Abyss

The 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 standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while French and Spanish soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish…  See more details below

Overview

James Cameron's science fiction film The Abyss comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while French and Spanish soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Aside from this being a cut of the film that contains close to 30 minutes of additional footage, there are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a decent disc for what it is, but the film is available in a widescreen edition that is far preferable.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0024543037828
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Special edition version of "The Abyss" with 28 minutes of additional footage; Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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

Scene Index

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

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