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The Deep [Blu-ray]
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
Before "The Island", "Into the Blue" and "The Beach", there was the 1977 underwater suspenseful thriller known as "The Deep".

Based on the very popular novel by Peter Benchley (who wrote the popular novel "Jaws" and "The Island" which both would receive film adaptions), the suspenseful aquatic film adaption would be directed by Peter Yates ("Krull", "Roommates" and "Bullit") and a screenplay by Benchley and Tracy Keenan Wynn ("The Net", "The Longest Yard" and "The Glass House"). The film would feature the music by John Barry ("Indecent Proposal", "Madagascar", "The Scarlet Letter" and "Dances with Wolves") and cinematography by Christopher Challis ("Force 10 from Navarone", "Two for the Road" and "Top Secret!").

The film would star Robert Shaw ("Force 10 from Navarone", "Jaws" and "The Sting"), Jacqueline Biset ("Nip/Tuck", "Joan of Arc", "Bullit" and "When Time Ran Out"), Nick Nolte ("The Prince of Tides", "Hulk" and "48 Hrs.") and Louis Gossett Jr. ("Iron Eagle", "Diggstown" and "Roots").

The film revolves around a scuba diving couple, David Sanders (Nick Nolte) and Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) who found the wreckage of the Goliath (a ship that sunk during World War II in Bermuda). The two start to look at the artifacts found and discover a medallion from 1714. During the search at the wreckage, something has grabbed Gail and tried to pull her in but she manages to escape.

When the two return from their search, because of the belongings they found, they start to make certain locals suspicious of their actions. With their research into the medallion going nowhere, the group enlist the help of lighthouse-keeper and treasure hunter Romer Treece (Robert Shaw). As Sanders and Treece start to show several people an ampule brought from the wreckage, the local drug kingpin Henri Cloche (Louis Gossett, Jr.) is interested in the Goliath primarily for its morphine cargo.

Cloche kidnaps both Sanders and Treece and looks for the artifacts but fortunately for the couple, they left the belongings with Treece and are eventually let go.

While the couple and Treece have their sites set on the wreckage that the Goliath may have unearthed and finding long lost treasure, Cloche is only interested in getting the morphine from the Goliath and will do whatever it takes to get it.

The film was released in two versions with a 3-hour version featured on television. The film on this Blu-ray is the 124 minute version.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"THE DEEP" makes its way to Blu-ray ala High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio) and like many recent Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases on Blu-ray, Sony has elected to keep the film process and feature the grain than using DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) which many people have complained in the past, giving it a soft, lack of detail look.

With the release of "THE DEEP", the transfer definitely showcases the detail of the film and vibrancy of Bermuda island with its greens and brown sand and light blue waters. For a film that was made in 1977, the HD transfer definitely captures the era with its warm color and blacks are nice and deep. And for a film created during its time, how it looks on Blu-ray is well done.

When "THE DEEP" opened in theaters, what caught the attention of many people was the beautiful aquatic cinematography and of course, a certain swimming scene at the beginning featuring Jacqueline Bisset. And this 32-year-old film looks very good on Blu!

As for the audio, audio is presented in English, French, Portuguese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (and Spanish 5.1). For the most part, the film is front channel driven. There are times that you hear occasional effects and a musical score that come alive at times. But for the most part, I felt the audio was good for a film for its time but for the most part, the lossless track was average. In fact, at times during the film I felt I had to increase the audio to hear the dialog.

Subtitles are presented in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"THE DEEP" comes with two special features and is BD Live Enabled.
# The Making of the Deep - (48:41) The original 1977 featurette hosted by Robert Shaw. Interviews with the cast and crew, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the experiences of the talent working on the film, how they had to undergo scuba training and become certified divers, how certain aquatic scenes were shot and how the Goliath and the wreckage was created.
# Selected Scenes from the 3-Hour Special Edition - The 3-hour film may not be included on the blu-ray but at least certain segments from the 3-hour version are featured on the Blu-ray wich include:

* Prologue - The Goliath Sinks (3:06) - How the Goliath sunk during World War II
* Romer Treece's Disposition - (1:06) both Dan and Gail learn a little about Romer.
* Treece and David Harassed by Cloche's Goons - (2:12) While scuba diving, Cloche sends a few of his men to scare both Treece and David.
* Pillow Talk - (6:22) A longer, romantic scene between David and Gail.
* Extended Conversation between Cloche and Treece - (3:22) The two make an uneasy business proposition to work together.
* Treece's Past Revealed - (5:19) Gail tries to learn about what happened to Treece's wife.

There is also a selection to watch trailers and latest releases from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

JUDGMENT CALL:

The 1977 film "THE DEEP" was an interesting film at the time. Considering that the film would showcase the Bermuda islands and the beautiful blue oceans, there was a lot of expectation from fans who were mesmerized by "JAWS" and have had hopes that they would get another equally, terrifying underwater film with "THE DEEP".

For the most part, there were scenes in the film that could be seen as terrifying but for the most part, the film was an adventure film that had equal portions of romantic drama, suspense and even a killer aquatic eel (which unlike "JAWS" is not the main antagonist of the film). But many critics enjoyed the film for its showcasing underwater cinematography and for Jacqueline Bisset fans, the film was almost in a similar context of how male viewers today felt about Jessica Alba for "Into the Blue".

