The Deep

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Details At A Glance

Category Thriller Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1977 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 119:57 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Biographies
RSDL/Flipper No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Director Peter Yates

Columbia TriStar
Starring Nick Nolte
Jacqueline Bisset
Robert Shaw
Louis Gossett
Eli Wallach
RRP $34.95 Music John Barry

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 2.0
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

   Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset are a couple trying to have a romantic holiday in Bermuda. Whilst diving, they stumble upon a shipwreck which contains drugs and just maybe secret treasure. The plot is basically our couple and a treasure hunter Robert Shaw trying to get to the bottom (pun intended) of the mystery, and find out if there really is a pot of gold down there below; whilst at the same time being generally terrorized by drug dealer Louis Gossett.

    This is a rather tame thriller by modern standards, and does move at a relaxed pace. However there are times of genuine tension, and the characters have just enough development that you do care what happens to them.

    The underwater photography is magnificent, being shot at Bermuda, a Virgin Island, and Australia. The camera work is very impressive, as are the underwater stunts. This movie must have been a bugger to film, and it always maintains an authentic feel, helped a great deal by the very high quality image. I was expecting a much inferior movie, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Transfer Quality


    This is an exceptionally good transfer without even taking the age of the movie into consideration. It is very film-like in appearance, and is almost reference quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is consistently sharp and very clear. There is no low-level noise. Shadow detail, whilst at times only slightly wanting, is generally very good. Much of this film takes place in the dim and murky environment of a sunken wreckage and it is handled well.

    The colours are very natural and well rendered. The blue of the ocean comes across very well, as do outdoor scenes.

    There were no MPEG artefacts during this movie. This movie runs for two hours, and has been expertly compressed onto a single layer. There are no film-to-video artefacts. Film artefacts consist of trivial scratches to the print now and then.


    The soundtrack to this movie is also very good, and is as good as we can expect for a movie made in 1977.

    There are five audio tracks: English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. Also, there is an Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track, though the packaging and menu incorrectly state this as being mono.

    Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.

    There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.

    The musical score by John Barry is unsophisticated, and is typical of the period. It makes use of heavy violins and strings, and generally produces a sense of foreboding. It is adequate in generating suspense, but not particularly stirring.

    This mix has a very good surround presence. Music and effects are nicely incorporated into the surrounds. Of particular note are underwater scenes, where the underwater environment is nicely created, giving you a feeling of being there with the action. Again, this is as good if not better than we should expect given the age of the movie.

    The subwoofer was not used.


    There are no extras on this disc to speak of.


    The static menu design is appropriately themed for the movie, and is not 16x9 enhanced. The scene selections are slightly better than average.

Cast & Crew Biographies

R4 vs R1

    The R4 version misses out on:     Due to the inherent superiority of the PAL system, the R4 version is the preferred version yet again.


    A mildly interesting thriller which moves at a slow pace, yet manages to be compelling enough to sit through for two hours.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio is very good given the vintage.

    I do not consider biographies to be extras. Sorry.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Cordingley
30th November 1999
Review Equipment
DVD Panasonic A350A; S-Video output
Display Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9
Audio Decoder Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)
Amplification Sony STRDE-525 Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver, 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ
Speakers Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt, Main/Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders, Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive