The Good

This shows features fun stories and a great viewing experience for all.

The Bad

I really wish that David Hedison had been allowed to do some commentary tracks on this DVD.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 2, Vol. 2 features 12 more episodes of the crew aboard the Seaview. Led by Admiral Nelson (Richard Basehart) and Captain Crane (David Hedison), it is very apparent that creator Irwin Allen was really trying to push the stories and TV technology to another level in the second part of this second season. Opening with "Terror On Dinosaur Island" in which Admiral Nelson and Chief Sharkey find themselves on an island inhabited by dinosaurs, this show never tired of testing the limits (if there are any) of our imaginations.

"The Shape of Doom" features an interesting premise in which the President's wife finds herself at risk when a whale swallows an atomic bomb. Closing out this set is "The Return of the Phantom" in which the ghost of Captain Krueger tries to possess Captain Crane's body by having Crane killed. While I am sure that there were people who viewed these episodes and scoffed at the ideas being put across, Irwin Allen made some very sly social statements but unlike many working in TV today, he did it in a much more covert and interesting manner.

Features

Still Galleries

These galleries are broken up into areas like "Miniatures" and "Publicity Photos. " They feature a mix of black and white and color shots where we see parts of the show, as well as the cast and crew having fun on the set. I always like scrolling through these things because I love the clearness of the images, and it's great getting to see an inside look at a show like this. Science Fiction stores have an air of mysteriousness about them and while these galleries don't provide tons of answers, they offer up enough of a glimpse to give fans something special.

David Hedison Interviews

David Hedison sits back and candidly fields questions in regards to this show. He talks about things like his first impressions of Irwin Allen (apparently Allen wore a pungent cologne), the actors on the show (he felt they were great but there was "nothing" they could really do with the material), and the Flying Submarine inside the Seaview that audiences seemed to love (Hedison comments on how cheap it was). Watching these interviews it is a testament to how good an actor David Hedison is because he never seems unhappy or like he's going through motions on this show.

Video

Aspect Ratio - 1.33:1. Like the previous releases of this show, these episodes look really well compressed here. Something tells me that they were bumped up in the compression process, but there is nothing about the way these shows looks that seems overcooked. If anything, it would be interesting to go back and see how the compression of DVDs has evolved since they started releasing these shows. Fans and newcomers should be very excited about the way these 12 episodes look.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English - Stereo and Mono. Spanish - Mono. Subtitled in English and Spanish. Close Captioned. I love the audio on these shows. The soundtracks, the feeling of impending doom being just around the corner, and the simple sounds of the Seaview come together to make this a well mixed audio experience. Sure, the audio leads you in terms of how to feel, but it isn't so obtrusive that it beats you over the head with various ideas.

Package

Again, they have employed the blue and white styled slipcase cover for this release. Descending down into the depths of the sea is the world famous Seaview, with the Flying Submarine below it. The back of the slip case has some shots from the show, a tiny description of what this second part of the second season contains, a Special Features listing and technical specs. Fox has economically placed all three discs inside two slim, plastic cases, both of which have the same front cover as the slipcase, and they feature episode listings, descriptions, airdates, and Special Features on the back. This packaging keeps itself in line with the tone and themes of this show.

Final Word

My biggest problem with this set is that I HATE when they break up seasons and release them in volumes. I love Fox, they have released a bunch of my favorite shows, but why can't they simply make things easier for people and release these DVDs in one set? I guess they feel that they can double dip on these series, but in the end the people the studio is really shortchanging are themselves and the fans. First of all, I am lucky because I get these things to review for free. If I had to pay for them, I would just wait until they came out on DVD in one complete season, or I would buy them second hand from Amazon. Secondly, it just seems confusing to a lot of people in terms of how these shows are released.

That said, I really am a fan of Voyage to the Bottom of Sea Season 2, Vol. 2. I feel that these stories were ambitious in the best way, I think the acting is superb, and it's just great to see television at a time when the medium still hadn't figured out what it was and wasn't capable of. This release is a Boomer TV lovers delight.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was released .