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See one of the screen’s biggest action-adventure epics like never before in Waterworld! Set in the future when Earth is completely covered in water and the human race is struggling to survive, mankind’s one remaining hope for a better future is a drifter (Kevin Costner) who gets caught up in a battle between the evil Deacon (Dennis Hopper) and a child’s secret key to a wondrous place called “Dryland.” Featuring groundbreaking special effects, Waterworld is a visually stunning, futuristic thriller beyond your wildest imagination!
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where most of the world is covered in water cause the Ice polar caps from Antartica have melted away
it sounds a bit far fetched to me, meaning the plot is Ridiculous
but nevertheless still a Great Action/adventure film staring Kevin costner who steals the film
Dennis Hopper is Great as the Villian trying to capture a young child that has a map printed on her back
a map to Dry land
the Dry land found in the film happens to be Mount Everest as it's shown in the last scene of the film
before the credits roll the young Girl and woman climb to the top of the mountain
and happen to stand on a plaque saying you are standing on Mount Everest.
I already have the 2 Disc extended cut DVD release which has both versions of the film
with no extras of course, just the 2 versions on 2 Discs
the Theatrical cut goes for 135mins Disc 1
the Extended cut goes for at least 180mins Disc 2
both in Widescreen format 1:85:1 ratio
for me i prefer the Extended cut version, about 40-45mins of extra scenes,
some Great footage not included in the Theatrical cut which i think is tragic
i think the extra footage ties the plot together in more detail
the Theatrical cut is the more short & sweet version
but it's a matter of opinion really
the blu-ray release by Universal just has the Theatrical cut version in High definition but no extended cut
Universal could've easily put both versions of the film on 1 blu-ray Disc
so then fans of the film like myself can choose which version to watch
but instead Universal did not bother which makes no sense to me
and what's even worse there's no new special features at all
no new interviews with Director Kevin reynolds or Kevin costner at least.
so as far as i'm concerned this blu-ray release is s*** terrible release
if both versions of the film were on this blu-ray i would give it more stars
but it's just worth 1 star in my opinion waste of money
i'm happy to stick with my 2 Disc set
The blu-ray presentation of "Waterworld" is quite excellent. It has seen many incarnations over the years from VHS and several DVD releases, but this hi-def master is the one to own. The VC-1 encode is razor sharp, with excellent contrast, and a nice veneer of film grain, giving it a nice theatrical presentation. There are so many details to catch in the set design and I was able to see many I had not noticed before on the Mariner's boat, the Atoll, and the Valdeez, all of which are exceptionally rendered. The breathtaking cinematography pops off the screen, the colors having never seen such vibrant imaging. No evidence of DNR (used abusively in past home video releases), aliasing, or edge enhancement. The film does have some ringing in some scenes, especially aerial shots of the Mariner's sailboat, as the netting gives off too much shimmer, but it's hardly a distraction. Even better is the DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack which beautifully detailed, as we can hear every ripple and wave in the surrounds, and the action, special effects, and explosions rock the listening area with powerful rumbles from the subwoofer. James Newton Howard's brilliant score is rendered with gorgeous clarity and dialogue is crisp, clear and well-prioritized in the center channel. For fans of the movie, this upgrade is a no-brainer.
The special features are nonexistent, only a SD theatrical trailer and BD Live functionality which has nothing to offer. Most disappointingly, the extended cut of the film is not made available in this set. Both versions are included in the SD DVD set, but for some reason, Universal did not take advantage of BD's overarching feature...superior capacity and include both versions. Granted the extended cut is also censored for content as it has been shown on television, but a director-approved cut would have made this release a bit more of an event.
Given the bargain price on this one, I say grab it, as fans will love this presentation, but even if you are revisiting the film, it is a different experience away from the hype and bad press, and it is, in the end, a very entertaining and fun action adventure film with terrific special effects, and serves as a nice piece of escapist entertainment. This blu-ray presentation gives a nice excuse to have another look.
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