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The Abyss (2-disc Special Edition)

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Meticulously crafted but also ponderous and predictable, James Cameron's 1989 deep-sea close-encounter epic reaffirms one of the oldest first principles of cinema: everything moves a lot more slowly underwater. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some "issues" to work out, are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL (Michael Biehn) with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on earth, and the petro-techies have the only submersible craft capable of diving down that far. Every image and every performance is painstakingly sharp and detailed (and the computerized water creatures are lovely) but the movie's lumbering pace is ultimately lethal. It's the audience that ends up feeling waterlogged. For a guy who likes guns as much as Cameron (his next film after all, was the body-count masterpiece Terminator 2: Judgment Day), it's interesting that the moral balance here is weighted heavily in favor of the can-do engineers; the military types are end-justifies-the-means amoralists, just like the weasely government bureaucrats in Aliens. --David Chute

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Poor DVD Jan. 27 2004
Don't waste your time with this 're-issue' unless you do not have the previous release. It adds nothing, and what's worse is Fox Home Video failed to do an anamorphic widescreen with this release, a feature sorely lacking in the previous release. Without any new features and no anamorphic widescreen added to the re-issue, this is just another attempt to milk money by adding nothing but pretty new packaging. Boo, Fox Home Video.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple title - complex movie Sept. 24 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
All the elements are there to make this a fun "sit on the edge of your seat" movie. You have a nuclear sub accident that just gets worse as it goes you have conflict between authority types and free wheelers. There is a love interest (attraction at a distance). Will he make it or is it out of time or out of air or out of distance maybe out of patients. Who knows?

Aside from the story there a re great effects and many panoramic scenes. There are lots of bubbles, an abyss and maybe some Ruskies. If you like all those submarine movies this fits in well. Again it is the people action and reaction that make the movie. Don't wait for some slam-bang surprise to appear out of no ware or you will have misses the story.

