mariner' a couple of times) and Dennis Hopper is simply great as the bad guy, much better than he was in Speed.
The action is very exciting and tho it's far-fetched and ridiculous it never fails to entertain. Bizarrely enough, the best scenes of the film are the quieter scenes aboard the Catamaran. It's here that a certain mood takes effect and the entire pace changes. This is aided by James Newton Howard's breath-taking score. I'd seriously recommend hunting down the soundtrack CD to this one.
It's a shame the 3-hour cut is not available on DVD (explaining what became of Mount Everest) but this 135 minute version is all we have at the moment. Tho this particular DVD features an outrageous DTS 5.1 soundtrack in FULL BITRATE. The anamorphic 1.85:1 picture also looks superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars voici les sub non incrie Jan. 12 2013
By Benoit
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Audio French , German, Castilan, Spanins LA, Spanis, Italian,Japenesse. DTS 5.1
Voici les language possible non incrit sur ce 100èmes anniversaire mais le concour d'avoir la chance de gagner un million est passer 31/12/12
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waterworld as it was meant to be seen Feb. 1 2011
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Waterworld(released July/95) stars Kevin Costner in his co-produced epic of life after the big warming;global warming that is.This is the newly released two disc version giving us the original theatrical version(2 hrs,15m)and a new extended directors cut(2hrs,57m).The topic here has certainly come back into vogue since the movies inital release and should be of special interest for those who philsophically lean in that direction.Pilloried at the time by critics,I have always thought either Costner wasn't living up the standards set by the critics at the time,it was bad timing or a little of both.It certainly was NOT a bad movie,but while not a great movie,it does have a nice flow,plot and grand look that deserved a much better reception in /95.We now get to see it the way it was meant to be seen.
The story is set in the future and the Earth's ice caps have melted,drowning most of the land and creating a world of water,whose remaining inhabitants live a catch-as-catch-can type of life on whatever floats.Our protagonist(Costner)called the Mariner,lives/travels on a large trimaran by himself periodically passing others in all types of sailing vessels.Clean water and earth/dirt are expensive and prized commodities in this future and as such are not something to be flaunted about foolishly as there are those that would take and kill for them like Slavers and Smokers(both pirates of a sort).Every so often one will come upon floating "cities" called Atolls at which time one can trade or barter what one has for items of neccesities.
The Mariner comes upon one of these floating round enclaves and enters it.He has dirt to offer and he is rewarded handsomely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waterworld is alright! Aug. 1 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Most people hate this film but I enjoy it... its a bit over done and gives Costner far too much invincibility.

Still, the performances are memorable especially the little girl as played my Tina Majorino.
Dennis Hopper is obviously having some fun here but I get the feeling that he's channeling his inner Koopa again.
Costner himself isn't really stretching his acting chops, essentially playing the cliched anti-hero, loner type.
Jean Tripplehorne is there to be a love interest and that's pretty much her contribution.

Everyone else is tanned and looks fairly well fed for a world gone awry... especially Costner who looks like he's about to spill out of his tight swimming clothes... :)

Having said that, the concept is alright. I mean, the world is now an ocean and there are these ocean civilizations who are trying to survive. But it doesn't really take much time to explore that. Its mostly an action film with a lot of campy scene munching going on.
Sure, its uneven but its still fun in a way when it shouldn't be.

Its basically Mad Max on an ocean World... or The Wind Waker without the cel-shading. Okay that last one was stretching it.

So, check it out or not! :o
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie Nov. 30 2003
Format:DVD
I'm a little confused as to why this movie gets so much negative response. I personally really enjoy it and find the entire movie to be a great adventure. I Love the gadgets and advancements the Mariner (Costner) has on his awesome sea craft. It's great to see modern items we take for granted to be held in such high regards in their world.
It takes little more than a halfway decent imagination to fill in blanks the film doesn't spell out for you word-for-word. I like that there are pieces to the puzzle you're left to conclude yourself. Who knows what may have happened to cause Costner's character to mutate (for those of you who've not seen this movie, it's a slight mutation, not a freakish show of sorts. He simply has gills behind his ears and webbed feet) -- a lot of radiation and nuclear hazards exsist in the world -- who's to say he didn't run into a pile of hazardous waste at some point prior to or even during the appocalyptic glacier-melting that helped advance his evolved state? It's a great movie to get lost in and allow your imagination to go wild. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good underrated movie one of my favorites
Published 22 days ago by David Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Richard Heke
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate Movie Name
Was a great movie - lots of action, no dull moments, kept you on the edge of your seat of what would happen next. Enjoyed this movie as this is what could happen in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, well
Let's face it, it was a step back. No, five steps back. The plot is unappealing, characters are shallow, and acting - except for Kevin Costner's - is dull. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bookreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Flood the world, bring it on!
The premise of this video is flawed; if all the ice in all the glaciers of the whole world were to melt, sea level should only rise about 300 feet...that would be bad enough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rikard de Caterick
5.0 out of 5 stars Comme dans mes souvenirs
Ca faisait longtemps que je le cherchais. J'aimais beaucoup ce film quand j'étais petit. Bien content d'avoir trouvé même si ce n'est pas la version longue.
Published 8 months ago by Jacinthe Arsenault
4.0 out of 5 stars What about the smokers?
Personally I rather liked the film. My only real complaint was the idea of the smokers. After all the story clearly indicates that earth/dirt is so valuable in this imaginary... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MarkP
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for my father that would always turn this movie one whenever it was on TV. My mother had to groan when dad got it because he loves to watch this movie and they have... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mistdust
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful acting and a great adventure story!
The bad guys are a bit hokey, but otherwise this is a stunning movie in all respects. The plot is timely and plausible, the acting by the main characters superb.
Published 19 months ago by Sabre
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks great in HD
I know they did not produce this movie in HD, but what ever they did to transfer it to Blu-ray, they did a great job.
Published 21 months ago by Corey
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