Widely considered to be an expensive failure, Waterworld was an epic vehicle for Kevin Costner, who starred in and co-produced the film, with his friend Kevin Reynolds as director. It was based on a 1986 screenplay by Peter Rader and cost an estimated $235 million, more than any film in history up to that time. Costner eventually fired Reynolds and directed the last few scenes himself. The story was filmed in Hawaii, using several artificial islands, and is set in an apocalyptic future, after global warming has melted the polar ice caps and flooded civilization. The Mariner (Costner) is one of the human beings who has adapted by growing gills. The survivalist lives on a boat on which he is growing a precious tomato plant. He tries to sell the plant and its dirt to the residents of an artificial island built of industrial waste. They imprison him when they discover that he's a mutant with gills. But the island is attacked by the Smokers, a group of oil-guzzling raiders on jet skis headed by the Deacon (Dennis Hopper). The Mariner escapes with Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her daughter Enola (Tina Majorino). Back at sea, the Smokers repeatedly attack, using planes and boats, until they kidnap Enola. Enola's back is tattooed with a map showing how to get to Dryland, the last unflooded area on Earth. But Deacon, who needs to get to Dryland to replenish the Smokers' oil supply, can't immediately decipher it.~Michael Betzold
Waterworld done masterfully in 4k . Big fan of Kevin Costner this one of his movies , cinematics action stunts are truly amazing as this movie puts the effects of global warming into perspective . Picture quality is phenomenal as you won’t see any grainy scene as some poorly remastered movies . 5 stars for this one as I enjoyed it watching in on my home theater , very vivid movie.
Ok, Waterworld is known as a flop! However, the movie was killed before it was even released because of bad press! The movie to this day has turned a profit of at least 10 million! Not bad for a flop? I won’t argue this is a great movie, but far from a flop and not just cause of money. Some of the shots in this film are Epic. Watching Costner whizzing across the water in a very cool looking ship is just one. Some of the shadow shots with the beautiful Hawaiian sunset as a backdrop make for some great shots. The Atoll where much of the Waterworld community lived was a gigantic set built using basically every piece of iron in Hawaii! There’s some great stuff here! You have 2 new choices this 4K version or a 3 disc set from Arrow that includes the infamous Ulysses cut (basically a fan created cut of the film) SPOILER: Its called the Ulysses cut because of the name given to Costner’s character at the end of the movie. The arrow blu Ray has great extras and we here from the people who made the film minus Costner (a big missing piece), but 3 cuts of the film and extras is a nice package and if you’re a completist this would be for you. But a cheaper way to go to see the best visual version of the film is this 4K disc! It also comes with a second longer cut of the film on blu Ray. No other extras. I actually am enough of a fan (not in my top 100) and Also a completist so I bought both. I would recommend the 4K for someone not interested in extras because it’s a film where you definitely can see the difference in quality from blu Ray to 4K. Plus you can watch the extended version that does give you more info about the characters and a special surprise Planet of the Apes ending. For under 20 bucks it’s definitely worth the buy. 4 stars is high given some flat acting, but the visuals and sound track on 4K makes it 4 stars!
I’ve been a fan of Costner since Silverado. I actually saw this film when it hit theaters. I can forgive him for the occasional bad film, but I don’t think this is one of them. It’s a flawed film to be sure. It also wasn’t a financial failure. It actually made money if you include foreign box office.
The script could have used some work, and I think Hopper was miscast. I also wish it was a darker film, instead of a swashbuckler. The costumes were the usual B movie type. I think it’s a fun time waster, and I’ll watch it often.
The Arrow release is beautiful, and has all the extras I could hope for. This is the two disc release, not the limited edition. This edition is worth the price, pick it up while you can.
So this movie won’t that great. However this blu ray transfer is. The sound is nice and the picture quality is good. I know there is a 4k version coming out, but this blu Ray is more than adequate for this movie. I got it on sale, and if you can get it cheap go for it. Yes the movie is bad, but I think this blu Ray is a fine presentation.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Nostalgia Upgraded to UHD
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
I was among the apparent few who enjoyed this film when it released, and after having suffered through an old LaserDisc copy that I never replaced, this UHD release provides a fresh and welcomed presentation. The colors are not overly done, yet they are still warm and at times drab enough as to accent the mood of a post-apocalyptic world rife with scavengers and ravagers. The oceanic scenes - which I admit is the biggest draw for me with this title - are the one drawback, as some shots within the same scene seem to be darker and a different shade. This might perhaps be due to different clips shot at different times being strung together, or even multiple camera sources filming the same scene, I wouldn't know. While this is also present in my previously owned format, in UHD this only becomes more noticeable, which is a credit to the format but an unfortunate circumstance for this title.
Detail is what I would expect from a 25 year-old title, and while obviously not on par with newer films, there are times - particularly with the quieter oceanic scenes - there is a matte-type quality to the picture, which also nicely accents the mood of the film, with just enough grain to imply a classic cinematic feel.
The DTS:X MA track packs a good and unexpected wallop for an older title. The audio is a bit heavy on the lower end, enough so that I had to adjust subwoofer level trim down a few ticks, but otherwise is a very robust audio presentation with a lot of depth. Music, effects, and vocals are layered with enough precision to provide an immersive but uncluttered sound field. The audio measures equally well to a very solid UHD video presentation.
This UHD release is definitely one I'd recommend for fans, and even anyone who is curious enough but has not seen the film.
Finally a definitive version (or as close as we can get right now) of Waterworld. This includes a very well made fan edit that restores many cut scenes as well as two other versions of the film.
Maybe one day they'll officially make a fully restored version that doesn't require fans to piece things together as the movie is a TON better with the extra scenes.
While not a perfect movie the extra content helps it out. Worth a rewatch if you disliked the theatrical release.