Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

James Cameron's THE ABYSS

James Cameron's THE ABYSS

By Dennis D. McDonald

This two-DVD special edition has more than enough material to keep an SF fan happy for days. In addition to the “director’s cut” that adds nearly 20 minutes back to the film (including the original spectacular tidal wave sequence that was inexplicably cut from the movie’s theatrical release) there are tons of extras, stills, production photos, documentaries, all tied up in a really cool menu interface.

The model work in this movie is simply spectacular. Watching how the “fly-by” of the crashed submarine was done in a dry (!) smoke filled studio is a wonder to behold. Most interesting, though, is the work done on developing the aliens and their ships, all documented with numerous sketches and photographs. Plus, it’s a wonder that more people weren’t killed in making the movie, so much was produced under water in a giant tank.

After all these years, I still think this movie qualifies as the greatest gadget lover’s movie ever made. That plus MaryElizabeth Mastrontonio’s beautiful brown eyes make this film a classic in my book.

Doug Liman's JUMPER

Doug Liman's JUMPER

Kevin Lima's ENCHANTED

Kevin Lima's ENCHANTED