Originally Posted by Josh Z
That transfer was originally created in the laserdisc days, before anamorphic enhancement. The DVD just recycles the old transfer. The movie was never remastered for DVD.
Yeah I remembered it was something like that.
What blows me away is that any director, especially a director with the influence and power of James Cameron, can let a film of theirs, especially one that was born of epic hardships like the Abyss, just waste away with the most substandard presentation possible. When the majority of films have been upgraded in presentation (e.g. anamorphic DVD and now HD media) for so long.
If Cameron really cared I can't imagine he wouldn't have been able to get the Abyss a decent new transfer over these years. The impression left is like he doesn't care.
It's just weird.