The Abyss (Special Edition, Single-DVD Version, Widescreen, Sensormati)

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio & Ed Harris Director: James Cameron  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
The Abyss (Special Edition, Single-DVD Version,
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1989
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • THX-Mastered Audio
  • Interactive Features:
    • Additional Interactive Features - Multi-Story Choice Between Watching Theatrical Version or Special Edition Version
    • Pop-Ups:
      1. Text Commentary Track
      2. Behind the Scenes Information/Trivia
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies: Cast, Crew

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1989 - Best Visual Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 08/24/1989
"...[A] stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film....With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/13/1995
"...Cameron again delves in....An epic story line...and much more..." -- Rating: B
Variety - 03/01/1993
"...A technical marvel with sustained tension, exciting action footage and an emotional wallop in its nearly platonic love story..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/09/1989
"...THE ABYSS is at heart a sweet movie....The undersea effects are glowingly beautiful..."
Total Film - 05/01/2000
"...A great achievement....The cast is solid and the pioneering CG effects still look incredible..."

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. While chief Bud Brigman (Ed Harris) bickers with his ex-wife and boss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), the Navy commander begins to grow increasingly paranoid about the mysterious alien life and threatens to use a recovered nuclear weapon to destroy everything. James Cameron's undersea epic is a tale of sacrifice and hope in an amazing alien landscape that covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface. Featuring landmark visual effects but plagued by production difficulties, the cast and crew were stretched to the breaking point and THE ABYSS became one of the most expensive films ever made in its time, but the final result is a remarkable blend of action and human drama. Scenes cut from the theatrical version, including a number of special effects sequences involving huge tidal waves threatening the cities of the world, are restored in the Special Edition versions.

Plot Keywords:

Blockbuster | Essential Cinema | Futuristic | High Seas | Recommended | Science-Fiction | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller | Undersea

Production Notes:

  • Budget estimated at over $50 million.
  • Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Copyright 1989 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.

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  • Sales Rank: 96,793
  • UPC: 024543037354
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