The Serial Squadron Cinema Cliffhanger Archive

Serial Squadron HYBRID BLU-RAYS
Great Squadron restorations burned on Blu-Ray disks
for higher image and audio quality

A DVD/Blu-Ray Hybrid is an SD transfer authored and burned to a region-free 25gb Blu-Ray BD-R for enhanced picture and audio quality. Since Blu-Rays hold so much content, this is the perfect way to present a serial because files can be presented in uncompressed form and that means a sharper picture, smoother motion, less grain, and very clear audio -- no steps removed from the original restoration, and what an improvement!

It is necessary though to have a player which will can access this disk format for them to load properly. The Sony BDP-s3100 Sony BDP-s390, Sony BDP-1200 and Sony BDP-s5390 will all play these Blu-Rays and are available on eBay for about $30.
Reportedly
ONN portable Blu-Ray players will also play the hybrids without any difficulty. Some Playstation players will also work.

Some
Samsung players will load the disk menus and play the disks without any difficulty but some will sometimes load the hybrid disks as data disks, which means tracks will show up on and be playable from icons on the internal Blu-Ray player menu. If your Samsung player loads the disk as a data disk, you may be able to access the menu by clicking the MENU button on your remote after the disk loads then making the selection LOAD ALL FORMATS then clicking on the icon that says VIDEO TS. Vizio players may also load the disks as data disks.

Some
Panasonic and Oppo players may not have a built-in protocol to access the menus and are not recommended for use with these disks. On any player, however, there may be a menu which allows selection of access to the format.

If in doubt, and you want something that will play the hybrid disks for sure, order a
Sony BDP-s3100 from eBay and hook it up into your system. You won't be sorry if you do.
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DRUMS OF FU MANCHU
HYBRID BLU-RAY UPGRADE
✦✦✦✦ (15 Chapters)

Featuring
Henry Brandon and Robert Kellard Directed by William Witney and John English


A dacoit knife that nearly misses British investigator Nayland Smith's head tips him off that megalomaniac Fu Manchu and his evil Si Fan society are in California. Fu desires a scroll which will lead him to the tomb of Genghis Khan (whose sacred scepter will, he says, help him conquer Asia), and kidnaps Dr. Parker, a scientist who knows its location. The scientist's son and Dr. Petrie go in search of him, and Fu Manchu leaves no stone unturned as he terrorizes and destroys his enemies with poison darts, booby traps, assassins, ancient torture devices, and unseen, ominous drums which are a warning of impending doom.

Transfer Quality: Excellent, from Jack Mathis' original print-down from Republic Pictures' negative, mostly stable, excellent sharpness and grey tones. The Blu-Ray upgrade offers smoother motion, clearer picture and sound, and smoother and sharper image quality.

Blu-Ray Contents:
Complete serial
Special Features: Introduction by Fu Manchu author William P. Maynard

PROJECT COMPLETE
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LINDA STIRLING
2-SERIAL SET
THE TIGER WOMAN/
THE BLACK WHIP

H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

Contains both full serials, THE TIGER WOMAN and ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP, with original trailers, featuring the fan-favorite heroine, on one BR disk.

In
The Tiger Woman Linda is a jungle goddess who engineer Allan Lane tries to protect from destructive white men who want to plunder the riches and oil in her South American kingdom, and in Zorro's Black Whip she plays the first female costumed Zorro-style masked avenger of the movies.

Also includes a mini-documentary about stunt woman Helen Thurston, the "Face Behind the Mask" in
Zorro's Black Whip and a Linda Stirling Bio and slideshow.

Upgrade to Blu-Ray for smoother motion and sharper picture.

PROJECT COMPLETE
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THE PHANTOM EMPIRE
H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

Featuring Frankie Darro and Gene Autry
(Mascot, 12 Chapters)
Directed by Otto Brower, B. Eason


When a radio performer discovers a strange underground city ruled by Queen Tika, who wishes to keep her kingdom secret from the “surface people” she despises, his two bumbling friends, and young Frankie and Betsy and the Thunder Riders Club ride “to the rescue.”

Influenced: Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, The Empire Strikes Back

Transfer Quality: Excellent, wet-gate transfer which minimizes artifacting. Scored with period music from 78s and 1930s music libraries. The Blu-Ray upgrade offers smoother motion, clearer picture and sound, and smoother and sharper image quality.

