Ghosts of the Abyss [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD]
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Sept. 11 2012
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.46 x 1.14 cm; 158.76 Grams
- Item model number : Relay time: 61min; 30 Videos
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, 3D, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : Sept. 11 2012
- Actors : James Cameron, Bill Paxton
- Subtitles: : French
- Language : English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0081VMY7W
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,641 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Prepare yourself for a 3D experience like no other. Disney and James Cameron, the Academy Award(R)-winning director of TITANIC (1997), present the groundbreaking cinematic achievement GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS in stunning Blu-ray 3D. Joined by Bill Paxton (TITANIC) and a team of the world's foremost historical and marine experts, Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration -- the legendary wreck of the Titanic. During the voyage, you will encounter mysteries that have remained hidden for a century as you peer deep into the haunting remains of the once-great ship. Loaded with bonus footage, revealing interviews and eye-popping Blu-ray 3D, this unprecedented motion picture event is a must-own companion for anyone who loves TITANIC.
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I would have liked to rank it higher than a 3 but the cutaways that kept jarring my eyes kept the score this low. Still, an excellent film showing the Titanic in crystal clear images.
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But then there's the footage itself, and it's astonishing. It's surprising that the Titanic is still in such (relatively) good condition; there are even decanters standing upright on shelves and a bowler hat still intact. I was sceptical about the "ghosts" - the superimposed actors - at first, and they certainly have moments when there's more wood in the acting than left in the carvings on the Titanic. But ultimately I was surprised at how well it works; it lends an air of life to things and really works well to put things into context.
The highlight for me, though, is the rescue of Elwood, one of the remotely operated vehicles. The film suddenly shifts from being a historical documentary and becomes an impromptu adventure movie - a fascinating sequence in its own right.
All in all, a very worthwhile film. Rather twee in places, and occasionally a bit aimless, but definitely one to watch nevertheless. Do make sure you get the region 1 version, though; it has several features the region 2 edition lacks.
The actual footage of the titanic was minimal and the film primarily centered around the actual expedition itself. The actual footage of the Titanic was totally spoilt by the picture in picture format which allowed very little time to absorb any detail.
A much better and far more interesting DVD is 'Deep inside the Titanic' where you almost feel you are there with them as they explore some areas of the Titanic's interior never seem before without the silly gimics!
The fact there is such a difference between the 2 regions is a prime example of why I have unlocked my player. It is ludicrous that on the region 2 edition you have only a 60 minute feature and less extra's. If you are like me the reason you want to see this is of course for the wreck documentary footage, why Europe is denied this and some extra features is beyond me.
ON THE FEATURE:
The 90 minute film is one of my favourite documentaries of all time. Though some have complained about the amount of time spent with Bill Paxton, especially in the first half hour. I have to disagree though; Bill does a wonderful job of bringing some humanity and a sense of wonder to the clinical and mechanical process of dive preparation. During the first dive you can feel his apprehension as the tiny sub descends into the crushing depth, reminding the audience of the danger to the individuals involved in such an expedition. Something other documentaries only briefly glance over.
The visuals during the exploration of the wreck are absolutely stunning; the best I have ever seen. For this expedition a specially created light rig was constructed to shine onto sections of the site, the added visibility allowing us to see much more of the ship than the standard submersible lights of the past. You get a better sense of the sheer size of Titanic and her majesty, even in death, is still present as she sits upright on the ocean floor.
The Ghosts of the title refer to unique comparison tool used in the feature. With overlaying specially reconstructed shots of passengers and areas of the ship as she was in 1912, we get to see the passage of nearly 90 years in seconds before our eyes; seeing the before and after instantaneously. This not only allows the viewer to distinguish particular features in the decaying ship, but also with the addition of people provides a more human connection to the tragedy that took place on those exact decks.
There are lighter moments too between the crew of the expedition, as well as tension and sadness during the events at sea. All in all while this documentary is not an entirely academic pursuit and does have things presented for entrainment also, I do feel it is a well rounded presentation, at least in its 90 minute form, though the 60 minute edit is also available on the region one disk too if you are interested. I myself have not watched the 60 minute version because why would I want to watch an inferior cut of a fantastic 90 minute movie.
Special features include making of feaurettes which include interviews and technical information. There is another interesting interactive extra included called "The MIR Experience"; In this you get to view some extended shots of one of the dives with the option to switch between the cameras filming at the time; between the internal sub cameras, to the external and from the point of view of the ROV's.
Final Words: For anyone with an interest into the Titanic and/or deep sea exploration this is a must have.
Distributors: Idea - maybe a DVD menu option for those willing to hear Bill Paxton immediately? Maybe a button saying "Quick Bill" just after the chapter select button?