THE GREAT SERIAL
EXTRA SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION
as the famous Fawcett Comics Hero
MARGUERITE CHAPMAN, and HANS SCHUMM as The Mask
Directed by WILLIAM WITNEY
The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer by Dino Everett at the USC Hefner Moving Image Archive and restored by Eric Stedman of the Squadron, for the first time on 1440 x 1080 Blu-Ray. Really.
The Blu-ray and DVD include the complete 12-episode serial, re-release trailer and .cbz files of all the original Spy Smasher comic books which can be read on your computer.
You can use the PICTURE, ZOOM, or ASPECT button on your TV remote to watch the serial in either widescreen or normal 4:3 mode.
This is not the end-all greatest digital video version of SPY SMASHER which could ever possibly exist, what it is, though, is a new HD digital transfer from the Squadron's 16mm print,with improved sharpness, stabilization, motion and audio in comparison to the old 1990s VHS version.
SPY SMASHER remains, however, one of the most exciting and masterfully directed and produced sound cliffhanger serials ever made and an action-adventure masterpiece--the second comic book hero movie ever made, and still, possibly, the best--and this version will be sharper, clearer and more stable than any version on video you have seen before.
This transfer is complete, splice-free and very good quality and suitable for viewing on large-screen TVs. This is not a quick knockoff copy of anything else but the product of 6 months of transfer and restoration work. The entire serial has been painstakingly stabilized shot by shot and is rock-solid, and the sound also has been thoroughly restored. The final restoration even contains fixes of some errors which were present in all past video versions & apparently in the 1942 Republic original. There is a little dust in some of the early chapter openings but larger artifacts and damage have all been removed and there are no lines or scratches in the image at all; even reel change markers have been eliminated. Picture quality is very good to excellent throughout, reflecting the quality of the print from which it was transferred.
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The Blu-Ray version of this title is recommended as it has much smoother motion and twice the sharpness of the DVD edition. It is formatted in 1440 x 1080 without pillar-boxes so can be watched either in 4x3 or widescreen mode. Use your TV remote and select "normal" or "widescreen" from your picture settings menu to select your viewing preference.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE
SQUADRON SPY SMASHER RESTORATION
"Arrived today and well worth the wait. Just watched the first 2 chapters. The quality on the flat screen in amazing. THANK YOU for the time and effort you put into the restoration of this serial!" -- Steve Walker
"Full admiration for the input by Eric and company for their efforts in bringing us these gems in near-pristine condition." --Adrian James
"Received my copy of SPY SMASHER yesterday and watched the entire serial last night . . . loved it!" -- David Malin
"BTW the sound through my Bose system is great as well." -- John Brittan
"Beautiful! Awesome back cover!--As posted, it gives the illusion of depth, as though we are peering through a window directly into Serial World. Super design, Eric! Thanks for keeping my precious serial world alive and kicking." -- Ken Fulton
"Received mine today (fortunately on my work-at-home day). You do indeed have to change the mode of the picture on my LG, but once at 4:3 picture quality is fantastic and a huge leap over what I had previously. Thanks Eric — wonderful job!" -- Chris Nye
"I'm in Nazi-punching glory. The Serial Squadron restoration of my favorite serial is more than I could have hoped for. And the companion book is a treasure trove of comics and pulpy goodness . . . I'm going to eventually write a full review, but 3 chapters in, and I'm completely blown away." -- Michael Wheeler
"Just finished watching Spy Smasher and loved it!! The action, the stunt work, the special effects - all top knotch! This is the first time I've seen it and it may have toppled Captain Marvel from my pedestal!!! I noticed Kane Richmond did a lot of his own stunts but David Sharpe was just crazy! Great restoration, Eric Stedman!" -- Geraldine Smith
"The book and the blue ray are a must for all serial collectors, They are mnumber one in my collections. Thanks Eric for a Christmas in July present." -- William Holmes