ATTENTION CLIFFHANGER SERIAL LOVERS:
WE'VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU --
THE MASCOT/PD SERIAL DIGITAL UPGRADE PROJECT is about to begin!
Ever wish you could see some of those old Mascot and Independent serials looking and sounding sharp and clear as they did when they were originally released, and not as if you are watching something burned on to DVD from an old VHS tape of a lousy transfer with hissy sound, washed out picture and missing footage? Your wish is about to come true.
The Serial Squadron is planning, in the next year or so, offer you loyal and dedicated serial fans and historians DVD and online versions of 10-12 beautiful new black and white digital transfers created directly from excellent quality original Mascot and Independent serial films, many struck directly from original negatives. We'll be starting with the rare title THE WOLF DOG, and attempt to release one new serial about every month afterward. Yes, the WOLF DOG print is a "good print," and the missing scene in Chapter 1 of THE LIGHTNING WARRIOR is present and accounted for in the print of that serial too.
Your assistance with raising funds to pay for these new transfers will help make them possible -- in fact, only if people decide to contribute will some of these releases come into being -- but if you decide to participate you will receive rewards for your contribution, including something new -- the ability to watch these serials both on DVD and on your computer, iPad or iPhone, Android smartphone or tablet, AppleTV, ChromeCast, Kindle, Blackberry, XBox360, Playstation or other Smart TV systems. Additional rewards for those who might be interested in co-sponsoring a release will also be available. It will also be possible to put yourself on the "Squadron VIP New Release list" and receive your DVDs automatically in the mail as soon as they are ready -- with no prepayment or having to wait for your order after the release date necessary -- when the DVD is ready to go, it ships to you, and you get it in the mail, simple as that.
Watch for the WOLF DOG pledge drive & more information about the new project to be posted soon, when we're sure we've got all the online technical stuff in working order. Cover insert designs of some of the serials under consideration for release are posted above. You'll have to wait and see which one comes next, though. How's that for a cliffhanger?
Boris Karloff's first major role, 10 years before Frankenstein and The Mummy.
One of the last remaining complete lost serials in existence, available now for the first time.
A must for all serious classic serial and horror film collectors.
Transferred from the original print, stabilized, restored and scored.
featuring Boris Karloff
in his first major motion picture role
George Chesebro and Grace Darmond
This complete 15-episode serial, which put Boris Karloff on the map, and which has not been seen by the public in over 90 years, is based on the true story of the discovery and "curse" of the Hope Diamond, stolen from a temple in Burma in the 16th century.
The actors play dual roles in the past and present, with Karloff cast as both the High Priest of the Temple of Sita, and Dakar,
THE MASKED RIDER
featuring Harry Myers, Ruth Stonehouse, Paul Panzer and Edna Holland
The long-awaited complete collector's edition of THE MASKED RIDER is scheduled for release in October. Volume 3 will be available at the same time, for those who participated in the pledge drive and those who have bought individual volumes previously. The Masked Rider Companion book including ultra-rare script and photo material will also be released at the same time as the DVDs.
If you pledged, your Vol. 3 DVD will still be mailed out to you after we confirm your current address. Please don't send us updated contact information just yet -- we will send out emails first when the DVDs and book are nearing completion.
STATUS: Video and audio work on the serial are almost complete. The Book is still being assembled. We are not taking preorders on the complete set or Vol. 3 until we figure out some shipping issues -- watch this space and/or the Squadron Facebook Group page for the announcement that the DVDs are ready to order.
RARE SILENT AND SOUND SERIALS RESTORED FOR PRESENTATION ON DVD
Featuring the great restored Republic LONE RANGER serials
and the Holy Grail of Lost Serials, DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST
(Commercial sale titles)
These DVDs and the Republic serial restorations above are available for commercial sale or dealer inquiry. And they're not just copies of other people's stuff, either. Most are new digital transfers from rare existing original film prints with restored picture and sound, some with extras and viewing options and even special color tone effects, commentary and new musical scores. The silent titles in particular have been painstakingly restored shot-for-shot in most cases and include restored sections or summaries of action for content that survives only in incomplete form.
Click here to for more information about our well-regarded DVD titles.
