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.

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.

PREORDER TITLES

CAPTAIN AMERICA
THE MOVIE SERIAL
Blu-Ray/DL-DVD Upgrade

FEATURING DICK PURCELL
ADRIAN BOOTH
and LIONEL ATWILL


Hyperactive district attorney Grant Gardner assumes a costumed identity his off hours in order to fight antiques collector and serial killer Dr. Maldor and his gang, with the help of his trusted secretary Gail Richards, for 15 high-energy episodes.

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. The Blu-Ray version is recommended as it has smoother image quality and motion.

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.

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Note: this is not a "perfect" studio release. Do not expect that. It is the best that can be done, however, with the available versions of the original, nicely stabilized and superior in quality to any other circulating version of the serial (most of which are just unauthorized copies of the Squadron's version from 2003!) It is best viewed on medium-size TVs, not really big ones. Check the quality above, and get the real thing, from those who did the restoration work.

BLU-RAY TITLES

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SERIAL BOOKS

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DVDs

THE SQUADRON DVD RELEASES/ARCHIVE ADDITIONS

This is the index page to the Squadron DVD collection of restorations produced since 2002, when Squadron members raised funds to publish the first-ever serial on DVD, ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION (now being remastered). Archive titles are not available commercially, only to those who request copies from this site. Restorations of public domain titles are available for redistribution/quantity discount.

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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.

SQUADRON NEWS

SPY SMASHER IS HERE!!

AVAILABLE NOW
THE GREAT SERIAL

SPY SMASHER
Blu-Ray/DL-DVD
EXTRA SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Featuring
KANE RICHMOND
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.

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. READ MORE

The Blu-Ray version of this title is recommended as it has much smoother motion and twice the sharpness of the DVD edition.

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You will receive an email with tracking information when your copy ships.
To help speed up delivery of shipments we are requesting you order this title separately, thanks.


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

"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

"The book and the Blu-Ray are a must for all serial collectors, They are number one in my collections. Thanks Eric for a Christmas in July present." --
William Holmes

SPECIAL PROJECT NEWS
The Squadron will restore
The Long-lost Mascot Serial
THE KING OF THE KONGO


The Serial Squadron is currently working on producing a new restoration of the 1929 part-sound serial
The King of the Kongo featuring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff.

Music, sound effects and dialogue sequences for this serial were recorded on Vitaphone disks, some of which may be lost forever, but all the missing dialogue from the serial will be included in the release, either from recordings of the original disks or newly dubbed by professional actors and in optional subtitle-view form. Sound effects and music will also be restored throughout as well. The picture will be stabilized and cleaned up, and splices and reel change markers removed.

This project is endorsed by Boris Karloff's daughter Sara Karloff.

Restoration director is Eric Stedman, who first announced this project in 2004. The projected release date is March 2020.

Special video effects consultant for the project will be John Ellis (video effects professional and restoration director for the superbly-restored STEVE CANYON TV series).

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Coming May 2016

SQUADRON TO RELEASE NEW BOOK ABOUT ALL THE US MOVIE SERIALS:

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!

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SUBSCRIPTIONS

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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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