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Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949)

Al Hodge , Richard Coogan  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Hodge, Richard Coogan, Don Hastings, Hal Conklin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J2SFK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" on IMDb

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Venture into space with rare episodes from the classic science-fiction television show.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TV SCI-FI CLASSIC! March 31, 2009
This stuff was broadcast live and the episodes presented here are crude at best, sloppy and uneventful. Characters stand around and communicate the plot back and forth to each other through various message-sending devices. Captain Video knocks over one of these cardboard speakers, picks it back up and continues delivering his re-shooting on live tv! The last un-connected episode featuring Al Hodge is the most polished with good sci-fi elements, taking place in deep space.
This is really a pretty good look at the origins of sci-fi tv. All four episodes stand alone by themselves offering no plot continuity, however, this does present an overview of the series. The commercials for cereal and Captain Video rings are priceless, and in order to change sets/costumes we are treated to a video screen checking in on Captain Video's agents, which consists of old B-Western movie clips featuring Buster Crabbe and others! Ya just gotta love it!
The Alpha dvd is quite acceptible considering the source elements.
This is great early tv, entertaining, nostalgic, yet mind-numbing all at once!...and above all: FUN!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Captain Video DVD July 26, 2010
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Captain Video was one of the first so called sci fi TV shows that was broadcast on the then early television of the 1950's, it was primary
a children's show aimed at giving the children of the New York metropolitan area a little different show other than a western which was prevalent back then. borrowing from some of the science fiction authors of the day this show tried to give the young audience a taste of adventure of going into outer space to bring justice to the other planets. with budget limitations the producers of this show were far ahead of their time in creating the illusion of being inside a space ship or even on a planets surface with little more than cardboard sets and clever painted backgrounds, in the later series even a realistic model of Captain Videos space ship the Galaxy 2 which unfortunately is not included on this DVD disc. The overall quality of this DVD disc is good. the material included on this disc is unfortunately all available on the internet as no new material is included on this disc and this reviewer doubts that any new shows or material will turn up at this time . it would have been nice to see the Galaxy 2 blast off from the hidden base within a mountain or the mighty Tobor walk again. it's nice to again see Al Hodge as Captain Video and a young Bob Hastings as the ranger defeat the bad guys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live-television "Sci-Fi" from the early 1950's July 10, 2011
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Captain Video was a daily live childrens' television program on the DuMont network from 1949 to 1955, initially produced with very little in the way of sets and nothing recognised today as special effects. Little of the program survives, and Alpha's DVD, # ALP 5702D contains four episodes that have been available in other video collections. Three of these are from 1949-1950 with Richard Coogan, the fourth is from 1952 with Al Hodge in the title role. The Video Ranger in all of them is played by Don Hastings. The episodes are complete with "Ranger Messages" of the "public service" type. There are also informative announcements of how to obtain a Captain Video Secret Identifying Ring, for two Power House candy bar wrappers and 10 cents. The later show has more-traditional Post Sugar Crisp cereal advertisements and no mention of the ring. Data on the shows is sketchy, especially the earlier ones, with only a few of the actors identified, and the exact transmission dates not known. Alpha lists the one with Al Hodge as being from 1954, but contemporary program listings indicate the 1952 date. Still, the episodes appear to be on the DVD in the order of their transmission. The old film clips in the "special agent" reports are a little easier to identify than the actors in the rest of the show. Episodes involve:

1 An evil scientist known as The Sparrow works on a machine producing a ray of mass destruction, a small test of which has just been made. Meanwhile Dr. Pauli (Hal Conklin), temporarily detained, plans to escape in an unguarded airplane. And Captain Video checks the scanner for a report from one of his special agents, Buster Crabbe in "Billy the Kid Wanted" (1941, PRC) where by pretending to be drunk he gets "Fuzzy" (Al St.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun. September 26, 2010
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Really pretty good for it's era. Hokey acting, stories, set. But a lot of fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO GOOD May 6, 2014
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not what i was looking for. this dvd went too far back, before my time. i will keep it because its an oldie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention: All Video Rangers! April 4, 2014
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"Be sure to get your official Captain Video ring, with his picture on top." Do they even make Powerhouse candy bars, anymore? I know there are no 5˘ or 10˘ bars. (What you need to get your ring). It has been over 50 years since I went adventuring with Captain Video, (except for an episode of "The Honeymooners", when Art Carney did a bit on watching the show). I couldn't believe what I had forgotten! Very simplistic, very basic! You had to listen to the dialogue, and believe, or you were wasting your time. I watched the first episode, and laughed, the whole time. I loved it!! The Video Ranger goes missing, and Captain Video calls everyone in the world to watch for him, and send him back to base! Yes, the sets were bad. The script was bad. Everything was bad, but Al Hodge pulled it off! ,He made you KNOW, that he WAS Captain Video! Concerned with winning out over the forces of evil!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The DVD arrived on time, and was up to the advertizements.
So far, I've viewed one episode, and it brought back 60-year old memories. This is exactly what I wanted. Thanks for making it available.
Published 5 months ago by David S. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Video and His Video Rangers
I purchased this video as a surprise for my husband. He watched the show as a kid and loved the video.
Published 16 months ago by Mollie Prestopine
3.0 out of 5 stars You forget how bad early TV was
I was expecting somewhat of a complete serial, but it from four differnt ones. It did bring back memories of sitting in front of the TV absolutely captivated by this; but as an... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pyro
3.0 out of 5 stars Captain cheap network
I use to rush home from school to see, "Captain Video", why?, TV was still kind of new here in central Indiana and I was starved for anything that even remotely looked like sci-fi,... Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by AL.W PITTMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!!, Great Seller, Excellent! Will Buy Again for sure!
Supper fast shipping, the item was 100 As Described,I would buy more products from this seller and I would suggest this seller to everyone Here. Recommended!
Published on September 12, 2010 by Satisfied Buyer!!
1.0 out of 5 stars Captain Video
This dvd is a copy of an old vhs tape I bought years ago, except for the one episode with Al Hodge. I truly felt cheated.
Published on January 27, 2009 by M. Wolsh
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