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Westerns and Cliffhangers on DVD
Last updated: January 11, 2020

The westerns and serials on DVD keep a comin', and below is just a SAMPLING of what's currently available.

The most recent additions and updates are at the top and shown with a or

On the next webpage, you'll find a long list of western and serial DVD sources, and you can check those websites for more new releases, search around for the best prices, etc. There's also a few companies still offering film. And there's several movie databases which you can search.

     


 VCI will be releasing two more Buck Jones serials in January and February, 2020 in DVD and Blu-Ray versions. Didn't see any announcement on these at VCI's website. But you can pre-order at Amazon - DVDs are about $14.00 and Blu-Ray is about $20.00:

GORDON OF GHOST CITY: https://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Ghost-City-Buck-Jones/dp/B07YTCDZMN

THE PHANTOM RIDER: https://www.amazon.com/Phantom-Rider-Buck-Jones/dp/B07YTDCXFS

Cowboy Collection volume 10 will be released in mid October, 2019 by Warner Archive / WB Shop. It has nine Johnny Mack Brown Monograms on a three (MOD) DVD set. Titles are THE HAUNTED MINE (1946), VALLEY OF FEAR (1947), CROSSED TRAILS (1948), TRIGGERMAN (1948), BACK TRAIL (1948), GUNNING FOR JUSTICE (1948), TRAILS END (1949), RANGE JUSTICE (1949), and WESTERN RENEGADES (1949).

Could not locate it on the Warner Archive website.

It is listed as an "Movies Unlimited Exclusive!" at Movies Unlimited for about $30.00: https://www.moviesunlimited.com/monogram-cowboy-collection-volume-10-movies-unlimited-exclusive/888574704254

You can order from Amazon for about $25.00: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XK5QB1T/

A few years back, VCI released several of the Red Ryder features starring Bill Elliott, Allan Lane, and Jim Bannon.

Bannon did four Ryders - all in Cinecolor - but only two were put on DVD by VCI.

Good news - in Summer, 2019, VCI released all four Bannon films on a two DVD set.

Priced at about $14.00 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ryder-Westerns-Color-Complete-Collection/dp/B07PQTXDCM

Long time ago, VCI released a DVD of the two Lone Ranger movies starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

THE LONE RANGER (1956) and THE LONE RANGER AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (1958) are now available on DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Bargain priced at about $6.00 at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Lone-Ranger-Double-Feature-Lost/dp/B07PL9ZRJ5

https://www.uphe.com/movies/the-lone-ranger-double-feature-the-lone-ranger-the-lone-ranger-and-the-lost-city-of-gold

April 7 and great news: On the Classic Horror Film Board Forum, Tom Weaver had news from Robert Blair at VCI that they have a whole bunch of Universal serials to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

List of Universal serials and more details at:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/monsterkidclassichorrorforum/lots-of-universal-serials-on-the-horizon-from-vci-t72870.html

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/monsterkidclassichorrorforum/viewtopic.php?f=85&t=72845

And more on VCI and those Universal serials: http://inthebalcony.com/speaking-of-serials.html

Buck Jones' THE RED RIDER (Universal, 1934) and THE ROARING WEST (Universal, 1935) are the first of these to be released - see below.

     


There's announcements that Buck Jones' serials, THE RED RIDER (Universal, 1934) and THE ROARING WEST (Universal, 1935), were released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Summer, 2019 by VCI Entertainment. VCI's website has details on prices for the DVD and Blu-Ray versions: http://www.vcientertainment.com/Film-Categories/Serials

Amazon has both available ... and both are from "original studio 35mm film elements".

Amazon has THE RED RIDER DVD for about $20.00: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Rider-Buck-Jones/dp/B07MTJMHFJ

Amazon has THE ROARING WEST DVD for about $20.00: https://www.amazon.com/Roaring-West-Buck-Jones/dp/B07MCW5X26


Warner Archive is releasing a made-on-demand (MOD) DVD of the 1938 Dick Foran mountie adventure HEART OF THE NORTH ... in glorious Technicolor.

Priced at about $20.00 from Warner Archive and $16.00 at Amazon:

https://www.wbshop.com/products/heart-of-the-north-1938-mod

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-North-Dick-Foran/dp/B07LD4R5WS/

Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of five Jack Randall Monogram westerns on DVD-R.

Films are GUNSMOKE TRAIL (1938), MAN'S COUNTRY (1938), THE CHEYENNE KID (1940), COVERED WAGON TRAILS (1940), and PIONEER DAYS (1940).

