Disney to release Ghosts of the Abyss on 3D Blu-ray in September

Steve Withers

A chance to see James Cameron’s first foray into 3D

Not content with making a $200 million film about the sinking of Titanic, James Cameron returned to the wreck in 2001 to discover exactly what happened to the doomed liner. Cameron documented the expedition and this time he brought along a new 3D camera system developed by his brother Mike. Made between Cameron’s Titanic and his 3D behemoth Avatar, Ghosts of the Abyss is an interesting bridging film that shows Cameron’s continuing fascination with the famous ship and his new obsession with 3D photography.

The resulting documentary is an interesting study of the wreck from a time before every show on TV seemed to be about Titanic. Cameron uses the same research vessel and submersibles that he filmed the book-ends for Titanic with and he developed special remote operated vehicles (ROVs) for an unprecedented look inside the wreck itself. The 3D Blu-ray release of Ghosts of the Abyss is obviously designed to tie in with the Blu-ray release of Titanic and the 100 anniversary of the actual sinking. However its release in the US on the 11th of September, ties in with another tragic anniversary. This is ironic because there is a particularly powerful scene in the documentary where Cameron returns to the surface after a dive on September the 11th 2001, only to be told by a still shocked Bill Paxton what had transpired that day.

Walt Disney Pictures and James Cameron, the Academy Award winning director of Titanic, present the groundbreaking cinematic achievement Ghosts of the Abyss. Joined by his personal friend Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic) and a team of the world's foremost historical and marine experts, Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. During the voyage, he explores inside the entire ship, deck by deck, room by room, encountering mysteries that have remained hidden for almost a century. Revolutionary underwater robots were designed and built solely for the purpose of allowing the explorers to peer deep into the remains of the once-great ship and bring those surreal and haunting images back to the surface world. Loaded with unique 3D footage, specially filmed sequences and revealing interviews, this unprecedented motion picture event is a must-own companion for anyone who loves Titanic.


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