1/07/2011. Contributed by Rod MacDonald
region 2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films Ltd. B004BFZA8C. 7 DVDs 26 episodes with extras. Price GBP 27.93 (UK)). stars: Richard Basehart and David Hedison.
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All aboard the submarine Seaview for its second season, this time in glorious Technicolor. The Irwin Allen production, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea,, from 1965 is now available in the UK on DVD from Revelation Films Ltd with all 26 episodes plus some special features at a reasonable price. The first season was in black and white and, as with ‘Lost In Space’, it also moved to colour in its second season. Allen made sure he took full advantage of the colour medium to make everything bright and spectacular for the TV audience. Colourful uniforms, blue submarines, yellow submarines and so forth! One must remember that almost fifty years ago, most programmes on TV were shot in cheaper black and white but once colour arrived it was in big demand. If a TV show proved to be successful as with this one, the next stage was to shoot it in colour.
Irwin Allen (1916-1991) was a magnificent showman who worked in the movies and television. He will be largely remembered for making disaster movies such as ‘The Towering Inferno’ and ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ plus Science Fiction in the 1960s which included ‘Lost In Space’, ‘Land Of The Giants’, ‘The Time Tunnel’ and ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’. His shows were packed full of adventure and action with everything having to be as big and as fantastic as the sets allowed. In some ways, Irwin Allen was a kid let loose in a huge toy shop where nothing was impossible.
The submarine was called Seaview. On board, Admiral Harriman Nelson played by Richard Basehart and the man made up to Captain, Lee Crane played by David Hedison, were the main characters. On the directions of ABC Television the tone of the second season changed to be more spectacular. It was also lighter in nature with less emphasis on contemporary political problems. Instead of cold war enemies, we had lots of monsters and even aliens.
One of the main changes was the introduction of a two-man yellow mini-submarine called the Flying Sub. Launched from a bay in the main vessel, this remarkable device could swim through the sea and fly through the air. It could also carry passengers. The incorporation of this mini-submarine opened up lots of new storyline possibilities and made this season much more versatile than the previous.
The first episode in September 1965 commenced with a story about a whale. The 26th episode finished the season with a ghost story in March, the following year. In between there was a multitude of monsters, pirates, aliens, fiendish conspirators and also a plethora of weird devices. Great family entertainment! Much of this is still watchable today and frankly, even though this is approaching fifty years-old, it's a lot better than some of the rubbish that appears on our TV screens today.
This was probably the best ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ season. The first season was all to do with establishing characters and plots but the second season made the stories come more alive and exciting. They were more adventurous and colourful. After this, the show continued but it was never as popular as it was in the second season. That's why this box collection is a recommended purchase. This is good escapist TV with plenty of fun for everyone.
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