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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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plusieurs de nos ami(es) l'on déjà visionner.
mon seul regret est qu'il n'est pas en bluray dommage.
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.
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.
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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i love this dvd since many years and i dont regret to buy this dvd.Published 1 month ago by denisddddd
GREAT film MARRED by "pencil thin" widescreen viewing area (viewing quality is good though). Got it on the cheap and got what I paid for. Live and learn.Published 3 months ago by Ricky J.
good action and fantasy sic-fi worth a watch. the theatrical version is best in my humble opinion.Published 12 months ago by ali
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