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. Note: Please allow 2 weeks for delivery of Squadron or Archive DVDs.
NOTE: This is an archive DVD, not a commercial product and can not and will not be distributed to commercial DVD retailers and will not be available from other sources.
NOW SHOWING: A NEW CHAPTER EVERY SATURDAY!
The Squadron will now be broadcasting a new, long-unseen rare serial chapter every week and spotlighting restorations in progress. This feature is temporarily suspended because YouTube has begun offering unauthorized downloads of content and did so without warning so we are looking for a new video hosting service. We will be bringing you new chapters soon -- for now, to watch more Squadron serials, you can still Go directly to the Serial Channel
These projects have been green-lighted and will be published or added to the Archive within the next few months, when completed.
Links which will allow you to order projects will be added when the project is near completion and/or ready to ship.
THE MASKED RIDER DVD Vol. 3
The final 3 half-hour episodes of the great Western serial, restored and newly scored, which reveal the identity of the Masked Rider and bring the story to a close.
Status: Mostly scored and restored; some new music and sound effects being added.
THE MASKED RIDER
An amazing collection of original stills and much more related to the ground-breaking serial shot in San Antonio which introduced the original Masked Western Hero. Includes the entire content of the ultra-rare original pressbook and the script for serial chapters and other content not included in the DVD as well as images from the personal collections of the stars, co-producer, and cameraman.
Status: Mostly written and assembled, in final design pass stage.
CLIFFHANGER TREASURY #3
172 more thrilling pages of the original adventures of Captain Video, the golden age Blue Beetle, mighty Thunda of the jungle by Frank Frazetta, Bulletman, Dr. Fu manchu, Spy Smasher and more serial heroes. This publication will now include photo and article features on classic serials as well as comics.
Status: Almost ready for publication.
ADVENTURES OF TARZAN
The existing Squadron edition of this serial contains condensed versions of the first 6 episodes. This edition will upgrade that set with new transfers of the complete episodes from original nitrate reels in excellent condition. (The last 4 chapters in the existing Squadron edition are already near- or fully-complete) Source: 35mm original nitrate reels from 1928
Status: Sponsored & awaiting transfer
THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY
featuring Boris Karloff
in his first major motion picture role
The pledge drive for The complete 15-episode serial which put Karloff on the map has reached its goal and we now await receipt of the new digital transfer of this ultra-rare and historically important cinema treasure. The serial will be restored by the Squadron and broadcast online one chapter at a time as the restoration is being completed, beginning in May or June, depending on when we receive the transfer. When THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY is fully restored, target date August 1, pledge participants will receive DVD copies. You may still preorder the title on the Hope Diamond Mystery DVD page, and please do, as this will be an expensive and time-consuming project for which we need as much support as possible.
UPDATE: Our check for the transfer was cashed March 12, so 6-8 weeks from that date, probably in the beginning of May, we expect to receive it and shortly afterward we will post Episode 1 here for all to view while the restoration process begins.
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.
SOUND SERIAL DVDs
The Black Whip
Blake of Scotland Yard
Daredevils of the West
Drums of Fu Manchu
The Eagle in "The Vigilantes are Coming"
The Fighting Marines
Holt of the Secret Service
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger Rides Again
Mala, Secret Agent of the South Seas
The Mystery Squadron
The Painted Stallion
The Phantom Empire Special Edition
The Sign of the Wolf
S O S Coast Guard
The Vanishing Legion
Zorro Rides Again
Zorro's Fighting Legion
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 ship once or twice a week and sometimes need to have titles reprinted. That being said, 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 Squadron's Non-Profit Wing: Our library of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, digital transfers, laserdisc & videotape. You can view some of our restorations right now free on THE SERIAL CHANNEL, now showing: the complete BLAKE OF SCOTLAND YARD & much more! Copies of some restored/preserved titles which are at least 75 years old and never received commercial release (listed below) may be legally requested by researchers for purposes of research or study. These titles are not available for commercial distribution or dealer orders.
The Desert Song / Graft / The Lost Special / Radio Patrol / The Rustlers of Red Dog
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery / The Spider's Web / The Vanishing Shadow
Hey, kids of all ages --
The OFFICIAL SERIAL SQUADRON 2014
MEMBERSHIP KIT is shipping now!
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.
"I am the serial. I am the black sheep of the motion picture family and the reviled of critics. I am the soulless one with no moral, no character, no uplift. I am ashamed . . . Ah me, if only I could be respectable!" -- THE NEW YORK DRAMATIC MIRROR, 1916