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Ghosts of the Abyss (2006)

Bill Paxton , Don Lynch , James Cameron  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bill Paxton, Don Lynch, Ken Marschall, Charles Pellegrino, Lewis Abernathy
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMQ6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghosts of the Abyss" on IMDb

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"Reflections From The Deep" -- Includes Unseen Footage From The Filmmakers' Risky Dives To The Ocean Floor And Revealing Interviews With Director James Cameron, Star Bill Paxton, And The Entire Crew.

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Walt Disney Pictures and James Cameron, the Academy Award(R)-winning director of TITANIC (1997), present the groundbreaking cinematic achievement GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS. Joined by his personal friend Bill Paxton (TITANIC) and a team of the world's foremost historical and marine experts, Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration -- the legendary wreck of the TITANIC. During the voyage, you will explore inside the entire ship, deck by deck, room by room, encountering mysteries that have remained hidden for almost a century. Revolutionary underwater robots were designed and built solely for the purpose of allowing the explorers to peer deep into the remains of the once-great ship and bring those surreal and haunting images back to the surface world. Loaded with unseen footage, revealing interviews, and innovative DVD bonuses, this unprecedented motion picture event is a must-own companion for anyone who loves TITANIC.

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This DVD delivers two versions of James Cameron's entertaining documentary, neither of which is the IMAX 3-D version that played in theaters. The 61-minute version is the same as the IMAX edition, just without the 3-D effect; one must assume, however, that everyone will--and should--watch the new 92-minute version. It expands on several scenes and adds new scenes on the Titanic's captain, the animal life found at the wreck site, and life aboard the research vehicle Keldysh. The half-hour "Reflections from the Deep" is part making-of, part extra scenes with interesting segments on how mosaics were used for the brilliant underwater photography, the Keldysh's "Zodiac Cowboys," and the near-human connection to the remote cameras (named Elwood and Jake). You can choose one of six camera angles for the deft "The ROV Experience" that takes about 10 minutes of highlights from one dive. --Doug Thomas

