Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Captain Video - Cliffhanger Collection|
Actors: Judd Holdren, Larry Stewart, George Eldredge, Gene Roth, Don C. Harvey
Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Captain Video was such a nationwide sensation that in 1951, Columbia Pictures Corporation contracted to produce a theatrical serial of the Captain's exploits, the first TV show ever to be adapted to the big screen. The ... more »
Good DVD could have been great
Tom Conner | 11/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this serial in theatricial re-release in the late 50s without the tinted scenes. Actually, I didn't know it had tinted scenes until I got the new DVD. VCI Entertainment has done a great job of putting this DVD together. The picture quality and film transfer are excellent. The special features include a nice selection of Sci-Fi trailers and bios of the stars. The major flaw I found with the DVD was the VCI logo popping up in the bottom right corner of the screen every few minutes. That was disturbing. So much so that I phoned VCI and made a formal complaint to the customer service department. When I'm watching a movie I don't want to see on-screen logos and advertisement. That's one of my major objections to watching network T.V.. When I pay hard earned cash for a quality DVD I certainly don't want to see a logo pop up. This is one reason I purchase my DVDs and don't record them off TCM. VCI's response to me was very couteous. The service rep stated that the logo was inserted to dissuade pirating. Pirating is not my problem. Other home video companies manage to put copy guard inside their product. I didn't buy the DVD to copy it. There was no Paramount logo popping up in my new DVD of the original "War Of The Worlds." I will make sure that I phone VCI in the future before I purchase their products. If the logo is not a problem for you, then you will love this new DVD. If it is a problem, then save your money."
So you'll know: Not the TV Series.
Larry Gott | Dallas, TX USA | 01/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for the 1949-1955 TV series with Al Hodge as Captain Video and Don Hastings as the Video Ranger, this is not it. Unhappily, most of all the footage from that series died when the old Dumont Network died in the late 50's.
For those of you like me who are nostalgic over the TV series, there are a number of websites about Captain Video, so see Wikipedia for a starting place with links: [...]
THIS DVD is the movie serial that was made with different actors, and seems to be the FIRST TV Show to be made into a movie!
Just thought you might want to know...
I love the old movie serials!
Steven Yates | CT, USA | 10/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have three Flash Gordons, a Phantom and now, Captain Video! First, the serious criticism. Wooden acting, cheap-looking sets, hand-drawn animation special FX, an impossibly involved, contrived plot, meaningless science-babble jargon. But those are also the charms of this serial. If you want to enjoy some campy fun with good guys versus bad guys, no blood and gore, action a-plenty and happy ending, welcome to Captain Video!!!!!"
A very poor serial
Nayland Smith | 04/04/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First there is the problem of the VCI logo flashing every four minutes for twenty seconds. It is completely unacceptable to interfere with potential enjoyment of a product in that fashion.
That said, it is hard to enjoy this serial. Virtually the entire serial is a repeat of a basic car chase and the use of some ridiculous gadget at headquarters to resolve the cliffhanger.
Captain Video is frozen on a distant planet and headquarters just happens to locate him and send out a defroster beam. Pure cheese.
This serial is for completist collectors only. Others should look elsewhere"