View Online Video: Chapter 3

PROJECT COMPLETE
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THE DESERT HAWK
H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

(15 Chapters)

Featuring Gilbert Roland and Mona Maris
with Billy Bletcher


Thrilling, epic serial with exotic Arabian setting featuring Gilbert Roland in a dual role as the rightful Caliph of a kingdom and also his evil usurping twin brother. Billy Bletcher (Voice of the Lone Ranger) appears in an amusing role as a comical but quite capable magician. Lots of action and virtually no stock footage, with a solid cast and swordplay too -- destroys the myth that all Columbia serials aren't good. It's tons of fun.

A nice transfer enhanced by light warm and cool color tones as appropriate to indoor and outdoor scenes.

PROJECT COMPLETE
Shipping about October 10
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DAREDEVILS OF
THE WEST

H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

The amazing long-lost Republic serial now available, only from the Squadron!
(Republic, 12 Chapters)

Featuring Allan Lane, Kay Aldridge and Robert Frazer
D: John English


Cavalryman-on-special-assignment Duke Cameron offers to help lovely June Foster build a stage line through the Comanche Strip after her father is slain in a wagon train attack masterminded by crooked land baron Martin Dexter. Dexter and his henchmen Ward and Turner, and crooked lawyer Silas Higby relentlessly conspire and attack Cameron and Foster, who are forced to try and survive an exploding runaway stagecoach, a flaming prison, powder kegs in a runaway mine car, a plunge into a vat of flaming alcohol, being shot at the edge of a cliff, and tied up and thrown into a covered wagon to be set on fire.

A fantastic, stunt-filled cliffhanger filled with wild, berserk action which even includes "the two Tontos," Chief Thunder Cloud and Jay Silverheels together in one scene.

A few once-missing sections of audio have been re-created with music, sound effects and dubbing of the original dialogue by Rick Deacon (as Duke Cameron), Eric Stedman (as Dexter) and Allyson Malandra (as June Foster).

Transfer Quality: Excellent, super-sharp picture, very high quality. Blu-Ray conversion improves motion and tone smoothness and sharpness.

PROJECT COMPLETE
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THE SECRET OF
TREASURE
ISLAND

H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

(Columbia, 15 Chapters)

Featuring Don Terry, Gwen Gaze and Walter Miller

Directed by Elmer Clifton

When they reach Treasure Island, Larry Kent, who is searching for a missing newspaperman, and Toni Morell, who has half of a treasure map, fall into the hands of Collins, an anything-but-rational master of a strange chateau haunted by a pirate’s ghost. Collins, aka “The Shark,” has the other half of the map and employs a gang of cowled diggers in his search for the treasure. He also has henchmen dressed as pirates, and several skilled "house guests" he has kidnapped for medical or scientific duties.

PROJECT COMPLETE
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THE SPIDER'S WEB
H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE
(1938, 15 Chapters)
Starring Warren Hull, Iris Meredith and The Octopus
D:
Ray Taylor, James Horne


The mysterious white-robed Octopus raids one industry after another in a systematic grab for power. The Spider, a masked vigilante who looks upon the underworld as his own private shooting gallery, is feared by criminals and civilians alike. When these two powerful figures fight to destroy each other, the result is bloody mayhem. An exciting pulp story come to life, packed with non-stop action.

Influenced: All pulp-avenger-style serials and films which followed, including the Darkman series, and the Spider-man comic book (in which another web-costumed character also swung on lines between buildings in the city and had an arch enemy named Octopus!) The Spider was the first costumed pulp character to appear on a movie screen.

Transfer Quality: From 16mm; transfer quality excellent, very sharp picture, stabilized, exposure-corrected, with normalized and noise-reduced audio. Blu-Ray conversion improves motion and tone smoothness and sharpness. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE OF THIS TITLE.

Shipping in November

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THE ROCKETMAN COLLECTION
H-BLU-RAY UPGRADE

Featuring Tristram Coffin, George Wallace, Roy Barcroft and Judd Holdren

THREE COMPLETE SERIALS
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN

RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON

ZOMBIES OF THE
STRATOSPHERE


Jeff King dons the helmet and rocket pack and becomes the flying superhero called Rocketman, then Commando Cody of Cody Labs takes them over and journeys to the Moon to stop Retik, Ruler of the Moon from plundering Earth, then Larry Martin uses them in his fight against invaders from Mars.

Influenced by: Bulletman, for whom the original story in the first serial was written.

Influenced: Iron Man, The Rocketeer

View Online Video: Chapter 3

Shipping in December