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review added: 1/22/99
1989 (1998) - MGM
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Of all the Abyss rip-offs,
this one (written by Blade Runner
scribe David Webb Peoples and Jeb The
Fugitive Stuart) is the best. Whoever says to you that
vodka doesn't give you a hangover, hasn't seen this movie.
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
I love the MGM DVD logo. All the whooshing makes me giddy. The
sound field created on this disc is wonderful. Even the French audio
track is better than most discs. The video is crisp, with just a few
artifacts during the opening title sequence. The extras are all in
an 8 page booklet, that seems to be standard MGM issue. I
particularly like the little miner on the menu screen. I don't know
why, I just do.
Overall Rating: B+
It's a pretty good movie, with a scary Stan Winston monster, a good
script, and a whole bunch of great performances by Peter Weller,
Amanda Pays, and company. It's a nice The
Thing meets The Abyss
98 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, singled-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, 8 page
booklet, theatrical trailer, animated film-themed menus, scene
access (32 chapters), languages: English & French (DD 2.0),
subtitles: English and French, Closed Captioned
This is one of those movies, that if you saw it on the Superstation
or the USA Network, you'd stop and watch it -- just because. What
you get on DVD looks great, so next time you notice it on TV, think
to yourself: "You know, I could be watching this on DVD."
And you'd enjoy it a lot more.