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VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA Season 2 Volume 1

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 665 minutes (13 episodes on 3 double sided discs), special effects footage, four still galleries

STUDIO: 20th century Fox/ Irwin Allen Properties

RELEASE DATE: 10-24-2006

DISC 1, SIDE A: JONAH AND THE WHALE/ TIME BOMB/ ...AND FIVE OF US ARE LEFT/ THE CYBORG

DISC 1, SIDE B: ESCAPE FROM VENICE/ THE LEFT-HANDED MAN

DISC 2, SIDE A: THE DEADLIEST GAME/ LEVIATHAN

DISC 2, SIDE B: THE PEACEMAKER/ THE SILENT SABOTEURS

DISC 3, SIDE A: THE X FACTOR/ THE MACHINES STRIKE BACK

DISC 3, SIDE B: THE MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE/ SFX footage/ still galleries

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA began with at least a couple of differences: season 2 was the first season for the show to be in color and the SSRN Seaview got a redesign that included a flying sub. The flying sub is cool in some ways, but I blink when I see it go out of the water and into the skies. The end credits theme music is very haunting and I kinda wished it could have replaced the opening credits music (which I never liked).  The flying sub music si also great.   Season 2 continued the thinly veiled Cold War stories mixed in with the usual goofy sci-fi monster episodes (THE MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE is a fun episode and yet I wonder if Captain Crane should be left in command when Admiral Nelson goes on trips).   Guest stars incldue George Takei and John Cassavates.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

If you have seen the restoration work done for the episodes for the two sets of THE TIME TUNNEL, you know you're in for a treat. The video is soft in places, but I don't think they ever looked better. Nice work from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Now on to the DVD-10s that Fox continues to use. Since only 13 episodes were featured on this set, they should have used DVD-9s instead of the flipper discs.

AUDIO: English Stereo, English Mono, Spanish Mono

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Some might want the Mono tracks, but I like the stereo tracks better. Dialogue is clear and crisp. Sound effects and music are also easy to hear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The extras are featured on side B of disc 3.

Over 22 minutes of special effects footage (with no audio) shows various Seaview model shots above and underwater, the flying sub against some big creature underwater, and more. However it is rather boring to watch with no audio. I suggest Fox get someone to do audio commentary to go along with this no audio footage for future sets. I still would like audio commentaries for the episodes (2 or 3 would be great if possible).

The better extra are the four still galleries:

CONCEPT ART- art for the flying sub

EPISODE PHOTOS- stills from season 1 and 2

PUBLICTIY PHOTOS- most are regular fare while a few show the actors having fun

MAD MAAGZINE PARODY- You can actually read it and see it still by still. I do wish Fox also made it available as a downloadable PDF file where you can see how the panels fit into each page of the parody of VTTBOTS.

FINAL ANALYSIS: The first volume of the second season of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA is definitely one for fans to own and I hope Fox continues to improve in the extras department for future sets (a switch to DVD-9s).

this review is (c)10-25-2006 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