This is one of those movies that have to grow on you and then you will watch it again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Non-anamorphic disapointment Nov. 7 2003
This DVD was transfered in a "letterbox" format. In my opinion the result was a VHS LIKE picture quality which was very disapointing. This is the kind of classic special effect extravaganza that deserves way better quality picture and that is what you get when a dvd is transfered in a anamorphic process. This dvd wasn't done properly and the result is a far lower quality picture than I was hoping for. Also disapointing was the fact it doesn't state that it is a "letterbox" presentation. My mistake was buying it without looking here on amazon first toi find out. In my experience, 99.9% of dvds that are non-anamorphic result in a way lower quality of picture.However, this dvd does have alot of extras that will make the hardcore "Abyss" fan happy. The 5.1 audio transfer was very good however it would've been better in DTS.I loved this movie and hope that when or if it is re-released they do it in a anamorphic format to drastically improve the picture quality. On any standard tv the picture quality would be ok but I have a 65in. widescreen tv and even with a progressive dvd player the picture exhibits alot of elements and pixelzation resulting in color loss and a crisp clean presentation. For those that don't understand "anamorphic", when viewing on a standard tv it will be just the black bars at top and bottom, meaning "letterbox". On any projection tv, big screen tv, or especially a widescreen projection television, the letterbox non-anamorphic dvd makes it so the viewer has to "zoom" in to see it correctly, thus resulting in seeing more of the quality of transfer.When in an anamorphic process, the viewer with a large projection tv has the picture automatically set for normal viewing without having to adjust the picture to fit the screen. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good effects offset by weak story Oct. 29 2003
It has been an increasing obsession in Hollywood that visual effects are the most important part of a movie and that to draw customers, all you need is a colorful dog-and-pony show. The fact that so many of these efforts bomb - think of such recent duds as The Core or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - is an indication that you can't have a good movie unless you have decent writing. It's not necessary that it be GREAT writing (no one will confuse the Matrix with Shakespeare), but it needs to be at least decent. Otherwise, you have a movie that, despite all its flash and fury, will be little more than another forgettable effort in a ocean of such works. Which leads to The Abyss, a movie that looks good but is offset by poor writing. Only because it is directed by James Cameron - of Terminator and Titanic fame - makes this movie at all noteworthy. But if you disregard its well-known director, you find that this is little better than Wild Wild West or the Avengers (the movies, not the TV shows) were in their times.
The story involves a submarine that is involved in a fatal accident after an encounter with a mysterious object. A rescue crew is sent to retrieve any possible survivors and inspect the damage. The crew is beset with problems, most significantly getting marooned two thousand feet below the ocean surface. While Cold War tensions build above - along with a hurricane - the characters deal with their own problems as well as an alien presence that seems benevolent but has mysterious motives.
The movie looks good, but is riddled with story problems. Even dismissing the scientific inaccuracies (after all, we're not watching this to learn), there are still all sorts of flaws. The first hour is slow and the final portion is corny and preachy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deep Sea E.T. Oct. 28 2003
I've always wondered what's "really" underneath all that ocean water that covers three-fourths of the earth's surface. Could there be more than just the critters that adorn my plate when I visit Red Lobster?
Well, I must confess, I just lied: I really don't think about things like that, but James Cameron's handsome film THE ABYSS certainly tweaks at my brain matter and introduces a most interesting story that we humans are not even alone on our own planet when it comes to intelligent life.
Yes, we have drama: a downed nuclear sub deep in the ocean, an underwater oil exploration platform hijacked by the feds to go on a rescue mission, and a Navy SEAL commander just itching to go bonkers. We also have a failed romance suddenly rekindled, even though it's beyond me why anyone would want to light a fire with grouchy engineer Lindsey Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), but for whatever reason ex-husband Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) does. And then we are treated to magnificent underwater camera shots, high-tech gadgets and machines, and special effects as only James Cameron can paint on celluloid.
As viewers, we are asked to jettison our common sense to the high seas as we watch people swim thousands of feet underwater without protective gear, but that's okay: the assault on disbelief is only beginning. With escalating tensions between the U.S. and the old U.S.S.R. coming to a head, the pesky human race suddenly receives an eye-opening comeuppance by a superior form of intelligent life that comes up from the abyss to paternally warn us to knock it off. Lesson learned, planet saved. I'll have the shrimp scampi with extra sauce.
--D. Mikels
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie
Published 18 days ago by fish
1.0 out of 5 stars Très mauvais transfert en DVD.
J'aurais du lire les commentaires avant d'acheter cette version DVD. Le transfert est horrible, l'image est toute petite dans le milieux de l'écran et quand vous agrandissez... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Michel Dumont
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Kane
2.0 out of 5 stars WRONG SCREEN SIZE
Imagine my surprise when I stuck my copy of this product into my dvd player only to discover that the picture only took up a fraction of my HD screen? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael A.
5.0 out of 5 stars a revoir mais surtout a revoir en bluray
l'histoire nous tiens dans l'intérêt du début à la fin effets spéciaux réussis et on crois au rôle de chacun des acteurs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by rickduff
4.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this movie for years
Nuclear bombs are sent near the bottom of the ocean and Ed must go down and release the timer. While he is there knowing he does not have the oxegen to come back up a beautiful... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Remember Amer. Bandstand
2.0 out of 5 stars European edition
I've ordered that movie (used), but in my souvenir, I don't remember that it was mention it was a euro DVD. Of course, when I put it in my reader, it didn't work. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Finfinaud
3.0 out of 5 stars Who needs full-screen anymore?
Buyer beware: this item is NOT widescreen - you pretty much only want this version if you have not joined the HDTV revolution yet. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ken Snider
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised for content of Special Features
I ordered this version specifically because Amazon site said it included the "Making of the Abyss" documentary. It does not. Read more
Published 21 months ago by gregory h yellenik
2.0 out of 5 stars Authoritarian Aliens
If we were to translate the dynamics of Cameron's film, The Abyss, into human relationships, what might it resemble? Imagine two children who are fighting. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2010 by Harrison Koehli
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