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The Abyss (1989)



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James Cameron's underwater fantasy thriller makes for an intriguing twist on the disaster genre. A nuclear sub gets wrecked underwater, and a team of oil rig workers, along with a handful of Navy SEALS, have to go investigate. It makes for a thoroughly gripping epic. The film suffered greatly from twenty-eight minutes of studio-forced cuts, however. Fortunately, the cut footage has been restored in a "special edition" of the video and laserdisc; the restored footage gives the story a whole new dimension, providing added motivation for the characters and wrapping up the end more completely.