'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 1, Vol.1'
(Richard Basehart, David Hedison, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1964) 2006 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Voyage chronicled the adventures of the world's first privately owned nuclear submarine, the SSRN Seaview. Designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, she was a tool of oceanographic research for the Nelson Institute of Marine Research. Though the show is known for its few "monster" episodes, many plots were veiled commentaries of what was happening in the news. Such plotlines as nuclear doomsday, pollution of natural resources, foreign threat, and theft of American technology are all still relevant today.
DVD Verdict: The first season of "Voyage" was shot in black and white (although the original pilot was shot in color but never broadcast that way). Unlike "Lost in Space" Fox has done a marvelous job with the transfers for the show. The images are crisp with solid blacks and nice contrast. The color pilot is included as an extra and looks marvelous despite its age. The prints look extremely good and were clearly drawn from the original 35 mm prints. The sound is also quite good despite the original mono prints. The theme music (which has always been a wonderful bit of music) sounds terrific here. We get the aforementioned pilot in color. As with "The Time Tunnel" Fox has included a half hour of "Irwin Allen's Home Movies". Shot in color the precious behind-the-scenes is an added bonus for fans of the show. While there's no audio (and why didn't Fox contact David Hedison to narrate the footage?) it's still a marvelous glimpse into the past. We also get the original ABC "Presentation Reel" which, interestingly, includes footage from Irwin Allen's movies NOT the show. The "Still Gallery" includes lot of pictures of the toys licensed to promote the show. As far as hiss in the sound goes having watched most but not all the only real one is NOW WAY OUT it has one but the picture is stunning, some are not as nice as others example Fear Makers, Hail to the Chief, Ghost of Moby Dick are good but if you compare them to No Way Out, Hotline, Eleven Days to Zero, Magnus Beam you will see better contrast and clarity, why this is one can only speculate but even though the ones mentiones are not as good as the other mentioned you will not be disappointed. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" may look dated to some (that's the nature of Science Fiction TV shows and films) but it's still a blast from the past. Even "Star Trek: The Next Generation" looks dated and that show isn't quite 20 years old! Regardless, "Voyage" is a fun blast from the past and the writing is solid throughout most of the first season with top notch direction adding to the other all feel of the show. While episodes vary in writing quality (much like "The Time Tunnel" set) the show is addictive particularly for those who grew up watching the show during the 70's or its original run from 1964 through 1968. It may be cheese (at times) but it's our cheese and it's fun, guilt free entertainment, googey and delicious! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Never-before-seen Pilot episode
Home Movie footage from producer Irwin Allen