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Voyage to Bottom of the Sea - Season 2, Vol. 1
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These are the plot elements that dominate most of these well-written episodes, capably handled by directors like Sobey Martin, Leo Penn (father of Sean), Nathan Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) and others. And while Basehart and Hedison were never the most dynamic performers, they set a solid foundation for the series, holding their own with such prominent guest stars as Gia Scala ("Jonah and the Whale"), Victor Buono ("The Cyborg"), future indie-film pioneer John Cassavetes ("The Peacemaker"), soon-to-be-"Sulu" George Takei ("The Silent Saboteurs"), and many other '60s TV stalwarts. Voyage never wavered from its stodgy pacing, flat humor, and occasional lapses in logic (like having divers talk while their mouths are stuffed with oxygen regulators, etc.), but despite occasional gaps in credibility, it remained a slick, smart adventure series rooted in the political reality of the cold war. As with previous Voyage DVD sets, these episodes are so crisp and clean that you can easily see the guide-wires used to "fly" the Flying Sub (on a "Lydecker" rig, named after special effects pioneer Howard Lydecker), and loyal fans will enjoy the mid-season shift to "sonar-screen" opening credits, economical recycling of sets and stock footage, and the lively contributions of supporting cast members Bob Dowdell (as "Chip" Morton), Terry Becker (Chief Sharkey), Allen Hunt ("Stu" Riley), and Del Monroe (Kowalski). Bonus features are minimal but worthwhile, especially for fans: There's over 20 minutes of raw special effects footage (mostly redundant, but of interest to TV and FX historians), and photo galleries consisting of concept art, episode photos, behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills. Best of all--and not mentioned on the DVD packaging--is the inclusion of "Voyage to See What's on the Bottom," a MAD magazine TV parody from 1966, viewable on-screen in its hilarious entirety. Nostalgic fun for seasoned fans, and likely to gain a new following on DVD, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is still entertaining after all these years. --Jeff Shannon
- 13 episodes on three discs
- Special effects footage
- Still gallery
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The scripts here are invariably on a par with the very best written for the first season (1964-65) similarly encompasing a wide range of storylines innovatively marking early televised references to the term "Cyborg" (in "The Cyborg") and the advanced scientific concept of genetic engineering (in "The Menfish").
The stellar line up of the finest Hollywood celebrity acting talents recruited from the theatrical stage, motion picture screen and television making guest appearances (typically) remains impressively outstanding with the distinguished presences of Victor Buono, Gia Scala, Phillip Pine, Ina Balin, Vincent Gardenia, Brooke Bundy, Regis Toomey, Renzo Cesana, Lloyd Bochner, Susan Flannery, Liam Sullivan, James Anderson, Barbara Bouchet, Richard Loo, Robert F. Simon, Whit Bissell, George Takei, Karen Steele, John McGiver, Charles Dierkop, Irene Tsu, Roger C. Carmel, Jan Merlin, Pilar Seurat, Robert Cornthwaite, John Zaremba, Audrey Dalton, Kent Taylor, Cyril Delavanti, Bert Freed, Robert Doyle and John Cassavettes.
Richard Basehart and David Hedison dependably give their (by now) customary solid performances especially with the strong story material that these two series stars have to work with throughout this banner second year making it a worthy follow up to the gloriously triumphant first season.Read more ›
With the wonder of DVD compilations, I have now been able to see the installments in their original lengths, with great sound and picture enhancement. For that, I tip my hat to Twentieth Century Fox for its attention to detail, particularly on the "Voyage" and "Time Tunnel" sets, respectively.
Perhaps, the studio might go back and do the same for "Lost in Space," as it isn't up to par with the other two.
That said, I can now give my take on the compilation in question, the first half of the second season.
As has been previously stated, this was the first color season for the show and featured some physical changes to the Seaview and the awesome addition of the Flying Sub, enabling Admiral Nelson and crew to soar to new adventures, as well as sail to them. There are cast changes, notably Terry Becker replacing the late Henry Hulky as the new "chief." Alan Hunt was added to appeal to the younger audience but only lasted the second season.
Richard Basehart continued his commanding presence as "Admiral Nelson" and David Hedison resumed his role as the by-the-books "Captain Lee Crane." Del Monroe continued his role as the fan favorite "Kowalski" while Robert Dowdell was back as "Lt. Commander 'Chip' Morton.Read more ›
We get 13 episodes from the first season in this first half set. Why studios continue to do this (vs. just releasing it all at once since most fans will shell out the bucks for the sets) is beyond me. I do like the slimline DVD holders but am not a fan of the dual sided discs (simply because they don't take wear and tear as much)but am willing to put up with it.
As with previous sets Fox has generously included extras as part of the set. We get as bonuses raw visual effects footage, a photo gallery and a Mad magazine parody. "Voyage" is a terrific set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Season 2 is the best season. Great footage, action, and sea monsters.Published 1 month ago by wolfman
Watching Captain Crane and Admiral Nelson of the Seaview was a family favorite growing up. I remember watching many episodes with my family on our old black and white set with the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maurice
This season shifted focus slighty away from cold war themes to more sci-fi. Also they added color and the flying sub!Published 6 months ago by Guitar Rick
For a 1970s show, they hold up well. They started getting a little silly, but still good.Published 6 months ago by Sam P. Appleby
Season two was an excellent season for this program. Yes, they were beginning to experiment with the silly creature of the week scripts but there were also excellent stories here. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Susan Kite
Season 2 is in color and has some of the best episodes of the entire series. I've already watched all four seasons three times and I'm still watching them.Published 13 months ago by Vincent Sanchez
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