Famed writer/producer/director Irwin Allen helmed "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" before heading on to do other classics like "Lost in Space" and "Time Tunnel". "Voyage" (adapted from Allen's feature film from 1961) ran from 1964-'68 on ABC and became a fan favorite, focusing on the adventures of the super high-tech submarine "The Seaview" and its crew: Adm. Harriman Nelson (Richard Basehart), Capt. Lee B. Crane (David Hedison), Lt. Comdr. Chip Morton (Robert Dowdell), Patterson (Paul Trinka), Kowalski (Del Monroe) and Sparks (Arch Whitting).
While the episodes certainly appear dated today, one can easily appreciate how exceptional the show must have looked during the era it ran. Sets are rather elaborate and stock photography is integrated into the show smoothly. The cinematography (the show switched to color after the B & W first season) is also quite rich and gives the picture a more cinematic feel than most TV shows of the time. While more serious than most of Allen's work, the series is still a lot of fun and still stands up pretty well as an entertaining drama/action show.
46. 2-14 26 Dec 65 Terror on Dinosaur Island
- Commander Crane leads the rescue mission as Admiral Nelson and Chief Starkey struggle to survive on an island inhabited by deadly prehistoric beasts.
47. 2-15 2 Jan 66 Killers of the Deep
- With Crane being held hostage, Nelson leads the fight against a sinister foreign power bent on stealing undersea defense missiles.
48. 2-16 9 Jan 66 Deadly Creature Below!
- As two escaped convicts plot to hijack the Flying sub, the Seaview is menaced by a monster from the deep.
49. 2-17 16 Jan 66 The Phantom Strikes
- The crew of the Seaview is haunted by a phantom U-boat and her ghostly captain.
50. 2-18 23 Jan 66 The Sky's On Fire
- When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, Nelson's plan to put out the blaze is thwarted by a misguided official.
51. 2-19 30 Jan 66 Graveyard of Fear
- It's a race against time as the Seaview is imperiled by a scientist depserate to retrieve data pertaining to a miraculous youth serum from his sunken ship.
52. 2-20 6 Feb 66 The Shape of Doom
- The president's life is endangered by the subject of a bizarre experiment, a giant whale that has swallowed an atomic bomb.
53. 2-21 13 Feb 66 Dead Men's Doubloons
- Crane is held captive on the Isle of Death as the Flying Sub is attacked by a mysterious underwater pirate ship.
54. 2-22 20 Feb 66 The Death Ship
- The body count aboard the Seaview mountas as the damaged ship becomes part of a sinister plot to sabotage a seven-nation peace conference.
55. 2-23 27 Feb 66 The Monster's Web
- While on a mission to recover dangerous fuel cylinders from a wrecked sub, the crew is attacked by an enormous spider, and with Nelson injured, it's up to Riley to save the day.
56. 2-24 6 Mar 66 The Menfish
- In the absence of Admiral Nelson, Admiral Park takes his place as a crazed scientist creates a giant half-man/half fish creature.
57. 2-25 13 Mar 66 The Mechanical Man
- Peter Omnir, a super human android, will stop ayt nothing - even the destruction of Earth - in order to mine a powerful element from the Earth's core.
58. 2-26 20 Mar 66 The Return of the Phantom
- The ghostly Captain Krueger returns, still plotting to have Crane killed so that he may take over Crane's body, but will Nelson succumb to Krueger's diabolical demands?
VIDEO:"Voyage" is presented by the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The presentation looked surprisingly good, considering the age of the series. Sharpness and detail are understandably rather inconsistent, but the picture generally looked crisp throughout most episodes, with only a few soft moments here-and-there. Some mild grain and the occasional instance of wear on the print are seen, but the show looked in quite good condition for its age.
SOUND: "Voyage" is presented in stereo and the original mono audio. Audio quality is quite good, as while the audio seemed a tad thin, it remained clear and undistorted.
EXTRAS: David Hedison interviews, still galleries.
Final Thoughts: "Voyage" gets a very nice presentation on DVD in this fourth release of the series. While more supplemental features detailing the show's production would have been appreciated, audio/video quality is definitely pleasing. Recommended.