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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea [DVD]

Walter Pidgeon , Joan Fontaine , Regis Toomey    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Robert Sterling
  • Directors: Regis Toomey
  • Producers: Bert Shefter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009JOQ0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



20,000 Leagues Under the Sea gets a dose of On the Beach in Irwin Allen's visually impressive but scientifically silly Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. While the Seaview, the world's most advanced experimental submarine, maneuvers under the North Pole, the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, giving the concept "global warming" an entirely new dimension. As the Earth broils in temperatures approaching 170 degrees F, Walter Pidgeon's maniacally driven Admiral Nelson hijacks the Seaview and plays tag with the world's combined naval forces on a race to the South Pacific, where he plans to extinguish the interstellar fire with a well-placed nuclear missile. But first he has to fight a mutinous crew, an alarmingly effective saboteur, not one but two giant squid attacks, and a host of design flaws that nearly cripple the mission (note to Nelson: think backup generators). Barbara Eden shimmies to Frankie Avalon's trumpet solos in the most formfitting naval uniform you've ever seen, fish-loving Peter Lorre plays in the shark tank, gloomy religious fanatic Michael Ansara preaches Armageddon, and Joan Fontaine looks very uncomfortable playing an armchair psychoanalyst. It's all pretty absurd, but Allen pumps it up with larger-than-life spectacle and lovely miniature work. --Sean Axmaker

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A routine scientific expedition to the North Pole turns into a race to save all mankind when a radiation belt in space causes a fiery inferno on Earth. Admiral Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) and the crew of the atomic submarine Seaview battle saboteurs, giant sea-creatures and attacks by enemy submarines as they race to prevent global catastrophe. Renowned disaster film producer, Irwin Allen, produces and directs an all-star cast including Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lore, and Frankie Avalon. The stunning visual effects and breathtaking underwater photography make this one of the most respected sci-fi adventure classics of all time.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true cheezy classic 12 Jan 2014
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Everyone knows the story. But the blu ray transfer is up there with Zulu and Lawrence of Arabia. Picture is so pristine it is like 3d on my 40 in Samsung 2d tv. This is one for collectors of true blu ray experience. Buy it today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film on blu ray 14 Nov 2013
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the blu ray of Voyage to the bottom of the sea is brilliant. I can't believe this film is 52 years old and it still holds up now even in high definition blu ray. the film looks great on blu ray the scenes outside seaview look great as do the interiors look great as well. also when the seaview surfaces and you have the red sky looks great as well. well done to 20th century fox for releasing this on blu ray will be buying fantastic voyage as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God's will is written above the heavens 5 Feb 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is produced and directed by Irwin Allen out of 20th Century Fox. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles Bennett and it stars Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Michael Ansara, and Peter Lorre. The theme song was sung by Frankie Avalon, who also appears in the film. Winton Hoch is the cinematographer and the score is a joint collaboration by Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter. It's a CinemaScope/De Luxe presentation.

Admiral Harriman Nelson (Pidgeon) is commander of his new, state of the art nuclear submarine, The Seaview, which is on diving trials in the Arctic Ocean. When the sub surfaces the crew find the sky is burning, it seems that a meteor shower had occurred and a piece has fractured the Van Allen Radiation Belt causing it to catch fire, the result of which is a world-threatening increase in heat all across the Earth. Nelson proposes to the U.N. to detonate a Polaris nuclear missile in the belt to hopefully send it on a reverse spin into outer space. However, his idea is shot down at the meeting and he decides to take matters into his own hands. Setting off for the calculated launching point in the Marianas Trench, the crew of The Seaview must tackle terrors of the deep, pursuing hostile submarines and severe in fighting as the crew start to come apart under pressure.

