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The Abyss: Special Edition [2005] (1 disc)

Director:James Cameron
Writer:James Cameron
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:309 minutes
(5 hours 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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Synopsis: A deep sea drilling operation is commandeered by the US government to investigate the site of a downed sub, where they find much more than they expected.

Reaction: It runs a bit long, (especially the extended cut) but it uses that time to effectively develop the characters and the sense of mystery.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Extended Version

James Cameron => Director / Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
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The Abyss19891388PG-137.582
The Abyss: Extended Cut19891717UR7.582

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Most of the underwater filming took place in a half-completed nuclear reactor facility in Gaffney, South Carolina, including the largest underwater set in the world at 7 million gallons.
  • The crew frequently spent enough time underwater to force them to undergo decompression before surfacing. James Cameron would often watch dailies through a glass window, while decompressing and hanging upside down to relieve the stress on his shoulders from the weight of the helmet.
  • Director James Cameron contacted Orson Scott Card before filming began with the possibility of producing a book based on the film. Card initially told his agent that he doesn't do "novelizations", but when she told him that the director was James Cameron, he agreed to consider it. The script arrived, and Card signed on after receiving assurances from Cameron that he would be free to develop his "novel" the way he wanted to. After a meeting with Cameron, Card immediately wrote the first three chapters, which dealt with events concerning Bud and Lindsay Brigman that occurred before the events in the film. Cameron gave these chapters to Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, who used it to develop their characters.
  • In the original storyline, when Lindsey is talking to Bud during his descent, she explains why she is always so hard on people. Lindsey grew up in a family with five older brothers, and she had to fight for everything, even to be noticed.
  • There are no opening credits save the title of the film.
  • The tank was filled to a depth of 40 feet, but there was still too much light from the surface, so a giant tarpaulin and billions of tiny black plastic beads were floated on the surface to block the light. During a violent storm the tarpaulin was destroyed, thus shifting production to night time.
  • The first feature film to have used an early version of Adobe Photoshop.
  • A scene at the beginning showing the crew rounding up at the moon pool had to be re-shot, because the Flatbed submersible was parked in the pool. Flatbed was supposed to be out in the water pulling the rig during that particular scene.
  • The fictional company "Benthic Petroleum" also owns the gas station shown in James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the flying oil tanker in Jan de Bont's Twister.
  • The role of Commodore DeMarco was originally meant for Lance Henriksen, but he couldn't appear due to a scheduling conflict.
  • The water in the two tanks was chlorinated heavily, to prevent microbes growing in it. This caused many of the actor's hair to become green and even white.