The Abyss (Special Edition)
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- Multi-Story Option: Consumer can select original theatrical release (145 min.) or special edition release with 28 minutes of added footage
- Video Subscripture Version: Viewers can read pop-up captions throughout the film explaning how the special effects were created
- Documentary: Under pressure: Making The Abyss (60 min.) with cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
- Comprehensive film analysis from storyboards and concept art to final release
Top Customer Reviews
One of the more intriguing aspects about the edition of "The Abyss" that I'm reviewing today or any other version that contains both the original theatrical release and the Special Edition with twenty eight minutes of additional footage is how the whole tone of the conclusion of the film changes between the two. This is not something that I wish to go in to in great detail; suffice it to say that the Special Edition gives a whole new meaning to this classic movie.
From Ed Harris to Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio to Michael Biehn and all of the other marvelous actors that performed in this film, they all deserve high praise for their collective efforts in creating this Science Fiction classic. It isn't too often that Ed Harris or Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio gets the lead roles in films but in the case of "The Abyss," they both proved that they were quite ready for such roles.
In 1984 first time director, James Cameron gave millions of movies fans just the first taste of his directing talents when he burst on the scene with "The Terminator" which started a run of extraordinarily successful movies culminating in "Titanic" which is one of the highest grossing films of all times.Read more ›
Great Actors! 5 Stars
Great Director! 5 Stars
Great Sci-Fi Movie! 5 Stars
Great on DVD? NO, NO, NO!!! Zero Stars!!! Non-Anamorphic, Non-16x9 Widescreen, Very Poor Video Transfer onto DVD, and Not on Blu-Ray yet? What the #$%*! We are living in an age of HD 16x9 TV's and this, one of the great emotionally moving Sci-Fi movies of our time is placed on DVD that is formatted for a 4x3 Standard Definition TV's? You have got to be kidding me.
Hey James Cameron and Paramount or whoever is involved in the process of bringing this great movie to DVD, WE WANT THIS MOVIE IN 16x9 HD Format OR if you won't do that, how about a regular DVD in 16x9 Format/Anamorphic and why don't you throw in a remastered video transfer while you're at it so WE CAN ALL enjoy this movie on our 16x9 Widescreen Plasma, LCD, and LED TV's and Projectors!!!
What a shame.
The special edition includes 28 minutes sliced from the theatrical version to keep the movie within a Studio accepted length. A significant portion of the additional footage comes towards the end. It explains the motivations of the NTIs (non-terrestrial intelligence), creating a much more powerful finale to the film.
In addition to the special edition film, the two discs takes full advantage of the wonders of DVD technology. A fascinating documentary takes the viewer through the extraordinary trials and tribulations encountered in the making of the film. I truly was amazed by the dedication of Cameron, the crew, and the actors to bring this film to life. Furthermore, a wealth of information is provided in storyboards, pictures, etc that would make any film student drool.
I own "The Abyss" on VHS and it pales in comparison to the DVD version. I only wish all my favorite films on DVD contained the thrilling additions this one does.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the movie. Disappointed they haven't updated formatting yet.Published 2 days ago by Eric Slone
The Abyss (1989) is an excellent film directed by the up and coming James Cameron, who had already directed Aliens (1986) and The Terminator (1984). Read morePublished 4 days ago by Todd7
One of the greatest Sci-Fi films of my time. Breakthrough film making for its time.Published 6 days ago by Abes
I have owned this version for along time, this movie does not get the credit it deserves. Along with director James Cameron.. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ahhh, The Abyss. Great flick from one of my favorite directors, James Cameron. Excellent special effects, excellent story and acting, and an intense pace throughout. Read morePublished 16 days ago by G. Watson
Rating isn't based on the movie. The DVD didn't play all the way through.Published 17 days ago by Janet Poarch
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|Great film..But is this release finally going to be anamorphic widescreen?||
Don't be a fool like me and find out the hard way. This title is NOT in Anamorphic Widescreen. To add insult to injury Dobly Digital 5.1 sound is not even offered, only Dolby Surround. Talk about feeling stupid. I already own the original 2 disc special edition version of this title which... Read More
Jun 5, 2007 by C. Davis | See all 23 posts
|widescreen format of upcoming blu-ray disc?||
I have been looking forward to having the extended version of The Abyss on Blu Ray for far too long. It was rumored to be coming out in the fall of 2013 and yet no BR is forthcoming. Are there any 'insiders' who might actually know?
Jan 29, 2014 by Steve Douglas | See all 3 posts
|"special edition" VERY MISLEADING-where is the 2nd disc?||
There are two previous releases of 2-disc sets of The Abyss.
The original 2-disc set (The Abyss (Special Edition) released in 2000) is here:
This is the one I have, and yes the extras are worth it!
Another 2-disc set (The... Read More
Nov 3, 2007 by Grayovac | See all 3 posts
|How I do to watch the movie in theatrical version?||
The DVD comes with both versions through seamless branching.
Jan 26, 2009 by Mark J. Hinnegan | See all 2 posts
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