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    Unique ID Code: 0000012990
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 20/1/2001 13:08
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    Abyss, The: Special Edition (Australia)

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    A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space
    Certificate: M15+
    Running Time: 311 mins
    Retail Price: 34.95
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    In this thrilling, underwater action adventure from writer-director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Aliens), a civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search-and-rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey over 25,000 feet below the ocean`s surface, where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.

    Special Features:
    Original Feature & Special Edition Feature
    Original Theatrical Trailers
    Behind The Scene Footage
    Time Lapse Segment
    Visual Effects Reel
    Documentary - Under Pressure - Making "THE ABYSS"
    Multi Angled Pseudoped Sequence
    Still Photo Gallery
    Cast Bios

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Letterbox 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    James Cameron

    Written By:

    Leo Burmester
    Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    Todd Graff
    Michael Biehn
    Ed Harris

    Casting By:
    Howard Feuer

    Soundtrack By:
    Robert Garrett
    Alan Silvestri

    Director of Photography:
    Mikael Salomon

    Howard E. Smith
    Joel Goodman
    Steven Quale
    Conrad Buff IV

    Costume Designer:
    Deborah Everton

    Production Designer:
    Leslie Dilley

    Gale Anne Hurd
    Van Ling

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    After reading about region 4 discs on this web site, I decided to order one and this title is my first. It`s got a great video transfer except that it is not an anamorphic picture. This is a really big shame because you`ll never quite get the full scale of the film. It`s one of the first discs which includes seamless branching. Now I had a problem with my Samsung 709 watching the special edition version but it was perfect watching it on my Playstation 2. A good sound through Dolby Digital 5.1. Loads of extras except here is the difference between R1 and R4 versions, whats missing in R4 version is the DVD rom stuff, theatrical trailers for other Cameron films and Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I still prefer R4 version because of it`s superior Pal picture and it also includes Region 2 coding. This also includes the Rat scene that will taken out in the U.K. dvd version. If you like this movie than get this DVD and you will not be disappointed.
    posted by David Garner on 20/1/2001 18:40
    9 / 10
    I really liked the original theatrical release of this movie. However, I always categorized this movie as an action thriller with an unexplained sci-fi ending. And, indeed, the original ending was a bit awkward, since a lot of information was missing.
    This disk contains both version - the theatrical one and the director`s cut (about 30 minutes longer than the theatrical one).
    The director`s cut is a whole lot better. It gives a lot of background to the sci-fi parts of the movie, plus the characters are much better developed. But the biggest issue in the director`s cut is that the movie gets a whole new meaning, and it actually makes a lot more sense than the theatrical version.
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs to be seen and the dark scenes are rendered very nicely. It`s very difficult to capture the blue hues of the ocean on DVD, but the transfer does so quite beautifully.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. The surrounds are used quite frequently, especially to enhance the claustrophobic atmosphere underwater. The sub plays a big roll in many scenes, as well.
    The menus are beautifully animated with sound.
    The extras include: Disk 1 - the 2 versions of the movie with seamless branching.
    Disk 2 - about an hour an a half of behind the scenes featurettes, storyboard of the entire movie, 2 sets of scripts, explanations about the special effects, some extensive production notes, a multi-angle scene and a picture gallery with hundreds and hundreds of pictures.
    While there is no director`s commentary, the rest of the extras really compensate for that.
    Bottom line - a great movie (not with an important message) and a great 2-disk set that everyone should own.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 24/7/2002 18:31