The five DVD collection is priced at about $20.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9815D.html

Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of eight Jack Perrin oaters on DVD-R.

Titles are: PHANTOM OF THE DESERT (1930), LOSER'S END (1934), WOLF RIDERS (1935), TEXAS JACK (1935), HAIR-TRIGGER CASEY (1936), WILDCAT SAUNDERS (1936), DESERT JUSTICE (1936) AND GUN GRIT (1936).

The DVD collection is priced at about $16.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9816D.html

Appears that Mill Creek Entertainment is re-releasing a a 20 film DVD set that was issued several years ago by Timeless Media.

The original DVD collection had some "warts" and I've included the review / comments below. You may want to consider purchase of this newly released set since it is inexpensive.

Available from:
Mill Creek Entertainment for about $20.00: https://www.millcreekent.com/roy-rogers-the-happy-trails-collection-dvd-digital.html
Oldies.com for about $12.00: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/56362R.html
Amazon for about $12.00: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LD4P387/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?psc=1

The earlier set from Timeless Media had some issues:

Amazon is selling new and used copies for about $3.00 - $22.00: http://www.amazon.com/Roy-Rogers-Cowboys-Feature-Films/dp/B00309Q1M4/ref=tmm_dvd_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1450177089&sr=1-2

Jack Tillmany bought this DVD collection, was completely disappointed, and e-mailed me with a BUYER BEWARE! warning for those who might be considering purchasing this. Thankfully, Jack's comments arrived in time as ye Old Corral webmeister was about ready to order the set.

This six DVD / 20 film "Roy Rogers - King of the Cowboys" collection is from Timeless Media Group and labeled as "Authorized by the Roy Rogers Estate", "Licensed by the Roy Rogers Family Trust", "Digitally Remastered for the Best in Audio and Video Quality", and "Compiled with the assistance of Roy 'Dusty' Rogers Jr. and Jeffrey Kramer".

With all that fanfare, the expectation is that the films would be high quality, certainly better than other versions of Roy's films that have been churned out over the years on VHS and DVD from various bargain priced vendors and collectors. Checking the backs of the DVD covers, every movie is listed with running times between 62 minutes and 78 minutes, which implies that you're getting full length features, not 52 - 54 minute cut-down versions that fit a one hour time TV slot.

Originally priced at around $60.00 - $70.00 at online stores such as amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, this set is expensive ... and a very disappointing mix of B&W and Trucolor oaters, many of which are not in great shape. Most are not full length but are shortened versions with the Happy Trails Theater interviews and wraparounds that were done by Roy and Dale on The Nashville Network many years ago.

The creators of this DVD are even confused - for example, they list SONS OF THE PIONEERS (1942) as 64 minutes long and in Color (the original film was about 55 minutes and in B&W). The B&W SONS version in the set is 52 minutes long. Add in Roy, Dale and Ruth Terry doing Happy Trails Theater and the whole shebang totals about 61 minutes. Yet COWBOY AND THE SENORITA (1944) is complete at about 78 minutes and includes the Republic logo and opening/closing titles, but no Happy Trails chit-chat before or after.

On the positive side, there are the Happy Trails Theater interviews, a tour of the now closed Roy and Dale Museum, and some other special features.




There's a discussion about this DVD set at the Nitrateville website: http://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?t=5838

Warner Archive is re-releasing the 1948 and 1950 Superman serials with Kirk Alyn. These are made-on-demand (MOD) DVDs.

No mention of a Blu-Ray version.

Priced at about $35.00 from Warner Archive and Amazon:

https://www.wbshop.com/products/superman-serials-the-complete-1948-1950-collection-mod

https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Serials-Complete-1948-Collection/dp/B07HGKPNHH

Tom Goethe e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a collection of seven Yakima Canutt silent starring oaters which he made in the 1920s for producer Ben Wilson. The set contains four made-on-demand (MOD) DVDs.

Films are BRANDED A BANDIT (1924), WILD HORSE CANYON (1925), HELLHOUNDS OF THE PLAINS (1926), DESERT GREED (1926), THE OUTLAW BREAKER (1926), THE IRON RIDER (1926) and BAD MEN'S MONEY (1929).

The DVD collection is priced at about $17.00 plus U. S. postage direct from Alpha / Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/9790D.html

Was not yet available at Amazon.

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing a "Superhero Origins" three DVD set with Columbia's THE SHADOW (1940), BATMAN (1943) and the BATMAN AND ROBIN (1949) serials. Apparently, Mill Creek released these a while ago ... but I missed it.

