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The home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes,
and jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS
and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.
All our serials on DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from original film prints, and some are also newly scored, stabilized, reconstructed, and often include extras.
There are now two different kinds of shopping carts on this site for two different kinds of DVDs, standard and DL-DVDs. You can combine DVD orders of either type in each cart, and some titles are available in both formats.
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SPY SMASHER - THE DESERT HAWK - DAUGHTER OF DON Q
TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS - THE SPIDER'S WEB
NEW SERIAL RESTORATIONS AVAILABLE NOW
The new release Dual-layer DVD sets in the panel below are ready to order now. (A dual-layer DVD is a single disk which holds 2 regular DVDs worth of content at full quality.)
The DL-DVD titles in the panel below can be ordered individually or in a cart with other DL-DVD titles currently available on this site. Online orders are shipped directly from the Squadron within 1-7 business days.
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THE DESERT HAWK
In the land of Ajad, Hassan, the jealous and treacherous twin of rightful, good caliph Kasim targets his brother for murder and assumes his identity. Unknown to Hassan, Kasim survives his scheming brother's midnight coup and assumes the identity of a legendary outlaw called "the Hawk." Kasim and his loyal allies must battle Hassan's treasonous assassins and the dangerous Brothers of the Sword in order to help the rightful ruler win the love of beautiful princess Azala and work his way back to the throne.
OF THE CHINA SEAS
Harry Lauter, Tom Steele, Aline Towne
A trader and a pretty girl are caught between UN agents and schemers who are fomenting a revolution in the strategic location of Bumatra.
With warm/cool color tones on chapters 1 and 12 and restored audio and picture.
$3 off the price of $15 if you order online now
DAUGHTER OF DON Q
Adrian Booth, Kirk Alyn, Roy Barcroft
A featured role for Adrian Booth as an heiress marked for death by criminals, including Roy Barcroft as Donovan, the enthusiastic hit-man, and willing and able to fight back, with the aid of her friend, an investigative reporter (Kirk "Superman" Alyn).
Extras: Includes a 28 minute Adrian Booth retrospective, accompanied by Adrian's question-and-answer session recorded at SerialFest 2006.
TITLES IN PRODUCTION
COMING SOON ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND IN PRINT
These serials are currently being transferred, restored and proofed and will be released in the approximate order below as single and multi-serial sets in upcoming months. Subscribers will receive the multi-disk sets including extra items such as the Zorro upgrades at no extra charge.
The order of release is subject to modification as transfers are completed and restorations are finished and proofed and burned. When a new serial is ready to order, it will be moved up to the "Available Now" section and a BUY IT NOW button will appear in its description.
THE WHARTON STUDIO SERIAL COLLECTION
2 DL-DVD Set
Featuring Grace Darling, Harry Fox, Olive Thomas, Irene Castle, Warner Oland, Jean Sothern, Howard Estabrook, Oliver Hardy, Lionel Barrymore, and Pearl White
Restored and upgraded editions of the serials shot by the Whartons in Ithaca, New York, 1914-1917:
BEATRICE FAIRFAX -- THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA -- PATRIA THE EAGLE'S EYE -- THE ROMANCE OF ELAINE -- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF J RUFUS WALLINGFORD
Including never-before-seen and unfilmed content, slideshows and re-creations of "lost" episodes.
THE SCARLET HORSEMAN
Featuring Paul Guilfoyle
Rare masked-rider serial in which the title character poses as a mythological figure during a conflict with the Comanche.
Stunt man Richard Talmadge in his one and only featured serial role. New digital transfer.
The fan-favorite serial in a new HD transfer, on DVD and possibly Blu-Ray. Really. If the quality of the transfer supports release in that format.
Doctor Satan and his murderous robot vs. the Copperhead in a new 4K transfer from 35mm, presented on Blu-Ray
OF THE WEST
A crooked oil man and his ruthless gang attempt to force ranchers off their land
SON OF THE
The extremely rare Robin Hood-style serial in a new high-quality HD digital transfer
George "Superman" Reeves in a medieval adventure inspired by Prince Valiant.
Zorro's Fighting Legion, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro and Ghost of Zorro collected and restored in a multiple-disk DL-DVD/Blu-Ray set
GHOST OF ZORRO
Clayton Moore as a descendant of Zorro in the serial that won him the part of the Lone Ranger
TITLES IN PRODUCTION Transfers and restorations in progress
THE SQUADRON GUIDE TO
THE MOVIE SERIALS
A 400 page book which includes concise descriptions of every cliffhanger serial and film series from 1912-1956, listed in order of release date, stills from hundreds of rare titles, feature versions and re-releases, TV cliffhangers, serial merchandise, serials on videotape and DVD, serial novelizations, big little books, comics, even sheet music. Created to be a useful, handy reference no cliffhanger serial fan will want to be without!
SPECIAL PROJECT NEWS
UP TO $4000 VALUE REWARD
For original audio from the 1929 Mascot serial
THE KING OF THE KONGO
The Serial Squadron, Grapevine Video and Sara Karloff will be joining forces soon to produce a new restoration of the 1929 part-sound serial The King of the Kongo featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff.
Dialogue sequences for this serial were recorded on Vitaphone disks, some of which may be lost forever, and some of which are in the hands of private collectors. Missing dialogue will be included in the release in newly dubbed and in optional subtitle-view form. But the more original audio that can be included on this DVD, the better the final result will be and the more delighted film fans who will be able to view the serial in more complete form than ever before.
