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

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; David Hedison interviews; Blooper reel; Still gallery
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 024543237020
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 13:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,634

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Basehart
David Hedison
Technical Credits
Irwin Allen Created by
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Disc #1, Side A -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   The Last Battle
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      Scene Selection
         Interrupted Flight Plan
         Main Titles
         Colonel Alfried Schroder
         Once a War Criminal...
         The New Master Race
         A Plan for Us All
         Message to Friends and Foe
         Purpose Served
         Divide, Conquer and Escape!
         Not a Team Player
         Acceptable Weapons of War
         How He Knew/End Titles
      Language Selection
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   Mutiny
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         Shakedown Cruise
         Main Titles
         Giants of the Sea
         To Save a Friend
         Good Sailors Go Down
         The End of Fowler
         Rescued
         Where Our Strength Lies
         Old Navy vs. New Navy
         Relieved of Command
         Saving Their Lives
         True Navy/End Titles
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   Doomsday
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         Providing Common Defense
         Main Titles
         King Neptune's Domain
         It's War!
         Corbett's Conscience
         Waiting to See
         If We Fail
         Decoying Doom
         Make No Mistake About It
         On My Authority!
         What Might Have Been
         End Titles
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   The Invaders
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         When the Bottom Falls Out
         Main Titles
         Extricating Life
         Friend or Foe?
         Out of Habit
         The Powerless and the Powerful
         Twenty Million Years Ago
         Thinking Like a Sailor
         Who Shall Live, Who Shall Die
         Sailing a Circle
         Destroying a Virus
         What Remains Below/End Titles
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Disc #1, Side B -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   The Indestructible Man
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      Scene Selection
         Space Probe 1
         Main Titles
         Pathway to the Galaxy
         Mine Requires Intelligence
         Awakening a Monster
         A Reason for Failure
         Outthinking a Machine
         Short-Circuiting a Robot
         Light Into Darkness
         Brand's Mistake
         Dedicated to Kill
         A Better Machine/End Titles
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   The Buccaneer
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         Fire!
         Main Titles
         The Pirate Logan
         Stand-Up Men
         The Prize That Haunts
         Divide and Conquer
         A Most Desirable Female
         Lady on Board
         Hatching Their Plan
         Taking Back the Sub
         A Tearful Takeover
         Back Where She Belongs/End Titles
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Disc #2, Side A -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   The Human Computer
      Play Episode
      Scene Selection
         Reporting Seaview's Demise
         Main Titles
         When the Brain Takes Over
         In the Hands of an Enemy
         Uninvited Passenger
         No One to Command
         Mind Games
         Kowalski!
         Suspicions Confirmed
         An Act of War
         I Want You to Die
         Back on Course/End
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   The Saboteur
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         The People's Republic
         Main Titles
         Delicate Handling
         Passing Through Security
         Looking for His Accomplice
         So Small, So Destructive
         Whe the Best Go Bad
         Reasons to Suspect
         Crane's Contact
         Kill Nelson
         The Accomplice
         Peace/End Titles
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   Cradle of the Deep
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         Never Like This
         Main Titles
         One Cell, Two Million Years
         Forty Miles of Bad Road
         Begging for Trouble
         Gone Mad
         Just a Few More Hours
         Pure Organic Matter
         Size vs. Speed
         Rapture of the Deep
         What We Must Do
         The Breath of Life/End Titles
      Language Selection
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   The Amphibians
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         Water Breathers
         Main Titles
         What Have We Done?
         Hiding From Nelson
         Observing Conditions Generally
         A Complete Water Animal
         A Stupid Blunder
         Chasing Mermaids
         Dead on the Bottom
         Rigged to Explode
         We Are Amphibians
         What the Sea Provides/End Titles
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Disc #2, Side B -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   The Exile
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      Scene Selection
         A Way Out
         Main Titles
         A Delicate Evaluation
         Destroyers
         Betrayed
         Denying Death
         Taking Control
         Sharks
         Some Call It Sacrifice
         And Then There Were Two
         The Pleasure of Killing Him
         Without Remorse/End Titles
      Language Selection
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   The Creature
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      Scene Selection
         Underwater Disturbance
         Main Titles
         Searching for the Sound
         Ultrasonic Barrage
         Devil Fish
         The Little Devil
         Calculated Risk
         Sonic Attack
         Adam's Gambit
         Back to the Bottom
         The Sonic Beam
         Man vs. Manta/End Titles
      Language Selection
         Languages: English Mono
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Disc #3, Side A -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   The Enemies
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         Ex-Friends
         Main Titles
         The End of the Angler
         The Mysterious Island
         Intruders
         Human Subjects
         Three Phases
         The Test
         What If?
         Friend Against Friend
         Quicksand
         Friends Again/End Titles
      Language Selection
         Languages: English Mono
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         Languages: Spanish Mono
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   The Secret of the Loch
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         The Monster!
         Main Titles
         The Legend of the Loch Ness
         Killed by a Legend
         Told Under Oath
         Under a Watchful Eye
         With Security Clearance
         A Call of Warning
         Looking for a Monster
         Monster Found
         The Admiral's Plan
         To Remain a Mystery/End Titles
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   The Condemned
      Play Episode
      Scene Selection
         False Atmosphere
         Main Titles
         In the Name of Science
         History Made
         Deciding Who Lives
         Life, Death and the Press
         Pleasure Won't Be Denied
         Falk's Version
         Jealousy or Common Sense?
         Nightmares of the Abyss
         One Good Deed
         End Titles
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   The Traitor
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      Scene Selection
         Kidnapped
         Main Titles
         A Family Matter
         Mutually Suspicious
         Secrets They Told
         Paid to Be Suspicious
         Piecing It Together
         Spying on Friends
         Not Entirely Unexpected
         A Complicated Game
         A Step-by-Step Plan
         Dinner's on Me/End Credits
      Language Selection
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Disc #3, Side B -- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. 2
   Still Gallery
   Blooper Reel
   David Hedison Interviews
      How He Got on the Show
      The First Year
      Richard Basehart
      Blooper Reels
      Play All
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