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.
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