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ORDERING / SHIPPING NOTES - CUSTOMERS: PLEASE ALLOW 30 DAYS FOR DELIVERY FOR ALL ORDERS -- Note that we are not primarily a commercial company like Amazon.com with a huge staff that ships DVDs every day but a collectors' service and library-like archive and usually ship twice a week and sometimes need to have titles reprinted. That being said, some weeks we ship every day, and most orders ship within 1-2 weeks. If you received a receipt email from PayPal there is no need for you to email us asking for a shipping date of any package -- that means we've got your order. We fill orders in the queue in which they were received and when we have everything you have requested ready to go and when your order is processed you will receive an email with tracking information. If you need a replacement disk please keep your case and use the Disk Replacement Form or Mail Order Form.
The mysterious freedom fighter known as the Red Shadow is actually the son of the General sent to the region to seek out and destroy him. Filming of stage operetta originally released in part 2-color Technicolor with sound on Vitaphone disks. A long-unseen film thought lost by many, but, yes, this really is it. Complete with restored musical sequence & color tones. 2 acts with intermission.
James Kirkham inherited a lot of money and wants a life of adventure, exploring in darkest Africa, but instead, after a robbery at an antiquities auction, finds himself and his fiance Eve kidnapped by parties unknown and taken to a macabre mansion of horrors such as the world has never known, inhabited by demonic-looking freaks, torturers, and killers. He and Eve will be granted freedom only if he agrees to the "ordeal of seven steps" presided over by the mansion's owner -- apparently Satan himself! Color tinted, in a new English translation, with new score and sound effects!
One of the major original pulp heroes comes to the screen in the greatest adaptation of pulp to film ever created, featuring Warren Hull and Iris Meredith. Consistently rated one of the top 5 cliffhanger serials of all time by fans, and hugely influential. Source: new digital transfer of 16mm original print, complete, with generally excellent sharp picture quality, restored picture element with stabilization, exposure correction, and noise reduced audio.
Status: Restoration complete, archive DVD requests are shipping now. To request a research copy, click here.
“Wild Bill” Hickok, “a peaceable man” with a lightning-fast quick-draw, rides into town to protect Abilene from the destructive Phantom Raiders. This serial introduced Elliott and provided him with his nickname. Cast includes Monte Blue, Kermit Maynard, Chief Thunder Cloud, Sammy McKim, Dickie Jones, Ray Mala, 3 familiar serial-kids: Frankie Darro, Dickie Jones and Sammy McKim, and future Zorro Reed Hadley.
Two different transfers of this title have been added to the archive.
Status: Archive DVD requests are shipping now.
More titles from the Archive: Graft / The Lost Special / Radio Patrol
The Rustlers of Red Dog / Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
Note to New Members: We are essentially a library, not a commercial storefront like Amazon.com and due to the very low demand for what we make available we do not keep large quantities of titles in stock or ship DVD orders or requests every day but make requests to order and send them in batches in the order in which they were received about twice a week. So PLEASE do not email us right after you send your order with shipping questions, but instead allow about 2 weeks for delivery of Squadron or Archive DVDs. We cannot make what we do available any other way without charging twice as much for our services. Thank you!
SQUADRON AUDIO DVD COLLECTIONS
Many now available as 2-DVD sets with "flip-over" cover inserts
MASTERS OF HORROR / MONSTERS
PIRATES & ADVENTURES AT SEA
SHERLOCK HOLMES / SHADOW OF FU MANCHU
EXOTIC ADVENTURE / WORLD WAR II
ALL STAR WESTERN / ROY ROGERS
TARZAN AUDIO COLLECTION / TARZAN SERIALS
THE BLUE BEETLE / SWORDS OF ADVENTURE
Note: the original 2014 kits are currently sold out. Watch this space for great new Squadron membership options to come & new kits to be available again soon.
The OFFICIAL SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT
It includes a special 120-page Club Membership Handbook which includes a 2014 calendar, a comprehensive list of American sound serials in order of release date, Secret Codes, Video Lists, and much more, a Membership Certificate, Squadron Pin, Membership Card, Stickers, a Lone Ranger color lobby card repro and a beautiful mini-poster of Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE SQUADRON and help support preservation of rare cinema serials.
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