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The Abyss (Special Edition) [Import]
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A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver (Ed Harris) soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn co-star.
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 computerised 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 favour of the can-do engineers; the military types are end-justifies-the-means amoralists, just like the weasely government bureaucrats in Aliens. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
This re-release of the classic two disc set has the extended version and the original theatrical version on the same disc. It also has a huge amount of extras on the second disc. The difference really comes down to the packaging; The Abyss is now in a digipak two disc set. Both the political conflict raging up above the stranded submersible oil rig and the first contact with the aliens below benefit from the enhanced screen time. While it's clear that Cameron was trying to make something of a political comment within the entertainment, it still doesn't come through as anything more than "all you need is love, and if you don't find it fast we'll blow you away" variety. So, perhaps we should be thankful that while the message isn't necessarily better, the entertainment sure is.
The performances of all the principle actors enjoy the enhanced screen time as well. Ed Harris and Michael Behn both give very different but powerful performances. In this film Behn isn't the hero but an insane wannabe hero who falls victim to his own paranoia.
The disc itself appears the same as the previous edition. I didn't notice any improvement in picture quality or the interactive menu. The packaging is less sturdy than the previous edition. Of all the films to re re-released as a two disc set, this film and Cast Away deserve to be presented in the two disc format. While the re-release of Planet of the Apes has oodles of extras, it's a pitiful excuse for a film. ID4 is entertaining but really doesn't deserve the extra disc space.
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good action and fantasy sic-fi worth a watch. the theatrical version is best in my humble opinion.Published 6 months ago by ali
This is an older movie and only half remembered so I purchased it. I thought it was as good as and better than many of the new movies coming out today. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Doug Cairns
Great movie for sci fi fans... Runs a bit long but fun all the way through. Highly recommendedPublished 11 months ago by Amazon567432
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Michel Dumont
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