Abyss-Special Edition

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The film is grand, and applied the use of special effects that became the standard for film making today. However, the DVD IS NOT enhanced for 16x9 televisions. Meaning, it must be watched in 4:3 mode, letterboxed. Quite a disappointment if you have a home theatre projector as I do (Optoma H30 - great piece of equipment by the way!).

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Great Movie ... lousy DVD.

on 1/31/2005

The film is grand, and applied the use of special effects that became the standard for film making today. However, the DVD IS NOT enhanced for 16x9 televisions. Meaning, it must be watched in 4:3 mode, letterboxed. Quite a disappointment if you have a home theatre projector as I do (Optoma H30 - great piece of equipment by the way!). Read More

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Product Overview

Estranged oil-platform workers and a navy seal make a startling deep-sea discovery.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40164809
UPC 024543036739
UPC 14 00024543036739
Format DVD
Release Date 6/1/2004
Rating Rating
Keywords
Blockbuster
Essential Cinema
Futuristic
High Seas
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Undersea
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.
Reviews
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
Directors
James Cameron
Actors
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
Alan Silvestri - Musical Score
Robert Garrett - Musical Score
Gale Anne Hurd - Producer
Van Ling - Producer
Leslie Dilley - Production Designer
James Cameron - Writer
Alan Silvestri, et. al. - Original Music By
Conrad Bluff, et. al. - Editor
Gale Anne Hurd, et. al. - Producer
Mikael Salomon - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 2003673
UPC 00024543036739
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 171 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
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,John Bruno, et al., Winner, Best Effects, Visual Effects,Leslie Dilly, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Mikael Salomon, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Reviews
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.
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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.
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ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Additional Footage
Product Attributes
Actor Harris,Ed
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Spectacular underwater saga... a fascinating, one-of-a-kind experience.
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