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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Robert Sterling, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon Walter Pidgeon
  • Directors: Irwin Allen
  • Producers: Irwin Allen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, VHS, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Video
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030FHHSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) was a genuinely dark, moody spy drama blended with fantastic undersea scenes. Before long, werewolves, toy robots and leprechauns roamed the halls of the Seaview. Allen went on to produce television greats TIME TUNNEL and LAND OF THE GIANTS and later THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE dealing with another sea disaster situation. This movie showcases Allen's production skills at an earlier point of his career and is skillfully produced, directed and acted with a wonderful cast.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's Sci Fi at its best February 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Sure, the science is implausible. But this film employs enough plot devises and not-half-bad special effects to make it a real party flick. The two real treats in the film: (1)An aging but always fascinating to watch Peter Lorre, chain-smoking his way through some pretty dumb lines, and (2) Barbara Eden in a skin-tight naval "uniform," as the admiral's personal assistant, jiggling about the submarine, and even going topside, in 6-inch spike high heels. What fun!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 1960's Sci Fi Drama That Spawned The Series January 30, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Viewing Irwin Allen's sci fi drama "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", recently after many years was like going back in time to the days when I would race home from school to see the next exciting episode of the popular series that this film spun off into. Viewed critically by viewers nowadays for the simple special effects and often absurd science on display, I see it rather as simply a very enjoyable 100 minutes of good old fashioned science fiction which for the time was very state of the art. Remarkably the film still holds up well for the most part with the great Seaview atomic submarine and the still quite frightening effects of the sky being on fire and melting the Polar Caps, being the real standouts in terms of special effects technology. For a film of this type it has a quite memorable cast in acting veterans Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre, and Henry Daniell combining very well with such "younger generation" performers as Frankie Avalon, Barbara Eden and Michael Ansara.

The story opens with the new state of the art submarine, the "Seaview", captained by Admiral Nelson (Walter Pidgeon), doing some research work near the North Pole when a catastrophe of world wide significance occurs when resulting from some unusual meteorite fallings the Van Allen Radiation Belt surrounding the Earth's atmosphere catches on fire encircling the planet in a fiery mass that sends temperatures soaring up to 130 degrees. Called back to New York to a meeting on the UN Admiral Nelson with the assistance of Com. Lucius Emery (Peter Lorre), works out a scheme whereby shooting a missile from the Seaview at a certain point and time into the radiation belt will extinguish the fiery mass.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA on Blu-ray Disc December 8, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I always loved VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. This movie was the first VHS tape I ever purchased, but this film on Blu-ray Disc is fantastic! The color and sound are outstanding. I can't say enough on how beautiful this disc is.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Green-Washed Seaview July 9, 2007
Format:DVD
I can just imagine the marketing department at Fox scouring its archives for products it can tie in with today's environmental concerns. The "Global Warming" edition of the Voyage movie is a rather obvious repackaging of an old product with a glitzy extra or two, but the association with climate change is a stretch. In the movie, the sky catches fire and Earth's temperatures rise dramatically. Global warming, indeed.

I was happy to see the movie released with extras such as an isolated music track, commentary, and production gallery, but disappointed with the quality of each of the features. The music track is well recorded, but unlike the special edition of "Fantastic Voyage," there's no dialog to fill the passages which have no music. Long stretches of silence are the result.

With the commentary playing, I found myself groaning every time Voyage "expert" Tim Colliver launched into another of his glib ad-libs, which were riddled with obvious grammatical errors and verbal gaffs. Colliver mispronounces "depth" "Depp" - as in Johnny Depp - twice. He trips over his tongue, then ironically notes that he "talks for a living." I hope he saves his money. Colliver also points out that he feels obligated to tell us the differences between the Voyage movie and novelization... and vice versa!

While the video quality of the film is excellent on this DVD, it is no better than on the version backed with "Fantastic Voyage" which Fox released several years ago. If you already own that version, there is no need to replace it with this one. If you need to spend money, buy Fantastic Voyage (Special Edition) instead. Now THAT's how you do a commentary!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC FUN November 30, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a fun film and looks great on blu ray!!! Great cast and well done!!! 60's classic!!!!! U will enjoy this!!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Film of my Childhood July 11, 2009
Format:DVD
This was my favorite film of my childhood, I still have a great deal of affection for it. My father took me to see it when I was eleven and it absolutely blew me away, it was to me what Star Wars was to the next generation. I immediately started hitting every book store and department store I could find to locate the novelization (which I eventualy found in a small bookstore on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. I still have it.)
The basic premise is of the Van Allen radiation belt surrounding the earth catching fire and the attempt of the futuristic atomic-powered submarine, Seaview, to shoot a nuclear missile into the belt and push the fire out into space. Pretty much everyone is opposed to this including the United Nations but as the brilliant creator of the Seaview, Admiral Nelson, advises "I answer only to the President."(Hearing the Admiral state this unequiocably brings me back to a time when the U.S. did not have to grovel to anyone else for anything. I wish we were still there.) Since the President can't be contacted, the Admiral has a time-limit and must do it on his own.
The cast is excellent. Walter Pidgeon is a suitably eccentric Nelson and Robert Sterling (from TV's Topper,) a good Captain Crane. (I do prefer Richard Basehart and David Hedison from the Voyage TV series though. Irwin Allen wanted Hedison to play Crane in the film but Hedison refused after working unhappily with Allen on "The Lost World." He eventually relented and accepted the role on the TV series due to his respect for Basehart and his buddy, Roger Moore, telling him he could make a great deal of money from a successful TV series. I've met Hedison a few times and had him autograph my 1964 Aurora model of the Seaview.)
The rest of the cast is fine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Old and Hookey but Still Fun
I was really not expecting all that much from it but it had been years since I had seen and I probably never saw in color or on a good set and I know I did not see at the theater. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph R. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars under water adventure
really enjoyed bobby darrin and barbara eden in this film, something you can watch with the whole family, fun for all
Published 1 month ago by M. Buyense
5.0 out of 5 stars still a great movie
movie still great entertainment
picture quality great
very happy to have this in my collection
many old familiar faces in movie
Published 1 month ago by harry
3.0 out of 5 stars Voyage At The Bottom Of The Sea
In this overseas series that ran on ABC from 1964 to 1968, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea gets a dose of On the Beach in Irwin Allen's visually impressive but scientifically silly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Pidgeon and Lorre....Offset by Joan Fontaine and Barbara Eden...&...
Not to mention one of the great sci-fi submarine debuts in history!!! The Seaview took America by storm upon the release of this 60's sci-fi treat from the Master Of Disaster... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rick L. Parrish
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie But a Goodie to Us
Wife and I both like this old movie. It may be dated but we have liked it for years and do not see it on TV often, so now we can watch whenever the mood catches us.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin J. Post
4.0 out of 5 stars An Early Take On Global Warming
Director Irwin Allen was responsible for a lot of Sci-Fi/Fantasy coming to television throughout the sixties and early seventies not all of it very good but extremely entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Amazzini
4.0 out of 5 stars The sky's on fire, the sky's on fire!
I saw this when I was a kid in Chicago and it was a very hot night so I had nightmares and thought the sky was on fire. You suspend disbelief in today's world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by erdprod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie. Perfect casting, good plot and story execution. A nice window into another time with today's issues. Time well spent.
Published 2 months ago by Hyperjump
4.0 out of 5 stars Why does the DVD have more bonus features?
The Blu-ray format has the capacity to hold so much more than DVD, so it was disappointing to find the "Global Warming" DVD edition of the film had more bonus features than... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob S
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