To those of us who were reared on pre Star Wars sci-fi it's hard to grasp the complaints of the modern audience about old time genre movies and the effects that reside within.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sixties 1 Jan 2014
old fashion, many improbable scenes but the touch of Irwin Allen and Walter Pidgeon, impeccable as usal.
But I still regret the Amazon web site gives any or to few informations about the details (subtitles and languages) of the Blu-ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comfort-food filmmaking 15 April 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a film that seems to have had a bit of a voyage itself in terms of perception: taken fairly seriously in 1961, regarded as cheesy ever since the TV series hit syndication but now suddenly looking somewhat pertinent again as its take on global warming no longer seems quite so fanciful even if it is not terribly convincingly thought through. It's also interesting to note that Michael Ansara's explorer turned religious fanatic after a bad case of sunburn who threatens the mission is a far more convincing character than his equivalent in Danny Boyle's relatively recent supposedly profound but ultimately very cheesy indeed Sunshine. For the most part it ambles along relying on the banks of flashing lights and studio tank shots of its impracticably stylish submarine to distract you from the predictable plotting - probably just as well considering how unintentionally amusing Walter Pidgeon's "You goldbricking little pipsqueak!" Patton moment in the sickbay is - before throwing everything and the kitchen sink into the last 15 minutes as if suddenly remembering all the stuff they meant to put in the picture earlier. Yet it's strangely impossible to dislike: this is the movie equivalent of comfort food, safe, undemanding, not really good for you but easy to consume, especially if you're in a lazy mood.

While the original UK and US DVDs only included a trailer as extra, Fox's special edition Region 1 US NTSC DVD is a much better bet, with an audio commentary, interview with co-star Babara Eden, a featurette, stills and production art galleries and trailer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loved it! 7 Nov 2013
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Husband wanted this for ages and the quality & detail were great. Really pleased.Recommend to any males 50 plus out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see classic 6 Sep 2013
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I chose this film as i remember seeing it many many years ago. I also loved the TV series so may get that as well. Yes the special effects are basic compared with today but that only adds to the quality. Yes there is a real storey line which they stick to and Walter Pigeon is his usual inimitable self at Admiral Nelson. If anything its too short although no different from any other film of that era. I love the older movies and I LOVED THIS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seaview 10 July 2014
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Quite a good film although the effects look dated now, especially as the Van Allan radiation belts are nothing like they are shown - but we didn't know that then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
It's some time since I last saw this film so it was almost like watching it for the first time. Obviously very dated but still a fun film with some hopeless assertions, a bit of a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JMK
5.0 out of 5 stars transfer to blua
Admiral Nelson attempts to save the world when van Allen belt catches fire another Irwin Allen
Classic . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cambria
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong, Wrong, Wrong
I this this was filmed inside a luxury hotel, and a very clean one at that. Whoever though it was a good idea to make a working underwater vehicle look like this, got it very... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILDHOOD FAVORITE
Published 5 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I would be able to own this good old movie its great
Great movie I saw in the 60,s but then they made a tv series which wasn't the same really this movie was the best and I was gald to be able to see it again.
Published 6 months ago by j n marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Begining
This film inspired the TV show of the same name. There are many other shows that followed including The Time Tunnel and Lost In Space
Published 7 months ago by Jonathan G. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Cover Artwork
This his the first time I see this movie, but I really loved the plot and the remastered image too. I think the cover artwork his exclusive to Great-Britain and I love it.
Published 7 months ago by Paulo Rodrigues
3.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY GREAT PICTURE
This is the biggest load of hokum and wooden acting I have ever seen but...
It has comforting nostalgia in spades
Joan Fontaine's a hoot and Peter Lorre so miscast... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vlad the emailer
4.0 out of 5 stars under the sea
this was quite an underwater adventure with the cast making
very good use of this fabulous submarine
like all stories lt was a very good adventure
Published 8 months ago by roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great days...
When I saw this way back in 1961 (or early 62) I thought it was amazing. I sat through it twice with a friend. I was an innocent 13 year old then. It is still a wonderful movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gojira Fan
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