James Cameron has finally announced the release of the 4K Special Edition of The Abyss, much to the delight of his fans who have been eagerly waiting for it for a long time. The revamped version of Cameron’s first ocean film is set to arrive with a physical 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release on March 12, 2024, alongside the 4K Collector’s Editions of Aliens and True Lies.
Cameron expressed his excitement about this release, stating that viewers will finally get to see the movie he really set out to make. He also mentioned that the opportunity to see the special edition in a movie theater is truly unprecedented. The original version of The Abyss was released in 1989, but Cameron had to reduce its runtime to about two hours and 15 minutes. However, after the success of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he obtained the necessary funds to complete a special edition, which premiered in 1992.
Despite not being a huge hit, The Abyss has continued to connect with audiences over time. Cameron himself only recently saw the special edition in a theater, and he was surprised at how well the film holds up. He praised the performances of the actors and expressed his confidence in the film.
In addition to The Abyss, Cameron’s 1994 action-comedy film True Lies is also part of the release. He described it as an anomaly in his career, but also a fan favorite. The film tells the story of a government agent who juggles his life as a spy and father, and Cameron attributes its appeal to its universal and human story.
Looking ahead, Cameron expressed his openness to making a similar comedy in the future, acknowledging that it was fun to make True Lies. He also fondly recalled the great chemistry between the cast members, particularly Bill Paxton.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collector’s editions of The Abyss, True Lies, and Aliens are set to be released on March 12, 2024. While the date is currently confirmed only in the United States, a global launch is expected if there are no changes. Fans of Cameron’s work can look forward to experiencing these classic films in stunning 4K quality.
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