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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“Welcome aboard the Seaview, “the most extraordinary submarine in all the Seven Seas!” From the outside, the ship appears to be a high–tech research vessel, but it’s actually the mightiest weapon in the Cold War arsenal of the U.S., sent on perilous, top–secret missions to battle the enemies of mankind.”
“Join Admiral Harriman Nelson, Captain Lee Crane and the crew of the Seaview, as they venture through a breathtaking undersea world in Irwin Allen’s action–packed TV classic, where science–fiction adventure meets espionage thriller!”
First and foremost – as I dearly loved this show as a youngster in the sixties spending many a Monday night marveling at the undersea adventures – this review is about packaging and distribution of content. Be aware that you are getting three double–sided “flip” discs (in three slim keep cases). Basically, each side of each DVD is used to offer the material listed below. What’s worse, they only put two episodes on the B side to disc one & two, using the B side to disc three for Special Features. Since they were able to fit four episodes on the A sides, they could have produced this same release and avoided the need to “flip” by adding a fourth disc. This would have worked to their benefit because consumers are notorious for paying more for the same amount of content spread over more discs.
And what about the Special Features, would we now miss out on these? Aside from the “Never–Before–Seen” pilot episode, there not really all that much bonus material that it couldn’t have been spread out. I’m sure it would have been tight, but they just defaulted to the easiest, cheapest option. All I’m trying to say is that so many of these classic shows from a more golden age of television get released with so little regard to quality viewing. Why aren’t these episodes refurbished? Is it that 20th Century Fox just relies on the fact that we older viewers will accept the less–than–perfect presentation because we nostalgically default to remembering the shows from the tiny, less–than–perfect TVs of sixties?
Disc One: Side A … Eleven Days To Zero – The City Beneath The Sea – The Fear-Makers – The Mist Of Silence.
Disc One: Side B … The Price Of Doom – The Sky Is Falling.
Disc Two: Side A …Turn Back The Clock – The Village Of Guilt – Hot Line – Submarine Sunk Here.
Disc Two: Side B … The Magnus Beam – No Way Out.
Disc Three: Side A … The Blizzard Makers – The Ghost Of Moby Dick – Long Live The King – Hail To The Chief.
Disc Three: Side B: Special Features … Never-Before-Seen Pilot – Home Movie Footage From Producer Irwin Allen – Promotional reel – Still Galleries.
DVD / Region 1 / NTSC / Black & White / Full Frame – Aspect ratio 1:33.1 / Double Sided / Language: English Stereo – English Mono – Spanish Mono / CC / Dolby Digital / Subtitled In English & Spanish / 818 Minutes / © 1964–1965 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / © 2005 Twentieth Century Fox Home entertainment LLC.
Verdict: Wonderful Show vs. Half–Hearted Packaging
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.
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