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The Abyss (Special Edition) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, George Robert Klek, John Bedford-Lloyd
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ECXWEK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A civilian oil-rig crew confront a mysterious force that either has the power to change the world or destroy it.

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Meticulously crafted but also ponderous and predictable, James Cameron's 1989 deep-sea close-encounter epic reaffirms one of the oldest first principles of cinema: everything moves a lot more slowly underwater. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some "issues" to work out, are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top- secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on earth, and the petro-techies have the only submersible craft capable of diving down that far. Every image and every performance is painstakingly sharp and detailed (and the computerised water creatures are lovely) but the movie's lumbering pace is ultimately lethal. It's the audience that ends up feeling waterlogged. For a guy who likes guns as much as Cameron (his next film after all, was the body-count masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgment Day), it's interesting that the moral balance here is weighted heavily in favour of the can-do engineers; the military types are end-justifies-the-means amoralists, just like the weasely government bureaucrats in Aliens. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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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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Forget the movie, we all know about that. Lets just concentrate on the dvd release. Bought the 2 disc special region 1 edition in the early days of dvd and even then was a little disappointed to discover a non anamorphic print. The package as a whole is tremendous but its the letterboxed transfer thats the issue here. i originally viewed this on a 32inch CRT telly and was very impressed. Crystal clear picture even on ntsc but yes, i wouldn't like to watch this on today's super size screens. There really is no excuse for lack of 16x9 in 2014 but this does go back quite a number of years.

To try and improve the viewing experience a little i have just purchased the region 2 version....again non anamorphic, but the extra PAL quality should help, not seen it yet so watch this space.

To veer onto another film for a moment, namely '2010', the 2001 sequel, both the region 1 and 2 dvds are again non anamorphic but watching the R1 version on a 40inch LCD screen i was very pleased with the quality and although a 16x9 would obviously be better, this didn't detract from the enjoyment. The region 2 dvd however looked very grainy and soft by comparison, reminding me of the vhs days of ntsc to pal transfers.

Back to the Abyss, and the dvd is not the disaster many reviews are saying, but you do have to accept the drop in quality on a really big screen.

Still a great buy.
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