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THE ABYSS anamorphic release? (MERGED THREAD)

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#1 of 126 OFFLINE   Leroy Williams

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Posted January 23 2006 - 12:34 AM

Please respond.

#2 of 126 OFFLINE   Ric Easton

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Posted January 23 2006 - 12:53 AM

I think the same release has just been repackaged about a hundred times. I think the packaging has always said "animorphic" but it's been mis-labled. When and if it's ever available, I'll be picking it up... again. Ric

#3 of 126 OFFLINE   Fabien Renelli

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Posted January 23 2006 - 01:04 AM

Now that Cameron had his new anamorphic TITANIC DVD out, maybe he's going to work on the ABYSS an TRUE LIES collector sets...
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Posted January 23 2006 - 03:11 AM

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#5 of 126 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted January 23 2006 - 03:35 AM

Despite some mislabeled packaging, The Abyss has never been released with an anamorphic transfer. There were several prior threads about this, but they got trashed due to a forum glitch. M.
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Posted January 23 2006 - 04:20 AM

the menus are enhanced for widescreen, but the movie is not. I heard rumors that one is being worked on. JACOB

#7 of 126 OFFLINE   Frank M

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Posted January 23 2006 - 06:27 AM

Fox will release a new edition of "The Abyss" this year in Germany. It's confirmed in a trailer for the new Cinema Premium series. Because there's not mention of an new anamorphic transfer, I sent an e-mail to DVD Producer Van Ling.

Here is his answer from six weeks ago (Dec. 7th):

I believe you will get your wish. My understanding is that the primary reason that Fox is doing this new release is specifically to include a new, director-approved anamorphic transfer. The transfer is currently being reviewed by Jim Cameron's folks at Lightstorm Entertainment.

Best regards,

#8 of 126 OFFLINE   Jim Smith

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Posted January 23 2006 - 07:19 AM

Will this new release of the Abyss include Blu-Ray? Hope so.

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Posted January 23 2006 - 10:24 AM

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Posted January 23 2006 - 03:19 PM

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#11 of 126 OFFLINE   Richard Matich

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Posted January 23 2006 - 04:11 PM

I also was wondering this. Had no idea of the mislabeling. I hope the above rumors are true and this film is released the way it should be. Thanks to all who helped to answer this.

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Posted January 23 2006 - 04:22 PM

glad to see there are fans for this movie.. Its my all time favorite. JACOB

#13 of 126 OFFLINE   Greg Mariotti

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Posted January 23 2006 - 04:58 PM

IT's my favorite movie of all time too!

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#14 of 126 OFFLINE   Mark Lucas

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Posted January 23 2006 - 05:01 PM

A Blu-ray release of this would be a real treat.

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Posted May 15 2006 - 04:08 PM

Hi there! If anyone could help me out...I love The Abyss, and have the SE DVD release from 2000. Unfortunately the transfer is non-anamorphic. Do any of the new editions of the disc have an anamorphic transfer? Is it possible to upgrade to a disc that has an anamorphic transfer and all the same content/extras? Any help would be appreciated. Cheers, Bill P.S. I also have the exact same question for Carpenter's The Thing.
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Posted May 15 2006 - 04:29 PM

in short, there are none anywhere, though I swear once I saw on a HK or S. Korean site an ABYSS cover with a "16:9 Anamorphic" sticker on the front. A second re-issue of THE THING has come out as an SE and is Anamorphic a year ago
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#17 of 126 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted May 15 2006 - 06:51 PM

It's funny-- I didn't really care about anamorphic DVDs as I have a 4x3 CRT set. But I'm getting a 16x9 LCD set in a few weeks and all of a sudden, I realize just how many titles are straight letterbox. While GROSSE POINTE BLANK, MIMIC and BEATUTIFUL GIRLS annoy me, it's movies like THE ABYSS and MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON which are particularly vexing. I just don't get it after all this time. And if HD-DVD and Blu-Ray doesn't catch on, I have a feeling it's gonna take a LONG time for some of these catalog titles to be reissued on any format.

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Posted May 16 2006 - 01:22 AM

Other than THE ABYSS, hasn't Fox reissued most of their early high-profile non-anamorphic titles with new anamorphic transfers? The SD DVD format's still got a lot of life left in it, so I suspect Fox will eventually get around to THE ABYSS.

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Posted May 16 2006 - 05:16 AM

Thanks folks. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Oh, and I cannot believe that Criterion's Brazil is non-anamorphic. Some great movies deserve better treatment, that's for sure...
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Posted May 16 2006 - 06:24 AM

Without a doubt, there are tons of great movies on DVD suffering from 4:3 encoded transfers. It really is sad and it's also sad that I bought them, but for some there will be no better SD release and the HD release path is likely to be 'greatest hits' driven (similar to LD). On the bright side, there contines to several 16x9 upgrades coming out on DVD (three just today, for example).

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