The Abyss (DVD)

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Description

A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Product Details

Barcode
7321917019880
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Mar 2003
Edition
Special
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Science Fiction
Region
Region 2
Year
1989
Language
English
Sound Format
Stereo
Studio
20Th Century Fox
Extras
  • Special Edition
Runtime
184 min
Age Restriction
10 V
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Abyss
Release Year
1989
Language
English
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Blockbuster / Essential Cinema / Futuristic / High Seas / Recommended / Science-Fiction / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Undersea
US Box Office
$16.3 million
Official Website
http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/ghosts/index.html
Ratings
IMDb
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
89% 83%
Metacritic
62
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Budget estimated at over $50 million.

Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.

Copyright 1989 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
Poster
Poster for Abyss
Cast & Crew
Director
James Cameron
Star
Michael Biehn / Leo Burmester / Chris Elliott / Todd Graff / Ed Harris / Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Screenwriter
James Cameron
Composer
Alan Silvestri
Producer
Gale Anne Hurd
Director of Photography
Mikael Salomon
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...Cameron again delves in....An epic story line...and much more..." -- Rating: B
Glenn Kenny (13 Jan 1995, pp.66-8)
Los Angeles Times
"...THE ABYSS is at heart a sweet movie....The undersea effects are glowingly beautiful..."
Sheila Benson (9 Aug 1989, p.C1)
Rolling Stone
"...[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..."
Peter Travers (24 Aug 1989, p.37)
Total Film
"...A great achievement....The cast is solid and the pioneering CG effects still look incredible..."
James White (1 May 2000, p.104)
Variety
"...A technical marvel with sustained tension, exciting action footage and an emotional wallop in its nearly platonic love story..."
Lawrence Cohn (1 Mar 1993, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects
Winner: 1989