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Cinemax is showing the The Abyss in HD in letterbox format. Sorry if this is posted somewhere else.
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There's an app a thread for that: https://www.avsforum.com/t/320739/uncropped-oar-movies-post-your-sightings-here/1260#post_24301014
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If only you guys knew what gets done to this movie on SD channels. tongue.gif

I was all hyped to catch it in my Uverse box when it aired on BBCA channel. Then when I go back to finally check it out, it's been 4:3'd. rolleyes.gif

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I DVR'd this off Cinemax and watched. PQ was very similar to a good DVD, (Certainly nothing I would call "HD") but it was nice to see it in OAR.
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I DVR'd this off Cinemax and watched. PQ was very similar to a good DVD, (Certainly nothing I would call "HD") but it was nice to see it in OAR.

I don't know how you receive Cinemax. I DVR'd and found it was HD quality, using DirecTV.

The only DVD was a non-anamorphic letterboxed disk, and it was definitely a considerable improvement over that.

It was also nice that they broadcast the 28-minute-longer "Special Edition" version rather than the theatrical version. I much prefer the longer movie.

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Why isn't this on Blu?
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Gary: Can you confirm they definitely showed the Special Edition. I saw a thread over on the bluray forum that the Theatrical Cut was airing, but no mention of the Special Edition. Would be great if they are airing both, I agree the Special Edition is far superior. Really hoping the Bluray for this gets announced soon, been waiting years to watch this in proper HD quality.
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I caught it the other day, and thought the HD transfer was great compared to the aforementioned non-anamorphic DVD i have. Did anyone else notice that the dialogue was front-right heavy? It seemed that my center wasn't getting most of it.
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When I caught it, it was most definitely the Theatrical Cut. The tsunami effects were not there and when Bud made it to the alien ship, they didn't show him a montage of humanity's atrocities.

Also, it certainly looked HD to me. Color saturation was beyond anything I've seen on DVD and detail looked quite good.
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I caught it the other day, and thought the HD transfer was great compared to the aforementioned non-anamorphic DVD i have. Did anyone else notice that the dialogue was front-right heavy? It seemed that my center wasn't getting most of it.

According to my Anthem it was 2-channel stereo, no 5.1 surround. This is the best transfer of this film I have seen so far. Hope it comes to Blu Ray soon.
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I caught it the other day, and thought the HD transfer was great compared to the aforementioned non-anamorphic DVD.

I'm not sure that "better than the DVD" is a good measure of PQ, since most anything would be better. I've watched plenty of upscaled DVDs that looked as good or better than this did on Cinemax. While its true it looks much better than the old DVD, it was average at best. I'm not sure I would be in a hurry to buy this transfer on BD, but it would likely look better than it does on Cinemax.
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I saw it - and honestly it doesn't look very good - there are some shots that look amazing (much like certain shots in the Aliens regrading); however, it has a new teal color grading which makes everything look murky considering the original color palette already had a cool blue tone. In addition to the new grading, the overall image quality is darker, it appears that the blacks have been crushed in an effort to hide noise. I am finding it very hard to watch.

As not pleased as I am by the Aliens regarding it doesn't affect the viewing experience as much as this new grading on the Abyss. A total fail.
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