Format: DVD I bought on ebay
Director: James Cameron
I would have been about 14 when The Abyss (1989) hit, and it arrived as a sort of prestige sci-fi film. I remember seeing it in a packed house on a Saturday within the first week or two it was out (with my pals), and it was a*very big deal*.
It became a staple of our rotation, but one you had to make time for. The thing was 2.5 hours long. It felt smart and somewhat relevant. A Cold War story and not so displaced from our own time and technology, an underwater oil platform made sense - especially as run by roughnecks and fairly blue-collar technical crew.