Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 1, Vol. 2

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 1, Vol. 2

Director: Felix E. Feist, James Goldstone, Laslo Benedek

Cast: Felix E. Feist, Irwin Allen, James Goldstone, Laslo Benedek

     
 

Volume Two of the first season of Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea is superior to its predecessor as a body of episodes -- the first volume had some very good ones, but the second half of the season was where the show began to hit its stride, with the two best episodes of the entire run of the series, "Mutiny" and "Doomsday," side-by-side, and probably their…  See more details below

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Volume Two of the first season of Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea is superior to its predecessor as a body of episodes -- the first volume had some very good ones, but the second half of the season was where the show began to hit its stride, with the two best episodes of the entire run of the series, "Mutiny" and "Doomsday," side-by-side, and probably their best pure sci-fi show, "The Invaders," present as well, and hardly a weak moment anywhere else in the package. The array of guest stars is also fairly interesting, including Henry Silva, Tom Skerrit, and Robert Duvall (in one of the stranger roles of his career). As with the earlier package, each episode gets a generous 12 chapters, and each double-sided disc opens automatically to an easy-to-use menu. The transfers are the real delight here. The series often featured process shot involving the submarine underwater, and these have always looked a bit flat in the Sci-Fi Channel presentations. This DVD package evidently uses new transfers, because in episodes such as "Mutiny," the special effects shots now push the upper limits of their effectiveness -- the giant man-o-war is at the outer range of what worked on camera in 1964. The box also comes with enough special features to keep even the most jaded fan interested -- the David Hedison interviews are extremely honest and revealing, in terms of his evolving perceptions of the series (which he turned down twice before he accepted, and that was on the basis of Richard Basehart having taken the role of Admiral Nelson), and one only wished that he spoke longer or that one or two other surviving cast members were interviewed as well. The other bonus features are a still-frame gallery that is mostly an array of covers of the Gold Key comic book adaptation of the series; and a blooper-reel that's mostly lines and cues being blown, and one shot, from the episode Doomsday in which Hedison can't get a key in a lock. It's all just about as amusing as the Star Trek blooper reel material, but a lot less familiar.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Irwin Allen -- the science-fiction and disaster maestro behind such TV and big-screen hits as Lost in Space and The Towering Inferno -- first hit it big on TV with this undersea adventure series. This second Season 1 volume completes that first (and best) year’s run with 16 black-and-white episodes from 1965. The Seaview continues its "vital and dangerous" missions against spies, saboteurs, humanoids, and maritime monsters (and a merry time they provide, too). Side A of Disc 1 alone is almost worth the price of this three-disc set. In "The Last Battle," Admiral Nelson (Richard Basehart) is shanghaied to an island prison, where a new "master race" of kidnapped scientists is being compelled by an unrepentant Nazi to usher in a Fourth Reich. "Mutiny," with its behemoth jellyfish, and "Doomsday," a cautionary Fail-Safe drama, are series benchmarks. And that's Robert Duvall as Zar, an otherworldly, centuries-old creature awakened from suspended animation, in "The Invaders." Other impressive guest stars include Ed Asner as Alexi Brynov, who plots to heat up the Cold War in "The Exile"; Leslie Nielsen as a dangerously impulsive captain in the manta-ray episode, "The Creature"; and George Sanders as a foreign agent who demands that Nelson betray his country to rescue his kidnapped sister in the season finale, "The Traitor." More than 40 years after its initial departure from TV’s dry dock, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea may be a bit creaky for younger viewers. But nostalgic baby boomers will definitely want to take the plunge -- the special effects are still impressive; Basehart provides the gravitas to maintain ballast; and there's that ever-present sonic ping that was the series' signature sound, which is even cooler on a 21st-century TV.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
UPC:
0024543237020
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
13:41:00
Sales rank:
9,493

Special Features

Closed Caption; David Hedison interviews; Blooper reel; Still gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arch Whiting Sparks
Curt Conway Dr. Winslow
Donald Harron Corbett
George Keymas Igor)
George Sanders Fenton
Harold J. Stone Admiral Jiggs Starke
J.D. Cannon Admiral Falk
Joe de Santis Miklos
John Anderson Dr. Janus
Leslie Nielsen Captain Adams
Malachi Throne Dr. Shinera
Michael Constantine Dr. Brand
Richard Basehart Actor
Richard Bull Doctor
Robert Duvall Zar
Simon Scott Reston
Torin Thatcher MacDougal
Arthur Franz Archer
Barry Atwater Logan
David Hedison Actor
Harry Millard The Man
Hedley Mattingly Lester
Henry Silva General Tau
Howard Wendell Dr. Andrew Benton
Jason Wingreen Mikhil Brynov
Michael MacDonald Foster
Michael Pate Hamid
Paul Carr Clark
Rudy Solari Tomas
Russell Horton Fred
Skip Homeier Dr. Jenkins
Steve Harris Fowler
Alvy Moore Hoff
Emile Genest French Captain
Harry Davis Dr. Konstantin
James Brolin Spencer
John McLiam Andrews
John van Dreelen Schroder
Susan Flannery Edith
Ted de Corsia Foreign General
Tom Skerritt Richardson
Zale Perry Angie
Eric Feldary Deiner
Ford Rainey President of the United
Frank Graham Danny
Gene Dynarski Guard
Herbert Lytton First Admiral
James Frawley Semenev
Joe Higgins Magistrate
John Goddard Tracy
Robert Sampson Captain Williams
Warren Stevens Forester
Bert Freed Dr. Ullman
Dayton Dayton Lummis Reinhardt
George Mitchell Angus
Michael Pataki Officer
States Actor
Walter Sande Second Admiral

Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Irwin Allen Created by
James Goldstone Director
Laslo Benedek Director
Leonard Horn Director
Sobey Martin Director

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