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
In Ghosts of the Abyss, James Cameron returns to the watery grave of the Titanic in an effort to let the ill-fated ship tell the story of her own demise. Equipped with space age technology and twin little exploratory robots designed specifically for exploring the Titanic, Cameron and his team manage to take us into rooms unseen by human eye since April 1912. Not only do you get the theatrical version of this documentary film (albeit without the 3-D experience offered by IMAX), you also get an extended version featuring an extra half hour of material. Most people would just watch the extended version, but I wanted to get a feel for the difference the extra footage makes, so I watched both versions back to back. I was actually rather amazed to discover that the extended version is ten times better than the original - basically, all of the best material was left out of the theatrical release.
I have to admit I found Bill Paxton, the de facto narrator of the film, rather annoying at times. As he freely admits, he isn't really qualified for this type of deep-sea mission, and his giddiness and nervous humor tend to grow old pretty quickly. Like most people, I just wanted to see footage of the wreckage, not a chronicling of Paxton's anxiety over traveling to the ocean floor. I did enjoy the glimpses provided of the other crew members on the expedition, however - they are an interesting assortment of scientists, filmmakers, historians, and Russian seamen.
Ghosts of the Abyss does succeed in showing Titanic in all of her mysterious glory, and the underwater footage makes this film well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the Abyss May 31, 2003
Ghosts of the Abyss is a documentary filmed in 3D for IMAX theaters. It takes you down to the actual Titanic site at the bottom of the ocean. It was done by James Cameron, who directed the Titanic movie, but this is pure exploration. They take you to the rooms and places and show you glimpses of the people who were there. The 3D is really what makes it. You feel like you are there. I really liked the way they would merge computer animation with the image to give you an idea of what it used to look like that enables you to really see and appreciate what it looks like now. If you're into the history of the ship, be sure to check it out.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some infos ... February 3, 2004
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Walt Disney Pictures in association with Walden Media have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Ghosts of the Abyss for 27th April 2004 with a retail price of $29.99. This cinematic experience premiered on the large screen Theatrical IMAX format and is the quest by director James Cameron to go back to the resting ground of the actual Titanic equipped with state of the art technology with a team of top underwater explorers and filmmakers. Actor Bill Paxton also accompanies Cameron on this astonishing underwater voyage.
On 2-disc DVD Ghosts of the Abyss includes both the 60 minute Theatrical version of the film and a 90 minute extended version showcasing unseen footage, especially made for this home entertainment release. The second disc is entirely devoted to bonus materials.
Disc One:
Original Theatrical Version: (60:44 minutes)
Extended Version with Unseen Footage (91:44 minutes)
1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
THX-certified Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Disc Two:
"Reflections From The Deep" - Look back on the challenges of creating this groundbreaking cinematic experience. Includes unseen footage from their risky dives to the ocean floor and revealing interviews with Director James Cameron, star Bill Paxton, and the entire crew.
"The ROV Experience" - An innovative multi-angle feature. Choose from different cameras as you dive to the floor of the ocean's floor, and ultimately see the grand staircase any way you want.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Chance To See The Unsinkable Ship... July 25, 2003
Being my first time watching a movie in IMAX format, I was truly blown away from beginning to end with this movie. While watching Cameron's masterpiece "Titanic" was chilling from the beginning to the end, his work on "Ghosts of the Abyss" was all that and a little more. Being an avid Titanic buff now for over 15 years, it was wonderful to finally see even more of the beautiful "Wonder Ship" that has enthralled generations for over 90 years. Anyone else will be hard-pressed to get this deep into the ship and out-do Cameron and his work, considering the rapid deterioration of the vessel. We will never again get the opportunity to see into this Edwardian time capsule the same way again, and we have James Cameron to thank for this awe-inspiring ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Titanic Tribute! May 8, 2004
Director James Cameron does everything on a mammoth scale. After viewing this DVD, I wish I had seen the 3-D version. This is an exhaustive search of the remains of the Titanic. The inner portions of the ship are explored with two mini robots and the two submersibles with the director, actor Bill Paxton and the crew members aboard. This is at over 2.5 miles deep. Paxton adds some human humor/drama with the crew, but the real star is the ship. Starting from the stormy surface waters to the calm, eerie depths of the North Atlantic, Cameron leaves nothing out. There are still glasses and plates peacefully resting where they were left on that fateful night. Brass beds lay intact. Particular rooms of celebrity passengers are found with items left as they were. This is miraculous, as the ship spun wildly around in its' decent, spewing debris everywhere. Stained glass is still intact everywhere and the robot lights cast magical colors and shadows throughout. Cameron puts everything in perspective by frequently superimposing transparent actors dressed in period clothes strolling the deck. These "ghosts" add true scale to the Titanic.
The 90-minute version adds more information about the sea-life existing around the Titanic with comments from Dr. Lori Johnston. More of the Captain's personal life is explored as well as life aboard the state of the art research vessel. The `making of' feature, "Reflections of the Deep" is interesting and includes some more information, but not a great deal more insight. "The ROV Experience" is more for the technically minded, but fun to experience. For extras, not much beats this collection, but glorious excess is what James Cameron is all about and he does justice to the Titanic.
Footnote: Towards the completion of the exploration, the crew heard about the attacks of 9/11. This was an all too eerie coincidence considering the massive tragedy of the Titanic that had been waiting decades to be explored.
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Great movie
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Awesome movie !!
Published 21 days ago by PETER GARGIULO
WOW... THIS IS A SUPER 3D MOVIE TO WATCH...and a GREAT gift for the person who is intrigued with the Titanic, as I am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Deep Sea Documentary
This is as close as I'll ever get to view an iconic shipwreck from a deep sea sub. On a large screen in 3D, I was there! Very well done, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Cameron Explores Famous Wreck
Fascinating look inside the world's most famous wreck. James Cameron's first big underwater expedition.
Published 2 months ago by Charles W. Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Next best thing to actually diving in person.
Published 2 months ago by Larry Hackworth
5.0 out of 5 stars and will thrill generations forever with his superior views and Ghosts...
Jim has done it all with the Titanic. He has complemented the Ballard discovery, and will thrill generations forever with his superior views and Ghosts of the Abyss.
Published 2 months ago by Rik Thompson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I tried to return it but they wouldn't do it
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