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The Abyss [WS] [DVD] [1989]

Release Date:02/11/2003
Director James Cameron's deep-sea sci-fi epic recovers nearly half an hour of footage chopped from the original theatrical release with this director-approved re-edit. Starring Ed Harris, The Abyss follows a crew of scientists as they descend to unprecedented depths in the ocean. After pursuing a mysterious glowing light, they make an unbelievable discovery. Included on this DVD are both the new extended version and the original truncated cut, both in widescreen, offering viewers the chance to make their own conclusions about which is the superior film. The soundtrack comes in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and subtitles are provided in English and Spanish. Along with the feature presentation, the disc includes a DVD-ROM script and storyboard-to-screen comparison. A double-disc Special Edition is also available as is a full-screen version of this single-disc package.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (68 out of 71)

    Special Features

    • Includes both the Special Edition, with 28 minutes of additional footage, plus the original theatrical version
    • Widescreen format (2.35:1) for both theatrical and Special Edition versions
    • Commentary option for both version (text only)
    • DVD-ROM script & storyboard-to-screen comparison
    • Closed Captioned


    The Abyss
    The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species. However, in order to make contact, they must not only brave the abyss, an exceedingly deep underwater canyon, but also deal with the violent actions of one of their own crew members, an increasingly paranoid Navy SEAL officer. Approved by director James Cameron, The Abyss: Special Edition is an extended director's cut of the 1989 underwater science fiction epic, reinstating nearly a half hour of footage removed from the original release under studio pressure. Much of the restored footage places the film's events in a grander political context, as the crew's mission becomes a factor in the dangerous escalation of nuclear tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The largest change involves the film's ending, which provides further information on the aliens' mission on Earth, bringing the film to closer to Cameron's intention: a modern remake of Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ed Harris
      Ed Harris - Bud Brigman
    • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
      Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - Lindsey Brigman
    • Michael Biehn
      Michael Biehn - Lt. Coffey
    • Leo Burmeister
      Leo Burmeister - Catfish De Vries
    • Todd Graff
      Todd Graff - Alan "Hippy" Carnes

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