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The Abyss (Special Edition) (1989)

Ed Harris , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio , James Cameron  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff
  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron
  • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd, Van Ling
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Special Edition, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003Q438
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Abyss (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

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TWO DISC SPECIAL EDITION WITH AN EXTENDED VERSION RUNNING 171 MINUTES.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE! 5 Stars! DVD 0 Stars! January 5, 2010
Format:DVD
Great Story! 5 Stars
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.
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115 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abyss - A true Science Fiction classic! January 27, 2004
Format:DVD
"The Abyss" is one of the most intriguing Sci-Fi/action movies to have ever been made. From the very beginning of this exceptional movie to the end, for the first time viewer or for those that have watched it many times, it is a highly inventive and an ultimately captivating movie. Although there have been many movies made about events under the surface of the ocean, few can match up to the intensity that "The Abyss" is laden with.
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.
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108 of 123 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! June 6, 2007
Format:DVD
Dazed and confused!!!!! I feel like I am in the Abyss!!!!! What happened to the Anamorphic? The box cover even states anamorphic? What is Fox up to? I was so excited that all of the advertising for this edition stated anamorphic, but I was left so violated when I discovered that I had yet spent more money for the same version that I had on the 5 star edition. Fox please have someone check this stuff before you fool the public!
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104 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NON-anamorphic picture June 5, 2007
Format:DVD
So disappointing! I thought this would FINALLY be the anamorphic dvd we've been waiting for, but... NO! Strange that so many "different" versions of this film have been released on dvd without the anamorphic addition. A HUGE amount of dvd buyers now own hd tv's and home theater projectors... the anamorphic aspect of a dvd is of significant importance to us!! I love this movie... what a total shame.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie - Excellent DVD July 6, 2000
Format:DVD
I couldn't wait for The Abyss Special Edition to be released on DVD. I already have the Special Edition Widescreen released on VHS in 1995 with the 10 minute featurette on the making of The Abyss. But as soon as I bought the DVD - I went home to watch it. You can choose to watch the theatrical version or the Special Edition with 28 minutes of additional footage. The commentary is visable via subtitles in the black bar. Which is great. For anyone who hasn't already seen this movie - it's an action-adventure/sci-fi/romance. Basically it's for everybody.
Ed Harris play Bud Brigman, the toolpusher on an underwater drilling platform designed by his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Lindsey (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). A US submarine sinks near Cuba & the Navy enlists the help of the workers on the drilling rig in a rescue attempt. Four Navy SEALs are sent down to supervise this mission. Headed by Lt. Coffey, played by Michael Biehn. Too bad that Coffey suffers the effects of HPNS and begins to go a little over the edge.
All this and oh yeah, there seem to be some unidentified underwater flying objects. Of course only Lindsey seems to see the & Coffey thinks they're Russian.
This movie is full of conflicts, romance, action and adventure & is one of my favorite movies. This DVD is just full of extras that I haven't even fully explored yet. Just a few are a 59 minute documentary on the making of The Abyss as well as a 10 minute featurette. There are stills, cast historys, storyboards and anything else you could ever possibly want to know about this movie. This is a must buy DVD. 20th Century Fox takes it's time and puts out first rate DVD's. The Abyss, Fight Club & Aliens are just a few examples of this. If you do enjoy The Abyss Special Edition - try these others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to movie collection if you can look past the formatting
If you watched this movie growing up and don't own it, it's definitely a fun/nolstagic movie. Main complaint is that the formatting isn't wide screen or full screen. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ciara Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say but "The Abyss" Rocks!!!!
What can you say but this film is a classic! Using new technology the abyss
is a must see movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie. Very good!
Published 5 days ago by Karenlynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this movie, one of my top ten. Plays great, came on time. I'm very happy with it.
Published 5 days ago by Erin H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies. A must have for those who want to believe in something better
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yo dawg, I heard you liked letterboxes
Man. I bought this to show my girlfriend one of the formative movies of my childhood. I was hoping to show her the Gravity is the latest entry in a long cinematic history of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Andrew Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a good sci fi movie about the different ways people handle "aliens" that are friendly toward them.
It came in great condition. thanks
Published 9 days ago by P. Zweckbronner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding movie.....acting, etc. Sci-fi, romance, action, drama. Got it all.
Published 13 days ago by Bonnie Brooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see movie if you haven't seen it.
One if my all time favorite movies. Epic special effects and great all around movie.
Published 25 days ago by Boomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a classic
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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 22 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:
http://www.amazon.com/Abyss-Special-Ed-Harris/dp/B00003Q438/

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
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
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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