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Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)

Judd Holdren , Aline Towne , Fred C. Brannon  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood, Lane Bradford, Stanley Waxman
  • Directors: Fred C. Brannon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002F3BPWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zombies of the Stratosphere" on IMDb

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Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy. Two zombies persuade a renegade scientist to construct a hydrogen bomb to blow the Earth out of its orbit in this stereotypical serial which kept our parents and grandparents coming back to the theater week-after-week. 12 episodes on 2 DVDs. 1952/b&w/167 min/NR/fullscreen.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
First, a note. ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE marked the science-fiction film debut of actor Leonard Nimoy. He plays Narab - one of the Martian "zombies" - and actually has a few lines in the film. I was kind of surprised Amazon didn't list him as an actor - since Nimoy's presence might actually lend to increased sales of this DVD set.

In the space of three years (1949-1952), Republic Pictures put out 3 "rocket man" serials - all using the same rocket suit for the hero. Only the hero's identity changed. The first of the 3 was KING OF THE ROCKET MEN - starring Tristram Coffin as the hero in the suit, Jeff King. Then came RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON - starring George Wallace as the hero in the suit, Commando Cody. Finally, six months later, came ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE - starring Judd Holdren as the hero in the suit, Larry Martin. All three are worthy serials and all deserve recognition. But only 1949's KING OF THE ROCKET MEN episodes achieved after-market success - later compiled into a standalone film release titled LOST PLANET AIRMEN, released in 1951.

EDIT - Originally, I said that 1952's RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON was turned into a 1953 TV series titled COMMANDO CODY - SKY MARSHALL OF THE UNIVERSE. Not true. While the "Commando Cody" name made the transition to the series, the part of Commando Cody was played by Judd Holdren (Larry Martin in the ZOMBIES serial) and the story line was significantly different. Thanks to George Fergus who pointed that out in his comment.

The plot of ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE, even now, could be believable. An alien race (Martians) is dying and their planet is slowly becoming unable to support life. To remedy this, the Martians come up with a delicate but ingenious plan.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Believe a Man Can Fly September 5, 2010
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Zombies of the Stratosphere (Republic Studios, 1952) was the second serial featuring the popular new hero "Commando Cody" alias "Rocketman". The fist serial (With the introduction of Rocketman) was titled "King of the Rocket Men", and the third installment was "Zombies of the Stratosphere". What made the character unique was his ability to use a rocket powered flying suit to stop crime and to protect earth from evil forces from space. Zombies of the Stratosphere dealt with our hero preventing Martian invaders from using a hydrogen bomb to blow Earth away from the Sun so that Mars can take its orbital place. Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek fame) plays one of the three Martian invaders, Narab. I like all three serials of this making frankly because the character potrayed is so cool. I can find no wrong in these serials and I thnk some critics over kill the review of these serials. The special effects were done superbly in the days they were produced. I have often wondered why the production companies don't produce another feature film using the original flying suit produced in the serials indicated.

Zombies of the Stratosphere was budgeted at $172,838 although the final negative cost was $176,357.
Larry Martin (Commando Cody) played by Judd Holdren, and Sue Davis (Aline Towne). All the special effects in Zombies of the Stratosphere were produced by the Lydecker brothers(Exclusive to Rebulic Effects team. The film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and The disc includes a trailer for Zombies of the Stratosphere. These serials were an influence for The Rocketeer movie. This serial is very watchable and it will hold your interest. It's a fun movie and a good film to watch to escape everyday life. I gave it five stars for acting, plot, and originality. Enjoy.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Revived March 7, 2010
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I saw this on TV as a kid and have always had a soft spot for the cheesy plot and clumsy dialog. This set is a good transfer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Campy Fun June 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
In 1952, Republic Pictures was struggling. Their famous "movie serials" were losing attendence and fans to the new medium of television. Trying to cash in on the sci-fi craze, Republic presented one of the final movie serials ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE Starring Judd Holdren, Lane Bradford, and in his first role... Leonard Nemoy, This serial tells the story of a diobolical ailen trying to create an H-Bomb explosion to blow Earth out of it's orbit so his planet can take it's place. Only Larry Martin can stop him, with the aid of his amazing rocketpack.
This serial takes advantage of Republic's greatest reasouce, Stuntmen and special effects. Larry Martin and his rocketsuit flying through the air is really little mroe than a dummy on wires. This classic matinee serial has been colorized and slightly edited to create an amazing improved version of this crazy sci-fi classic. After all, Green Faced Martians in Purple Suits in a Pink rocketship, It's hard not to have fun! If you're looking for a fun nostalgic trip into the past, you can't go wrong with ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the complete serial! June 21, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the colored Movie version with a running time of approax. 93 minutes (not the 12 chapter serial with 194 minutes)! But it is nevertheless fun to watch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasing study in "period" sci-fi July 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A great variety of things come up, flying rocket belts, martians (Look CLosely, Leonard Nimoy is one of the martians, probably his first acting job hahaha), robots, the whole gamut of fun. I was particularly partial to the period office chairs with rollers the rockets come equipped with, sure made it easy to play along as a kid.
Anyway it is worth the admission fee on a rainy weekend day with the kids!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the nostalgia was absolutely great.
I'd seen these growing up. the nostalgia was absolutely great.
Published 23 days ago by The Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars crap series
produce arrived OK. crap series
Published 29 days ago by Paul C.
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie just sucked!!!!!!!!!!
This movie was not what I thought it was going to be. It sucked so bad. Although it was kind of funny to see Leonard Nimoy as a young man. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chuntanay Berry-Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not too bad
Published 1 month ago by Alan Denman
4.0 out of 5 stars Action to the max
This is not a bad copy considering the original. The story is good and action filled. When you consider when the film was made, even the special effects are not that bad.
Published 1 month ago by William Jergensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as i remember from b/w tv
Published 2 months ago by mikerajub the juggler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Hokey Republic Serial!
This DVD is pure hokum, and I love it. Sure, it rips off a lot of footage from "King of the Rocket Men," but I still liked it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by railfan
3.0 out of 5 stars The Movie Serial
When I was a kid we lived to see the weekly serial playing on Saturdays. They were a must see. Now I view them with nostalgia and notice the many technical errors we didn't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clinton A. Ford Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun-reminding me of the Saturday matinee's I went to as a kid
As a kid in the 50's and early 60's, we had second run movie double headers for our Saturday matinee's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Duane A. Sharp
2.0 out of 5 stars No zombies, no stratosphere
Boy, does this stink! This is supposed to be one of Leonard Nimoy's first roles--Couldn't make it that far. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mark schlesinger
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