PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and faces danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
One of the first American films to be shot in Super 35 format, and filmed in a custom variant known as "Abyss Format". Clairmont Camera had ground glasses made for the cameras that displayed four separate framelines - 1.66, 1.85, 2.2, and 2.35 - all gradually shifted upwards so they maintained headroom. This allowed prints to be made in the two common "flat" 35mm formats, in anamorphic 35mm, and in 70mm.
USS Montana Captain:
Sixty knots? No way, Barnes. The Reds don't have anything that fast.
When the men hanging on the subs jump off to investigate the nuclear submarine, a camera shot pointing upwards reveals the surface of the tank they were filming in.
There was a dedication for Captain Kidd Brewer Jr. added at the beginning of the end credits of the special edition.
The R2 Special Edition DVD contains all extended/altered scenes mentioned before, and includes the following extra scenes:
$9,319,797 13 August 1989