The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species. However, in order to make contact, they must not only brave the abyss, an exceedingly deep underwater canyon, but also deal with the violent actions of one of their own crew members, an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer. Approved by director James Cameron, The Abyss: Special Edition is an extended director's cut of the 1989 underwater science fiction epic, reinstating nearly a half hour of footage removed from the original release under studio pressure. Much of the restored footage places the film's events in a grander political context, as the crew's mission becomes a factor in the dangerous escalation of nuclear tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The largest change involves the film's ending, which provides further information on the aliens' mission on Earth, bringing the film to closer to Cameron's intention: a modern remake of Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Includes both the special edition, with 28 minutes of additional footage plus the original theatrical version; Commentary option for both versions (text only); DVD-ROM script and storyboard-to-screen comparison
Disc #1 -- The Abyss 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. Blowing Down [1:39] 8. "You Need Me" [2:20] 9. The Ring [:24] 10. Dive Briefing [1:55] 11. Fluid Breathing (Beany Dip) [2:40] 12. "Two and A Half Miles" [:37] 13. Search the Montana [1:27] 14. Missile Compartment [1:41] 15. Seeing Things [:48] 16. Newscast [2:08] 17. MIRV Recovery [:28] 18. The Crane [1:23] 19. What a Drag [2:43] 20. Flooding [2:50] 21. Cut Off From Above [4:04] 22. A Dance of Light [2:30] 23. "Something Not Us" [2:44] 24. "Heeere's MIRV" [2:39] 25. Some Huevos [:05] 26. "We Could Get Lucky" [2:20] 27. Pseudopod [2:25] 28. "Raise Your Hand" [:40] 29. Phase Three [4:17] 30. Free Swim [2:24] 31. Bud Vs. Coffey [:42] 32. Launching Geek [:06] 33. Sub Chase [2:17] 34. Drowning [:11] 35. A Matter of Death and Life [2:06] 36. Deep Suit [1:11] 37. Descent [1:15] 38. One-Way Ticket [1:49] 39. Non-Terrestrial Intelligence [4:22] 40. The Writing on the Wall [3:19] 41. Moderately Poor Shape [:11] 42. Back On the Air [1:56] 43. The Ark [:22] 44. "We Should Be Dead" [1:20] 45. Credits [3:05] 1. The Abyss [:46] 2. Sinking the Montana [:33] 3. Arrivals (Benthic Explorer) [3:43] 4. Deepcore [1:13] 5. Briefing [:33] 6. "Virgil, You Wiener" [1:15] 7. "Willing" [1:39] 8. Blowing Down [2:20] 9. "You Need Me" [:57] 10. The Ring [:07] 11. Dive Briefing [2:40] 12. Fluid Breathing (Beany Dip) [:37] 13. "Two and A Half Miles" [:23] 14. Search the Montana [:41] 15. Missile Compartment [:48] 16. Seeing Things [:51] 17. Newscast [:28] 18. MIRV Recovery [1:23] 19. The Crane [2:43] 20. What a Drag [1:30] 21. Flooding [3:03] 22. Cut Off From Above [1:55] 23. Surveying the Damage [2:44] 24. Left Behind [2:39] 25. A Dance of Light [:05] 26. "Something Not Us" [2:11] 27. Coffey Grinds [:49] 28. "Heeere's MIRV" [:40] 29. Some Huevos [4:17] 30. "We Could Get Lucky" [2:24] 31. Pseudopod [:24] 32. "Raise Your Hand" [:05] 33. Hippy's Discovery [2:17] 34. Phase Three [:11] 35. Free Swim [1:14] 36. Bud Vs. Coffey [1:11] 37. Launching Geek [:28] 38. Sub Chase [:17] 39. Drowning [4:22] 40. A Matter of Death and Life [3:19] 41. Deep Suit [:03] 42. Descent [:08] 43. Candles [:22] 44. One-Way Ticket [1:20] 45. Non-Terrestrial Intelligence [3:05] 46. "How Do You Know" [:51] 47. The Wave [:29] 48. "Why Didn't You?" [5:41] 49. Moderately Poor Shape [2:16] 50. Back On the Air [:12] 51. The Ark [:35] 52. "We Should Be Dead" [:42] 53. Credits [3:35] 54. SE Credits [2:29]
Disc #1 -- The Abyss Theatrical Version Play Theatrical Version Scene Index Audio Options English Dolby Surround French Dolby Surround Subtitle Options Subtitles: No Subtitles English Subtitles Spanish Subtitles Text Commentary (English) Special Features Personnel Lockers Ed Harris- "Bud Brigman" Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio- "Lindsey Brigman" Michael Biehn- "Lt. Coffey" Todd Graff- "Hippy" Leo Burmester- "Catfish" Kimberly Scott- "One Night" John Bedford Lloyd- "Jammer" J.C. Quinn- "Sonny" Capt. Kidd Brewer, Jr.