Ghosts of the Abyss

Ghosts of the Abyss

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: James Cameron, Lewis Abernathy, Bill Paxton, Lori Johnson

     
 

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Originally released as a 3-D IMAX feature, James Cameron's deep-sea documentary Ghosts of the Abyss finds the director and his actor pal Bill Paxton tagging along with a group of scientists as they descend to the ocean floor to explore the wreck of the Titanic. This DVD brings the film from the larger-than-life IMAX theaters to your home, presenting it

Overview

Originally released as a 3-D IMAX feature, James Cameron's deep-sea documentary Ghosts of the Abyss finds the director and his actor pal Bill Paxton tagging along with a group of scientists as they descend to the ocean floor to explore the wreck of the Titanic. This DVD brings the film from the larger-than-life IMAX theaters to your home, presenting it in widescreen with the English soundtrack in THX-Certified Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. A French-dubbed track is also available. Not only does the disc feature the original 62-minute version of the film, it also boasts a never-before-seen 92-minute extended version as well as several supplemental features. There is a featurette with additional footage from the voyage and interviews with the director and participants and an interactive feature that allows viewers to explore the Titanic's staircase from multiple angles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Visually and conceptually stunning despite occasional lapses into contrived sentimentality, James Cameron continues his tireless obsession with the legendary tragedy of the Titanic to spectacular results in Ghosts of the Abyss. Cameron's expanded canvas and experimentation with an effective new form of three-dimensional photography brings the audience as close as they're likely to get to experiencing the sight of the remarkable wreckage without standing on the ocean floor, and the discoveries that he and his crew make while floating miles underwater are nothing short of amazing. From the enormous stained-glass windows adorning the dining room that remain perfectly intact (an image which ultimately provides the film one of its most memorable images) to the cabin dressers hauntingly adorned with accessories as if they had just been used, Cameron's innovative use of technology literally offers viewers the ghostly opportunity to roam the corridors of the wreckage in a manner previously unimaginable. Utilizing two remote cameras dubbed "Jake" and "Elwood" to access areas of the ship that would otherwise remain unreachable, the explorers reveal images that to this point would have been physically impossible to capture. Playing the role as Cameron's everyman stand in, longtime friend Bill Paxton's nervous anticipation and genuine awe upon finally seeing the wreckage provides a suitable means of placing the audience in the cramped quarters of his sturdy submarine, though his frequent attempts at poignant observation seem too forced and intrusive to be effective given that the remarkable images speak to audiences in a manner difficult to express in words.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
UPC:
0786936225242
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
15,163

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Reflections From the Deep" - includes unseen footage from the filmmakers' risky dives to the ocean floor and revealing interviews with director James Cameron, star Bill Paxton and the entire crew; "The MIR Experience" - an innovative multi-angle feature; choose from different cameras as you dive to the ocean's floor and ultimately see the grand staircase from any view you want; 2 versions of this stunning motion picture: 60-minute original theatrical feature (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions, 90-minute extended feature (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; French language track (60-minute version only); French subtitles (90-minute version only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lewis Abernathy Himself
Bill Paxton Himself
Lori Johnson Participant
Charles Pellegrino Himself
Don Lynch Himself
Ken Marschall Himself
James Cameron Himself
Mike Cameron Himself
Jeffrey N. Ledda Participant
Genya Cherniaev Himself
Victor Nischeta Participant
Anatoly Sagalevich Himself
John Bruno Participant
Vince Pace Himself
Corey Jakolski Participant
Jason Paul Participant
Eric Schmitz Participant
Miguel Wilkins Participant
Federico Zambrano Participant
Dale Ridge Participant
Judy Prestininzi Participant
Adriana Valdez Participant
Justin Shaw Participant
Thomas Kilroy Participant
Charlie Arneson Participant
Piper Gunnarson Participant
John Broadwater Himself
Lori Johnston Herself
Tava Smiley Herself

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Producer
Dennis L. Baxter Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Chuck Comisky Producer
Randy Gerston Musical Direction/Supervision
Tina Kerr Casting
Martin Lang Production Designer
Ed W. Marsh Editor,Producer
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Javier Nava Art Director
Vince Pace Cinematographer
Sven Pape Editor
Gig Rackauskas Producer
John Refoua Editor
Kristie Sills Asst. Director
Janace Tashjian Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Echoes Through Time [3:39]
2. The Crew [5:09]
3. Next Stop: Titanic [6:11]
4. Bottom of the Sea [5:19]
5. Can You Imagine? [5:06]
6. The Bots [14:43]
7. The Millionaires' Captain [7:26]
8. Firemen's Mess [7:14]
9. Who Touched This Railing Last [1:37]
10. Life on the Keldysh [2:52]
11. The Creatures of Titanic [8:03]
12. What Would You Do? [7:07]
13. The Rescue [9:41]
14. The Morning After [4:52]
15. End Credits [2:21]
1. Echoes Through Time [3:26]
2. The Crew [3:50]
3. Next Stop: Titanic [5:46]
4. Bottom of the Sea [5:09]
5. Can You Imagine? [4:32]
6. The Bots [12:44]
7. Firemen's Mess [2:47]
8. Who Touched This Railing Last? [6:03]
9. What Would You Do? [6:02]
10. The Rescue [3:45]
11. The Morning After [4:50]
12. End Credits [2:39]

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Ghosts of the Abyss 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WhiteFlowerLei76 More than 1 year ago
I watched this recently and decided to purchase it as a gift for someone. It's an excellent documentary and a must have for anyone that loved Cameron's film Titanic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family saw this phenomenal movie in 3D at the IMAX. When it ended, no one in the theater moved or made a sound...it was that powerful. It is a masterful blend of new footage--including awe-inspiring, never-before-seen views inside Titanic--with snippets from the Winslet/DiCaprio version. The reality of the passengers' fate was tastefully handled and did not scare our 7-yr-old son. This is a must-own for our family's DVD library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD is great! I've always been really fascinated with the "Titanic" so this movie was very good!!