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Directed by Peter Yates
USA 1977

 

Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, The Deep (1977) is a lavish, suspense-filled adventure, adapted from Peter Benchley's (Jaws) best-selling novel. Gail Berke (Jacqueline Bisset) and David Sanders (Nick Nolte) are on a romantic holiday in Bermuda when they come upon the sunken wreck of a WWII freighter. Near it, they find an ampule of morphine, one of tens of thousands still aboard the wrecked ship. Their discovery leads them to a Haitian drug dealer, Cloche (Louis Gossett), and an old treasure hunter, Romer Treece (Robert Shaw). With Cloche in pursuit, Gail, David and Treece try to recover the sunken treasure.

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This visually stunning action-adventure film, based on the best-selling novel by 'Jaws' author Peter Benchley, stars Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset as a couple on a romantic holiday in Bermuda. New Yorkers, David Sanders (Nolte) and Gail Berke (Bissett) are enjoying a much-needed vacation; while diving one day they discover the sunken wreck of a WWII freighter and unearth a gold coin as well as a mysterious glass ampule. Excited, they believe their discovery could be a long lost treasure, but they soon learn that their most valuable discovery is actually an ampule of morphine, one of thousands left behind on the medical supply ship. This discovery leads them into the hands of Henry Cloche (Louis Gossett Jr.), an extremely dangerous and powerful Haitian drug dealer who will stop at nothing to unearth the dangerous treasure. With the help of Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), an old treasure hunter, David and Gail soon realize that they have made a much more important discovery than the morphine and set out to keep their actual treasure a secret. Suspenseful death-defying dives and exquisite underwater photography. The poster of Bisset  underwater in a T-shirt adorned many a dorm wall in the late 1970s.

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Theatrical Release: June 17th, 1977

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Runtime 2:04:30.463        2:04:27.626 
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,829,039,888 bytes

Feature: 32,952,483,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 29,817,077,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1367 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1367 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
DUBs:

Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1313 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1313 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Portuguese 1300 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1300 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1756 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1756 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none English, None
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Studio:
Sony

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,829,039,888 bytes

Feature: 32,952,483,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The Making of 'The Deep' (48:40 in SD)
6 Selected Scenes From the 3 Hour Special Edition (22:14 in HD)
7 HD trailers - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Secret Window, The Dark Crystal, The Da Vinci Code, and Rocky Balboa
BD-Live (profile 2.0)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 7th, 2009 (Re-released December 7th, 2010)
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio:
101 Films

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,999,228,470 bytes

Feature: 29,817,077,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary with film critic Kevin Lyons
The Making of the Deep (48:45)
Select Scenes from the three-hour Special Edition (21:16)
Cinema Retro mini magazine
Interview with Underwater Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow (15:07)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 14th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 8

 

 

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ADDITION: 101 Films Blu-ray (September 2020): 101 Films have transferred Peter Yates' The Deep to Blu-ray. Firstly, the Sony Blu-ray we are comparing this to is the original 2009 release - not any of the subsequent re-releases - which, we don't know if the quality is the exact same as the 2009 edition.

The new 101 HD transfer easily bests the 11-year old Sony Blu-ray. It is less saturated and crisper - colors are more realistic - with the embellishment that appears to be part of the early Sony 1080P. The 101 Films transfer also shows more information in the frame. It looks quite pleasing in-motion and is a definite step-up.   

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On their Blu-ray, 101 Films offer both a linear PCM stereo track or the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (both 16-bit) in the original English language. This is superior to the Sony TrueHD and supports the effects well - but also doesn't carry dynamic depth. The score is by the great John Barry (The Lion in Winter, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Deadfall, The Chase, Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and the Bond themes among his many credits) that evokes Thunderball with serene strings and occasional intensity. 101 Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The 101 Films Blu-ray offers a new commentary by critic Kevin Lyons, editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television. He tells plenty of interesting stories - many from Producer Peter Guber's book "Inside the Deep" - including information on Jacqueline Bisset's feelings about the wet t-shirt appeal, her initial fear of water, Nolte's career as well as Shaw and the latter's open criticism of the script's weaknesses. He talks about Eli Wallach and much more. I thought it was excellent. 101 Films also include the 48-minute The Making of 'The Deep' narrated by Robert Shaw that gives evidence on how this was groundbreaking for its time. Also repeated from the older Sony BD is the 6 scenes of the 3 Hour version of The Deep - about 20-minutes worth. There is a 1/4 hour interview with underwater art director Terry Ackland-Snow entitled "Snow Underwater". The package (see below) also includes a Cinema Retro mini magazine - that I have no seen.  

Peter Yates' The Deep is a good adventure thriller with the cast adding much of the value - Bisset, Nolte, Shaw, Gossett Jr., Wallach. A John Barry score. Robert Shaw you say? Benchley? sharks? I'm glad this received a video upgrade with the commentary and additional interview which certainly add more value - as I presume the mini-magazine to be a nice keepsake inclusion. I think I saw The Deep in the theater - I might have been 15 and it was a big deal for me. I really enjoyed seeing the new Blu-ray with the tropical British Virgin Islands and Bermuda in a superior HD presentation... among other appealing visuals. This is absolutely recommended - great job 101 Films!

Gary Tooze

 

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