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Waterworld (1995)

Kevin Costner , Dennis Hopper , Kevin Reynolds  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter
  • Directors: Kevin Reynolds
  • Writers: Peter Rader, David Twohy
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Charles Gordon, John Davis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 1997
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219857
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waterworld" on IMDb

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    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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    Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn star in a "10+!" (Gary Franklin, KCOP), turbocharged action-adventure epic, unmatched in sheer excitement and heart-pounding suspense. In this futuristic thriller, Earth is covered with water and the human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats and makeshift floating cities. Costner portrays a drifter who becomes caught up in the struggle between the evil Deacon (Hopper) and a child's secret key to a wondrous place called "Dryland." With refreshing humor, groundbreaking special effects and awe-inspiring action suspense, Waterworld sets a glorious high-water mark for imaginative, thrill-packed entertainment.

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    201 of 208 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars EXTENDED EDITION IS ABC CUT!! November 4, 2008
    Format:DVD
    A few years after Waterworld was released on video ABC aired an extended cut on public television. I have been waiting for a long time for the extended edition to be released and now it finally has been. While watching it I relied something that shocked me that is the ABC version, the cussing is gone, the violence is soften and some scenes have been cut out, and no Helen bare back shot. Even some of the sound effects and music has been changed. After doing more research I found this to be true. Instead of revising a 'true' extended edition Universal just put the ABC version on here (without commercials of course) and just added a 5.1 soundtrack to it. What a waste of money this was/is. I guess that's why it is only 15 bucks, I would have gladly spent 50 bucks for an unedited extended cut.
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    97 of 108 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The greatist movie that never was August 23, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Waterworld is the perfect example of a director's dream that was flushed down the toilet. It had the capability to be the best movie of all time, but it was killed by a bad editing staff. I'm sure most people have never seen it, but there is another version of WaterWorld that was never released for the public, except through an airing on ABC in 1998. The original cut for the movie is 4 and a half hours long, and it would have been longer. There was a slave trading camp scene that was never shot because the set was sunk by a storm. The editing crew decided that no body would want to sit in a theater for 4.5 hour, so they cut out 2 hours of dialog. Thats 2 hours of story sent to the trash. I think that it was originally planned to release the full length version, but the idea was dropped when it bombed at the box-office. This is one truely amasing movie, that had the makings to be a modern epic. All the sets actually were floating on water, and all the mariner's boat footage was shot at sea. The story was inspiring, and the plot made you open your eyes to what is happening in our world. At 4.5 hours, a budget of $150 mil, and over 5000 extras, it was a movie of power and prestige. Too bad no one will ever know.
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    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Blu-ray review February 24, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray
    "Waterworld" has become a classic of sorts, although some may say for all the wrong reasons. It received a beating in the year leading up to its release for its bloated budget, a then staggering $200 million. Much of these costs were incurred due to the shoot being closed down after tropical storms devastated the outdoor sets, and then again when Costner's wife left him during filming, as it was rumored he was caught with some local women and extras. It was assumed this was going to be a bomb of "Cleopatra" proportions, complete with a bankrupted production company and an embarrassment to Universal Studios. The film was nicknamed "Fishtar." However, much to the surprise of everyone, the movie opened to decent reviews and ended up recouping its production costs and turned in a tidy profit with its worldwide gross. Its various home video releases have also sold very well. The movie inspired a wildly popular ride/attraction at Universal Studios Florida. The movie is not exceptional, as it is essentially "Mad Max" on the water, but it features a strong performance from Costner and a very fun and entertaining turn by Dennis Hopper as "The Deacon", the film's villain. The action as directed by Kevin Reynolds(The Count of Monte Cristo, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) is no short of spectacular and the dazzling special effects hold up nicely. For me, the scenes which resonate are those between Costner's Mariner and Helen (Big Love's Jeanne Tripplehorn), and Enola (Napoleon Dynamite's Tina Majorino) on the boat as they become a makeshift nuclear family. This is where the film should have concentrated more energy as it emerges as the most compelling element of the story.

