When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.
Admiral Nelson takes a brand new atomic submarine through its paces. When the Van Allen radiation belt catches fire, the admiral must find a way to beat the heat or watch the world go up in smoke.Written by
"Seaview's" glass nose was originally to be two-stories but budgetary restraints didn't allow for it. In the TV series' second season, the model was altered to have two large forward view ports rather than the eight small ones on the movie and first season version. The second story of the nose wasn't actually constructed but a new hatch in the floor indicated that the second story was the Flying Sub bay. The underside of the nose was also quite different. It featured a new bulge with huge hangar-like doors for launching the Flying Sub. See more »
There are two Van Allen belts, in regions symmetrical about the equator. The inner one is several hundred kilometers above the Earth's surface, well above the atmosphere. They are regions consisting of gyrating electrons and protons about the geomagnetic field; there is no possibility for "combustion," such as with oxygen, as the electrons and protons would merely bump into the atoms with minor effects. An atmosphere would also interfere with the gryrations and prevent the accumulation of electrons and protons. See more »
U.S.O.S. Seaview calling Washington. Come in, Washington.
Twenty-five hours of static in my ear. Man, I'm getting shell-shocked.
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I had ordered Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea on DVD and at 3:00 in the morning I found myself watching it. Okay, the idea of the Van Allen radiation belt catching on fire is silly, but it's just the premise for a really good sci-fi adventure film that I wish I could've seen in the theaters on a wide screen. But the rich colors on the DVD and Dolby sound is a good substitute for the real thing.
In looking at it, I can't help but compare the movie with the series that followed as there are some of the actors from the movie who ended up in the show. Seeing this Lee Crane constantly arguing and second-guessing Admiral Nelson is a little disturbing, yet the movie inspired one of the best sci-fi series of the '60s. And the movie itself, like Fantastic Voyage, shows great creativity. Irwin Allen is always being underestimated by people with 60 second attention spans, but this movie shows how much of a creative artist that Allen was.
I gladly give this movie 8/10
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