ACTION HEROES & HEROINES
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Republic, 15 Chapters
Blu-Ray / DL-DVD Upgrade
FEATURING DICK PURCELL
and LIONEL ATWILL
D: John English, E. Clifton
This title has been upgraded 9/2019
A serial killer known as “the Scarab” drives former members of an archaeological expedition to suicide using “purple death” poison. Relentless District Attorney Grant Gardner decides he’s going to go after the fiend dressed as a comic book character, gets ahold of a Captain America costume missing its shield and boots and he and his trusted secretary Gail Richards work hard to put a stop to the Scarab's seemingly never-ending crime spree related to his quest for Mayan treasure.
Republic's most expensive serial, adapted from an unused script prepared by Republic Pictures for the Fawcett comics character Mister Scarlet. This serial gets random and crazy at times, with things like the Dynamic Vibrator (which destroys buildings), the Fire-Bolt, a remote control self-driving truck, a machine which brings people back to life, and a chamber which will fill with gas that turns one into a "withered mummy" all coming and going before you realize what's going on -- it is like a wild and sometimes completely off-the-wall golden age comic book brought to life.
This new set is a remastering of the original Squadron-produced transfer with complete, corrected chapter openings and closings (all in the right place now), fully stabilized, with improved sharpness, audio, damage/artifact removal, picture clarity and motion. Audio is full-volume and sharper than before but not perfect because the original tracks required a lot of hiss and hum removal.
Also includes a Captain America mini-documentary, cast bios, image collection, the re-release trailer, and a short subject on the Captain America collection at Wade's Comic Madness.
Influenced: Captain America, The Avengers films
Extras: Stills/memorabilia/character and serial history slideshows with music, interview with Captain America collector Wade Shaw, Re-release trailer
Includes 4.5 hours of content
All 15 episodes painstakingly stabilized and restored, Still Gallery, History, Cast Bios, Re-release Trailer, and other extras.
Image: 720 x 480, Standard definition, sharp picture, about 7GB of data.
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THE ORIGINAL, REMASTERED
AND WITH A NEW MUSICAL SCORE
THE PERILS OF PAULINE
PAUL PANZER & CRANE WILBUR
Pauline's adoptive father dies and leaves his sizable fortune in the hands of Owen, a con man who will control it until such time as she is married. Pauline denies a proposal from handsome Harry Marvin because she wants to spend a year adventuring. Owen and his blackmailer decide that if Pauline were made to disappear they'd make out like bandits. So guess happens to Pauline? Answer: anything and everything Owen and his scheming confederate can arrange to try to do her in.
Re-translated with intertitles that make sense and use correct character names from the original US release, stabilized, and newly scored for a fresh and new experience with this groundbreaking and important series.
Contains content from 13 original episodes, an Episode Guide covering content from lost episodes, and "The Perils of Pauline Phenomenon," a mini-documentary and collection of spinoffs, remakes and spoofs of the serial.
Accompanied, restored and stabilized by Eric Stedman, with custom image noise reduction by the great Hollywoood digital effects artist John Ellis, restorer of the Steve Canyon TV show now playing on the Decades channel.
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(Entire serial on 1 disk, full quality)