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The Abyss (2-disc Special Edition)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who needs full-screen anymore? March 9 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Buyer beware: this item is NOT widescreen - you pretty much only want this version if you have not joined the HDTV revolution yet. Otherwise, hunt down the similarly priced widescreen version.
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2.0 out of 5 stars WRONG SCREEN SIZE Aug. 2 2013
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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? The picture is surrounded by a huge black border. The image is no doubt an 4:3 aspect ratio, designed for the older cathode ray televisions of yore. If you own an HD television, do not waste your time with this product. I will not even bother to ask for a refund since I know Amazon will refuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a revoir mais surtout a revoir en bluray Aug. 2 2013
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l'histoire nous tiens dans l'intérêt du début à la fin effets spéciaux réussis et on crois au rôle de chacun des acteurs.
plusieurs de nos ami(es) l'on déjà visionner.
mon seul regret est qu'il n'est pas en bluray dommage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this movie for years April 4 2013
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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 miracle happens to him. Don't want to ruin the surprise. It is a great movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars European edition April 1 2013
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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. One chance, I haven't paid much. I recall one by E-Bay. This time, it works and the general state (box and disc) are way better
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised for content of Special Features Jan. 21 2013
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I ordered this version specifically because Amazon site said it included the "Making of the Abyss" documentary. It does not. That is the only thing I wanted since I already have The Abyss on VHS and Laserdisc. I am going to DVD and wanted to have that documentary in my collection. I really feel ripped off by both Amazon and the film distribution company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple title - complex movie Sept. 24 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff. Nov. 13 2009
Format:DVD
The story in this movie is mainly about people and social reactions as situations and stress levels in a closed environment change...what do you think will happen in a movie about a deep-ocean oil rig? Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Micheal Biehn are standouts in this Academy Award winner. (One Oscar out of four nominations...)

Admittedly the Abyss gets a little corny near the end, but hey, this was 1989 remember? This is sci-fi that the wife and hubby can enjoy together.

Sit back and enjoy the screen candy, and realize that this was before everyone just chucked in CG any old time they felt like. Most of the effects in this movie are real-life! (But don't take my word for it, buy this and watch the commentary after you've watched the movie. If all commentaries were this informative we'd have it made.)

A great movie with a great plot, great directing, and great acting. What more is needed?
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