(Note: This is a repeat post–an economy chapter, if you will–but when I updated the Home post today, I wanted to preserve it for future reference)
Restorationist Eric Grayson, also known as “Dr. Film,” is working on restoring the 1929 Mascot part-silent/part-sound serial King of the Kongo (starring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff). The serial has long been missing the soundtrack for its talking portions–some of which, however, still exists separately from the film print, having been recorded on disc. Eric is working on reuniting all that remains of the soundtrack with the best possible print; his latest update is here:
April 17, 2019: A tip of the hat and another big thanks to Clifford Weimer, the webmaster of the old-movie site In the Balcony, and a contributor to special features on past VCI serial DVDs. He has provided some more concrete details on the upcoming VCI releases at this link. Particularly exciting is his hint that nine more Universal serials, never before available on video, may be in play; I’m having visions of a good and complete print of The Lost Special finally becoming available, or–even better–some of the long-lost early Universal titles like The Airmail Mystery and Danger Island surfacing for the first time since their original release. Let us wait and see.
April 5th, 2019. The estimable Tom Weaver–serial, B-film, and horror-movie expert extraordinaire–has broken some great news for serial buffs over in two threads on the Classic Horror Film Board Forum. Robert Blair of VCI has informed him that Universal is going to give VCI access to the original film elements for its serials; VCI plans to use these for new DVD releases of those serials (the linked threads refer to Blu-Ray, not DVD, but as you can see from a second post on the second thread linked, at least the first two announced releases, The Roaring West and The Red Rider, are DVD and not Blu-Ray). Continue reading
Update, February 14, 2021: Rusty Wescoatt has just joined the Serial Henchmen section. Other recent updates include Robert Armstrong (Serial Sidekicks), Cy Kendall (Serial Villains), Jane Adams (Serial Heroines), and Milburn Stone (Serial Heroes). The addition of these five new sections, and of the Don C. Harvey page (Serial Character Actors) published last year, brings each of the six biography subsections to a total of 22 bios each, making 132 bios in all.
In related news, one of Robert Armstrong’s serials, Gang Busters, is now available in a beautifully restored version–on both DVD and Blu-ray–from VCI Entertainment. This is one of the all-time best chapterplays and has never been available in a quality print before. Highly recommended.