Info at the Mill Creek website and the price is about $20.00: https://www.millcreekent.com/superhero-origins-three-classic-serials.html

Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Superhero-Origins-Three-Classic-Serials/dp/B06WP79QZ9

Earnie Price e-mailed about Alpha Video / Oldies.com releasing a made-on-demand (MOD) DVD with the lost / missing DESERT MESA along with Lane Chandler's THE TEXAS TORNADO (TV title: RANCH DYNAMITE). In the mid 1930s, and calling himself 'Tom Wynn / Wynne', prolific stuntman and henchie Wally West had a very brief fling at playing a hero when he starred for Victor Adamson / Denver Dixon in DESERT MESA (Security, 1935) and MORMON CONQUEST (Security, 1939).

Renown Pictures Ltd in the UK recently released a DVD set which included DESERT MESA. The Alpha / Oldies.com description notes that their MESA print came from the collection of Adamson family friend, Samuel M. Sherman.

Priced at about $10.00 (includes U. S. postage) direct from Alpha / Oldies.com.: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/8026D.html

Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Western-Double-Feature-Dynamite/dp/B07987KGG6

Got an e-mail from Tom Goethe with news that Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing a DVD set containing 10 Charles Starrett / Durango Kid adventures and the price is about $15.00.

I believe all ten titles were previously released on DVD under Sony Pictures Choice Collection brand. Two films in this set, LIGHTNING GUNS and THE HAWK OF WILD RIVER, were among the lost/missing Durango Kids and came out on DVD in 2014.

More details including a list of the titles is at: http://www.millcreekent.com/the-durango-kid-collection-10-classic-westerns.html

Amazon has it available in mid January, 2018 for under $10.00: https://www.amazon.com/Durango-Kid-Collection-Classic-Westerns/dp/B076F6VMWM

The lost / missing DESERT MESA has been found and is now available from Renown Pictures Ltd in the UK.

In the mid 1930s, and calling himself 'Tom Wynn / Wynne', prolific stuntman and henchie Wally West had a very brief fling at playing a hero when he starred for Victor Adamson / Denver Dixon in DESERT MESA (Security, 1935) and MORMON CONQUEST (Security, 1939).

DESERT MESA is part of a DVD set containing Bob Steele - A Demon for Trouble; Rex Lease - Fighting Caballero; Guinn Williams - Big Boy Rides Again and The Invisible Message (UK title for Gun Play); Jack Perrin - The Cactus Kid; Fred Scott - In Old Montana and Knight of the Plains; Tom Tyler - Law and Order (UK title for Fast Bullets); Bill Cody - Frontier Days and The Call of Justice (UK title for Outlaws of the Range.)

Details on the DVD collection is at: https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/the-early-cowboy-collection-volume-1/

Checked in September, 2019, and Amazon has the collection for about $21.00: https://www.amazon.com/Early-Cowboy-Collection-DVD/dp/B0716TDSX9

Another great serial from Kino Lorber, and available in DVD and Blu-Ray versions. ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (Republic, 1941) stars Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr. and Louise Currie vs. Harry Worth as "the Scorpion".

Directed by William Witney and John English and lots of great stuntwork by Dave Sharpe, MARVEL is considered among the greatest of the sound era cliffhangers.

The Kino Lorber description says their source material is "Newly re-mastered from a 4K Scan by Paramount Pictures Archives".

Prices run from about $8.00 - $20.00.

From Kino Lorber: https://www.kinolorber.com/product/view/id/4600

Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Captain-Marvel-Chapter-Blu-ray/dp/B073LWR973

Sprocket Vault / Kit Parker Films has released a wonderful DVD of the 1928 silent serial THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN, a ten episode "Super Chapterplay of the Air" starring silent era serial superstar Walter Miller and Eugenia Gilbert and produced by the Weiss Brothers.

Digitally remastered from a tinted 35mm nitrate print, the only missing piece is the beginning of Chapter 9.

There's a commentary track by film historian Richard M. Roberts and a new piano score is by Dr. Andrew Simpson, main accompanist of the Library of Congress, Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia. There's several extras: "Flying Cadets" (1928) two-reel short with vintage plane shots and filmed at Brooks Field, Texas; New York Censor Board Files (as some scenes had to be cut for the serial to be shown in the State of New York); a gallery of posters and lobby cards.

Am doing one chapter an evening and have viewed the first three episodes ... and the quality is absolutely marvelous. Screen capture below from Chapter 2.

