6.22 h 15 min1995X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
Global warming has melted the polar ice caps, leaving most of Earth under water. A new island society has emerged - and the mutated hero Mariner believes he's found a map to the mythical Dryland!
Kevin Reynolds
Kevin CostnerDennis HopperJeanne Tripplehorn
Science FictionFantasyAdventureAction
English [CC]
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Tina MajorinoMichael JeterGerard MurphyR.D. CallKim CoatesJohn FleckRobert JoyJack BlackJohn Toles-BeyZitto KazannZakes MokaeSab ShimonoGerard Murphy
Charles GordonJohn DavisKevin Costner
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Eric SmallwoodReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I bought this cult fave for one reason and one reason only, to see "The Ulysses Cut" FINALLY! (The cut of the film with about 45 minutes of deleted scenes edited in)

Although this package advertises a 4K print of it along with a standard Blu Ray and a Digital Copy, what they DON'T tell you is that "The Ulysses Cut" is ONLY on the 4K disc which is ONLY playable on a 4K player which doesn't include my PS 4 or my son's PS 4-Pro either.

Neither the Blu Ray nor the Digital Version which I COULD watch include "The Ulysses Cut" which was my sole reason for this purchase!

So I URGE CAUTION before purchasing this item if like me "The Ulysses Cut" is your primary reason for buying it.
MAKE SURE that you'll be able to play the 4K Ultra HD disc that it comes on first or you'll be massively disappointed like I was and still am!
54 people found this helpful
Former Pro Armchair QuarterbackReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Premium Blu-ray release that legitly justifies it's premium price!
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Boutique labels like Shout Factory need to take note: if you want to charge a premium price you've got to earn it with a product that shows both expertise and effort. Not some faux remaster that's really just been tweaked for wannabe videophiles and/or a collection of short interviews from has-been actors who are likely just to be thrilled to be getting any attention at all now that their careers are long over.

Arrow has not only put together as definitive a home video offering as I've ever seen, but they've done so showing a care and legitimate love for film that rivals the best from Criterion, but included a lot more swag. If you're a fan of Waterworld, this is without question THE edition to get!
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ZantosReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Arrow Video knocked it out of the park with this one!
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First time picking up an Arrow Video release with Waterworld. Holy crap is it great! Amazing artwork, detailed booklet, poster and other goodies and 3 cuts of the film. Most importantly the long lost (semi-fan made) “Ulysses” cut. This movie is Mad Max on water and totally rocks. It has developed a lot of haters over the years but most of those people haven't even watched it since it came out. It's been 20 years people, give it another shot!

I just watched the 3 hour long Ulysses cut last night and it adds about 42 minutes of extra content from the theatrical version. The extras are absolutely awesome and actually adds quite a bit of information and detail. Small scenes or conversations added to the beginning or end of scenes we already know. I can see why they needed to trim it back in the day (theatrical cut is already 135min), but to see them restored here is absolutely wonderful. I will only ever revisit this movie in the future by watching the full Ulysses cut.

This is 100% hands down the definitive box set of this movie and should be owned by all true fans. I had the 2009 Universal blu-ray and decided to upgrade to this anyway. It's well worth it.
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
like Mad Max, but wetter
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Twenty years later I revisited Kevin Costner's bloated albatross - y'know, the one that was supposed to sink his career - and found it to be not as horrific as them critics have trumpeted. Is it a flawed movie? Yes, my gosh. There are real issues with pacing and length and the wafer-thin plot. And Costner's lead character could've been portrayed more sympathetically. Because the Mariner is a cold, cold bastard who doesn't thaw until near the third act. But the ups of the movie, I think, supercede the downs of it.

The premise is irresistible to sci-fi post-apocalyptic adventure junkies like me. Imagine a drowned world. Imagine the polar ice caps melting, thus covering the entire planet in water. Hundreds of years elapse, giving rise to mutations and to isolated communities of man that inhabit these ramshackled artificial islands, most of which are comprised of ancient seagoing vessels. What once were things we took for granted are now deemed invaluable bartering chips - things like paper, like dirt.

This is the story of the Mariner, a sullen recluse who subsists by scavenging the oceans and who harbors a secret - namely, his gills and his webbed feet. It's about how he stumbled across a orphaned little girl (Tina Majorino) and her guardian (Jeanne Tripplehorn). It's about the search for the mythical Dry Land and how, just maybe, the tattoo on the little girl's back could be a tricky map to it.

I think most of the hate surrounding this movie had nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself. Waterworld was shot in 157 days and cost roughly $175 million to make, an obscene amount of green that left its detractors in conniptions. Haters also railed at Costner's ego, and maybe even justifiably so. Waterworld was clearly a vanity project.

Except Waterworld works as a summer blockbuster. It's certainly superior to most of the pap we've gotten since that summer of 1995. It is visually impressive, elevated by great production design and photography. There's something so desolate and so frightening about having to survive on water. The movie adeptly depicts water's inhospitable nature, how its sheer might and scope make us feel tiny and insignificant.

