Abyss

Abyss

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Director: James Cameron

Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn

     
 

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James Cameron's science fiction film The Abyss comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. This disc offers both the original theatrical cut of the film, andSee more details below

Overview

James Cameron's science fiction film The Abyss comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. This disc offers both the original theatrical cut of the film, and Cameron's special edition that lengthens the film by almost a half hour. Supplemental materials include text-only commentary on both versions. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access a storyboard-to-screen comparison. This is a solid disc, but huge fans of the film are encouraged to check out the two-disc set of the film that is dripping with bonus materials.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
James Cameron's spectacular underwater adventure The Abyss, which cost a then-unheard-of $50 million and was dismissed by many as a shipwreck of a movie, has nonetheless been a hit with home viewers. The Special Edition incorporates 28 minutes of footage excised from the theatrical release and restores the Titanic director's original vision, filling plot holes left by the studio cuts. Ed Harris is an undersea oil-rig engineer hired by the Navy to investigate the mysterious immobilization of a nuclear submarine. His estranged wife and fellow specialist, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, comes along on the mission, as does paranoid naval lieutenant Michael Biehn, whose deteriorating mental health endangers them all. The discovery of alien life-forms underwater adds to the tension, which is further enhanced by Cameron's claustrophobic settings. The restored footage answers most criticisms of this picture, enabling The Abyss to finally take its rightful place among the modern classics of sci-fi movies.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Turning away from the dystopias of The Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986), James Cameron marshaled innovative special effects (and a motley crew of oil drillers) to assert that love is the answer in The Abyss (1989). Reportedly inspired by underwater footage of the recently located Titanic wreckage, Cameron decided to transfer his science-fiction-spectacle expertise to the deep sea. Shot underwater in a seven million gallon nuclear reactor tank, this extended yarn about nuclear subs, oil rig divers, and the interpersonal relations between the oddball Deepcore crew, their fearless leader Bud, his prickly almost ex-wife Lindsey, and gung-ho Navy SEALS feels authentically claustrophobic and other-worldly. The seraphic NTIs complete the sub-terrestrial wonder. Praised for its visual splendor and strong performances from Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, if not always for its plot, The Abyss was not quite the blockbuster it needed to be. But the ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special effects -- particularly the exploratory water node -- set the stage for the 1990s' explosion in CGI effects, beginning with Cameron's molten-metal T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Despite The Abyss's warm message about marital bonds, Cameron and producer-wife Gale Anne Hurd split during production.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0024543036739
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
2:51:00

Special Features

Includes both the special edition, with 28 minutes of additional footage, plus the original theatrical version; Widescreen format (aspect ratio 2.35:1) for both theatrical and special edition versions; Commentary option for both versions (text only); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; DVD-ROM script & storyboard-to-screen comparison

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris Bud Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn Lt. Coffey
Leo Burmeister Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff Alan "Hippy" Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd "Jammer" Willis
Kimberly Scott Lisa "One Night" Standing
J.C. Quinn "Sonny" Dawson
Kidd Brewer Lew Finier
George Robert Klek Wilhite
Chris Murphy Seal Schoenick
Adam Nelson Ensign Monk
Richard Warlock Dwight Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell DeMarco
Ken Jenkins Gerard Kirkhill
William Wisher Bill Tyler
Joseph C. Nemec Crew Member
Chris Elliott Bendix
Peter Ratray Captain
Michael Beach Barnes
Brad Sullivan Executive
Frank Lloyd Navigator
Phillip Darlington Crew Member
Joe Farago Anchorman

