THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA: SEASON 4, VOL. 1
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 4, Vol. 1
Actors: David Hedison, Richard Basehart, Robert Dowdell, Del
Monroe, Terry Becker
Writers: Irwin Allen, Jack Gross Jr.
Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled,
Language: English, French
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 3
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
Run Time: 711 minutes
Based on Irwin Allen's action-packed 1961 film Voyage To The Bottom Of The
Sea, the television series chronicles the adventures of Admiral Nelson
(Richard Basehart: Knight Rider), Captain Crane (David Hedison: License To
Kill, The Young and the Restless) and the fearless crew of the notorious
SSRN Seaview as they embark on uncharted waters full of sci-fi espionage,
action and suspense. Featuring the first 13 episodes from the final season
on a three-disc set, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Season Four, Volume One
boasts the re-cut, unaired pilot, interviews with Hedison and still photos.
This 1964 show holds a unique place in television history. Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea was
the first ever non-anthology weekly sci-fi series produced for American
prime time television. As such, it was a forerunner of everything that
followed in the genre, most notably the original
Star Trek which first hit TV screens
Every episodic sci-fi series that followed Voyage was able to imitate it
where it succeeded; and where it failed, improve upon it. This is why
Voyage deserves much respect for its contributions to sci-fi TV. In the
same way that The Twilight Zone can be
viewed for its experiments with sci-fi in an anthology format, Voyage
can be appreciated for what it pioneered in an episodic format.
Whether or not pop culture history ever acknowledges Voyage's success,
the fact remains that it held the record as the longest running hour-long
American prime-time sci-fi series for almost thirty years! (If one excludes
the present day expansion of additional networks such as Fox and WB, Voyage
may STILL hold the record.)
Obviously, producer Irwin Allen must have done something right . . .
The Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Season Four, Volume One
three-disc DVD collection includes the first 13 episodes of the final season
presented in wide screen format (4x3 1.33 aspect ratio) with English,
Spanish and French Mono sound and English, Spanish and French subtitles.
WORTH IT? In this final season of Voyage,
the writing and direction may not be as cutting edge as it was in the early
years, but it is still entertaining, and its overall effectiveness continues
to be augmented by an excellent cast, led by Richard Basehart and David
Hedison. In addition to the fine acting, Voyage still contains fantastic
miniature work (a lost art today), spectacular sets, stirring musical
scores, Emmy-award winning special effects and much, much more.
RECOMMENDATION: I'll just go ahead and say it - I highly
recommend taking this voyage to the bottom of the sea!
- Christopher Dufour