I dig the brutal Mad Max vibe. The Mariner's world is dotted with the rusty, decaying remnants of a once-thriving civilization. Everyone is grubby and stenchy and exists in squalor. You know dental hygiene's gone out the window. It's a world where the strong take from the weak, and so we have the Smokers who are essentially pirates or reavers. It's about how the Mariner butts heads with the leader of a band of Smokers, the chain-smoking Deacon. He's played with manic abandon by Dennis Hopper who, back in the 1980s and '90s, was on every casting director's rolodex for playing demented, offbeat big bads. Hopper must've had a rollicking grand time with this role, all camp and cheese and goofy, dumb lines, like the one he directs at the Mariner at the showdown: "Well, I'll be damned, it's the gentleman guppy. You know, he's like a turd that won't flush." The Deacon had also gotten the wind up about the little girl and the map to Dry Land, and, yes, the little girl is the movie's McGuffin. She's also the one that softens up our laconic hero. She humanizes the Mariner, only it takes so long for her to do it that, for most of the movie, I wasn't invested in what Kevin Costner was trying to do.

Give Costner credit, his role was a physically demanding one and I could swear that's him doing most of his own stunts. It was a criticism back in the day, but I actually enjoyed the extensive scenes of him scampering all over his makeshift catamaran, tugging at this, winding that up, whatever. Those scenes work as a tutorial on how the catamaran functions. It's Costner's version of the Batmobile, and, boy, did he want to show it off.

There's a healthy amount of humor, never mind Costner's super-bland, super-stoic hero. Maybe my favorite gag is when we learn the name of the Deacon's derelict oil tanker. It was topical back in the day. I even appreciate that little touch of Portu-Greek, the hybrid chosen tongue of the mariners. (Whatever happened to Esperanto? That was a made-up language that was supposed to sweep the globe.) The action is loud and chaotic and great fun, and, again, you have to marvel at Costner for being in the thick of most of them. You can see where the CG work went in, but there are also tons of practical effects to which George Miller would probably give a thumbs up. Anyway, 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not as shudderingly awful as past folks had made it out to be.
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RichardsonReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Arrow three disc set is a great package!
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WOW..... these folks truly are showing Shout Factory and Olive and Kino how to release a project on Blu Ray.... they give it the Criterion treatment plus! The nearly 2 hour making of documentary truly covers the project start to finish and is excellent. The fellow blabbing on about end of the world movies is a snore... the 9 minute behind the scenes from the day is excellent. The transfers are wonderful and I prefer the three hour European release version myself. Nice collection of extras (book, poster, cards) housed in a not too oversized box... makes for a purchase worth the thirty plus bucks.
If you are a fan why wait? I suspect like other Arrow projects I've purchased from the UK , the two bonus discs will be limited with only what I consider the inferior theatrical release existing in long term distribution. I hope this helps you decide. I will not give any plot points or story lines away .. this is just a review of the Blu ray set.
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Kyle HachReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Waterworld- Beautiful 3-Disc Blu-Ray set from Arrow Video!
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Waterworld. One of the key staples from my childhood.
I'll start by saying, the transfers for all 3 versions of the film are INCREDIBLE.
Video is very clean and crisp without feeling overdone with the restoration.
It still feels like watching a film and not just overtly, digital gloss.
The audio tracks are also impressive, listen on a nice surround system and it feels like you're right there in the action.

The extras:

An incredibly in depth, insightful 1hr. 45.min feature-length documentary.

"Dances with Waves"- a vintage featurette with behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with a lot of the cast and crew.

"Global Warnings"- a short doc about environmentally apocalyptic movies.

Production and promotional stills gallery.

Original TV spots.

Theatrical trailers.

If 3 different cuts of the film and the hours of extras weren't enough for you, we also get:

Double-sided poster with original theatrical poster on one side and the awesome, newly-commissioned artwork on the reverse

6 collectible postcards

60 page perfect-bound book featuring new writings on the film and amazing concept drawings and sketches from the production team

All housed inside of a deluxe, hardshell slipcase.
Amazon has this listed as a "2 disc" when it is actually a 3 disc set.

If you're a fan of this movie, you should own this special edition.
Get it while it's still available!
And for such a reasonable price!
It really is special, it's one of my favorites from Arrow.
And that is truly saying a lot.
It's nice to see this movie getting the treatment it deserves.
This is incredible filmmaking at its finest.
It features beautiful imagery and huge, grandiose stunts, all of which were 90% practically done.
They don't make them like this anymore.
And this set by Arrow Video goes beyond doing the film Justice.
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JTriplettReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome 3-Disc Collectors edition Blu-ray a must-have for any Waterworld fan
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This review is for the special edition Blu-ray DVD 📀 of “WATERWORLD” Presented by Arrow Video.!! It’s an super awesome HD VIDEO/AUDIO TRANSFER
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

DISC THREE Is the (Limited Edition)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European Ulysses cut, which includes censored shots and dialogue.!!!

All I have to say is “WOW”
this collectors edition
Three Blu-ray disc set is unbelievable and well worth the 💴 $27.00 must own for true Waterworld fans three different cuts of the movie got a love it. Thank you sincerely JTriplett
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HamSliceReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Where do I begin.... don't buy this version
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I love the original release of the movie so when they added an extra 40 minutes of footage and it was 4k UHD HDR, sign me up.... Well that was until I watched it. They edited the dialog I spose for the current Politically Correct era we're in, so during Dennis Hoppers speeches you'll likely notice right away the cringy bad audio editing they did to replace certain "bad words" that can't be said in these WOKE times. The other unforgivable thing is that the extra 40 minutes of footage isn't mastered in 4K so it's quite obvious if your watching on a 4k TV because you're losing your eye sight as they are blurry even the far away shots in the movie are not 4k. This was a big disappointment since I already own numerous copies of the movie and I've gained nothing buying this version.
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