With a bit of time, opinions sometimes change.
At the time of release, I found the film interesting and likable, but far from greatness.
Even then, I felt that Kevin Reynolds’ 1995 Waterworld, received a bad rap by reviewers, based in no small part, to its production cost. It was that two hundred million dollar-ish cost that received publicity equal to reviews.
Seen today, especially with discussions of the overall causal concept of the film, global warming, it has taken on a new and more interesting life.
It’s not just an adventure anymore.
While I’ve not performed a comparison vs the recent Arrow Blu-ray release, the new 4k stands head and shoulders above the old Blu-ray. There’s no comparison.
As it was shot on film, I’m presuming that Universal has returned to the camera negative, and new image harvest. If not, it’s still certainly an appealing new transfer.
Pin-sharp, and rock steady, the only element that I noted that seemed momentarily odd, were a few transitions that moved just a touch toward magenta.
Audio, in DTS-X is proscenium filling, and crystal clear.
Overall, a terrific new 4k release of a film that seems to work better today than it did a quarter century ago…
Before the polar ice caps actually began to melt.
The 4k is the 136 minute cut, with the longer 176 to be found on the Blu disc.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-X)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely!
Overall, a terrific new 4k release of a film that seems to work better today than it did a quarter century ago...