The sound quality on the new release is freaking fantastic! Makes the OST sound like it was underwater by comparison
The content and sound is improved SO much that I might break with tradition and dump the older CD, despite the unique edits. This new disc represents Silvestri's original vision in an astonishing way and I can't imagine ever spinning that other disc again.
Got my copy yesterday, and I'm finally getting to listen to it. This score was high on my hopefuls list for expansion. I absolutely love how vastly different the full score is to the original album release. It's a whole different listening experience for sure, and the sound quality is fantastic. I am grateful to Varese Sarabande for releasing this gem of Silvestri's.
THE ABYSS was never high on my list of score favorites. I rarely listened to the CD because for some reason it never "grabbed" me. Now I see why. The original CD was wholly inadequate. This new expanded version is a completely different experience and raises the score (as music listening) way up in my estimation. It sounds terrific! Great job,Varese.
This is a perfect example of why some scores benefit greatly from expansion (not all do).
After hearing all of this new presentation, I can never listen to the original album version again. It's almost a slap to the face of the composer in just how much material was left out of the original album version (Am I glad times have changed!). It's a fantastic listening experience that has far exceeded my own expectations. My opinion, The Abyss is one of Silvestri's best and one of my favorite purchases of late.
Received my copy on Friday. It's a wonderful production and I'm so glad to have this (and Intrada's Cocoon) back in my collection after so many years. Cool "ocean blue" coloring on the discs as well. Thanks to the good people at Varese for this.