Ghosts Of The Abyss 3D

Featured In Issue 170, October 2012

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In Ghosts Of The Abyss, James Cameron (Titanic, The Abyss) continues with his fascination of the Titanic as he explores the bottom of the Atlantic in hopes of discovering more secrets revolving around the fateful ship. Traveling on the Keldysh, the largest scientific research vessel in the world, he and his friend Bill Paxton are joined by a group of underwater explorers, microbiologists, and historians, all of whom wish to be a part of discovering this "echo in time." (Tricia Spears)

Special features include Reflections From The Deep (SD 29:28), The Cheese Sandwich Prank (SD 02:26), and upfront ads. Included is a 3D Blu-ray Disc™, a 2D Blu-ray Disc, and a DVD.

Previously reviewed as a 2D release in the form of an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD, this 3D Blu-ray Disc is the large format version shown theatrically in 3D IMAX®. The natively shot 3D presentation exhibits excellent quality. Images are sharp and beautifully detailed. In the depths of the ocean, the dark blue waters and floating particles envelop the sunken Titanic, which is gorgeously photographed. There is little to distract, except some shots that appear a bit muddy. But the attraction is the enhanced three-dimensional depth and perspective, and the sense of scale that only 3D can convey. Colors are nicely saturated and appear natural. Contrast is well balanced. There are no ghosting crosstalk artifacts to detract from the 3D experience. This should be viewed prior or directly following viewing the feature film Titanic 3D to provide a sense of the historical aspects. (Gary Reber)

The repurposed DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is very impressive and quite wonderful to experience. IMAX presentations on Blu-ray have a reputation for projecting exceptional immersive sonic landscapes within the home theatre environment, and the audio soundtrack on this 3D Blu-ray is no exception. The audio information in all five channels effectively wraps around the listener throughout the entire presentation, with impressive soundscapes portraying the sonics of open seas, surging waves, and high winds, as well as the seemingly pressurized density under the sea. Documentaries aren't known for their LFE channel prowess, but the low-bass information on this soundtrack equals, if not surpasses, any low-end audio information on any documentary to date. Bill Paxton's narration is natural in its delivery, and his voice comes across crystal clear, with very nice presence in the front center channel. All audio channels work in harmony, to present an effective holosonic™ audio experience. The sonic experience sounds authentic and perfectly complements the fascinating visual experience. (Gary Reber)