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Raiders Of Ghost City (VCI)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C†††† Chapters: C+

 

 

VCI continues its wide-ranging release of Western Serials with Universalís 1944 Western Raiders Of Ghost City, in which Prussian (read German) spies are starting to interfere with the U.S. late in The Civil War!Yes, as silly and crazy as that reads, that is what you get in essentially another anti-Axis WWII propaganda piece.Lionel Atwill is the villain and Dennis Moore the hero who intends to stop him.

 

As awkward as the story might be, co-directors Lewis B. Collins and Ray Taylor created one of the more serious serials here.The fights might leave something to be desired and cliffhangers a bit mixed, but it shows a sort of atypical maturing of serials that run contrary to the audience of children they were serving.The realities of WWII could not help but seep into even the most unrealistic of entertainment.That does not make this or any other serial a Noir of any kind, but it does make this one unique and worth a look for anyone serious about a study of the long-gone entertainment form.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image varies throughout in quality, but the prints VCI has here are only so good, being at least one or two generations down.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is the same, with dated fidelity, though these were relatively simple soundtracks to begin with.Extras include trailers for other Western serials and text on some of the cast and crew.Overall, an above average entry finally on DVD.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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