    The blu-ray presentation of "Waterworld" is quite excellent.
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    75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Some Would Lead You to Believe June 26, 2005
    Format:DVD
    First off, I love the premise of the film and the musical score by James Newton Howard. It took me about two complete watches until I finally began to enjoy it. I liked how they used very little special effects and actually built everything you see on the water. The lack of CGI sets, vehicles and explosions are what caused Waterworld to be one the most expensive films ever made. Almost everything on screen was built by man, which is great in a world full of digital effects taking over the story in most flicks. This is one that I watch at least twice a year and it is worthy of any DVD collection.
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    32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Extended Edition Please July 27, 2007
    Format:DVD
    With so much other crap being released these days for a quick buck, can we PLEASE get this re-released as a decent DVD version complete with the Extended Edition that's shown on cable and television from time to time. I would love to spend my money on it. Who is with me?
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    39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars poor attempt at extended edition January 3, 2009
    Format:DVD
    This is the second movie that I have purchased produced by Universal Studios, which included a extended/director's cut that was simply a production of an edited version that was shown on broadcast television. It differs in some significant respects to the actual theatrical version with regard to the deletion or altercation of some dialogue and other scenes considered too explicit for television networks. This is a lazy and sad attempt by Universal Studios to produce a extended/director's cut. Most studios, when releasing an extended/director's cut, include ALL the material included in the theatrical release with the additional scenes cut seamlessly into the movie. Moreover, the sound and picture quality on this extended edition is also noticeably worse than on the theatrical version disc. If I wanted the version that was broadcast on television in that form, I would have videotaped it when it was on. I will seriously consider whether I will purchase another extended edition from universal studios given the little effort they seem to put forth and the little care they seem to demonstrate in pleasing their consumers and fan base.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great actors.
    This film really makes you think about the human race and our future. Great actors...
    Published 2 days ago by Roxie,Sebring,FL
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie!!
    Published 4 days ago by Michael R. Johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie, great price, fast delivery... thank you.
    Published 5 days ago by Raquel Hurtado
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This is still a great movie. Mad Max on water!
    Published 7 days ago by jc
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like watching this movie on Bly Ray
    Nothing like watching this movie on Bly Ray. I remember the Universal Waterworld Live Show at Universal Studios in S. Calif.
    Published 8 days ago by Joseph J Bode Jr
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Like all of Kevin Costner movies...........Haven't seen "Three Days To Kill " yet. But I will.
    Published 9 days ago by Patrick Cervantez
    5.0 out of 5 stars waterworld is one of my favorite Kevin costner films
    Waterworld was a good on DVD but now that it's on blu ray you will be amazed at how this movie sounds and you will see things you didn't see before. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by thomas henry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Looked so cool on my new tv, brought the movie back to life!
    Published 12 days ago by matt nichols
    5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it and came just in time
    Was gift for my cousin's birthday, He loved it and came just in time!
    Published 13 days ago by Cindy W.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    My favorite movie, but I fully expect 99% of the population to hate it.
    Published 13 days ago by Marcus Dobeck
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    Different versions
    My opinion , I haven't seen the bluray , but the extended Version looked great on my bluray player , the colors an sound are very good
    10 days ago by Snake Pisken |  See all 2 posts
    Which is better, "Waterworld" or "The Postman"?
    I like the Postman myself(for the price I need to snag the Blu-ray). I like it. I read the book, but actually enjoyed the movie better than the book. After he 'becomes' the postman, the movie and the book have little in common. I wish Costner would do 'Holy Road', the sequel to Dances with... Read More
    Sep 27, 2009 by Torgon |  See all 9 posts
    15th anniversary coming next year?
    That would be sweet! I've always liked Water World, but have never seen the extended version. I wouldn't have thought twice about buying the longer one on BD but since its not i'm kinda iffy
    Oct 20, 2009 by A. DODGE |  See all 8 posts
    Watered down world
    Bandsaw - the version that aired on Encore was the full "director's cut" version, without all the cuts. So they wouldn't, as you put it, had to spend "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to give the fans the version they would be satisfied with.

    Why can't you just realize this... Read More
    Feb 22, 2009 by Silent G |  See all 8 posts
    313 minutes???
    No typo, but the real thing! This new release contains the 136 minute theatrical release version PLUS a new 177 minute extended version, which hopefully will shine a new light onto this underestimated movie.
    Nov 3, 2008 by turnstile67 |  See all 6 posts
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