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The Abyss Special Edition|
Theatrical version: 143 minutes
Special edition: 171
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Extras: Two-disc set contains more than 440 minutes of video and a veritable
gold mine of extras on the film, featuring 6,000 screens of storyboards, stills
and text as well as DVD-ROM options
Suggested Retail Price: $34.98
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron
Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Todd Graff,
Michael Biehn, Chris Elliott
Description: After the success of "Aliens" in 1986, director
Cameron spent his time on this big-budget, special effects-laden underwater saga
(which he also wrote). The story revolves around the crew of an underwater oil
rig commandeered by the Navy to locate an errant nuclear sub. Headed up by
Mastrantonio and her ex (Harris), the crew find themselves 25,000 feet below the
ocean's surface, facing a mysterious force from outer space while an impending
storm closes in on everyone. Fabulous special effects and underwater
Fox has finally entered the world of DVD with a big splash. This two-disc set
features more than 440 minutes of video and 6,000 screens of storyboards, stills
and text detailing every aspect of the film.
Two versions of the film: the 143-minute theatrical release and the 171-minute
A new text commentary track which contains running subtitles (below the
letterbox masking) that includes "making of information," set trivia and other
insights into the film's creation.
Updated cast and crew biographies.
An all-new, fascinating DVD-ROM interactive screenplay-to-film and storyboard
One-hour "Under Pressure: Making the Abyss" documentary that includes cast and
crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
A never-before-available 20-minute Academy Awards special effects reel that
features the film's ground breaking SFX scenes, cut to the movie's score (The
reel was originally created to showcase the film to Academy Award voters; the
film won the 1990 Best Effects, Visual Effects Oscar). Captions explain each
James Cameron's complete screenplay.
Multi-angle function toggles back and forth between four stages of creation
(storyboard through final) of the film's signature Pseudopod scene.
Ten-minute promotional featurette.
"Drill Room" area that displays story concept to final cut and information about
how the production was made. This places the supplemental video clips in
chronological order with thousands of pages of text.
An "Imaging Station" area that separates portions of the "Drill Room" into five
areas: video footage, screenplay, treatment, storyboards and stills.
"Mission Components" section that has additional direct access information on
the underwater vehicles and SFX.
An "Operations" area that offers additional information on the film's
Multiple theatrical trailers for "The Abyss" and other Cameron films.
Three new DVD-ROM games: "Sonar Spy," "Valve Control" and "ROV Pilot."
DVD-ROM interactive game play for "Titanic Explorer" and "Alien vs.
All DVDs are screened on a reference Onkyo DV-
S717 third-generation DVD player.
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