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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1, Vol. 1 (1964)

Richard Basehart , László Benedek , Alex March  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Basehart
  • Directors: László Benedek, Alex March, Abner Biberman, James B. Clark, John Brahm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 818 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZISS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen Pilot episode
  • Home Movie footage from producer Irwin Allen
  • Promotional reel
  • Still galleries

Editorial Reviews

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the brainchild of Writer/Producer/Director Irwin Allen... the "Master of Disaster."It ran on ABC 1964-1968 and was for its four years of some of the best and most exciting science fiction on TV at the time. The classic adventures aboard the "SSRN Seaview" will captivate you today, as much as they did in the 60s.

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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon Voyage Seaview! November 21, 2005
This was my favorite TV series in the 1960s. While sometimes derided by serious Sci-Fi fans, Voyage was very successful in its day, and actually lasted a season longer than Star Trek. The casting of Richard Basehart was a real coup, and David Hedison, who turned down the Captain Crane role in the VTTBOTS movie, came aboard in the TV show. Featuring special effects that still hold up today, VTTBOTS originally started out as serious sci-fi, whose first season episodes still stand tall with the best of TV sci-fi. The second season brought color episodes, a re-designed Seaview, and a new invention, the Flying Sub, to help expand the action. As often happened with Irwin Allen's shows, writing became spotty as time went on. Solid sci-fi stories were often sandwiched between "monster of the week" shows. Even the cast was surprised when the show was picked up for a fourth season. From what I've read, Basehart was anxious to get out of the grind of a TV series, and frankly back into what he considered serious acting. So one will notice an episode or two where he's absent, or obviously being doubled (the episode with the giant sea spider and the hyper fast submarine was one where he was doubled, and he literally duped his lines). There's also another episode where Basehart's son John had a guest part (playing a crewman named "Johnson". Get it? John? Basehart's son?).

I had the pleasure of meeting David Hedison at a convention a few years back. He recounted many fine stories about Voyage, including his relationship with Basehart, working with Irwin Allen, and his years as Captain of the Seaview.

I have waited a long time for this to come out on DVD. I am glad to see it is finally going to hit the DVD shelves!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY CAN'T THEY RELEASE THE WHOLE SEASON ON DVD?????? February 8, 2006
By Philly
Is it all companies or just Irwin Allen TV shows???? This seems to be the newest plot in rapidly separating the consumers from their money. Manufacturers take years releasing the public's favorite shows on DVD and, when they do, they only release half seasons. They're releasing only 15 of the 32 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea's First Season. I'm sure Vol.2 will be out in 3 to 6 months, but it will probably mean 8 box sets to cover the entire 4 season run of this show. They released Lost in Space in 5 box sets for the 3 seasons it was on and they're even splitting up the Time Tunnel episodes in 2 sets and it was only on for one season! You know we're waiting for these shows and, as a result, you bleed as much money out of us as you can. GIVE THE PUBLIC A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skipping problem remains unaddressed June 9, 2006
A number of previous reviewers have reported skipping and freezing problems with this set of DVDs, some reporting mailing back their DVDs repeatedly in the hope of obtaining a set which wasn't defective. A previous reviewer recommended that potential buyers contact Fox home entertainment and plead with them to fix the DVDs to correct this problem, so I did. Their phone number is 1 877 369-7867, by the way. So much for pleading; after some discussion, I finally convinced the telephone attendant to inquire about problems with these DVDs. After less than a minute on hold, she came back on and reported that they have no record of any problems existing with these disks and no record of any returns. All that she could assure me of is that if I purchased a defective set, I could return them. Conclusion: Not only does the skipping problem remain unaddressed but no one is even paying attention. Sometimes the only power that the consumer has is to NOT purchase a shoddy product. I'll wait a few years - maybe they'll get it right on whatever format will follow DVD. You can always try calling them also. If the response I got is any indication, you're probably wasting your time, however.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Season... So Far May 19, 2006
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Most of my experience with Voyage consists of the color episodes shown in syndication. As I child, I dug the whole "monster of the week" thing, BUT, as an adult watching the same color episodes on the SciFi channel, I couldn't get over how cheesy they were.

That said, I ordered Season 1, Vol 1 of Voyage after reading reviews of the stellar B/W eps. Nice to see that this first half of the inaugural season lives up to the hype.

There is something about B/W that adds to the suspense of tv shows or movies. Voyage (as well as season 1 of Lost in Space)makes excellent use of the lack of color, resulting in taut and suspenseful installments. I especially enjoyed "The Fear Makers," "The Ghost of Moby Dick," and "Submarine Sunk Here."

Great video and audio transfers. The extras are nice too. Highly Recommended.

Looking forward to Vol. 2.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sinking This Submarine January 11, 2006
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Season One, although not in color, was probably the best. The story lines stayed away from the later underwater monsters that always seemed to attack the Seaview. This show was always overshadowed by Star Trek, even though the special effects were far superior-just watch the original movie to compare. Probably the BEST sci fi show on television at that time (aside from Star Trek). So finally, Admiral Nelson and Captain Crane live again-now I can't wait for Season Two!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voyage again and see what you were missing! February 22, 2006
By Ted S
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OK, 20th is now 2 for 3.

They botched the Lost In Space DVD set but did a super job mastering and transferring the recent "The Time Tunnel" Volume 1 DVDs and have done an equally good job on Voyage.

The mastering and transfer is crisp, clear, and beautiful. They obviously used either the original negatives or newly struck 35mm prints to master this set.
As noted by another reviewer, the sound track has some hiss in it, but nothing signficant.

The only gripe is that they tampered with the "unaired" color pilot by substituting the early season 2 color introduction in place of the original pilot intro, which is very different from the intros the series show aired with. They also tampered with the closing credits of the original which credited Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink of "Hogans Heros") as "Dr. Gamma". The credits on this version list Theodore Marcuse which is the way they aired during the series run. Otherwise, the pilot appears to be primarily intact.

The shows are very much as I remember them with good story lines and tight drama. A true blast from the past.

I can recommend this set if you're a fan of this series. Now, let's hope that the quality mastering and transfer work continues with the remainder of the releases of the series!


I've watch all three discs and didn't encountered any problems with skipping, locking, jumping or picture problems on this set.
But the double sided format is likely the cause of the problems people are having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Serie fantastic!!!
Published 2 months ago by Arcanjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was a *5* star TV Series
I just love this TV Series and got to watch almost all the episodes
that came on Saturdays. Great TV Series!
Published 3 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Entertainment
It was so good, I gave my Season 1, Vol. 1 away as a gift to my best friend and bought this one to keep my complete series intact. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vincent Sanchez
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a review of the DISC set not the series.
The episodes all played except number 3 on the disc (The Fear-Makers). The episode would play only for the first minute and half and then would freeze. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DP
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful
without dating me this series still does not fail in picture sound or production i run with 85 inch dlp and a anthem for sound if this had flaws they would be mighty annoying so... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the reason you became a fan!
The first season contained strong stories and the black and white footage hid the imperfections that the colored footage could not avoid.
Published 6 months ago by david combs
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE VOYAGE
Published 6 months ago by Janice M Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
This is another great show that I love and I wish they would put more shows like this on television today
Published 8 months ago by Mary E. Broderick
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV
Among the earliest of my favorite science fiction shows. I enjoyed watching the whole series and found so many scenes that I recalled from long ago. Read more
Published 8 months ago by davegw78
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Disc 1 side 1:
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4. The Mist of Silence

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