I'd like to see bluray releases of classic serials like Captain Marvel. That's the poverty row stuff that really matters.
So would I. The better serials and the feature-length edits as well.I wouldn't call them poverty row, however. Republic, Universal, Columbia etc spent money to make a chapter serial. Captain Marvel (1941) is generally considered one of the best action serials. So are Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939), The Drums of Fu Manchu (1940) and Spy Smasher (Republic, 1942). The Superman serials (Columbia, 1948 and 1950) are among the best super hero films ever made. Suspenseful direction and action choreography doesn't get any better. There are obviously elements in excellent condition, and a hi-def scan would bring out the best in them.
Not all poverty-row films were impoverished in terms of ideas. There is a lot of creative story telling and artful filmmaking in poverty-row films from the golden age. I'm NOT referring to the Ed Wood type of thing whose dumbness and ineptitude depresses me. There are so many poverty row films of interest I can't begin to list them all. A hi-def scan would make them more accessible and engaging, I'm sure. White Zombie (1932) for example.
Edited by Richard--W, September 02 2013 - 03:19 AM.