The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

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The Serial Squadron is a multimedia archive -- the home on the web of the original (male and female) cinema action heroes, and our goal is to preserve and restore and make available for viewing or study the jungle, mystery, western and sci-fi cliffhangers that inspired STAR WARS and the Hollywood superhero blockbusters of today.


We are a soon-to-be non-profit library/archive supported by enthusiasts of the form, historians, and in cooperation with the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, the Library of Congress, and private collectors, which restores, repairs, and re-creates movie and audio serials in video, audio, and printed form which are not now available or have never been been commercially released by studios or legitimately licensed rightsholders.

OFFICIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP STUFF

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THE 2020 SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT
This time on a Rocketman theme. Includes the incredibly handy 176 page Pocket Pal book jam-packed with information which lists all US serials ever made & more including Squadron secret codes, membership card, Serial Heroes CD featuring Buster Crabbe, Rocketman poster, button, and admittance to the Squadron Members' Online Network & video library, chat room, private forum & more.
Click Here to Get Your kit!

THE 2020 SERIAL SQUADRON CALENDAR
Still available -- Includes color movie serial art done for the Squadron
by Eric Stedman & serial star birthdays too!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM LULU.COM

NEW RESTORATIONS

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"Hi , I just wanted to congratulate the Squadron on a fantastic job on the recent DVDs of The Crimson Ghost and Son of the Guardsman. I thought they were amazing restoration[s]" -- Squadron supporter Neil D., UK
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SHIPPING NOW
SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Blu-Ray / DL-DVD


FEATURING BOB SHAW, DAUN KENNEDY, BUZZ HENRY, CHARLES KING and WHEELER OAKMAN


"This is the first of the arrows of vengeance which shall find their marks in the oppressors of freedom."

Includes all 15 episodes painstakingly stabilized and restored from 2 16mm prints; about 4 hours 45 minutes

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SON OF THE GUARDSMAN Blu-Ray (Highest quality motion & sharpness, includes all extras; recommended)
From an HD transfer; 960 x 720 image burned on Blu-Ray with excellent smoothness, sharpness & motion, more than twice the quality of motion & image smoothness of the average DVD. Plays in Sony BDP-s390, BDP-s1200 and BDP-s3100, likely to play in Samsung BD-F5100, LG BPM-35 Blu-Ray players, Playstation 4, XBox 1S; loads as a data disk in 2011 Samsung BD-DS300/2500DVD player.



SON OF THE GUARDSMAN DL-DVD
(Lesser quality motion and sharpness, fewer extras)

From an HD transfer; 720 x 480 image burned on DL-DVD same basic content as Blu-Ray with slightly less sharpness & motion quality. ORDER THIS VERSION if you are not sure if your Blu-Ray player will play the Blu-Ray edition.


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SHIPPING NOW
THE CRIMSON GHOST
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Blu-Ray / DL-DVD


FEATURING CHARLES QUIGLEY, LINDA STIRLING, CLAYTON MOORE, KENNE DUNCAN
and ? as THE CRIMSON GHOST

(Voice by I. Stanford Jolley)


Includes all 12 episodes in excellent condition transferred from a near-mint condition original print with a clear and very stable picture; almost no damage, dust or splices and the theatrical trailer. about 3 hours.

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CRIMSON GHOST BLU-RAY
1440 x 1080 HD image burned on Blu-ray media; superb, clean, sharp picture quality; probably the highest overall picture quality sound serial the Squadron has yet made available. Plays in most Blu-Ray players including Sony BDP-s390, BDP-s1200 and BDP-s3100, likely to play in Samsung BD-F5100, LG BPM-35, Playstation 4, XBox 1S and 2011 Samsung BD-DS300/2500DVD player



CRIMSON GHOST DL-DVD
720 x 480 image burned on DL-DVD media. Still looks good and sharp but has less detail and smoothness of motion than the Blu-Ray.



