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Abyss [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003Q438
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,193 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lavender on 20 April 2007
Format: DVD
I recently re-bought this one as the original DVD I have is not formatted properly for widescreen tv's. I was hoping that this more recent edition has had this corrected but it has sadly not. As a result, when you are watching it on one of the more recent widescreen lcd's or plasmas, the picture is not "enhanced" for 16x9 so the picture sits like a small letterbox in the middle of the screen. You can zoom the image to fit the screen but the clarity is lost. Such a shame because its one of my favourite sci-fi movies of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Abyss is one of the those accomplished films that may have well been produced in an era gone by, for now attempts of the 'same old formula's' are chugged out right, left and centre. The Abyss, however, is completely original in it's own right. With beautiful underwater photography, fantastic camera-work that sets the tone for enclosed cabins or the vast openness of the ocean, this was surely ahead of it's time. I.L.M (Industrial Light and Magic) were in Co-Production for this movie and produced the scenes in which the computer meets real live acting; all done perfectly, I might add. They also helped produce Terminator 2, which as we all know still looks passable today.

Like a few other viewers, I've always felt the ending is somewhat 'open' and a bit blunt... This is, however, typical of any Sci-Fi/underwater film in which the producer has hundreds of options as to how to wrap up a vast story.

Their are 2 editions of this DVD; a Special Edition with 2 discs, and the Single Disc version. Both have the exact same covers so watch out and look for the edition banner on the top/bottom of the sleeve!

The ending doesn't let this film down in anyway. It always leaves me day-dreaming as to the possibilities of what lives miles down in the ocean floors... I thank James Cameron for his ability to tap into your emotions to pull that off, and for a small price, this DVD should be in anyone's collection!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD
I have always considered this to be James Cameron's most underrated film - often overlooked, its a fine example of what Cameron does best - make really cracking, edge of the seat action movies. This is easily on a par with his more famous sci-fi efforts (Aliens,Terminator,T2) - and urguably more impressive than Titanic,because the characters are far more three dimensional and believable.
Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are great as the estranged couple whose relationship is reconciled in the murky depths of an underwater trench,which is home to some peace-loving extra-terrestrials.
Despite the initial cuteness of the watery aliens, there is a very deep, thought provoking message in this film - especially intensified in the extended special edition version, which is way superior to the theatrical release. And how's this for value, BOTH versions are included in this box set.
Solid performances,excellent special effects and probably some of the best underwater photography you'll ever see in a movie, make this is a film that you MUST watch.
Despite excellent sound quality, and some astonishing extra features, this DVD is ruined by the fact that (like Cameron's Titanic before it), it is NOT presented in anamorphic widescreen - WHY are they STILL releasing some movies in this format?? This was a real let down for me, and I'm sure will be for other DVD buffs.
What a shame this ruins an otherwise excellent film and a great value DVD package.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Marsh on 2 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Just want to say that this film stands the test of time for me. It is heartwarming, the special effects really work even today and its watchable over and over again....Just one thing, do watch the directors cut, or special edition, as I think that the cuts that were made to the original movie do remove quite a lot of the message of the film and without that, you miss the point somewhat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
James Cameron loves water. The Abyss in it's cinematic form suffered badly from being cut too much. The extended version adds a few storylines and broadens the appeal of the film. I would suggest reading the book first as this explains even more of what is going on. The Aliens at the end then don't seem so out of left field. The art design, acting and special effects are all top notch. ILM of course.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Lawford on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
If you have a large-screen TV then FORGET this *awful* 4:3 non-anamorphic transfer. It shows up anamorphically on terrestrial TV now and again so you might as well wait and watch it that way. Good sound, but, with such a dire pixellated picture on large displays, what's the point?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PASH on 16 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love the film but what a shame about the technical presentation this totally ruined a brilliant film after a 10 minute viewing I gave up and confined this DVD 2 the shelf where it will stay. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS VERSION!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By privatepetexxx on 10 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The abyss is a great film and I would happily give it five stars. Unfortunately, the reason I have given it two stars is because of the production value of the DVD itself.

I only bought the DVD version because as of when I bought it, the film wasn't available to buy on bluray. When I loaded the disc into my bluray player, the resolution of the film was so small that it barely filled a quarter of the size of my 32" TV. Even with the zoom functions engaged on both my player and the TV, I still couldn't make it bigger, and the quality of the image rapidly degraded. By playing the disc in my Xbox360 I managed to get the image a little larger, but still the quality was terrible, and made the film almost unwatchable.

There was an unexpected bonus though, as this single disc edition contains both the theatrical release and the directors cut of the movie which I was not expecting.

Conclusion: A great film, spoilt by terrible mastering to DVD. Wait for a re-release or remastered bluray.
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