Rob -I snagged a bootleg copy of this a few years ago. Talk about guilty pleasures.
Of all the Irwin Allen projects CBTS is the Irwin Allenest; a big, silly, cheesy, star-studded sci-fi disaster movie with lame dialogue, terrible performances, snazzy art direction, cool FX, and Joseph Cotton. What more can a middle-aged sci-fi geek ask for?
Jeff, something you may know (if anyone does): Who wrote the score?
City Beneath the Sea is cheesy, all right. One hundred percent pasteurized process Cheez Whiz! But it's great fun -- a silly sci-fi movie and a silly disaster movie all in one. The only way it could be more Irwin Allen-ish would be if the Master of Disaster had given himself a cameo.. . . Of all the Irwin Allen projects CBTS is the Irwin Allenest; a big, silly, cheesy, star-studded sci-fi disaster movie with lame dialogue, terrible performances, snazzy art direction, cool FX, and Joseph Cotton.
Since all three pilots were made for TV in the 1970s, wouldn't they all have been filmed in full Academy frame (1.33:1)? Or would they have been shot so they could be shown in either full-frame or matted widescreen for overseas theatrical release?I still think this had great potential as a series, especially when compared to Allen's final sci fi potshot, the incredibly juvenile The Return of Captain Nemo. The setting was interesting and would have allowed for far more story variety than something like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with its redundant monster-of-the-week template. And you'd still get to see the Seaview and Flying Sub periodically.
Looks like Planet Earth and City are nice-looking widescreen transfers and Genesis II is 4x3--but still great quality.
Respectfully disagree on the sub in Our Man Flint (you have the right title, I always seem to switch the order of them for no good reason), I've watched that scene of the Galaxy sub over and over, and that sail and the whole aft end, the way it curves down, says Seaview. MAYBE the sail was replaced but it might just be an optical illusion.The earlier CBTS was a limited pitch film more than a pilot, but it did show more of the futuristic drill rig, you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZrifEjU-H0
The sub in "Our Man Flint" was not the Seaview, although they did use the control room, and deck set. They also used the CMDF set for Z.O.W.I.E. and practically every sf set piece Fox had.
I'd really like to get some of the Warner's Archive films, but they are just too expensive for what you get. Oh well, that's life