Anyone contributing original audio recordings to this project will receive:
SQUADRON LIBRARY DVDS AND ARCHIVE TITLES AVAILABLE NOW
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES & SPECIAL RESTORATIONS
All the titles below are standard 1-2 DVD sets and online orders ship from the Vervante service in 1-3 business days. You may make multiple-title orders of these DVDs.
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PERILS OF NYOKA
New Restoration with Original Titles
Featuring Kay Aldridge as Nyoka Clayton Moore as Larry Adrian Booth as Vultura and Charles Middleton as Cassib Directed by William Witney & John English
Transfer Quality: Superb, stabilized, presented in warm black and white with restored audio & newly synched sound
DVD Contents: Complete 15 episode serial
Special Features: Reconstructed original "Perils of Nyoka" titles, re-release trailer
THE TIGER WOMAN
Featuring Linda Stirling
as The Tiger Woman
Allan Lane, Duncan Renaldo,
George J. Lewis
and LeRoy Mason
Includes original opening titles
2-DVD Set includes 12 chapters
& theatrical trailer
Quality: Excellent; pure restored B/W, restored audio
Featuring Clyde Beatty, Manuel King
and the Bat-men of Africa in Republic's first serial
Restored and in superb quality
You can SUBSCRIBE and receive the latest Serial Squadron DVDs as soon as they are published. Visit the PATREON SERIAL SQUADRON VIP SUBSCRIBER PAGE for more details!
INDEX OF ALL SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available or In Production
Daredevils of the West
Desperadoes of the West
The Devil Horse
Great Adventures of
Wild Bill Hickok
Heroes of the West
James Brothers of Missouri
Jesse James Rides Again
Last of the Mohicans
The Lightning Warrior
The Lone Defender
The Painted Stallion
The Red Rider
The Rustlers of Red Dog
The Sign of the Wolf
The Vanishing Legion
Roy Rogers Show
Tales of the Texas Rangers
Advs. of Sir Galahad
Son of the Guardsman
ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON
It is our mission at the Squadron to preserve and restore the rarest of all historical theatrical cliffhanger movie serials of 1912-1956 and related series films and create restored editions of serials as yet unseen by the general public, or which are only viewable in poor or incomplete condition, and to keep all these titles available for purposes of historical research, study, remembrance value or to be seen by new audiences unfamiliar with the content. Most titles here come from new transfers done from original films and include restored picture and sound. Silent titles include new scores and missing content in any serial is re-created or summarized. Subscribers help us continue to restore new titles and when special projects surface we sometimes use pledge drives to help fund restorations.
Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. If a studio releases a serial from original material we will usually remove it from our list.
Section 108 of the Copyright Act permits libraries and archives to make certain uses of copyrighted materials in order to serve the public and ensure the availability of works over time. Among other things, Section 108 provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives to make copies in specified instances for preservation, replacement and patron access. Section 108 was enacted as part of the Copyright Act of 1976, then amended in 1998 by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act, and in 2005 by the Preservation of Orphan Works Act.
In accordance with current copyright law, no serials will be listed here unless they are public domain and/or more than 75 years old or in their last 20 years of a copyright term and not currently available as a commercial video product by a rightsholder (if any). Copies of orphaned serials in which we have invested time and funds to preserve and restore are (legally) available to the public from this archive in accordance with Section 108 of the US Copyright law which states that “for preservation, scholarship or research, libraries or archives may reproduce, distribute, display or perform published works in their last 20 years of copyright if the work is not subject to commercial exploitation and cannot be obtained at a fair price.”
By ordering a copy of one of the restored public domain titles you agree to respect its copyright as a new version of a public domain work by the Squadron and not to copy or resell the DVD. In regards to orphaned (abandoned) titles, you agree that you are a writer, reviewer, historian, or library and research, review, or study is your purpose in requesting a copy of any of these films which we have taken pains to restore to as close to their original condition as possible.
SQUADRON RESTORATIONS CONTAINING ORIGINAL CONTENT ARE NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN. BUY FROM THIS SITE OR LICENSED VENDORS ONLY
We have regrettably recently received reports of unlicensed vendors selling copies of copyrighted Squadron DVDs at conventions, in email lists, and on websites, including THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY and even advertising illegal copies for sale in periodicals. Only Peter C. Walther of Rome NY, Norman Kietzer and the Lone Ranger Fan Club are licensed as a secondary distributors of Squadron DVDs so please do not order or purchase copies of Squadron publications from ANY other vendors; if you do you may be purchasing stolen property. Squadron restorations of public domain works are actively and legitimately copyrighted as "new versions" or derivative works, they are not public domain, even if their source material may be. Read about copyrights on derivative works at the Library of Congress. We reserve the right to register a copyright infringement complaint with the FBI, take legal action for damages, or file a charge of theft against any vendor selling copyrighted Squadron works without permission.
"I AM THE SERIAL. I am the black sheep of the picture family and the reviled of critics. I am the soulless one with no moral, no character, no uplift. All I do is try to amuse. I am ashamed. Because I have so many friends I wonder if there is not some good in me. I have ambitions. I will get better. Until then, I suppose it is my fate to flaunt myself along, to put forth what petty virtues I have as best I can -- and pay for the birth of my high-brow brothers. Ah, me, if only I could be respectable!" -- George B. Seitz