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.
59. 3- 1 18 Sep 66 Monster from the Inferno
- When the crew investigates a communications disturbance, the Seaview is boarded by an alien brain that enslaves Dr. Lindsay, Crane and the ship itself.
60. 3- 2 25 Sep 66 Werewolf
- A radioactive virus transforms a scientist into a werewolf and when Nelson is infected, Crane leads a race against time to find a vaccine.
61. 3- 3 2 Oct 66 The Day the World Ended
- With a US senator aboard, the crew of the Seaview suddenly and inexplicably appears to be the only life left on the planet.
62. 3- 4 9 Oct 66 Night of Terror
- Admiral Nelson, Chief Starkey, and geologist Dr. Sprague are plagued by bizarre hallucinations when their diving bell is shipwrecked on a mysterious island.
63. 3- 5 16 Oct 66 The Terrible Toys
- While investingating a UFO, the Seaview picks up a castaway whose lethal wind-up toys cause havoc aboard the ship.
64. 3- 6 23 Oct 66 Day of Evil
- An extraterrestrial posing as Nelson imperils Patterson, Crane and all of mankind with his plans to launch a nuke and create a devastating chain reaction.
65. 3- 7 30 Oct 66 Deadly Waters
- With the Seaview trapped on the ocean floor and time running out, Kowalski's cowardly brother Stan learns a lesson from Crane about the meaning of courage.
66. 3- 8 6 Nov 66 Thing from Inner Space
- When a world-famous adventurer boards the ship to search for the creature that killed his camera crew, Patterson is determined to discover the truth about the tragedy.
67. 3- 9 13 Nov 66 The Death Watch
- Sharkey is caught in the middle as Nelson and Crane try to kill each other aboard the deserted Seaview.
68. 3-10 20 Nov 66 Deadly Invasion
- The ship is infiltrated by aliens - one of whom assumes the guide of Nelson's long-lost friend - intent on taking over an undersea base.
69. 3-11 27 Nov 66 The Haunted Submarine
- Time stands still as Nelson is haunted by a ghostly ancestor who hides a terrible secret.
70. 3-12 4 Dec 66 The Plant Man
- A deranged scientist manipulates his twin brother and creates an army of plant monsters.
71. 3-13 11 Dec 66 The Lost Bomb
- While under attack from a hostile sub and with an enemy agent aboard, the Seaview races to deactivate an unexploded superbomb.
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. Colors looked a touch faded, but still just fine considering the era of the show.
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 (who played Crane) interview, still galleries.
Final Thoughts: "Voyage" gets a very nice presentation on DVD in this fifth release of the series. While more supplemental features detailing the show's production would have been appreciated, audio/video quality is definitely pleasing. Recommended for fans.