Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment will release a special edition of “The Abyss” in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 26.The restored print, initially planned only for the laserdisc market, includes approximately 27 minutes of omitted scenes from the original, including a dramatic five-minute tidal wave sequence. A number of the sequences were unfinished and required new audio work, editing and composing. No new material was shot, though many of the original crew members and companies, including George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, which provided some of the original film’s Oscar-winning visual effects, assisted Lightstorm in restoring the omitted scenes. Many members of the original cast, including Ed Harris and Michael Biehn, returned to loop their lines for certain scenes. Cameron, director of the ’89 pic, said it “would be inaccurate to call the special edition a ‘director’s cut’ with the implication that the ’89 version was not. I had final cut in 1989, but due to time constrictions that were appropriate when the film was released, I felt removing a subplot that was primarily visual and conceptual would preserve at a shorter length what was most important about the film: the love story.” The original film, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, grossed $ 54.9 million domestically and $ 35.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of over $ 90 million.
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