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VOYAGE #4, vol. 1: Back to season 2!,
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This review is from: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 4, Vol. 1 (DVD)
This first set covers the first thirteen episodes of the fourth and final season (1967-1968) of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", which is still supervised by associate producer Bruce Fowler, story editor Sidney Marshall and cinematographer Robert J. Bronner. Among other things, a brand new artisan popup: composer Harry Geller, known for his input on "The Wild Wild West", and the graphic design of the opening titles is renewed from "Rescue".
Some of the best offerings can be found in the following episodes: "The Deadly Dolls" (an alien mad puppeteer fantasy, guest starring horror film actor Vincent Price), "Sealed Orders" (a psychedelic fail-safe thriller), "Man with Many Faces" (an espionage plot featuring an assassin/master of disguises), "Rescue" and "Blow Up".
The infamous and picturesque time traveler character, by the name of Mr. Pem (played by Henry Jones), makes his entrance in "A Time to Die".
There are some extras that will please many aficionados: the re-cut unaired pilot "Eleven Days to Zero" and David Hedison Interviews about: Years 1-4, Irwin's Goal, Irwin's Office, Work Hours, Voice-overs.
Find the list of episodes from this volume 1:
"Fires of Death"
"The Deadly Dolls"
"Cave of the Dead"
"Journey with Fear"
"Man of Many Faces"
"A Time to Die"
*April 2009 Updates concerning the extra and options:
1. The re-cut unaired pilot "Eleven Days to Zero" is "not" a re-cut but the same color pilot without the original opening credits that is already included in the season 1, volume 1 DVD set.
2. David Hedison Interviews only last 4 minutes 4 seconds.
3. The DVD set only offers the following audio options:
English and French languages
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2009 3:18:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2009 11:18:34 AM PDT
I want to add a special mention of "A Time to Die" as my choice for one of the best episodes of the 4th season, highlighted by a fantastic music score by Leith Stevens (composer of such classic filmscores as War of the Worlds and When Worlds Collide). As befits this lively time travel adventure, the music keeps time with the images on the screen in a very unique way, particularly when the Seaview's chronometer runs wild. Portions of this amazing Leith Stevens score ended up being heavily re-used during many of the remaining episodes of the series.
PS: Stevens also composed an original score for the episode immediately following, "Blow Up."
PPS: Also...the 4th season episode "Terror" is tracked with an almost completely Leith Stevens score, borrowed from the year 3 episode "Monster from the Inferno." Great, great stuff!
Posted on Apr 8, 2009 10:38:26 AM PDT
Manuel Cuartero Gonzalez says:
for that the audio does not come included in spanish when they announce it in fox and in amazon?
Posted on Apr 11, 2009 4:08:20 AM PDT
Thomas Rucki says:
I invite you to read my April 2009 updates about the extra and options.
On a personal side, I encountered a mechanical problem when I inserted disc #2 and #3 in my DVD player. The discs produce a harsh mechanical noise in the DVD player as if I have started a lawn mower.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 11:22:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2009 11:29:25 AM PDT
Sorry to hear it. Mine has been trouble-free so far, and I've watched most of the episodes.
As long as the shows are complete and uncut, good clean prints as originally aired, I'm a happy camper.
Irwin Allen did have a pretty cool Seaview model in his office when I visited in 1980.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 12:28:50 PM PDT
No disc problems so far. I would still like to know in detail what is "re-edited" about the pilot included on disc 3? The original opening is still not included (over churning water, different music, slightly different graphics), several YouTube links have the original pilot opening.
And only four minutes of interviews with the classy Mr. Hedison. Many of the other cast members are still alive, why haven't there been any interviews with Bob Dowdell (Morton), Terry Becker (Sharkey), Del Monroe (Kowalski), or Allan Hunt (Riley in season two). There has to be some archival footage around of interviews with Richard Basehart and Irwin Allen as well.
Penny pinching Fox!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2009 12:46:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2009 12:47:48 PM PDT
Thomas Rucki says:
The re-cut unaired pilot "Eleven Days to Zero" is "not" a re-cut but the same color pilot without the original opening credits that is already included in the season 1, volume 1 DVD set.
Too bad, FOX omitted to add the next week trailers!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2009 8:29:05 AM PDT
Eric Pregosin says:
You did not have to repeat yourself. We can read the last paragraph of your posty loud and clear.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2009 4:14:55 PM PDT
Reginald D. Garrard says:
Thanks for the info about Stevens's music. He was one of the greats in the sci-fi fantasy genre. Knowing tat he contributed to those installments is enough for any genre fan to add this compilation to his library.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 5:44:17 PM PST
A big Leith Stevens fan here, obviously! Anxiously awaiting the rest of Year Four which has his scores for Man-Beast and The Terrible Leprechaun. Music is a very important part of any film or tv show, and since childhood I've had a real affinity for Stevens. Unfortunately, very little of his work is available on CD or otherwise. Luckily for us, Irwin Allen recognized his talent.
In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2010 10:24:47 PM PDT
Dort Dolan says:
I am also a fan of Leith Stevens. He was a genius. Just listen to "The Wild One" soundtrack. To die for.
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