Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Global Warming Edition

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea we follow the crew of a brand new atomic submarine as they put the craft through the paces. Admiral Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) is the leader of the crew, but there are many other colorful personalities to be found also. As this is the first ever mission for the Seaview, the mission must be an important one. So the submarine’s crew isn’t just having a field day in the waters, as they are on a mission to help save the world’s population. A nuclear missile must be fired into a specific spot, to ensure a dangerous amount of radiation is safely released. As they travel through the waves they come in contact with all sorts of danger, such as massive sea creatures and even some inner turmoil, not to mention enemy forces with submarines of their own. Will the crew succeed in their most important mission?

This movie was available as part of a double feature with Fantastic Voyage, but now Fox has given Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea its own Special Edition. This movie comes off as campish now, but the ride is a fun one and of course, the special effects are a blast to take in. The story is solid and the cast, with such folks as Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, and Peter Lorre, turns in good work, but the real draw here is the special effects. So don’t expect rocket science, instead fun science and just enjoy the ride. The director of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea was Irwin Allen, who also wrote the story and helped pen the screenplay along with Charles Bennett. Allen was no stranger to the realm of science-fiction and that shows in this film, as the immersive visuals and storyline really come through well. I think the special effects and visuals will be most remembered from this picture, but Allen still serves his purpose well and delivers a solid movie in all respects.

Video: How does it look?

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. While the image looks a little dated at times, this is still the finest looking version of the movie you can purchase on home video. The print is quite clear of debris and I found very little in terms of compression errors, though some edge enhancement does emerge. The colors seem bright and rich, but never bleed and flesh tones look natural also. The contrast shows no problems either, as shadow appear complex and detail level is very high at all times. This is a fantastic looking transfer and I commend Fox for their work with this catalog title.

Audio: How does it sound?

This releases uses a 4.0 surround track and while it doesn’t have that much power, it is more than adequate for this material. I found no problems with this mix, though the surrounds don’t see as much action as I expected. The sound effects come across very well and never become forced, while the music sounds immersive and quite active. The dialogue always sounds crisp and clean and I noticed no volume or separation issues at all. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround option, French and Spanish language tracks, and subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The new supplements kick off with author Tim Colliver, who talks about the process of novelization and also the film’s special effects. I don’t want to put down his session, but he offers only a minor amount of true insight, but still, I’d rather have this than nothing, as far as that goes. Science Fiction: Fantasy to Reality is a look at the sci/fi movies of old, with interesting interviews with several prominent genre icons. This disc also includes an interview with star Barbara Eden, still photos & production materials, and of course, the film’s theatrical trailer.

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