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VHS format. Waterworld - Kevin Costner stars in turbo charged adventure epic, heart pounding suspense. In the future where Earth is covered with water, the human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats. Dennis Hopper Kevin Costner Jeanne Tripplehorn
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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Costner took a lot of heat for this movie. There's a lot of fun stuff in this movie. I'm sure that most of what they spent ended up on film, which is the way it should be.
But this is just 2 disc with reverse sleeve only.
So you can imagine my surprise after spending $40 + dollars.
So I bought a copy of this timeless classic on Digital Video Disc (or "DVD" to the laymen) and had it sent to his house.
He was not amused.
Also, the 5 star review was only because I couldn't give this 6 stars.
If you like Waterworld - especially the extra cuts of the movie that are hard to find online? This is for you.
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Basically, all Universal have done is repackage the existing WATERWORLD blu-ray. I mean, it is exactly the same. There is no additional content, it's not got the Extended Cut, there is nothing to distinguish this from the existing release - the menus are the same even the product coding on the discs: exactly the same!
Calling this a 20th Anniversary Special Edition is an utter FARCE. All you're getting is a different (and not as good) cover.
Sham, do not purchase.
For me I think the contrast seems excessive with the everything too bright or too dark.
Compared with the last release on Blu-Ray I think the picture looks worse. Yes, it now shows more detail on the main subjects but the backgrounds and sky now look washed out.
Perhaps as some have suggested that is how it was suppose to look like in 1995 when shown at the cinema.
Having compared this release with the Universal one I prefer the picture quality of that but if you want to see the extended cuts this is the only option available.
Do not hesitate, buy it now.
1 4K disc containing the theatrical cut in 4K and the Ulysses Cut in HD (almost 3 hours)
1 Blu-Ray disc with the theatrical cut.
That's it. Not a single special feature. I'd have done better content wise buying the now cheaper by 3 quid BD version
I feel kinda cheated by this
No need to review the film is there? I'm sure it's fully documented, discussed, praised, trashed etc. I personally love it and have since seeing it at the Empire Leicester Square when it opened.
On this lovely 3 disc edition is finally the Ulysses cut which was fan made from a number of different recordings from different cuts of the film shown on TV. The fan in question 'McFly89' surely deserves a shout out for his efforts.
It would probably be an interesting read or feature to know how between Universal, Arrow and McFly89 The Ulysses Cut has eventually arrive as a 1080p edition.
As displayed on Amazon there are lots of goodies here. The case, 60 page booklet and poster are housed in an outer cardboard packaging. The 6 postcards are inside the amary case with the 3 discs. The poster is double sided with the new artwork on one side.
If your fan of the film and a collector of interesting blu ray sets then this is surely one to get. Well done Arrow and all involved.
I won't review the film or the quality of the transfer...quite inconsequential considering the price and the quality of this limited edition box set...
Enjoy the film...he doesn't have a name so death can't find him!
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Now fast forward 24 years later & Arrow home entertainment brins Waterworld into the 21st century with a brand new 4k transfer on a 3-disc Limited Edition set.
The good news is that the Visuals are very good & as usual you are right there with Kevin Costner on the water, the blue palette is stunning all the way through the film, the Audio however especially on the DTS HD MAS 5.1/7.1 could be a lot better when the action scenes kick in, example when Costner arrives at the compound to get supplies & the smokers come to kill everyone, when the guns/gattling gun starts firing the audio is not that great. For a action scene on a 4k remastered disc I'm puzzled here maybe you need to ramp up the volume although you should have great audio weather your volume levels are on medium.
The big disappointment to me on this disc set is the lack of extras, they are small & all of them on the 1st disc, here you will find an 1 hour 40 min documentary of the production with everyone, & I think there's deleted scenes & other special features, disc 2& 3 have no extras on them just 2 different cuts of the movie. Just to let everyone know & can somebody please tell Arrow this 2 different versions of any movie are NOT extras!! When I heard Arrow were going to do a 3-disc LimitedEdition of Waterworld I was excited but now I'm very disappointed with the overall product!
I was expecting Arrow to pack disc 2/3 with more extras like they usually do with other releases, not a great release here Arrow, you could of done better in terms of the extras, but the 4k transfer is very good though.
As a post apocalyptic story this is actually pretty good, with almost all of the worlds land masses covered by water and people forced to live on boats and constructed islands, all the while searching for the almost mythical `Dry Land' and competing with each other for dwindling resources.
Costner plays the mysterious `Mariner' sailing the oceans and occasionally coming into contact with other people - which is where all the trouble starts!!
Dennis Hopper is wonderfully over the top as the deranged villain `The Deacon', apparently in control of the last oil supplies.
Jeanne Tripplehorn is good value for money as the guardian of a child who holds the secret to `Dry Land'.
I suspect that the critics were dismayed by having to sit through a film of 2+ hours, when they only have an attention span of 89 minutes, bless them, or perhaps Costner had managed to upset them somehow at the time of release!!
I for one like to have a story developed properly and Costner has never been frightened of producing longer films to explore a story and produce a more in depth story. The special effects are pretty good, even if the story does stretch the limits of belief occasionally, but isn't that what we expect from these kinds of film anyway?
Overall, this is damn good escapist entertainment with great direction and photography and I will be keeping it in my collection to watch again, it is great viewing for a couple of hours, with some of the supporting actors providing some great cameo snippets.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID