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In this thrilling, underwater action adventure from writer-director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens), a civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search-and-rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn co-star.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40227095
UPC 024543058328
UPC 14 00024543058328
Format DVD
Release Date 10/14/2003
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
High Seas
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks in a remote part of the ocean floor, a team of divers on a prototype underwater oil rig are pressed into service by the U.S. Navy in a rescue attempt. When a hurricane cuts off contact between the surface and the underwater depths, the crew begin to see evidence of a strange, possibly alien intelligence at work. While chief Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) bickers with his ex-wife and boss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), the Navy commander begins to grow increasingly paranoid about the mysterious alien life and threatens to use a recovered nuclear weapon to destroy everything. James Cameron's undersea epic is a tale of sacrifice and hope in an amazing alien landscape that covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface. Featuring landmark visual effects but plagued by production difficulties, the cast and crew were stretched to the breaking point and THE ABYSS became one of the most expensive films ever made in its time, but the final result is a remarkable blend of action and human drama. Scenes cut from the theatrical version, including a number of special effects sequences involving huge tidal waves threatening the cities of the world, are restored in the Special Edition versions.
Rolling Stone "...[A] stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film....With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art..." 08/24/1989 p.37
Entertainment Weekly "...Cameron again delves in....An epic story line...and much more..." -- Rating: B 01/13/1995 pp.66-8
Variety "...A technical marvel with sustained tension, exciting action footage and an emotional wallop in its nearly platonic love story..." 03/01/1993
Los Angeles Times "...THE ABYSS is at heart a sweet movie....The undersea effects are glowingly beautiful..." 08/09/1989 p.C1
Total Film "...A great achievement....The cast is solid and the pioneering CG effects still look incredible..." 05/01/2000 p.104
James Cameron
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Ed Harris
Cast & Crew
Ed Harris - Actor
J.C. Quinn - Actor
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Actor
Michael Biehn - Actor
Leo Burmester - Actor
Todd Graff - Actor
James Cameron - Director
Mikael Salomon - Director of Photography
Robert Garrett - Musical Score
Alan Silvestri - Musical Score
Gale Anne Hurd - Producer
Van Ling - Producer
Leslie Dilley - Production Designer
James Cameron - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2005832
UPC 00024543058328
Number of Discs 2
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1990) John Bruno, et al., Winner, Best Visual Effects,Leslie Dilly, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction,Mikael Salomon, Nominee, Best Cinematographer,Don J. Bassman, et al., Nominee, Best Sound
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review The movie is a veritable chowder of chills. Like Red Lobster's seafood sampler, it offers a taste of everything from psychotic aquanauts to psychedelic jellyfish. When it comes to calamity, (director James) Cameron doesn't discriminate, confronting his heroic divers with marital problems, missile crises, leaky valves, WWIII and hurricanes.
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...confirms James Cameron as a world-class filmmaker... the greatest underwater adventure ever filmed... It's also something even more unexpected: a love story of shattering impact... Cameron is uncannily successful at creating a mounting feeling of claustrophobia.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Spectacular underwater saga about an oil-rig crew that gets involved in a perilous mission to rescue a sunken nuclear sub. Better as underwater adventure than futuristic sci-fi, with a couple of crises too many, but still a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Harris,Ed
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, Newsweek Heart stopping...deep sea thrills
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Spectacular underwater saga...a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience.

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