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Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)

Judd Holdren , Aline Towne , Fred C. Brannon  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood, Lane Bradford, Stanley Waxman
  • Directors: Fred C. Brannon
  • Format: 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002F3BPWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,856 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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63 of 64 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Revived March 7, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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16 of 18 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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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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8 of 9 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Godd Old Movies
Is a good 'old' movie. Very entertaining and cost a lot less than a Movie Ticket. Now, go buy a popcorn popper, and enjoy life.
Published 12 days ago by FJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood reborn
I used to watch this serial on Saturday mornings as a child. It really got me interested in sci-fi. Love it
Published 3 months ago by Mark A Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars As Much Fun as 61 Years Ago--Go Larry Martin's Rocket
I was 6 years old when I first saw Zombies of the Stratosphere at the La Brea theater in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles for 12 consecutive Saturday Matinee shows and it still... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr Who? Regenerated
5.0 out of 5 stars Three hours of fun from former days of yesteryear.
Great trip back to childhood memories of Saturday morning TV in the fifties. All the ingredients of actions movies without the billion dollar budget.
Published 3 months ago by David B. Mattson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Excellent condition. I collect old Sci Fi movies and I already have King of the Rocket Men and Radar Men from the Moon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Jeffrey S. Appel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Original Sci-fi Greats
I really enjoy this movie. When I watch this movie, I can't help but think that this and many other Sci-fi movies made during this time period represent an evolution in action... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love it
Great 50's sci fi entertainment. I watched all 12 episodes in one sitting. Got a kick out of seeing Leonard Nimoy in one of his first acting jobs I'm sure.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies ate my script! (VHS full episode version)
There must have been a rewrite during the making of this serial. Chapter 10 recaps the first two cliffhangers, then the Martian robot that was ordered dismantled is now propped... Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Experience
I saw these episodes as a child on our black and white sometimes snowy TV and enjoyed them. If you want to see special effects and story lines of the 1950's buy this DVD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by AlienPreacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic serial
Great Republic Studios serial from the golden age. Forget the story, just enjoy the campy fun. Back in the day, Republic Studios was known for putting out the best, rowdiest, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Porter
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