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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Global Warming Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Walter Pidgeon , Joan Fontaine , Irwin Allen    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Sci-Fi Film Worthy of Praise April 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Despite a number of harsh criticisms, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a thoughtful and entertaining sci-fi film with an intelligent premise. When the submarine Seaview discovers a strange, burning sky over the Arctic with temperatures unusually warm, its crew learns that the Van Allen Radiation Belt surrounding the earth has somehow caught fire, threatening to roast the earth unless something can be done to stop it. With temperatures around 170 degrees and communications with Washington cut off, Admiral Nelson (played nicely by Walter Pidgeon) orders the Seaview to the North Pole, with the intention of firing a nuclear missile as a solution to the ensuing catastrophe. Unfortunately, Captain Crane (Robert Sterling) and most of the crew are at odds with the Admiral's intentions. Attempted mutiny follows, while enemy subs, giant sea creatures, and sabouteurs try to foil the mission. Peter Lorre swims in a shark tank, Barbara Eden dances to Frankie Avalon's trumpet, and Michael Ansara plays the religious fanatic. While nowhere in the realm of the sci-fi classics, this is, nonetheless, a colorful and entertaining film with good acting (from most of the cast) and good special effects - a worthy and necessary inclusion in any serious sci-fi collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super cast on Super sub SEAVIEW saves world! Feb. 4 2000
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This movie is fun to the max. Walter Pidgeon, of Forbidden Planet fame, leads the charge as the "mad" admiral Nelson in command of the futuristic(if sometimes toy model)-looking SEAVIEW. The Van Allen radiation/magnetic fields have exploded and it's the mission of the Seaview to nuke it out of existence before "the day the earth caught fire" becomes a reality. With the exception of running low on oxygen, practically every possible problem ...plus several genuine surprises...menaces the sub before the well-done climax averts a well done earth. Peter Lorre is excellent as Admiral Nelson's main man (shades of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!) and Robert Sterling does a good job as Nelson's captain who ponders a "legitimized" mutiny. This is a great family movie that should hold the attention of viewers of all ages. One "cooly" funny touch/scene: Watch Pidgeon and Lorre carefully calculate the precise trajectory and time a polaris-type missile must be fired by Seaview to blow-up/put-out the flaming Van Allen belts. No Cray super computer for our men on the super sub...They use a slide rule! Good show...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good undersea adventure. Aug. 13 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a good action adventure story of mankind at odds with nature when nature runs wild. The struggle of Adm. Nelson a scientist/adventurer and the submarine S.S.R.N. Seaview in their quest to save the world from the atomic radation of the Van Allen Belt is as exciting today as it was when first written in 1961. And the future advances in science in undersea exploratin in this story as the Seaview and her exploration craft have now come to pass, and the Seaview herself may soon come into being as science continues forward with new metals and the new revelation " Transparent Aluminum " the Army has developed is like the " Herculite " of the Seaview's viewports. In todays stories of fantistic worlds, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is still a fine adventure of the events here on the earth from danger from the Van Allen Belts to unknown life forms under the sea that mankind has still yet to discover. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seaview's first voyage to the bottom of the sea. Oct. 15 1998
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Watch the 1961 motion picture, then read this excellent adaptation of the original Irwin Allen story by Theodore Sturgeon. While the movie is OK in it's own right and was one of Fox's success stories in the summer of '61, this novelization fills in many of the story gaps in the movie and for my money, in many instances is more exciting than the movie. There is more background and interaction between Nelson, Crane, and a character missing from the movie...Chip Morton. And the real villain that nearly destroys Seaview isn't the religious zealot Avarez, it's....I won't spoil the ending. Find this book...and my own as well; "Seaview: The Making of 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'" and the original "Voyage" novel by Sturgeon make good companions for those that are fans of this sci-fi show from the near future. END
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3.0 out of 5 stars the Movie was Better then the TV show. Nov. 15 2001
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If we count the movie "Voyage To the Bottom Of The Sea" as seperate from the television series that came later, then it is an all right piece of science fiction on film. The design of the Seaview still looks pretty impressive even by modern submarine standards. The special effects are better then what you would have generally seen in a early 1960's science fiction film, the sets constructed looked fairly good, and the underwater photography was also up to par. The real stars in this movies are the actors; Walter Piegon, Barbara Eden, Robert Sterling, Peter Lourie, Frankie Avolon, and the others. They did a pretty good job in the film. It's entertaining and watchable. That's about it. But so much of Allen's later work on film and television was so forgetable. This movie was one of his better works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Much As I Love the Enterprise.... June 9 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I always thought that the coolest fictional "ship" ever created was the Seaview. With its window-paned bow and sleek dolphin-like lines, this craft moved smoothly through the ocean.
Yeah, the storyline has something to do with putting out a fire in the Van Allen Radiation Belt surrounding the Earth and the subsequent sabotage of the crew's plans. But, all this is irrelevant as the viewer just sits back and watches the Seaview.
Too bad the military hasn't caught on to the design. Perhaps, enlistment in the Navy would increase if they had such a "tight" sub!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by kenneth eastman
2.0 out of 5 stars Reality Goes to the Bottom of the Sea, and Stays There!
To enjoy any movie, one must suspend disbelief. The problem with watching "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" is that, from beginning to end, the absurdities keep coming so... Read more
Published on June 20 2002 by Mark Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Television Series, But...
This remains the most enjoyable of the "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" adventures that I recall seeing. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by John Kwok
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit Campy, But watchable.
This movie by Irwim Allan, about a nuclear submarine trying to save the Earth from the deadly effects of a heart storm, is watchable, although some of the special effects are now... Read more
Published on July 23 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Format
I've always liked this movie,but I wish it were in widescreen, and on DVD. Perhaps with behind the scenes footage,and how it became a TV series.
Published on Feb. 18 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's Sci Fi at its best
Sure, the science is implausible. But this film employs enough plot devises and not-half-bad special effects to make it a real party flick. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2000 by Carleton Breaux
4.0 out of 5 stars It still manages to stay afloat after all these years
One of Irwin Allen's earliest cinematic works. Good entertainment for a sci-fi flick even though the plot involves a global disaster that is totally improbable. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars I think its a movie that gets me Interested in submarines.
Its about a submarine crew that encounters a storm that called the van allen belt. the storm is fire that comes down to Earth. Read more
Published on July 31 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars good sci-fi!
still entertaining good summer type adventure with fine special effects and plot. lots of intrigue and suspense and all the elements that make up the kind of film that young folks... Read more
Published on May 28 1999
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