Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1, Vol. 1
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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.
- Never-before-seen Pilot episode
- Home Movie footage from producer Irwin Allen
- Promotional reel
- Still galleries
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Sadly, the series scripts go downhill VERY quickly starting with the end episodes of season one. It went from a series that started out with a serious theme and excellent scripting in season one, down to a very quirky , almost silly adventure in ridiculous situations starting at the end of season one and moving into season two.., and got worse as it progressed through additional seasons, from finding themselves in a whale's mouth, to confronting ghosts and werewolves..., mummies..., totally wrong-headed for this sort of genre, it seems like after season one the series producer was just throwing anything he could at the audience hoping to keep them interested. I don't know why it went off the tracks like that but production turned a great series into a joke, sort of like what happened with the Lost In Space series, another Irwin Allen production. Stick with season one and you'll be very pleased. I would pass up the other seasons of this series.
- Mike S.
This is one of those TV series that I can not understand why it is not televised today and why it has not been televised for probably the last 30 years. And after speaking recently with with a Naval veteran who served onboard a submarine, I was surprised to find that the series and the original film did accurately show a submarine as it can submerge from the ocean in an almost 45 degree angle.
If you've never seen this show or have only recently seen it on ME cable television and you're a SciFi fan or even a fan of nautical entertainment (Jaws, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Etc.), , my suggestion is that you purchase this DVD today. You won't be disappointed.
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.
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.