- "Finler" Adam Nelson- "Monk" Christopher Murphy- "Schoenick" George Robert Klek- "Wilhite" James Cameron- Writer/Director Gale Anne Hurd- Producer Mikael Salomon- Director of Photography Al Giddings- Underwater D.P. and Supervisor Leslie Dilley- Production Designer Alan Silvestri- Composer About the Story Building "Deepcore" Filming Underwater The Diving Gear The Submersibles Recording Dialogue Underwater DVD-ROM Go to Special Edition Version Special Edition Version Go to Theatrical Version Audio Options English Dolby Surround French Dolby Surround Scene Index Subtitle Options Subtitles: No Subtitles English Subtitles Spanish Subtitles Text Commentary (English) Play Special Edition Version Special Features Personnel Lockers Ed Harris- "Bud Brigman" Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio- "Lindsey Brigman" Michael Biehn- "Lt. Coffey" Todd Graff- "Hippy" Leo Burmester- "Catfish" Kimberly Scott- "One Night" John Bedford Lloyd- "Jammer" J.C. Quinn- "Sonny" Capt. Kidd Brewer, Jr.- "Finler" Adam Nelson- "Monk" Christopher Murphy- "Schoenick" George Robert Klek- "Wilhite" James Cameron- Writer/Director Gale Anne Hurd- Producer Mikael Salomon- Director of Photography Al Giddings- Underwater D.P. and Supervisor Leslie Dilley- Production Designer Alan Silvestri- Composer About the Story Building "Deepcore" Filming Underwater The Diving Gear The Submersibles Recording Dialogue Underwater DVD-ROM
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Outstanding performance by Ed Harris complemented by great visuals and special effects. Script and acting provide a believable and upbeat scenario to the First Contact theme. Shows the good and bad aspects of humanity confronting the unknown - altruism and fear, trust and suspicion.
Definitely a great addition to any DVD collection.
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When a nuclear sub goes down in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly and a hurricane prevents the military from being able to send a team in after it, they subcontract an underwater oil rig team drilling near the area led by Bud Brigman (Ed Harris). To assist the rig team, the military sends in a group of Navy SEALs led by Lt. Coffey (Michael Biehn) accompanied with the underwater oil rig's designer and Bud's on again off again wife Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). But as they search the nuclear sub, they realize that there might be more to the sinking of the sub than they thought, and while Lt. Coffey believes the Russians to be responsible, the rig crew believes there might be something more... supernatural involved.
There are few directors that truly know how to top themselves with each endeavor the way that James Cameron does. His first movie, The Terminator set a precedent for action movies in the 80's, and he only topped that achievement with Terminator 2. With Aliens he made a movie that was at the very least equal to Ridley Scott's Alien by making a sequel that changed the mood and style while still respecting the original. In 1989 James Cameron directed The Abyss, a film that took place mainly underwater, and was filmed in the largest underwater set at the time. The set, built in a half finished nuclear reactor facility, included 7 million gallons of water. So among Cameron's other achievements, how does The Abyss stand up?
The Abyss is definitely Cameron's most underrated film. Looking at movies like Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator, and Terminator 2 it's easy to see how a movie like The Abyss can be forgotten, but on closer inspection The Abyss fits right along side the others. Like Cameron's other films, he shows great attention to detail, with amazing special effects. On a technical scale, the movie feels like real life, something that's always great when it comes to a Cameron film. But also like Cameron's other films, it's not about the special effects but rather about the human element. Cameron does a great job of humanizing his characters and fleshing out their relationships.
The acting if phenomenal, of course I wouldn't expect anything less from a movie that includes Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) and Ed Harris (The Truman Show, The Rock). Biehn does great as a military man who's lost communication with the outside world and has to make calls on his own about their next move, and it's driving him insane. Ed Harris is great as the hard ass rig leader who pines for his ex-wife who keeps running off on different jobs without him, and Marry Elizabeth Mastrantonio is great as the aforementioned wife who finds being stuck with Bud and his crew repulsive, but grows close to the husband she had left behind and the crew he manages.
If you haven't seen this movie, but you like Cameron's other flicks, I highly recommend you give this shot. I would argue that this movie is possibly even better than The Terminator, and since I think Aliens is better than The Terminator, I find this to be right on par with Aliens. Give it a shot, this is definitely a sleeper classic that deserves more exposure than it's gotten.
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