Ghosts of the Abyss

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Ghosts of the Abyss
Ghosts of the abyss.jpg
The theatrical poster for Ghosts of the Abyss.
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by John Bruno
James Cameron
Chuck Comisky
Janace Tashjian
Andrew Wight
Starring Bill Paxton
James Cameron
Dr. John Broadwater
Dr. Lori Johnston
Music by Joel McNeely
Cinematography Vince Pace
D. J. Roller
Edited by David C. Cook
Ed W. Marsh
Sven Pape
John Refoua
Walt Disney Pictures
Walden Media
Earthship Productions
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group
Golden Village
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31) (premiere)
  • April 11, 2003 (2003-04-11) (limited)
Running time
61 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million[1]
Box office $28,780,668[2]

Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It was directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron after his 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic. During August and September 2001, Cameron and a group of scientists staged an expedition to the wreck of the RMS Titanic, and dived in Russian deep-submersibles to obtain more detailed images than anyone had before. With the help of two small, purpose-built remotely operated vehicles, nicknamed "Jake" and "Elwood", the audience too can see inside the Titanic, and with the help of CGI, audiences can view the ship's original appearance superimposed on the deep-dive images.

Also along for the ride Cameron invited his friend, actor Bill Paxton, who played Brock Lovett in the 1997 film. Paxton narrates the event through his eyes. The film premiered for IMAX 3D and was nominated for a BFCA award for Best Documentary. The submersibles Mir 1 and Mir 2 carried the filming team on 12 dives.[3]

The film is also known as Titanic 3D: Ghosts of the Abyss.[4][5]


Director James Cameron returns to the site of the 1912 wreck of the RMS Titanic, aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Mstislav Keldysh. With a team of history and marine experts, and his friend Bill Paxton,[5] he embarks on an adventure back to the final grave of 1,517 people killed in 1912.[4] Using technology developed for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. This documentary was made for IMAX 3D theatres and specially outfitted 35 mm 3D theaters. Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking and explore why the vessel continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.[6] While diving on September 11, 2001, the filming crew hears about the 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Afterward, they all compare and reflect on the tragedy of 9/11 with the tragedy of the Titanic.


Throughout the movie, there are re-enactments of events that are discussed that use CGI recreations of the interior of the Titanic.


The film was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Home media[edit]

The feature film on the DVD is 90 minutes long and is available in a 2-disc edition and as the 5th disc in the Titanic 5-Disc Deluxe Limited Edition.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the film on a three-disc Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD edition on September 11, 2012.[8][9]

Rolling Stone included the documentary in their list of the best 3D movies ever, in 2012.[10]


Ghosts of the Abyss
Soundtrack album by Joel Mcneely
Released April 26, 2003
Length 58:29
Label Hollywood

The official soundtrack's songs were composed and conducted by Joel McNeely, and the orchestrations were conducted by David Brown, Marshall Bowen, and Frank Macchia. The album was also recorded and mixed by Rich Breen, edited by Craig Pettigrew, and mastered by Pat Sullivan. The album was ultimately produced by James Cameron, Randy Gerston and Joel McNeely and released by Disney's Hollywood Records label. Part of the film was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Joel McNeely, except where noted.


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  2. ^ "Ghosts of the Abyss - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ 47218_GotAEGv15_A
  4. ^ a b "Titanic director revisits ship's wreck with hi-tech help", New Zealand Herald, March 19, 2005, webpage: NZH6038.
  5. ^ a b Titanic 3D: Ghosts Of The Abyss (2003), Yahoo! Movies, 2012, webpage: YMov945.
  6. ^ Anonymous Summary taken from IMDB
  7. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ghosts of the Abyss". Archived from the original on 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Ghost of the Abyss 3D Blu-ray". Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  9. ^ "James Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss Blu-ray 3D Release Date and Details (Updated) - TheHDRoom". TheHDRoom. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  10. ^ "The Best and Worst 3D Movies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 

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