Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Global Warming Edition)
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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.Read more ›
On the plus side, the colors and details on VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA really pop in this new transfer. Not all of the special FX have aged as well as others (the squid seen here isn't quite up to Disney's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA standards), but the submarine Seaview is still an impressive design, and the incredible cast make even the non-FX sequences fun. Also check out the commentary track for a look at the story-behind-the-story of producer Irwin Allen's classic, which led to Allen's longest-running TV series of the same name. VOYAGE remains an iconic representation of early Sixties sci-fi at its finest.
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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Not the best transfer of this classic film. What is worse is the sub-standard bluray packaging, flimsy plastic box (unlike the solid DVD release). Read morePublished 2 days ago by tv21
Faulty science aside, “Nelson’s Folly” is an interesting sci-fi flick that enjoys teasing the audience with extreme destruction. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Einsatz
Way to different from the tv show from the 60'¨s that I remember. The show had different actors and maybe a different script writer compared to the one that wrote the one for this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent Blu-ray of this popular film is an improvement on the DVD, filled with a fine HD picture and loaded with extras and a commentary track.Published 7 months ago by Quiet Knight
Very well done for the time it was filmed. Blue ray enhanced the visual effects.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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