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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season Four, Vol. 1 DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Run Time: 711 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio:
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
    FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Color
  • Includes: cc, , Interviews with Actor David Hedison, Still Photo Gallery
The long-delayed DVD release of the first half of the fourth (and final) season of Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea has arrived on three double-sided discs, with a strange array of bonus features. There is not quite five minutes of interview material with series co-star David Hedison, in which he sums up the relationship between producer/creator Irwin Allen and the series, and the effect that his varying involvement had on each season; and some of the flaws in the approach to the series which limited it to a four-season run (which, in fairness, made it the longest-running non-anthology network science fiction series for many, many years). Hedison's observations are interesting and honest, and add to one's appreciation of the virtues of the episodes that are here. (The strange aspect of the bonus features is the presence, with no explanation, of the color version of the pilot "Eleven Days To Doom", which already appears on set one of first season of the series). As to the series content itself, season four was when, after a season of wild and woolly (but often illogical) adventure stories, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea and its producers tried to right themselves, somewhat. There were still stories of monsters, if not quite a new monster every week, but in between there were also some interesting actor-driven episodes, which even helped to put across some of the sillier and stranger plot lines. "Blow Up" is something of a reprise of season one's classic episode "Mutiny" (probably the best single show of the whole series), and also a kind of Irwin Allen-style take on The Caine Mutiny, with Richard Basehart's Admiral Nelson manifesting symptoms of dangerous paranoia, thanks to his exposure to an experimental breathing apparatus; and "A Time To Die" introduces Henry Jones (who would reappear in the same role a half-season later) as the time-travelling Mr. Pem -- Jones and Basehart, who were both alumni of the Hedgerow Theater Company, are very clearly having the time of their lives working together in their scenes on Irwin Allen's dime, and they make an otherwise difficult-to-understand episode worth watching more than once. And then there is "The Deadly Dolls", which features Vincent Price hamming it up as the villain and Bob Baker's puppets as his instruments of destruction. In between are some of the same kinds of shows that damaged the reputation of the series in its third season -- with alien invaders who look even cheesier than usual, because of the lower budgets for season four. But the cast is game and they try hard. As to the technical side, the full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfers look gorgeous, as good as any feature films of the period, and the sound is good and loud. And each disc side opens automatically to an easy-to-use menu, that's simple to navigate.
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