The Abyss

7.52 h 20 min1989X-RayPG-13
Director James Cameron spins a cool underwater sci-fi tale of a downed deep-sea oil platform, the secret search for a missing atomic warhead, and a meeting with an alien civilization. Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects.
James Cameron
Ed HarrisMary Elizabeth MastrantonioMichael Biehn
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Leo BurmesterTodd GraffJohn Bedford LloydJ.C. QuinnKimberly ScottKidd Brewer Jr.George Robert KlekChristopher MurphyAdam NelsonRichard WarlockJ. Kenneth CampbellKen JenkinsChris ElliottChris ElliotCapt. Kidd Brewer Jr.
Gale Anne Hurd
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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My one star review is for this edition of the movie, not the movie itself. The movie itself is a masterpiece.

However... This edition claims to be widescreen. It is, to a point. Instead of small black bars at the top and bottom of the screen to make up for the difference between 2.35 aspect ratio and the 16x9 (approx 1.78 aspect ratio) of my TV, the movie is "locked" in a 4x3 (1.33 aspect ratio of old tube TVs) box, with the 2.35 aspect ratio movie playing within that. This ends up putting HUGE black bars on all four sides of the picture.

I can't believe that no one at 20th Century Fox has released a version of this movie that shows up correctly on (now standard) 16x9 TVs!
193 people found this helpful
Cuisine AdventurerReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not As Advertised.
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I have purchased quite a bit from Amazon, and I feel I am very fair in my assessment of the items I have reviewed. This DVD was listed in its description as the Gold O-Ring edition, and it turned out to be just the DVD in the plastic box.

I have loved the movie The Abyss since I first saw it years ago, and I was looking forward to being able to acquire a "Special" special edition with the gold O-Ring, especially as the O-ring adds much more protection to the DVD. This edition of The Abyss was not the advertised edition. This is misleading to the buyer, and I do not find this to be acceptable business practice. I am giving this one star for its misleading information and for receiving an item other than what was advertised.

I returned it.
110 people found this helpful
Ralph BroomReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Low-resolution letterboxed mess
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Movie is great, this is a review of the Special Edition DVD.

I’m glad I only threw away a few dollars on this release. Very low resolution, with an inset picture that means huge black borders on all four sides. Zooming the screen to fill it reveals a horrid, pixelated, low-resolution disaster. This print is unviewable. I would not be surprised to learn this was a cam pirate video shot from the back row. I haven’t had the patience to check for head outlines in the second half.

If you like this movie at all, you should wait for the blu-Ray that may never be released, or get a VHS copy. It would be more honest.
65 people found this helpful
Andrew M.Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Why isn't this on Blu-ray?
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This is a review for the product itself, not the outstanding film.

It's a fine DVD that includes both theatrical and special extended editions, as well as the fascinating 60-minute Making Of documentary which is presented candidly and is amongst the better Making Of film docs. I believe the DVD has most if not all of the features that were on the 1991 Special Edition laserdisc set.

All that being said, it's 2019 and there is still no HD or UHD/4K disc or digital version of The Abyss available, and to me, that's unacceptable. I get it that Cameron is a control freak and wants to oversee the transfer himself but doesn't have the time since he's currently busy making between 2-4 Avatar sequels concurrently, but still, I'd be happy with a UV HDX digital version to tide me over until Cameron can properly put together his BR releases of The Abyss.

I recommend this DVD only if you don't already own The Abyss and don't want to wait until a BR set is finally released.
56 people found this helpful
AtalantaReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, bad version.
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This is difficult to rate - the movie itself is amazing, one of my favourites, but I bought the March 2000 edition (someone in the comments mentioned that it was a 2000 edition that was the two disk best edition), but it turned out not to be this one. This edition does NOT have two disks, FYI, and is just one disk, remastered. The image, for not being Blu-Ray, is quite good, however.

Biggest reasons for low-ish stars is the presentation of the movie - it has a wide black frame around the movie image, effectively shrinking the visible area, so I do not recommend this version. I wish vendors were more clear about the presentation of the movie, because with so many ones listed, it is impossible to know what you are getting.
30 people found this helpful
Human ShieldReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic edition of a fantastic movie. Studio execs, WHY IS THIS NOT AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY???
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This is hands-down one of the best sci-fi movies out there, so much so that it remained grand and special even after it was cut down for theaters.
In case you haven't seen it, the story is a wonderful take on an old trope, the characters are unique and engaging, the visuals are awesome and awe-inspiring, the setting is spectacular, and the effects were so good they still hold up today. If you haven't seen this yet, you should, and then see the making of specials, because the story of how this was made, the problems they overcame, and the lengths they went to to bring this to life is almost as amazing as the movie itself.

It's a crying shame this movie is only available once in a blue-moon, through third-party sellers, instead of on official Blu-Ray in every store and on every movie seller's site.

On a related note, I'd like to say the seller was very responsive when I reached out to them. I have bought this twice from them and both copies arrived in good condition in a timely fashion.
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E. WilhelmReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Most important scene cut out
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If I hadn't seen this movie before I would have just thought the whole things was boring and pointless. But I wanted to show it to my kids because I remember it being a good movie with a climax where (spoiler) the male main character communicates to the aliens and receives an important message about humanity. So I was surprised that THAT was the scene they cut, WHAT? WHY? Without that scene the movie has no point. Why not cut another scene? I don't get it.
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John R. Pluntze, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
VERY glad Cameron's original version DID find its way onto DVD ...
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This DIRECTOR'S CUT (171-min.) version is a VAST improvement over the 140-min. THEATRICAL version that was unfortunately the one 20th Century Fox insisted James Cameron release; VERY glad Cameron's original version DID find its way onto DVD (and widescreen VHS, both), since this film in many ways is STILL Cameron's VERY BEST film to date ... TEN THOUSAND percent better than his glorified soap opera, "Titanic." A-
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