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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.

Season 4 85. 4- 1 1304 17 Sep 67 Fires of Death
- The Seaview's mission to prevent the explosion of a deadly volcano is jeopardized by an aging alchemist's desperate plan to obtain an elixir of youth.
86. 4- 2 1303 1 Oct 67 The Deadly Dolls
- Nelson and Crane battle a sinister puppet master whose deadly copies replace the crewmen.
87. 4- 3 1305 8 Oct 67 Cave of the Dead
- After finding a mysterious dagger, Nelson falls under an ancient curse and is haunted by bizarre visions.
88. 4- 4 1307 15 Oct 67 Journey with Fear
- Crane and Morton are transported to the unstable surface of Venus, where they are held by hostile aliens.
89. 4- 5 1306 22 Oct 67 Sealed Orders
- When on a mission to deliver a neutron missile, the men are gripped by mass hallucinations when the missile malfunctions.
90. 4- 6 1301 29 Oct 67 Man of Many Faces
- Racing to prevent the moon from colliding with the Earth, the Seaview - and thus the entire planet - are imperiled by a master of disguise.
91. 4- 7 1309 5 Nov 67 Fatal Cargo
- When a scientist's unscrupulous assistant sabotages an animal-control experience, a giant white gorilla runs amok aboard the sub.
92. 4- 8 1302 12 Nov 67 Time Lock
- Metallic androids from the future kidnap Nelson with the intent of adding him to a collection of zombie-like military officers.
93. 4- 9 1310 19 Nov 67 Rescue
- With Crane trapped in the flying sub and running out of air, a saboteur aboard the Seaview tries to preview the rescue.
94. 4-10 1308 26 Nov 67 Terror
- Nelson attacks his own crew when his mind is controlled by an alien plant creature intent on taking over the planet.
95. 4-11 1317 3 Dec 67 A Time to Die
- The ship is thrust a million years into the past by a strange little man named Mr. Pem and his pocket-sized time machine.
96. 4-12 1313 10 Dec 67 Blow Up
- After a new type of breathing apparatus is used, Nelson becomes paranoid and delusional, sparking talk of mutiny among the crew and endangering a navy fleet.
97. 4-13 1314 17 Dec 67 Deadly Amphibians
- The Seaview is disabled by an advanced race of creatures that are half-man and half-fish, and Kowalski is partially transformed into an amphibian.


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: Still photo gallery and interviews with actor David Hedison. The re-cut, unaired version of the pilot ("Eleven Days to Zero") is also included.

Final Thoughts: This first volume of the fourth season of "Voyage" offers quite a few entertaining episodes. The set offers a few minor extras, as well as fine audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.

DVD Information

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 4/Vol. 1 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
3 DVDs
711 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
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