There is no official HD/BluRay release of “Waterloo” available on any market. This has been upscaled from DVD with a touch of sharpening and contrast enhancement to bring out some of the details, since the original is very soft and hazy. Yes, there is some noise and minor artifacts, this can’t be helped. This is for your convenience and to enjoy an excellent film. Nitpickers will be ignored.
If you would prefer to see an “unenhanced” version, please try my Unlisted copy, in 1080p but without any sharpening/contrast tweaks, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROs5iUfrA4g
If you want to skip to the day of the battle, start from 1:02:20.
If you’re planning on commenting about the four-hour version of the film, please read this first, it might save you the time and trouble of repeating an old rumour: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066549/trivia?item=tr2403456
ENGlish subtitles have been included and were fully rewritten by myself to correct mistakes and omissions. All names and places mentioned have been verified from history books to make sure that they are correctly spelled.
FRA: French subtitles added 9th September, 2017.
ESP: Spanish subtitles added 25th September, 2017.
PRT: Portuguese subtitles added 9th October, 2017.
DEU: German subtitles added 13th October, 2017.
DUT: Dutch subtitles added 17th October 2017.
TUR: Turkish subtitles added 6th April 2018; thanks to https://www.youtube.com/user/MuhammetKenan.
Would speakers of any subtitled language please comment regarding any major grammatical errors, so I can correct them asap, thanks.
The following link is to a PDF scan of the Official 34-page “Waterloo” souvenir magazine released in 1970. It contains many unique photographs from the film that may have been cut (such as Wellington meeting Blücher) and from the making of the film. Lots of historical background and trivia for fans of the film and the Napoleonic Wars. I recommend you download the PDF and view it in Adobe Reader (8.0 or higher) in “Two page view” (also check “Show cover in two page view”) to see wide photos properly. Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwWT8n25R0F6QjlMaXRhT29PUTQ/view [Filesize: 11.0 MB]
A novelised version based on the screenplay is available, for anyone who enjoys studying the Napoleonic Era. Go to Amazon and search for “Waterloo, Frederick E. Smith” which was published by Pan Books in 1970. It can be bought for as little as £0.01 second-hand.
For anyone serious about studying the battle, there are a great number of books on Napoleon’s 1815 Hundred Days campaign. “The Waterloo Companion” by Mark Adkin is a good place to start, but there are many more, covering various aspects of the battle.
If you are new to learning about Napoleon, Waterloo was his last battle. Do take the chance to learn about the Napoleonic Wars and the French Revolution. The Peninsular War, the 1812 Invasion of Russia, the Battle of Trafalgar, and Napoleon’s career campaigning in Egypt, Italy, Austria, Prussia, etc, paint a colourful picture of a long and engaging period of European history. Waterloo was just the bloody end to an era that shaped the future of Europe.