Nine years ago, the award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron took us on a breathtaking and haunting journey down to the grave site of the Titanic, something no one had ever done before. Using state of the art technology, Cameron, alongside actor Bill Paxton and a team of explorers, take us on an awesome and beautiful experience that is truly breathtaking. This was the first 3D film that Walt Disney Studios ever made, so it’s appropriate that Disney has returned to it now with the recent resurgence of 3D films. This is one of my all time favorite documentaries, and I’m so glad to see that Disney has returned to it for a blu-ray release. Featuring a completely new digitally restored version of the film, the original 60 minute version in 3D, and the extended ninety minute version, this is a set that doesn’t disappoint.
On April 15, 1912, the world suffered one of its most tragic and heartbreaking events when the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg. The ship sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking 1,502 of its passengers with it, becoming a sad and solemn grave for those souls. Until 2001, the site had laid untouched, until James Cameron and his group of scientists created an expedition to visit the site and show it to the world. Using state of the art technology, Cameron once again pushed the boundaries of research and development, Cameron and his crew were able to virtually explore the wreckage and bring it to life for all to see. One of the most shocking parts of this expedition though is when the crew, on September 11, 2001, discovers what happened in New York City. It’s a terrible twist of fate, especially with how Cameron and crew are exploring another one of the world’s greatest tragedies. It’s an incredibly moving and eye-opening thing as you watch the team talk about what has happened, reflecting on it. It’s a truly sobering and emotional experience, and it actually ties in greatly to what happened on April 15, 1912.
I’m happy to report that ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ comes to blu-ray with a beautiful new digitally restored print that is absolutely stunning. The first time I ever saw this movie was in IMAX back when it was originally released in 2003. So to get to revisit the movie now, in high-definition has been an incredible experience. The film looks better than I remember, and is definitely one that you can use to show off just how awesome HD looks. I’m very impressed with this new transfer and I’m glad to see Disney has done such a great job with it. That goes for the 3D transfer as well. This is one of the best looking 3D transfers at home I’ve ever seen. This is coming from someone who doesn’t really care for 3D. It’s definitely a fully immersive experience, and I’m glad to see the 3D has been replicated so well for this blu-ray release. I’m very impressed with it, and I’m sure fans of the film will love it.
As far as extras go, ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ comes to blu-ray with two features. The first is the extended version of the film, which runs at ninety minutes. For fans, this a great way to experience the movie in a new way. The added thirty minutes doesn’t slow the film at all, and honestly it expands the film very well. The second feature is ‘Reflections from the Deep’, which is even more footage from the dive, including interviews with James Cameron and Bill Paxton as they talk about the dives more in-depth, giving you a great inside look at how the film was crafted. It’s a really great watch and one that I think many fans will definitely enjoy it.
I’m glad to report that ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ has come to home video in an excellent fashion. Featuring two versions of the film, a great behind the scenes feature, and an excellent video transfer in 2D and 3D. This is a great blu-ray set, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a truly remarkable, moving, and beautiful experience that people will love to revisit, and one that new fans need to see. It’s not only one of my favorite films of the last decade, but one of my all time favorite documentaries. I can’t wait to revisit it again already.
- ‘Ghosts of the Abyss’ Comes to Blu-ray September 11, 2012 (chipandco.com)
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