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Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea

Fox Double Feature/Fantastic Voyage/Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 43 (Nov 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailers for both films as well as a forced two-minute, 20 second ad for Fox DVD before the menu screen.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2000580
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1961
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/05/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Irwin Allen
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea is the classic, but clunky tale of a renegade commander and his crew aboard an atom-powered submarine that journeys to the ocean floor in an attempt to stop the destruction of the earth. A radiation belt has exploded and threatens to cook everyone on earth, or drown them as the polar icecaps melt. The movie inspired a popular television show, but it

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is impressive for its age. Images are solid, with colors that are nicely balanced and quite vibrant. Images are sharp, though some scenes exhibit a soft focus. There are few distractions in the way of artifacts or pixelization for a picture that will surely please throughout. Its solid appearance is outstanding for a forty year old movie.

The Dolby(r) Digital 4.0 soundtrack is dated in fidelity, but is adequately restored with minor background noise. The original stereophonic audio is predominantly confined to the screen channels, with some subtle surround envelopment. Some distortion can be noticed, and the sonic character overall is somewhat muted and occasionally harsh. Dialogue is reasonably clear and characteristically directionalized. This re-purposed soundtrack seems to be a direct transfer from the original CinemaScope(r) audio, so the limited low frequency output is expected. Nonetheless, this film's new audio is an opportunity to experience the vintage multichannel audio, albeit flawed.