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VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA Season 1 Volume 2

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 821 minutes (16 episodes on 3 double sided discs), blooper reel, still gallery, and David Hedison interviews

STUDIO: 20th Century FOX

RELEASE DATE: 7-11-2006

DISC 1, SIDE A- THE LAST BATTLE/ MUTINY/ DOOMSDAY/ THE INVADERS

DISC 1, SIDE B- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN/ THE BUCCANEER

DISC 2, SIDE A- THE HUMAN COMPUTER/ THE SABOTEUR/ CRADLE OF THE DEEP/ THE AMPHIBIANS

DISC 2, SIDE B- THE EXILE/ THE CREATURE

DISC 3, SIDE A- THE ENEMIES/ THE SECRET OF THE LOCH/ THE CONDEMNED/ THE TRAITOR

DISC 3, SIDE B- David Hedison interviews/ Blooper Reel/ Still Gallery

The second half of the first season of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA improves on the first half. While the Cold War plots are still there, but the sci-fi element increases. Guest stars for the second half of season one include Leslie Neilson (THE CREATURE), Robert Duvall (THE INVADERS), and George Sanders (THE TRAITOR). Stand out episodes include THE TRAITOR, DOOMSDAY, and THE SABOTEUR. They haven't improved their security on the Seaview as the ship continues to get sabotaged in several episodes. Too bad they didn't get to see a certain infamous monster in one episode. The cast really comes together even though the invisible tracking spray bit in THE TRAITOR had me rolling my eyes. Now I can't wait for season 2 to make it's way to DVD. So far it is better than LOST IN SPACE or PLANET OF THE GIANTS and at least as good as THE TIME TUNNEL.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

The gray values are nice. The transfers are really fantastic. they hold up to the previous volume. The episodes are black and white, but season two on will be in color.

AUDIO: English 2.0 Stereo, English Mono, Spanish Mono

Subtitles: English, Spanish

I like the stereo track over the mono track. Dialogue, sounds, and music come in clearly. I didn't hear any background hiss.

SPECIAL FEATURES: On Side B of Disc 3 are a still gallery of covers for the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA comic book, four David Hedison interviews (how he got the part because Irwin Allen kept asking him to play it despite Hedison kept turning the role down, the first year, Richard bashart, and the blooper reel), and the blooper reel that David Hedison mentions in the interviews where David Hedison and Richard Basehart both swear at least once (uncensored).  The small amount of space the extras take would have made me happier if they fit them on side A and made that a DVD-9 instead of DVD-14s which the set are made. 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Volume 2 proves Season 1 of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA wasn't that bad. The few extras on disc 3 also make it worthwhile checking out for fans. Just go and buy it if you're fan and it is better than SEAQUEST DSV.

Related DVD Reviews:

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA Season One Volume One-

http://enterline2.tripod.com/vttbots_season1_vol1.html

THE TIME TUNNEL Volume One- http://enterline2.tripod.com/time_tunnel.html

THE TIME TUNNEL Volume Two- http://enterline2.tripod.com/time_tunnel_vol2.html

this review is (c)7-9-2006 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com  and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com