Abyss, The: Special Edition (Australia)
A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space
Running Time: 311 mins
Retail Price: 34.95
Content Type: Movie
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.
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
Widescreen Letterbox 2.35:1
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Director of Photography:
Howard E. Smith
Conrad Buff IV
Gale Anne Hurd
Your Opinions and Comments
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.