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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
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Television Series, But... Nov. 20 2001
By John Kwok TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This remains the most enjoyable of the "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" adventures that I recall seeing. Walter Pidgeon is at his absolute best as the driven Admiral Harriman Nelson. His performance is worth alone the admission price of this otherwise routine science fiction submarine thriller. It's a pity Irwin Allen never got his science correct nor his writing; otherwise both this film and the television series which followed could have been a credible underwater version of "Star Trek".
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3.0 out of 5 stars the Movie was Better then the TV show. Nov. 15 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit Campy, But watchable. July 23 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
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 quite chessy, but the film is boosted by some good acting by a cast of performers led by Walter Piegion and Peter Lorrie. Led to a very camppy television series.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Format Feb. 18 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super cast on Super sub SEAVIEW saves world! Feb. 4 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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 60's Sci Fi at its best Feb. 1 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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. The two real treats in the film: (1)An aging but always fascinating to watch Peter Lorre, chain-smoking his way through some pretty dumb lines, and (2) Barbara Eden in a skin-tight naval "uniform," as the admiral's personal assistant, jiggling about the submarine, and even going topside, in 6-inch spike high heels. What fun!
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