At the time of its release, Waterworld was the most expensive films 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.
A wave of on-set problems, a highly publicised feud between Kevins Costner and Reynolds (the director), and a production budget that James Cameron would call “a tad much”. Waterworld was dubbed a flop before it hit cinemas. Unlike many moviegoers, I quite liked Mad Max on the ocean; there were flaws aplenty, but it was an enjoyable spin on the post-apocalyptic genre.
An extended (but censored) version of the film was shown on TV in America but has never officially been available in the UK. Until now. The new 3 Disc Limited Edition set contains the Theatrical Cut, The Extended TV Cut, and for the first time ever the fan edit aka the extended European “Ulysses” cut. The latter includes all censored material reinserted into the extended TV cut which is 40 minutes longer than the theatrical.
Arrow Films have restored all three versions of the film with a wealth of previously never before seen special features. The Waterworld Limited Edition Blu-ray is released on December 10th.
Three-Disc Limited Edition Contains
– 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