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COMING NEXT

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GOVERNMENT AGENTS VS. PHANTOM LEGION
DVD/Possible Blu-Ray

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THE GALLOPING GHOST
Featuring Red Grange
Blu-Ray/DVD

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THE HOUSE
OF HATE
Featuring Pearl White and Antonio Moreno
Upgrade with higher image quality & new score

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BRUCE GENTRY
DVD
Featuring Tom Neal
With unrestored cartoon spaceships

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BRENDA STARR, REPORTER
DVD
With additional restored content

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THE FIGHTING
DEVIL DOGS

Featuring Lee Powell, Herman Brix and The Lightning
Directed by William Witney

Blu-Ray

SQUADRON NEWS

We will be adding a book/audio/Blu-Ray set of THE VOICE FROM THE SKY, the first sound serial ever filmed, to our production schedule this year. The existing reels have been recovered and the new restoration has begun!

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PROGRESS REPORT

NOVEMBER
2019


LAST OF THE MOHICANS HD transfer completed

DECEMBER 2019


THE CRIMSON GHOST 640 x 480 DL-DVD Status: Project Completed
THE CRIMSON GHOST 1440 x 1080 Blu-Ray Status: Projects Completed; Shipping now

SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
640 x 480 DL-DVD Status: Project Completed
SON OF THE GUARDSMAN
960 x 720 Blu-Ray Status: Project Completed; Shipping now

JANUARY 2020


CAPTAIN AMERICA Restored edition DVD
Status: Project Completed

SERIAL SQUADRON 2020 CALENDAR
Status: Project completed; order link posted


FEBRUARY 2020

2020 SERIAL SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT & BOOK completed; begins shipping Tuesday Feb. 18

THE VOICE FROM THE SKY reels acquired

COMING SOON / WORK IN PROGRESS


THE HOUSE OF HATE Remastered upgrade with improved picture quality, transferred at correct speed

LAST OF THE MOHICANS / LEATHERSTOCKING Collectors' package

GOVERNMENT AGENTS VS. PHANTOM LEGION Blu-Ray/DVD

BRENDA STARR, REPORTER Upgrade with new restored content

FIGHTING DEVIL DOGS Blu-Ray

THE KING OF THE KONGO DL-DVD

SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS Vol. 2
DL-DVD

THE GALLOPING GHOST Blu-Ray/DVD

SUBSCRIBER SHIPMENTS Coming Next: SERIAL FEATURE VERSIONS VOL. 1 & 2020 SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP KIT

SERIAL BOOKS

Available Now

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Coming Soon

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Coming May 2016
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SERIAL SQUADRON RESTORATIONS
Available and In Production

The Serial Squadron offers restorations of film serials in Blu-Ray, DVD, Audio and Book form. All our serials on Blu-ray and DVD are restored for picture/and or sound quality, mostly from new stabilized digital transfers of original film prints. Many also include custom extras and reconstruction of lost content.

Squadron AUDIO DVDs available again
TARZAN AUDIO COLLECTION
SHERLOCK HOLMES
BLUE BEETLE
MASTERS OF HORROR
MONSTERS
EXOTIC ADVENTURE
WORLD WAR II
SWORDS OF ADVENTURE
SHADOW OF FU MANCHU
ROY ROGERS SHOW
PIRATES & SEA ADVENTURES

DVD TITLES

Available Now

2-Disk Set

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3-Disk Set

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2-Disk Set

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COMMERCIAL BLU-RAY/DVD LINKS


Here are links to FLASH GORDON, ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, COMMANDO CODY and other currently available high quality commercial serial releases. We do not work on titles which have been released commercially by studios or those which have received legitimate distribution by secondary agencies.

MOVIE THEATER

Visit the Squadron Youtube channel to watch serial chapters online free
Or click
Video to view more sample chapters and Squadron restorations on Amazon

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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!

ABOUT THE SERIAL SQUADRON
More information and Squadron history

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.
The Squadron also publishes
novelizations of lost serials and serial-related comics.
And some lost serials have been re-created as audio dramas and more will be presented in that form as time goes on.

Note: EVERYTHING here is an "upgrade." We will offer NO DVD copy of a serial that we believe exists in better condition anywhere else. We also do not copy studio releases of serials here, period; we do our own work and restorations. And if a studio makes a serial available commercially we will remove it from our list.

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 studio or legitimately licensed rights holder (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.”

"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."


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, Frank Petrick, 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.
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.


"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!" -- Pioneer serial producer/director George B. Seitz

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