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Screenwriter
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Clay Boss Stunts
Brett Jones Stunts
Conrad Buff Editor
Michael Cassidy Stunts
Peter Childs Art Director
Russell Christian Art Director
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Feuer Casting
Gershon Ginsburg Set Decoration/Design
Joel Goodman Editor
Marcia Holley Stunts
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Loren Janes Stunts
Kathryn Miles Kelly Makeup
David Kirk Special Effects
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Joseph C. Nemec Art Director
Alan Oliney Stunts
Billy Oliver Stunts
Robert Olmstead Special Effects
Lee Orloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Denney Pierce Stunts
Andrew Precht Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Romano Stunts
Kerry Rossall Stunts
Mikael Salomon Cinematographer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Dennis Skotak Cinematographer
Charles Skouras Production Designer,Production Manager
Howard E. Smith Editor
Joe Unsinn Special Effects
Roberto Viskin Special Effects
Richard Warlock Stunts
Gene Warren Special Effects
Richard Washington Stunts
Thomas D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Matthew Yuricich Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. The Abyss [:46]
2. Sinking of the Montana [:33]
3. Arrivals (Benthic Explorer) [3:43]
4. Deepcore [1:13]
5. Briefing [:33]
6. "Virgil, You Wiener" [1:15]
7. Blowing Down [1:39]
8. "You Need Me" [2:20]
9. The Ring [:57]
10. Dive Briefing [:07]
11. Fluid Breathing (Beany Dip) [2:40]
12. "Two and a Half Miles" [:37]
13. Search the Montana [:23]
14. Missile Compartment [:41]
15. Seeing Things [:48]
16. Newscast [:51]
17. MIRV Recovery [:28]
18. The Crane [1:23]
19. What a Drag [2:43]
20. Flooding [1:30]
21. Cut Off From Above [3:03]
22. Left Behind [1:55]
23. "Something Not Us" [2:44]
24. "Heeere's MIRV" [2:39]
25. Some Huevos [:05]
26. "We Could Get Lucky" [2:11]
27. Pseudopod [:49]
28. "Raise Your Hand" [:40]
29. Phase Three [4:17]
30. Free Swim [2:24]
31. Bud vs. Coffey [:24]
32. Launching Geek [:05]
33. Sub Chase [2:17]
34. Drowning [:11]
35. A Matter of Death and Life [1:14]
36. Deep Suit [1:11]
37. Descent [:28]
38. One-Way Ticket [:17]
39. Non-Terrestrial Intelligence [4:22]
40. The Writing on the Wall [3:19]
41. Moderately Poor Shape [:03]
42. Back on the Air [:08]
43. The Ark [:22]
44. "We Should Be Dead" [1:20]
45. Credits [3:05]
0. Scene Index
1. The Abyss [:57]
2. Sinking of the Montana [:33]
3. Arrivals (Benthic Explorer) [3:43]
4. Deepcore [1:13]
5. Briefing [:41]
6. "Virgil, You Wiener" [3:31]
7. "Willing" [1:39]
8. Blowing Down [2:20]
9. "You Need Me" [:24]
10. The Ring [1:55]
11. Dive Briefing [2:40]
12. Fluid Breathing (Beany Dip) [:37]
13. "Two and a Half Miles" [1:27]
14. Search the Montana [1:41]
15. Missile Compartment [:48]
16. Seeing Things [2:08]
17. Newscast [:28]
18. MIRV Recovery [1:23]
19. The Crane [2:43]
20. What a Drag [2:50]
21. Flooding [4:04]
22. Cut Off From Above [2:30]
23. Surveying the Damage [2:44]
24. Left Behind [2:39]
25. A Dance of Light [:05]
26. "Something Not Us" [2:20]
27. Coffey Grinds [2:25]
28. "Heeere's MIRV" [:40]
29. Some Huevos [4:17]
30. "We Could Get Lucky" [2:24]
31. Pseudopod [:42]
32. "Raise Your Hand" [:06]
33. Hippy's Discovery [2:17]
34. Phase Three [:11]
35. Free Swim [2:06]
36. Bud vs. Coffey [1:11]
37. Launching Geek [1:15]
38. Sub Chase [1:49]
39. Drowning [4:22]
40. A Matter of Death and Life [3:19]
41. Deep Suit [:11]
42. Descent [1:56]
43. Candles [:22]
44. One-Way Ticket [1:20]
45. Non-Terrestrial Intelligence [3:05]
46. "How Do You Know?" [:38]
47. The Wave [1:45]
48. "Why Didn't You?" [5:41]
49. Moderately Poor Shape [2:16]
50. Back on the Air [:11]
51. The Ark [1:42]
52. "We Should Be Dead" [:42]
53. End Credits [3:35]
54. Restoration Credits [2:29]

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