A U G U S T
featuring Boris Karloff
in his first major motion picture role
This complete 15-episode serial, which put Boris Karloff on the map, and which has not been seen by the public in over 90 years, is in the final stages of restoration with release anticipated at the end of this month (we thought it might take longer but the release date has been restored to that which was originally announced). As soon as THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY is fully restored and ready to go, shipping will begin and pledge participants and those who have preordered will receive DVD copies.
You may still preorder the title and read more about the project on the Hope Diamond Mystery DVD page. We are now accepting Dealer preorders for this title as well as individual orders.
STATUS: The entire serial has now been converted, assembled, and tinted and is in the scoring phase. The restoration work is nearing completion and the DVD is expected to begin shipping in the last week of August and beginning of September 2014. Click here for the latest updates posted on the Squadron Facebook Page.
S E P T E M B E R
THE MASKED RIDER
featuring Harry Myers, Ruth Stonehouse, Paul Panzer and Edna Holland
The long-awaited complete collector's edition of THE MASKED RIDER is scheduled for release in September. Volume 3 will be available at the same time, for those who participated in the pledge drive and those who have bought individual volumes previously. The Masked Rider Companion book including ultra-rare script and photo material will also be released at the same time as the DVDs.
If you pledged, your Vol. 3 DVD will still be mailed out to you after we confirm your current address. Please don't send us updated contact information just yet -- we will send out emails first when the DVDs and book are nearing completion.
STATUS: Video and audio work on the serial are almost complete. The Book is still being assembled. We are not taking preorders on the complete set or Vol. 3 until we figure out some shipping issues -- watch this space and/or the Squadron Facebook Group page for the announcement that the DVDs are ready to order.
The mysterious freedom fighter known as the Red Shadow is actually the son of the General sent to the region to seek out and destroy him. Filming of stage operetta originally released in part 2-color Technicolor with sound on Vitaphone disks. A long-unseen film thought lost by many, but, yes, this really is it. Complete with restored musical sequence & color tones. 2 acts with intermission.
James Kirkham inherited a lot of money and wants a life of adventure, exploring in darkest Africa, but instead, after a robbery at an antiquities auction, finds himself and his fiance Eve kidnapped by parties unknown and taken to a macabre mansion of horrors such as the world has never known, inhabited by demonic-looking freaks, torturers, and killers. He and Eve will be granted freedom only if he agrees to the "ordeal of seven steps" presided over by the mansion's owner -- apparently Satan himself! Color tinted, in a new English translation, with new score and sound effects!
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.
“Wild Bill” Hickok, “a peaceable man” with a lightning-fast quick-draw, rides into town to protect Abilene from the destructive Phantom Raiders. This serial introduced Elliott and provided him with his nickname. Cast includes Monte Blue, Kermit Maynard, Chief Thunder Cloud, Sammy McKim, Dickie Jones, Ray Mala, 3 familiar serial-kids: Frankie Darro, Dickie Jones and Sammy McKim, and future Zorro Reed Hadley.
Two different transfers of this title have been added to the archive.
Status: Archive DVD requests are shipping now.
More titles from the Archive: Graft / The Lost Special / Radio Patrol
The Rustlers of Red Dog / Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
Note to New Members: We are essentially a library, not a commercial storefront like Amazon.com and due to the very low demand for what we make available we do not keep large quantities of titles in stock or ship DVD orders or requests every day but make requests to order and send them in batches in the order in which they were received about twice a week. So PLEASE do not email us right after you send your order with shipping questions, but instead allow about 2 weeks for delivery of Squadron or Archive DVDs. We cannot make what we do available any other way without charging twice as much for our services. Thank you!
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
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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 usually ship twice a week and sometimes need to have titles reprinted. That being said, some weeks we ship every day, and 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.
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.
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. Awaiting the addition of brand new original serial-related comics material!
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
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.
Note: the 2014 kits are currently sold out. We will be reprinting a "standard" version of the kit shortly.
"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