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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jul 11, 2009.
Looks like this is sold out just about everywhere now.
What a strange turn of events.
SONY has given this title over to IMAGE Entertainment for release. The new BLU version due out later this year but it will contain no special features.
I purchased this BLU when it was first released. I never thought it'd be out in HD Was worth cent.
One retailer I believe where The Deep Blu-Ray is still available is WalMart Online. I think the price is about $19.86 for The Deep Blu-Ray. You can have it shipped to your local WalMart --site to store- to avoid paying any shipping fees. You will have to pay sales tax. To search for it on WalMart just type in Deep. For some reason when I typed in The Deep it wouldn't pick it up. Just search by typing in Deep.
Another option to pick up the Sony Blu-disc release is on the secondary market. I note that Amazon marketplace has several copies for $10.38 at this moment.
I revisited this yesterday and still love it!
What a wonderful Blu-ray...and provided a nice aperitif to the upcoming Blu-ray of Jaws...
I have the orig OOP Sony disc. Nonetheless, contrary to previous reports, the current re-release by Image I believe is identical to the Sony, down to the supplements. Cover art is not as nice, but...
...I have also read that Image has been repackaging the leftover Sony discs until they run out before the actual repressing (which may or may not contain all the extras).
So pick it up now if you haven't already - worth every penny IMHO.
EDIT: Just found this interview with Nick Nolte, from 1998-1999:
I almost kind of imagine Romer Treece is Quint 10 years before Jaws...
Maybe Treece got stinking rich from the Griffin booty, blew it all on rum and wound up on Amity under an assumed name.
Disappointed the alternative cut is not included as an option, but I'm very happy with the Sony Blu-ray. This transfer brings out the best in the film. I enjoy a Hollywood movie that reflects good old-fashioned know-how, which is why The Deep is one of my favorite action-adventure films. Peter Yates was a consummate director. In The Deep he combines the dynamic action skills he displayed in Bullett (1968) and Murphy's War (1971) with the refined drama of The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) and Breaking Away (1979). The story is a model of its kind, and has turned into something of a prototype for imitations, remakes (Into the Blue, Blue Crush) and treasure-hunt films in general. Expertly performed by attractive and discerning actors, shot in a pictorial location, and made with impeccable craftsmanship (who doesn't miss this kind of craftsmanship today) it should have been a big hit. So why did audiences stay away in 1977? The poster probably skewed expectations. It evokes Jaws without the shark, when the film has nothing to do with Jaws. It's simply another on-the-water adventure written by the same author. I blame the poor box-office on the poster. The studio should have changed it:
John Barry's score is an immersive listen all on its own. Intrada's 2-disc CD offers the original album on disc 1 and the longer complete score including unreleased cues on disc 2. Digitally remastered. It will fill your room with the deep. However it's oop and getting pricey, so grab one while you can:
Oh, a little film by the name of Star Wars.
The Deep was actually a decent hit - in the top 10 of highest-grossing films that year.
That Intrada is a great CD, but now that it's OOP, it would take a hefty sum or serious luck in a used CD store (do those still exist?) to come across a legit copy.
I was dismayed I could not find my Bantam paperback - I adored that thing and re-read the novel a few times during the Summer of 1977. It was the closest thing to home video. Really bummed me out.
But...I found this for the princely sum of $5:
And now I have The Deep sitting next to my first edition hardcover of Jaws I found in good condition in a used bookstore about 20 years ago - bought for a whopping $1.50.
There was this little fold out in Playboy of Jacqueline Bisset that the advertising campaign was based on or the fold out was based on the campaign, but either way that fold out of her swimming to the surface sure got me to see THE DEEP. And I was not disappointed. I have the Sony Blu-ray and always been very happy with it, also still have the LP soundtrack that was pressed with light blue vinyl.
While I enjoy the film as fun adventure, I have a several friends that do not like and think it is boring and too long. Of course they are entitled to their opinion, but they are wrong.
The Deep was hardly a flop. It grossed $47 million in north America on a $9 million budget, about the same box office as The Spy Who Loved Me that year. Adjusted for inflation, that would be a gross of $177 million on a $34 million budget in today's dollars.
I'll stand corrected on the gross, but I distinctly recall reading at the time that the film under-performed at the box office. According to the log I kept, I saw it twice in nearly empty theaters.
Allen Hollis, wouldn't it be nice if Jacqueline Bisset were the girl on the one-sheet.
The Deep is one of my favorite adventure films of the 1970s.
The next Peter Benchley adaptation was The Island (1980) which was not up to the same standard ....
THE ISLAND not up to standard? It was down right disappointing. I really felt like I had wasted my time watching that film and I am huge Michael Caine fan.
Universal really pushed the film and since this was during the time of blind bidding, where most theatres had to buy a film sight unseen, only knowing that it was based on a Peter Benchley best-selling novel and it stared Michael Caine and David Warner, who was fairly popular at the time. The other selling point was that the director was Michael Ritchie, who had previously directed several successful comedy films, though his dramas, DOWNHILL RACER and THE CANDIDATE were not so successful nor as highly regard as they are today.
Many theatres lost a lot of money on this film during the summer of 1980. After all the tag-line was "This summer the most terrifying thing in the water is . . . The Island." and it was to the summer blockbuster,
It would have nice for that fold out to be the one-sheet. The more I think about that Playboy fold-out, I seem to recall that there was some litigation between Miss Bisset and Columbia about that picture and it's publication. I actually think I still have it stored away in some box and will have to look around for it. I know that it was on my college wall for all four years I was there.
THE DEEP also is one of my favorites from the 70's and really defines those middle years of films that were not about space wars. .
If you find the fold-out, Allen, be sure to scan it and post it here so that we can all pay our respects.
Found the fold-out but I had to Iphone a pic for it was too long to scan. In it's day I guess it was controversial and still could be today. If the moderators, feel it is not appropriate to post, please take down but it did stay on my college dorm wall a couple of years. Thanks.
I'm not admin, but IMHO, it's appropriate. Of course, I'm a dirty old man.
I AM an admin...and it sure seems appropriate to me! But then, I've been told I'm a dirty old man, too!
I had the classic Farrah Fawcett poster (in the red one-piece bathing suit) on my dorm wall in college. Same time period.
I preferred the one of her in the blue cat suit and the 10 speed bicycle.
Anyone remember another film from about this period, that starred Farrah Fawcett and Charles Grodin, called Sunburn? It played incessantly on HBO in the early 80's.
I for one am shocked that this thread has denigrated into such a discussion ...