Abyss film Product Information
|Category||Horror DVDs, Thriller Movies, Science-Fiction/Fantasy Videos, Suspense, Recommended, Essential Cinema, Futuristic, Blockbuster, High Seas, Undersea|
|Starring||Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Chris Elliott, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff|
|Director of Photography||Mikael Salomon|
|Producer||Gale Anne Hurd|
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn - Director: James Cameron
Abyss review Product Description
After a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks in a remote part of the ocean floor, a team of divers on a prototype underwater oil rig are pressed into service by the U.S. Navy in a rescue attempt. When a hurricane cuts off contact between the surface and the underwater depths, the crew begin to see evidence of a strange, possibly alien intelligence at work. ...See Full Description
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||The Real Abyss|
You may think that you have seen The Abyss, but you may not have really seen The Abyss. If you saw the version that was originally released in the theaters (1989) and on VHS, then you have not seen The Abyss. Instead you have seen one of the greatest injustices in the history of Hollywood. That was an edited version that cut about twenty minutes out of the movie that James Cameron had originally created. As it turns out, those twenty minutes are crucial to the film. Just as crucial as the smile is to the Mona Lisa. The original edit of the movie deserves only two and a half stars. The additional twenty minutes moves the rating from two and a half to five stars (highest rating). The movie opens with an American submarine encountering a strange object moving very quickly through the depths of the Atlantic. The object causes the submarine, which is carrying multiple nuclear warheads, to crash. The military then commandeers an underwater drilling platform to assist in the recovery of the downed submarine which rests at the edge of a deep undersea trench. Military personnel are sent down to work with the crew of the platform and tensions run high. To make matters worse, the designer of the drilling platform, who is the estranged wife (Lindsey Brigman played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) of the platform?s boss, is along for the ride. In their attempts to survey the submarine, they encounter an apparently benign alien presence. Meanwhile, above the ocean a hurricane is moving in and tensions are running high between the American and Soviet governments. Through a series of mishaps between the crew of the drilling platform and the military personnel, an armed nuclear warhead plunges several miles down into the depths of the trench. Bud (Ed Harris) must then go on what appears to be a one-way mission to disarm the warhead. In the version originally released, Bud disarms the warhead yet appears to be trapped at the bottom of the abyss. The aliens, who we have learned almost nothing about, show up to save the day. They take him and the others from the platform back up to the surface and all is fine and dandy. I remember seeing this in the theater when it first came out. When the movie ended, I thought it was just at the intermission. I thought there was no way that they could end a movie, which had been so good up to that point, like that. But they did. As I found out later, there was more to it. The twenty plus minutes that had been cut from the original release focused more on the mounting tensions between the Russians and Americans and explained more about the aliens. This footage also contained the gut wrenching scene where the aliens launch enormous tidal waves as a threat to destroy all of the world?s major cities then halt them in mid-crest. Without this additional footage, the movie is not complete. Search out the special edition (which is the only version available on DVD). If it does not say Director?s Cut Special Edition, do not even bother with it. This version is almost three hours long (171 minutes running time), but it is worth it. There are many reasons to recommend The Abyss. Technically, it has few peers. It is scientifically accurate in what it depicts, and the special effects are virtually flawless. The story is very engaging. It unfolds slowly and smartly and takes many twists and turns. The aliens and their importance to the story are kept a mystery until the end. And the movie also has something often missing in science fiction, drama. Science fiction in television and movies often tends to be overly intellectual or overly melodramatic. The Abyss, in contrast, is a dramatic story through and through. The scenes between Bud and his wife (particularly when he tries to revive her after she drowns and when she talks to him as he descends into the abyss) are among the most engaging I have ever seen in any movie. The movie did poorly at the box office upon its original release, not surprisingly. It has since not garnered the attention I believe it rightly deserves. If you have never seen it ? see it! If you have only seen the original version ? check out the real version!
By paulswhite (Colorado Springs, CO)
||Quite interesting, can recommend this flick.|
With a little allowance must be made for the "other life form" theory. We all believe in something, do we not? I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end. I highly recommend this flick to any one who appreciates a good cast, a writer who can stir up ones curiosity, beginning to end. Would like to see similiar movies.
By a reviewer (The Villages, FL., USA)
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By dkbriggs (whittier, ca)
Science fiction technically correct . A plot plan well executed.
By vaughanannie (Astoria Oregon)
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The story was very interesting. The actors were vgreat and dirctor did a fantasic job. The visual and over all the movie was great.
By russellsaffer (springfield,or,usa)
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Abyss video Product Details
|CD Universe Part number||2888931|
|Studio||20th Century Fox|
|DVD Encoding||Region 1|
|Release Date||Feb 11, 2003|
|Running Time||140 Minutes|
|Additional Info||Widescreen; Special Edition|
|Movie Details||Color; Dolby Surround AC-3 Sound; HiFi Sound; Surround Sound; Digital Sound; Stereo Sound; CX Encoding; THX Sound; Widescreen; Special Edition|
Abyss DVD Features
Single Side - Single Layer
Letterbox - 2.35
Widescreen - 2.35
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Surround - English
Additional Interactive Features - Multi-Story Choice Between Watching Theatrical Version or Special Edition Version
1. Text Commentary Track
2. Behind the Scenes Information/Trivia
Biographies: Cast, Crew
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