Waterworld (1995) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Waterworld (1995) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Waterworld (1995) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Waterworld (1995) (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Kevin Reynolds
STARRING: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper

The most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, Waterworld has thrilled audiences through the years with its awe-inspiring action scenes, gargantuan maritime sets and ground-breaking special effects. A definitive post-apocalypse blockbuster, Waterworld stars Kevin Costner (The Untouchables) as The Mariner – a mutant trader, adrift in a dystopian future where Earth is submerged under water and humankind struggles to survive on boats and in ramshackle floating cities. The Mariner becomes embroiled with the Smokers, a gang of pirates who, led by villainous leader Deacon (Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet), are seeking Enola (Tina Majorino, Napoleon Dynamite), a girl with a map to the mythical realm of “Dryland” tattooed on her back. Famous for both its epic scale and the controversy that swirled around its production, Waterworld is a key cult film of the 1990s, and an essential entry into the subgenre of ecologically-minded blockbusters. Presented here in an exclusive new restoration, in three different cuts, and with a wealth of extra material, this high-water mark of high-concept Hollywood can now be enjoyed as never before.

Waterworld at one time held the record as the most expensive movie that was ever made. It also has a bad reputation based in a large part to it not really living up to the hype or expectations. This was a movie that was accompanied by a tie-in novel, video game, and three themed attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Singapore, and Universal Studios Japan called Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, all of which are still running as of 2019 if you can believe that. It also had an action figure line. Movies usually didn’t get those unless they had some hype behind them. Arrow Video now brings this one to Blu-ray is an awesome set that has three different cuts. Having watched it for the first time since the original VHS release I got to admit that I don’t think it’s that bad. I am a fan of the overall vision of it and I think it is a very ambitious film with a cool idea. If you can take a moment and not get lost in the movie’s original failures you’ll have what might just be the most expensive pop-corn flick ever made. Nothing about it seems to make it really feel like the Mad Max rip-off it original was kind of intended to be or the water version of Star Wars, but the movie is a lot of fun with a lot of goofy characters and I think that only helps with the watchability of it.

The movie is an oddly mixed one, I’ll admit that. Some actors like the lead Kevin Costner seems to be playing this one straight as an arrow, making perhaps one of the least likable heroes you’ll ever see. Then, on the other hand, we have our movie’s main villain played by Denis Hopper hamming it up and being an almost live-action cartoon character. Despite this, he’s still one of the best parts of the film and it’s hard not to like him. The movie can even get a bit dark at times for something that was only PG-13. Luckily for us all, the movie has three versions and all of those are here. One is a TV cut that has 40-minutes of new stuff that was added in because on network TV this was a two-night event when shown. It adds a bit more character depth, but I’ll admit it seems a little long in the tooth. The other cut is the granddaddy of them all for Waterworld fans. It’s the extended European ‘Ulysses’ cut which seems to put back in the movie a lot of stuff that was cut for the PG-13 rating. It’s a better choice for those who are looking for perhaps an even meaner Waterworld. Arrow also has a full-length documentary on this release on-top of other cool extras to truly make this the most epic release for Waterworld we ever will see. The way Arrow treats this movie you’d think it really did live up to the hype. The release is one of the best of the year while the movie isn’t as epic when you really break it down. It’s still a lot of fun and that does count for a lot.


– New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, presenting the film in three cuts
– Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio options
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Six collector’s postcards
– Double-sided fold-out poster
– Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, archival articles and original reviews
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the original theatrical cut
– Maelstrom: The Odyssey of Waterworld, an all-new, feature-length making-of documentary including extensive cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes footage
– Original archival featurette capturing the film’s production
– Global Warnings, film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically aware Hollywood blockbusters
– Production and promotional stills gallery
– Visual effects stills gallery
– Original trailers and TV spots
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended US TV cut, which runs over 40 minutes longer than the theatrical cut
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European ‘Ulysses’ cut, which includes censored shots and dialogue


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