Abyss [WS]

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Synopsis

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

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Release Date
2/11/03 
Studio
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
PG13 -- Parents strongly cautioned
Length
2 hours, 51 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Surround (4.0)
  • THX-Certified Mastering
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccIncludes 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
Number of Discs
1

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