Oh my gosh, where do I start?? I guess disc
one is as good as anything.
Special edition featuring 28 minutes
additional footage and the original theatrical cut of the movie.
Text Commentary: As tacky as this
sounds it is actually a great way of getting information across. It is
very informative and in some respects better than an audio commentary.
The second disc of this set features most
of the extras. The disc begins with the same great animated menu as the
first disc but it allows you to explore around even further. The menu
system is great as it allows you to move down to the Abyss, up to the
surface and into the deep core again. Sensational. There are also lots of
hidden stuff throughout each page, some are easy to find, others not so
Featurette - The Abyss: Really and extended
press kit that runs for 10 minutes and is slightly informative. Dolby Digital
2.0 in 4:3 format, non 16:9 enhanced.
Documentary - Making Of The Abyss: A 60 minute making
of documentary from the original Laser Disc edition that is very well
made. Dolby Digital 2.0, 4:3 format which is not 16:9 enhanced.
Teaser Trailer: Dolby Digital
2.0, 1:85:1 ratio which is not 16:9 enhanced. Average Trailer.
Theatrical Trailer: Dolby Digital
2.0, 1:85:1 ratio which again is not 16:9 enhanced. Trailer is great
Reviews Trailer: Dolby Digital
2.0, 2:35:1 ratio and again it's not 16:9 enhanced. Standard trailer.
True Lies Trailer: Dolby Digital
2.0, 4:3 format not 16:9 enhanced. Fun trailer.
Aliens Trailer: Dolby Digital 2.0,
4:3 format and is again not 16:9 enhanced.
Personnel Lockers Area
This is your standard cast & crew
notes section with info on all the main cast and crew. 18 to be exact.
Very in depth. Pardon the pun.
This area contains the meat of the
special features that contain massive production notes, storyboards,
photos and video about the production of various scenes or special effect
Entering here will take you to the well head and allow you to check each
one of the features in order, (more on that later).
If you do not wish to look at everything
in order you can go to the mission components section which allows you to
go outside the deep core from the menus and select from different
sections. They are as follows.
The Wave - 1000 Feet Above Sea Level.
Benthic Explorer - 0 Feet About Sea
Writer/Director & Screenplay.
The Production Team.
The Design Team.
The Storyboarding Process.
Cab Three - 300 Feet Below Sea Level.
Deepcore 2 - 1700 Feet Below Sea Level.
Also serves as the discs main menu.
Pseudopod - 1800 Feet Below Sea Level.
Cab One - 1850 Feet Belwo Sea Level.
Flatbed - 2100 Feet Below Sea Level.
Little Geek - 2150 Feet Below Sea Level.
U.S.S Montana - 2200 Feet Below Sea
NTI Scout - 3000 Feet Below Sea Level.
NTI Manta - 5500 Feet Below Sea Level.
Deep Suit - 10000 Feet Below Sea Level.
NTI Being - 18050 Feet Below Sea Level.
Big Geek - 18000 Feet Below Sea Level.
NTI Ark - 21000 Feet Below Sea Level.
All up these sections equal 23 chapters
and each section gives you info on what they are related to. Very well
done and an excellent addition to this disc.
This section hold quite a lot of video
information. It includes the following.
James Cameron's Shooting Script:
If you have a lot of time to spare you can read the script in full.
Original Treatment: Ditto for the
Pseudopod Multi-Angle Sequence:
This is a short multi angle sequence of the water worm coming into the
deep core. It shows on different angles,
1. Final Version.
3. Original Dalies.
4. Temp F/X.
Quite interesting really and a good use
of the multi angle feature. In fact it's a lot like the multi angle
feature on Ghostbusters: CE.
Deep core Time lapse: This is one
of my favorite parts. It shows how the production build the deep core over
the period of several months which is then squeezed in seven minutes.
Videomatics Montage: Some video
storyboards where you can toggle the letterboxing on or off. Limited
Montana Bridge Flooding: Again a
short if boring showing how they hit the set with a lot of water. Limited
Most of the other features in this
section are the same. These include,
Engine Room Flooding
Surface Shoot Montage
Visual Effects Reel
Minature Rear Projection
Motion Control Time lapse
Also included are,
Short Dolby Digital Rain Trailer
Closed Captioned, Spanish