The Abyss, remastered in 4K, returns to theaters in December

Writer/director James Cameron’s 1989 film The Abyss has been given a 4K remaster and returns to the big screen in December

Seven years have passed since writer/director James Cameron first said he was working on a 4K transfer of his 1989 film The Abyss – and now he’s finally ready to share the 4K version of the film with an audience. 20th Century Studios will be giving The Abyss a special one-night-only theatrical re-release on Wednesday, December 6th. A press release notes, “Fans will be able to experience Cameron’s thrilling underwater sci-fi adventure for the first time in stunning, remastered 4K. Tickets go on sale beginning November 20 and can be purchased at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold.

Cameron provided the following statement: “If you haven’t seen the film before, this is the way to experience it, and if you have, it will be like the first time all over again. So, get out to the theaters and enjoy.

The Abyss has the following synopsis: In this underwater sci-fi adventure written and directed by James Cameron, a nuclear sub mysteriously sinks and a private oil rig crew, led by foreman Bud Brigman, is recruited to join a team of Navy SEALs on a search and rescue effort. The group soon finds themselves on a spectacular life-and-death odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, where they find a mysterious force that could either change the world — or destroy it.

The film stars Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff, John Bedford Lloyd, J.C. Quinn, Kimberly Scott, Captain “Kidd” Brewer Jr., George Robert Klek, Christopher Murphy, Adam Nelson, Chris Elliott, Richard Warlock, Jimmie Ray Weeks, J. Kenneth Campbell, William Wisher Jr., and Ken Jenkins.

Are you a fan of The Abyss, and will you be heading out to see the 4K remaster on the big screen next month? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

I remember seeing The Abyss on TV when it was first making the cable rounds in the early ’90s. My father was watching it, but I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention… and I’m not sure if I’ve watched the movie at any point since then. I probably have, but it definitely didn’t get the amount of views Cameron’s Terminator, T2, Aliens, and True Lies have gotten over the years. So, thirty-some years later, maybe it’s time for me to give this one another look.

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