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International Waterworld (new 4K restoration)- coming from Arrow 12/11/2018

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  1. atfree

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    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.

    TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • 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

    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

    • 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

    DISC TWO – THE EXTENDED CUTS [LIMTED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended US TV cut, which runs over 40 minutes longer than the theatrical cut

    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European “Ulysses” cut, which includes censored shots and dialogue

    Release date 12/11/2018
     
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    "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."

    I love how only 1/2 of this sentence is true.
     
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    I have not watched this film in many years, I have had no great desire to revisit it although I did pick up a dirt cheap HD-DVD copy when the last format war ended. (Still have the HD-DVD player stacked under my Blu-ray player, but rarely use it)

    I am not (very) embarrassed to admit though that one of my guilty pleasures is Costner's other post-apocalyptic epic "The Postman"; a schmaltzy tale of a man with no moral center who unwittingly becomes a hero and the catalyst for the rebuilding of society.
    I get a special kick out of the appearance of the late, great Tom Petty as a man who used to be famous - "I was once... sorta. Kinda. Not anymore" and the web of lies spun by the Postman including the "fact" that the U.S. government has moved into the (now non-existent) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in my hometown of Mpls.

    I may give Waterworld a fresh view on my old "red" disc one of these days, but it's doubtful I will drop any $ on this new release despite the inclusion of the extended cuts.
     
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    A 4K restoration? This is the very definition of the expression "putting lipstick on a pig".
     
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    “Blockbuster”? “Block-failure.”
     
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    Maybe, but thanks to overseas and video revenue, this film did make a tiny profit.

    Anyhow it is about time we got a deluxe edition with a new extended edit in addition to the theatrical and TV cuts. Looking forward to it!

    Remember, it was Costner himself who recut the film against the will of director Kevin Reynolds, so what we are gonna see in this new blu ray is the cinema equivalent of David (Reynolds) vs. Goliath (Costner).
     
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    Man, they're finally releasing a brand new 4K restoration of Waterworld!!! I can't wait! (said no one ever).
     
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    You are incorrect on your parenthetical comment. I do quite like Waterworld in all of it's glorious disaster and would love to see the extended TV cuts in glorious presentations. I'm quite aware of why people dislike the movie (and The Postman), but I dislike quite a few of their favorite movies as well and would never suggest or make fun of not releasing a better version (Audio Video) or more complete version of those films. I never understood the allure of Rocky or Christopher Reeve's Superman, but was quite happy for those latter folks when Warner Archive released the long desired TV cut.
     
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    Relax David. I just forgot to include a glorious winky. ;)
     
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    I've never understood the hate for this film. I saw it on first release and loved it.
     
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    Ordered.
     
  12. Robert Crawford

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    Yeah, let's cool it as it's only a movie. I always thought this film was harshly received and consider it a better film than many have said about it. An entertaining film to me. I just wish this was released on 4K/UHD disc as those ocean scenes would be beautiful in HDR.
     
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    Same here!
     
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    I also love this film. Great score too.
     
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    The film should not need restoration.
     
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    Maybe it got left under a leaky pipe. ;-)
     
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    By the way this film earned $264 million worldwide in 1995

    That’s $437 million in today’s dollars.

    Vs a $289 million adjusted budget.
     
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    During one of our HTF Meets I remembered some of us going to the Waterworld exhibit at Universal Studios.
     
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    Count me among those who like this movie. I also like The Postman. Sure, neither are "great" cinema but they're more than serviceable post-apocalyptic movies and far better than many other examples of that sub-genre.

    I'll be purchasing it for the TV and European versions. I've never seen that later one and the description is somewhat intriguing.
     
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    Isn't that "adjusted" budget the production number only? I think I read somewhere that it was more like $235 million (actual) once marketing and distribution costs were factored in.
     

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