But the overall storyline for "THE DEEP" is not exactly strong and although it does manage to keep enough action and suspense to keep the viewer interested, there are scenes that really go in depth into the characters are featured on the 3-hour version that aired on cable, it's a bit of a disappointment that this version is not on the Blu-ray (selected scenes from the 3-hour version are featured in the special features).

Overall, "THE DEEP" is a film that inspired many similar films thereafter and its box office success did help in the funding for Producer Peter Guber's Academy Award winning film "MIDNIGHT EXPRESS". But the Blu-ray does bring out the beauty of Bermuda and features detail that overshadows the picture quality of the original DVD release. If you are a big fan of this classic film, then definitely give "THE DEEP" a try.
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66 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2002
Format: DVD
There is a scene in this film wherein Robert Shaw's character, Romer Treece, discovers the body of a friend strung up in a shed, gently lowers it to the floor, and covers the body with his coat. Treece, overcome with grief, then drops to his knees and hugs his friend's lifeless body. On this DVD, the scene ends after Treece covers the body with his coat. The footage that is supposed to follow is missing from both the widescreen and full screen presentations on this disc, so viewers don't get to see a very powerful and emotional moment. Also, this DVD is a no-frills release, with just the widescreen version on one side and the full screen version on the other--no trailers, nothing. Perhaps at some point there might be a special edition or director's cut which will restore the missing footage. I can't recommend this title in its current DVD incarnation.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2005
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This inexpensive run of "The Deep" is really a no-frills version. There is only the FULL SCREEN presentation here and that is disappointing, since one of the big things this film has going for it is the wonderful underwater photography. The story and plot are actually a good one - missing treasure, treasure hunters, bad guys and good guys. I always disagreed with those indicating it was a rip-off of "Jaws". The story isn't close and the only thing in common is that it takes place in the water. This film can really stand on it's own. It's a pity this DVD didn't do it justice. All in all - a good movie, a bad presentation.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2006
Format: DVD
2005 remake of the Deep (into the blue) is not bad. But the Deep (1977) is a much better film. The photography is much nicer, and in my humble opinion, even the sexy Jessica Alba is no match to miss Bisset in her prime. And Louis Gosset Jr is one of the best villain of all time in this movie. The treasure hunt story is OK, predictable but quite entertaining. The new budget DVD is presented only in Full Screen which is a big disappointment, find the older release which include both WS and FS Version. Highly recommended and did I mention Bisset's Wet T Shirt. Classic.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2005
Format: DVD
An okay transfer of the movie on a bare-bones DVD.

Unfortunately, the makers of this disc decided NOT to include the 53 minutes of additional footage that was shown on the NBC broadcast of this film. This additional 53 minutes shows the sinking of the U-Boat during a storm, along with some additional fighting scenes.

Hoperfully a Special Edition of this film will be released that will feature either an extended cut or offer the deleted scenes seperately.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2002
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
A brilliant and engrossing movie which closely follows Peter Benchley's novel on treasure hunt in the carribean. Spectacular views and under-water footage, all accented by one of John Barry's finest musical scores which lends mystery and expectation to various scenes and sustains an atmosphere of suspense throughout the movie. Top performances by Robert Shaw and Louis Gosset. Even Nick Nolte and Jaqueline Bisset were at their best, the latter sporting a semi-transparent underwater mask so that you're positive no stuntwoman was employed for the under water scenes. Elli Walsh is at his usual sleezy best. Great movie and great music. See it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The Deep was one of the first movies i ever saw at the cinema, and i loved every minute of it, and twenty years later i still watch it and get the same enjoyment i did all those years ago. The film has everything in it you could want if you love or even just like the sea. The under water scenes, the romance between the two leading characters and the whole escapism of this movie is wonderful. The film rolls along at a very good pace and its just too easy to sit back and really believe your there, yes REALLY! I was David Sanders the lead character in the movie, and Jacaline Bisset still takes my breath away, pwrooooooor. Do they still make movies like this?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2005
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I had a chance to revisit this film recently. This movie offers plenty of excitement underwater.Jacqueline Bisset's performance is first rate and by the way, she looks great in a Wet T-Shirt and that underwater mask! This is one of the reasons I liked The Deep!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 1999
Format: DVD
This is it, the best underwater suspense film for all-time.Gail Berke and David Sanders are diving of Bermuda, when they stumble upon a load of morphine and a Spanish treasure.A chase ensues between a veteran diver, Romer Treece, and Drug lord, Cloche, who is after the priceless cargo of morphine, and will do anything to get it.Bermuda never looked so good.The DVD version is widescreen, and digitally remastered, so you are assured to get the bright whites of the houses, the lush green grasses, and the deep blue of the ocean.This is a must see movie, pick it up as soon as possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2007
Format: DVD
OK sure it's not the greatest movie made but it is one fun underwater adventure and as stated my first crush started with Ms. Bisset's wet tee-shirt dive over the opening credits. The memories this one brings back. The underwater photograph is still stunning and the tale of treasure hunters and drug dealers is still very well done.
The copy I have features both the full and wide screen version of the film but little else, but who cares lets go diving!
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