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

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The SSRN Seaview, the world's most technologically advanced submarine, is back and more powerful than ever! Come aboard with Admiral Nelson, Captain Crane, and their crew as they brave hostile waters and explore uncharted depths, keeping the world safe from the enemies of mankind. Season Two is full of innovative series firsts: it's the first season to be shot in color, and the Seaview has been masterfully redesigned to house the spectacular Flying Sub! Filled with espionage, action, sci-fi and suspense, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a true TV classic!


Bolstered by its first-season success, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea returned on September 19, 1965, with a second season full of surprises. Now in full color, the continuing adventures of Adm. Nelson (Richard Basehart), Capt. Crane (David Hedison) and the intrepid crew of the nuclear sub Seaview were no longer limited to the ocean depths; the advent of the "Flying Sub" (officially dubbed "FS-1"), enabled Nelson and crew to expand the horizons of their top-secret service, flying at super-sonic speed or plunging into the ocean with the push of a joystick. The manta-shaped FS-1 quickly became a staple of nearly every episode, routinely deployed from its launch-bay on the newly upgraded Seaview, still the most elegant submarine of fact or fiction. Cold-war conspiracies and power-hungry villains remain common in these 13 episodes, all set in the "near future" of the 1970s, and spiced up with science-fiction scenarios familiar to any fan of producer Irwin Allen's other '60s SF shows like Land of the Giants and The Time Tunnel. And while the show's occasional monsters (in episodes like "Jonah and the Whale," "Leviathan" and "The Monster from Outer Space") are laughably cheesy by modern standards, they're balanced out by intelligent plots (many written by William Welch) involving espionage, sabotage, nuclear threats, and high-tech weaponry.

These are the plot elements that dominate most of these well-written episodes, capably handled by directors like Sobey Martin, Leo Penn (father of Sean), Nathan Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and others. And while Basehart and Hedison were never the most dynamic performers, they set a solid foundation for the series, holding their own with such prominent guest stars as Gia Scala ("Jonah and the Whale"), Victor Buono ("The Cyborg"), future indie-film pioneer John Cassavetes ("The Peacemaker"), soon-to-be-"Sulu" George Takei ("The Silent Saboteurs"), and many other '60s TV stalwarts. Voyage never wavered from its stodgy pacing, flat humor, and occasional lapses in logic (like having divers talk while their mouths are stuffed with oxygen regulators, etc.), but despite occasional gaps in credibility, it remained a slick, smart adventure series rooted in the political reality of the cold war. As with previous Voyage DVD sets, these episodes are so crisp and clean that you can easily see the guide-wires used to "fly" the Flying Sub (on a "Lydecker" rig, named after special effects pioneer Howard Lydecker), and loyal fans will enjoy the mid-season shift to "sonar-screen" opening credits, economical recycling of sets and stock footage, and the lively contributions of supporting cast members Bob Dowdell (as "Chip" Morton), Terry Becker (Chief Sharkey), Allen Hunt ("Stu" Riley), and Del Monroe (Kowalski). Bonus features are minimal but worthwhile, especially for fans: There's over 20 minutes of raw special effects footage (mostly redundant, but of interest to TV and FX historians), and photo galleries consisting of concept art, episode photos, behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills. Best of all--and not mentioned on the DVD packaging--is the inclusion of "Voyage to See What's on the Bottom," a MAD magazine TV parody from 1966, viewable on-screen in its hilarious entirety. Nostalgic fun for seasoned fans, and likely to gain a new following on DVD, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is still entertaining after all these years. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on three discs
  • Special effects footage
  • Still gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell, Del Monroe, Terry Becker
  • Writers: Irwin Allen, Jack Gross Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 665 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GUJZ0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (ABC 1964-68) makes an auspicious primetime network debut in magnificent colour for its landmark second season (1965-66) featuring a completely remodeled Seaview, the introduction of the fantastic Flying Sub in addition to the series casting of new regulars Terry Becker in the role of Chief (CPO) Francis Ethelbert Sharkey and Allan Hunt as Crewman Stuart "Stu" Riley.

