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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...
The plot has a villain, Dr. Tobor (George Eldredge), meddling with the Earth's weather, with help from Vultura of planet Atoma (Gene Roth), who wants control of the universe including the Earth, and has started by invading and mostly conquering planet Theros. Triangulating some measurements of magnetic impulses, Captain Video (Judd Holdren) and the Video Ranger (Larry Stewart) visit Dr. Tobor, who claims he is trying to counteract the evil forces causing the weather problem. Soon, however, Dr. Tobor takes off for Atoma, trying to make it look like he was abducted, and with Vultura's remote-control equipment tries to blast Captain Video's space ship by activating and guiding a couple dormant comets.
There have been a few rather unjustified complaints about the serial adaptation. First, that "Tobor" is a cheap reuse of a character name from the TV show. I did extensive research (at least 15 minutes with Google) and found that the episodes usually called "I TOBOR" and written by Isaac Asimov didn't air until 2 November 1953, almost two years after release of this serial. There seem to be a few references suggesting that Tobor was used earlier but nothing specific mentioned in descriptions available for those shows. The 1946 Columbia serial "Hop Harrigan" includes a Dr. Tobor, and is likely why the name was used here.Read more ›
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Captain video is a decent serial. I remember seeing part of it back in the early sixties when I was a kid. It's very similar to another serial called the
Lost Planet. Read more
Very good dvd. Again, this was the very same Saturday serial that i saw at the movie theater when i was a kid.Published 21 months ago by owen winkle
This serial arrived in a timely manner. Serial fans will recognize the robots as they appeared first in Dancing Lady and The Phantom Empire. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Tenorbone