Fox is getting heavily into underwater sci-fi in June.

In a story from DavisDVD, it seems that on June 5th, 20th Century Fox will be giving fans a triple dose of science fiction from yesteryear. The films to be released on DVD are Fantastic Voyage: Special Edition, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Global Warming Edition and The Neptune Factor.

Movie PictureFantastic Voyage: Special Edition

Synopsis:

Stephen Boyd heads a team of scientists sent on a bizarre experimental mission. Through a revolutionary and as-yet untested process, the scientists and their special motorized vehicle are miniaturized, then injected into the blood stream of a near-death scientist (Jean del Val). Their mission is to relieve a blood clot caused by an assassination attempt. One member of the expedition is bent on sabotage so that the scientist's secrets will die with him. Another member is Raquel Welch, seemingly along for the ride solely because of how she looks in a skintight diving suit. The film's Oscar-winning visual effects (by Art Cruikschank) chart the progress of the voyagers through the scientist's body, burrowing past deadly antibodies, chunks of tobacco residue in the lungs, and other such obstacles. Oscars also went to Jack Martin Smith and Dale Hennesy's art direction and Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss' set decoration. Fantastic Voyage was later spun off into a Saturday morning cartoon series.

DVD Features:

- Audio Commentary from film/music historian Jeff Bond

- Isolated Score (Containing a commentary by Jeff Bond, John Burlingame and Nick Redham)

- Deleted Scene

- "Lava Lamps & Celluloid: A Tribute to the Visual Effects of Fantastic Voyage" featurette

- Storyboard Comparison for The Whirlpool Scene

- Additional Storyboards

- Video of Original Props

Movie PictureVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Global Warming Edition

Synopsis:

Walter Pidgeon is the nominal star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, portraying Admiral Harriman Nelson, the designer of the submarine Seaview, a glass-nosed research submarine. The sub embarks on her shakedown cruise under the polar ice cap as the movie begins. Upon surfacing, however, the crew discovers that the entire sky is on fire -- the Van Allen radiation belt has been ignited by a freak meteor shower, and the Earth is being slowly burnt to a cinder. Nelson and his colleague, Commodore Lucius Emery (Peter Lorre), devise a plan to extinguish the belt using one of the Seaview's nuclear missiles, but they are denounced at an emergency meeting of the United Nations. Disregarding the UN vote against him, Nelson decides to go forward with his plan before the Earth is destroyed, hoping to get the approval of the president of the United States while his ship races from New York to the Marianas in the Pacific to launch its missile on time and target, with the world's navies hunting her down and communication with Washington impossible because of the fire in the sky. Nelson must combat not only the threats from other ships but also the doubts of his own prot�g�, Commander Lee Crane (Robert Sterling), the captain of the Seaview, about his plan and his methods, and the growing suspicion -- being spread by Dr. Susan Hiller (Joan Fontaine), a psychiatrist who was visiting the vessel -- about his sanity, as well as the growing discontent of the crew, who would like to see their families before the end of the world, and the presence of one religious fanatic (Michael Ansara) who thinks the fire in the sky is God's will. Worse still, there appears to be a saboteur -- and possibly more than one -- aboard.

DVD Features:

- Audio Commentary with author Tim Colliver

- Isolated Score

- "Science Fiction: Fantasy to Reality" documentary

- Interview with Barbara Eden

- Video of Original Props

Movie PictureThe Neptune Factor

Synopsis:

A research facility becomes a death trap, and only an untested Navy vessel can save the day in this adventure drama. A team of scientists led by Hal Hamilton (Michael J. Reynolds) is studying marine life in an underwater research station called Sealab. Shortly before the Sealab crew are scheduled to return to the surface, a massive underwater earthquake strands them at the bottom of the ocean. Project director Dr. Andrews (Walter Pidgeon), who had often fought to support the Sealab project against funding coordinator Norton Shepherd (Ed McGibbon), knows that he must act quickly to save the lives of those on board; he recruits Cmdr. Adrian Blake (Ben Gazzara) to use his new experimental submarine to find the Sealab and rescue the crew. Joining Blake on his mission are veteran sailor "Mack" McKay (Ernest Borgnine), his assistant Bob Cousins (Donnelly Rhodes), and Leah Jansen (Yvette Mimieux), a respected scientist and Hamilton's bride-to-be.

DVD Features:

- Theatrical Isolated Score and FX Track by Lalo Schifrin

- Never Before Released Isolated Score by William McCauley

- TV Featurette

- Press Gallery

All three of these releases will sell for $19.98.

Evan Jacobs