The scripts here are invariably on a par with the very best written for the first season (1964-65) similarly encompasing a wide range of storylines innovatively marking early televised references to the term "Cyborg" (in "The Cyborg") and the advanced scientific concept of genetic engineering (in "The Menfish").

The stellar line up of the finest Hollywood celebrity acting talents recruited from the theatrical stage, motion picture screen and television making guest appearances (typically) remains impressively outstanding with the distinguished presences of Victor Buono, Gia Scala, Phillip Pine, Ina Balin, Vincent Gardenia, Brooke Bundy, Regis Toomey, Renzo Cesana, Lloyd Bochner, Susan Flannery, Liam Sullivan, James Anderson, Barbara Bouchet, Richard Loo, Robert F. Simon, Whit Bissell, George Takei, Karen Steele, John McGiver, Charles Dierkop, Irene Tsu, Roger C. Carmel, Jan Merlin, Pilar Seurat, Robert Cornthwaite, John Zaremba, Audrey Dalton, Kent Taylor, Cyril Delavanti, Bert Freed, Robert Doyle and John Cassavettes.

Richard Basehart and David Hedison dependably give their (by now) customary solid performances especially with the strong story material that these two series stars have to work with throughout this banner second year making it a worthy follow up to the gloriously triumphant first season.
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Back in the days of "rabbit ears," I was unable to pick up the area ABC channel unless the weather was extremely stormy. Thus, I didn't see most of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" during its initial run. Fortunately, with the advent of cable, and the Sci-Fi Channel, I was able to play catch up, although there were significant cuts in the rebroadcasts in order to accommodate modern television's need to have more commercial time.

With the wonder of DVD compilations, I have now been able to see the installments in their original lengths, with great sound and picture enhancement. For that, I tip my hat to Twentieth Century Fox for its attention to detail, particularly on the "Voyage" and "Time Tunnel" sets, respectively.

Perhaps, the studio might go back and do the same for "Lost in Space," as it isn't up to par with the other two.

That said, I can now give my take on the compilation in question, the first half of the second season.

As has been previously stated, this was the first color season for the show and featured some physical changes to the Seaview and the awesome addition of the Flying Sub, enabling Admiral Nelson and crew to soar to new adventures, as well as sail to them. There are cast changes, notably Terry Becker replacing the late Henry Hulky as the new "chief." Alan Hunt was added to appeal to the younger audience but only lasted the second season.

Richard Basehart continued his commanding presence as "Admiral Nelson" and David Hedison resumed his role as the by-the-books "Captain Lee Crane." Del Monroe continued his role as the fan favorite "Kowalski" while Robert Dowdell was back as "Lt. Commander 'Chip' Morton.
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These past DVD sets have been fantastic and the tansfers are great!!! As we go forward with the new color seasons, can you include form the vaults the all exciting preview scenes from next week................that would truly make this series a superb collection!!!!!!!!! By the way The Time Tunnel sets were outstanding....you guys at 20th really know what you are doing, keep it up!!!!!!!!!!
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"Voyage" continued to have a number of fun adventure episodes during the second season opening with the effects heavy "Jonah and the Whale" in which Admiral Nelson and a Russian scientists are swallowed while in the diving bell by a huge whale. While some of the effects are dated they are pretty darn good for the early 60's. The first half of the second season introduced color, a designed Seaview and the Flying Sub and a new theme song by Jerry Goldsmith (quickly scuttled in favor of the larger than life original theme). A nice mix of fantasy, science fiction and spy melodrama the second season had some top notch writing from Shimon Wincelberg ("Star Trek" and a well respected playwrite)and some terrific guest stars (including Victor Buno).

We get 13 episodes from the first season in this first half set. Why studios continue to do this (vs. just releasing it all at once since most fans will shell out the bucks for the sets) is beyond me. I do like the slimline DVD holders but am not a fan of the dual sided discs (simply because they don't take wear and tear as much)but am willing to put up with it.

As with previous sets Fox has generously included extras as part of the set. We get as bonuses raw visual effects footage, a photo gallery and a Mad magazine parody. "Voyage" is a terrific set.
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