|Out on:||Blu-Ray 21st Jan. 2019|
At the time of its release, Waterworld was the most expensive film ever made and incorrectly thought of as a major flop. In actuality, it’s a thrilling action adventure featuring everything that makes a blockbuster great: star power, jaw-dropping sets and astounding special effects. With global warming and melting ice caps regularly in the news, the time is right to revisit Waterworld and its ecologically-minded story.
Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Count of Monte Cristo)
Kevin Costner (The Untouchables, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Postman)
Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet, Easy Rider, Speed)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm, Basic Instinct, Sliding Doors)
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.
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Waterworld is one of those films that everyone seems to know about, even if they haven’t seen it yet. The most expensive film ever made until Titanic came along (watery films are expensive, who knew?), Waterworld seems to stick in people’s minds either because of the gigantic floating sets, the rumoured behind-the-scenes tensions, or the fact that it regularly gets noted as a flop - even though it made much more than its budget back.
It’s enjoyed a resurgence in popularity recently, as people assess the scale of global warming and realise that a Waterworld-esque future may not be as far away as we’d like to think. Sitting firmly in the subgenre of ecologically-minded blockbusters, it could perhaps be accused of being ahead of its time, and is perhaps more pertinent today than it was back in 1995.
Featuring a brilliant star turn from Kevin Costner - teaming up once more with his Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves director, Kevin Reynolds - and absolutely astounding physical sets, Waterworld is a truly spectacular blockbuster which stands out in the current age of CGI and green screen. Presented here in a brand new 4K scan of the original negative thanks to Arrow Video, you can see it like you never have before.
THREE-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
- Three cuts of the film newly restored from original film elements by Arrow Films
- Original 5.1 DTSHD 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, and archival articles
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
DISC ONE – THE THEATRICAL CUT
- 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
- Dances With Waves, an original archival featurette capturing the film’s production
- Global Warnings, film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically themed end-of-the-world films
- Production and promotional stills gallery
- Visual effects stills gallery
- Original trailers and TV spots
DISC TWO – THE TV CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended US TV cut, which runs over 40 minutes longer than the theatrical cut
DISC THREE – THE “ULYSSES” CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European “Ulysses” cut, which include previously censored shots and dialogue
Production Year: 1995
Region Code: B
Number of Discs: 3
Subtitles: English SDH, English
Audio: 5.1 / 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1