Ghosts Of The Abyss DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Apr 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Ghosts Of The Abyss DVD Review
    SRP: £29.98


    The THX certified 1.77:1 anamorphic looks sharp and detailed throughout with no signs of print damage. Colours are rich and natural and well saturated with excellent rendition of the deep sea footage of the ships wreck. There are no signs of digital artefacts and only a small glimpse of edge enhancement was seen on our 7.5ft screen. Black levels are solid with good shadow detail present, which makes this transfer stand out and presents the Titanic is stunning clarity.
    Ghosts Of The Abyss Picture


    Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 this soundmix has one or two surprises for viewers and is quite outstanding at times. The sound stage is wide and enveloping with small nuances standing out during the deep sea dives. Surrounds are constantly busy with bussing radio sounds or the crashing waves as the subs make their way out to the ocean and back again. During the search of Titanic there are plenty of creeks and booms as if the wreck is breathing and moving and at certain points I was amazed with bass sweeps well under 20hz pressurised my viewing room when the camera was next to the wreck, this just brought a realism to the action on screen which was stunning.
    Ghosts Of The Abyss Sound


    The main extras are on disc two of this set and first up is a feature called “Reflections of the deep” which involves interviews with cast and crew regarding the shooting of the documentary. This includes unseen footage of the wreck, Bill Paxton's fear of the subs, the objective of the film and the technology used to tell the story. The other extra is a multi angle feature where you can choose the camera views of a dive to the Titanic wreck. On disc 1 we have a few previews for other Disney features. Not as extensive as I had hoped but the extras will help fill in a few holes on the production of the film.
    Ghosts Of The Abyss Extras


    Fascinating if a little flawed in certain areas, Ghosts of the Abyss is an excellent documentary with some stunning footage of the wreck of Titanic. A must see for those interested in the historic story of the worlds biggest disaster of the 20th century and interesting viewing for those others with a passing interest. The DVD presentation is first rate with average but interesting extras, recommended.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.98

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