View Full Version : Need some recommendations - TV Serials
06-17-2005, 10:15 PM
I was wondering if someone could suggest me some TV Serials available on dvd, and since many of them have multiple releases by different companies (most of them by "public domain" companies), I would be grateful if you could point me the best edition of the titles you mention.
06-18-2005, 03:16 PM
Are you referring to "cliffhanger" serials like Flash Gordon, Captain Marvel, etc.
My recommendations: Get Artisan's "Adventures of Captain Marvel", great serial & transfer. Get the three Flash Gordon serials from Image(make certain you get the full serial, there are also "feature condensations" available). The Hal Roach/Image titles are pretty good also and so is much of VCI's product.
06-19-2005, 10:08 AM
Besides the Captain Marvel series, and the 3 Flash Gordon series (from what I gathered, the Image releases are still the best, right?), which series (and most importantly, what releases; it's so confusing when you have 5 or so releases of the same titles...) would you recommend? I prefer sci-fi or comic book stuff, like Buck Rogers, Mandrake, The Phantom, ..., but I'm opened to everything (western, WW2, ...).
I've been wanting to pick up a few serials since I bought my dvd player, and it's curious that after almost a decade I still haven't picked up a single one... :)
06-20-2005, 12:33 PM
Some good ones:
Drums of Fu Manchu(VCI)--One of the more underrated Republic efforts
Radar Men From the Moon(Hal Roach/Image)--Cheesy, but it has the "Commander Cody" character & Clayton Moore as a bad guy.
Jungle Girl(VCI)--A female version of Tarzan(and created by Edgar Rice Burroughs himself), a well written serial.
Buck Rogers(VCI)--If you like Flash Gordon, you'll love this.
Phantom Empire(Alpha)--Pre-dates Flash Gordon, and it's a combination of western(with Gene Autry) and sci-fi. Personally, Alpha's transfer is not the best, but IMO this is an important serial.
Zorro's Fighting Legion(Hal Roach/Image)--Has the original "under the stagecoach" scene. Also on a 3-serial set by VCI called "Zorro Serials Collection" with Zorro Rides Again & Zorro's Black Whip(the latter is a female version of Zorro)
This is a good start--The shame is a number of real good serials(many of the Republics) are not out on DVD. (Some were issued on LD and the transfers were stunning.)
06-20-2005, 02:29 PM
The 1949 Batman And Robin serial released on dvd was a lot of fun for me. It was cheap and not as well done as the first Batman serial (1943) but it was a hoot. It took me a few chapters to buy into the Batman costume, keeping said costumes in a file cabinet, no Batmobile etc. But once I was able to accept that I had fun with it.
06-20-2005, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, I guess I have some dvd buying to do... :D
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