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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 (522 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 (522 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003Q438
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,690 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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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abyss - A true Science Fiction classic! January 27, 2004
"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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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE! 5 Stars! DVD 0 Stars! January 5, 2010
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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110 of 125 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! June 6, 2007
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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107 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NON-anamorphic picture June 5, 2007
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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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie - Excellent DVD July 6, 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an all time great movie
Published 5 days ago by James P Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abyss
This is a great movie, I wish it would have been available on ITunes, but it is not.
Published 6 days ago by SCI-FI Nut
1.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies but it is not available for streaming which...
One of my favorite movies but it is not available for streaming which sucks. Why would they have it listed only to say unavailable?
Published 6 days ago by Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Abyss and Ed Harris!
A very god movie. Has that sci fi element that you don't expect, cause its not in your face in the beginning. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Erika S. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film which deserves a better release...
A great film which I have enjoyed in all its versions since 1989. Criterion needs to pick up this one for a blu-ray/dvd release, and if not them then somebody (for the love of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Phineas Traeger
5.0 out of 5 stars An original un-editted version
I ordered this movie because the one running on xfinity or hbo go seemed to me to have been badly editted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hortensia de los Santos
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Sci-Fi Flick, But Not Great Either
This film had a very interesting plot line. In a nutshell, an American nuclear attack submarine is sunk due to an unknown disaster and the American government needs a ragtag (yet... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this movie
Published 1 month ago by J. Pemble
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Underwater Aliens
This is great. Special effects are wonderful as you would expect with James Cameron and under water filming. The cast is good, too. Aliens are friendly in this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Orthodoxy
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish watching
I attempted to watch the film last night and found myself incredibly bored. It just seemed to take forever building up to the portion with the Aliens, with just the odd 'glimpse'... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gabriella W.
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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
"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
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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