An overview of the serial is at Sprocket Vault's website: http://thesprocketvault.com/product/the-mysterious-airman/

Sprocket Vault sells their DVDs exclusively through Amazon and the price is about $20.00: https://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Airman-Walter-Miller/dp/B06Y4GLV4C/



Another great cliffhanger was released by Kino Lorber in late April, 2017 in DVD and Blu-Ray versions. DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE (Republic, 1939) stars Charles Quigley, Herman Brix and stuntman Dave Sharpe as circus performers pitted against Charles Middleton as "39013". Pretty Carole Landis is the heroine and direction by John English and William Witney. DAREDEVILS is among the finest of the sound era serials.

Prices run from about $12.00 - $18.00.

From Kino Lorber: https://www.kinolorber.com/product/view/id/4045

Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daredevils-Circle-Chapter-Serial-Blu-ray/dp/B06X3XM3JG

Olive Films has much of the Republic film library. In February, 2017, Olive released DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the twelve chapter PANTHER GIRL OF THE KONGO (Republic, 1955) which stars Phyllis Coates and Myron Healey. Ye Old Corral webmeister is not a great fan of jungle serials, so I did not order a copy. But a couple movie buddies did purchase PANTHER GIRL and said the quality was quite good.

More on PANTHER GIRL at the Olive Films website: https://olivefilms.com/product/panther-girl-of-the-kongo/

Available from Amazon for about $10.00 to $18.00: https://www.amazon.com/Panther-Kongo-Blu-ray-Myron-Healey/dp/B01MTZ9138

Amazon has this DVD set for about $11.00: http://www.amazon.com/Lash-LaRue-Collectors-Set/dp/B00BG4RJG2/

Tom Goethe was at K-mart and came across a new 12 movie Lash La Rue two DVD set from Echo Bridge Entertainment which was released in May, 2013. K-mart had it in their discount bin for $7.50.

These are not Lash's films at PRC, but the dozen he and Al 'Fuzzy' St. John did for producer/director Ron Ormond and his Western Adventure production company during 1948-1952.

E-mail from pal Minard Coons: "I bought the Lash La Rue Collector's Set from Echo Bridge through Amazon. Disc one has Great picture quality, but the sound is fuzzy. Disc 2 has great picture and sound. I haven't been through disc 2 all the way and have only found one flaw in it. During the film transfer of THE DALTON'S WOMEN (1951), they got reel 2 and 3 reversed, so story goes from reel one to reel three and then reel two. After that it is okay. But it is a great Lash La Rue set for any La Rue fan."




Several years ago, the Video Kart, Ltd./Films Around The World began issuing DVDs which you could buy via their Video Kart website, and we had that info on this videotape/DVD webpage.

Times have changed ... and DVD MOD (made on demand) seems to be the current rage. In 2012, Films Around The World started a new label called "Mr. FAT-W Video", discontinued their Video Kart website, and partnered with Amazon.com to manufacture DVDs to order, as well as offering downloads, streaming, etc. They have over a hundred films available through amazon, and that includes about 60 westerns (John Wayne Lone Stars as well as PRC oaters with Dean, Lash, Wayne, Crabbe, Steele and the Texas Rangers). Films Around The World is also the source on all/most all of the Dean, Lash, Crabbe, Wayne/Lone Stars and Steele/PRCs shown on Encore's Westerns channel.

Their MOD DVDs are about $10.00-$15.00 each, and the following link will take you to amazon.com and the full listing of titles:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=%22Mr.FAT-W+Video%22&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3A%22Mr.FAT-W+Video%22




Circa 1976, MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH was released on videotape, and I got it on either a Beta or VHS tape. This B western compilation/tribute was a collaborative effort of Packy Smith and Richard Patterson - Richard directed and Smith provided his B western knowledge, selected the heroes and film clips, etc. For those who had the original videotape - and for those who didn't - this compilation consists of scores of B oater movie clips put together into a wild and crazy western plot that runs nearly 90 minutes long. Pat Buttram does the narration.

There's good news. The original 35mm source material was re-used to create a new DVD-R titled MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH - THE ORIGINAL DIRECTOR'S CUT. What's great is that you can turn on the DVD subtitle option and the original film title will be shown under the clips. And I'm bettin' that you'll have a smile on your face watching lots of saloon brawls, cattle stampedes, and Indian attacks.


The price is about $10.00 and is available at amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Meanwhile-Back-Ranch-Richard-Patterson/dp/B005C5UIFA/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1310828645&sr=1-1
and
http://www.rgpost.com/meanwhile.html

Both websites have a bit more details on the original and new directors cut.




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