Love "The Abyss". I take it the extra half hour gives more insight into the aliens?
Hell yes, more than I expected. You get a completely different movie with the extra footage. I won't tell ya, cuz it'll spoil the whole thing. But if you ever get the urge to revisit this film, please
rent the special edition. The original cut left something to be desired at the end. This one has resolution, albeit an outlandish one.
Check out Jean Pierre Melville's films if you like the crime and heist genre at all. He was pre new wave, but a master of his own style, more mature than many of the subsequent French auteurs. This one and Le Cercle Rouge (the Red Circle) are both really
good. Criterion is doing a great job reissuing these.