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Zombies Of The Stratospher

Leonard Nimoy , Judd Holdren , Fred C. Brannon    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Zombies of the Stratosphere" is for the lovers of old serials, those incredibly fun and silly episodic films that kept our parents and grandparents coming back to the theater week-after-week. Over the course of 12 episodes (plus original theatrical trailer), watch security agent Larry Martin, who can fly with an experimental rocket suit, and his cohort Bob Wilson, try to save the earth from the evil Martians. Can Larry and Bob thwart the villainous Martians plan to blast our planet out of its orbit and replace it with their own? Why are some earthlings conspiring with their dastardly plot? Not a zombie in sight... but you will find "Mr. Spock" Leonard Nimoy, who got his start right here! Produced on a miniscule budget, "Zombies of the Stratosphere" still offered a weekly injection of action and adventure in the Saturday matinee! Relying on story and creativity, the serial still delivers a punch without earth-splitting explosions, computerized special effects or tough-guy one-liners.

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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A cheesy serial Nov. 18 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is a low budget type of serial but entertaining with actual outdoor scenes. Leonard Nimoy's big part was right at the end of the serial and was not his best performance. It is a cheap piece of tv history to own.
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2 of 3 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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  47 reviews
65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 3 great "rocket man" serials from Republic Pictures. Aug. 14 2009
By J. Alec West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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. At a certain time during Earth's rotation around the Sun, the Martians discovered that they could "blast" the Earth out of its orbit - and move Mars into Earth's place. To do this, they need to place a super-powered hydrogen bomb at a strategic point - detonating it at a precise moment.

Unfortunately for them, a group of scientists (Larry Martin, in particular), has become curious about certain crimes perpetrated in order acquire the material to build the bomb. And he, and his rocket suit, are on the case.

All 3 serials were made available on VHS years ago. The first 2 are already available on DVD. This release of ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE completes the process of putting good quality DVDs of all these serials in the public's hands. If you're a fan of Republic serials (or the "rocket man"), I urge you to get all three serials on DVD. You'll enjoy all three immensely.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Believe a Man Can Fly Sept. 5 2010
By Jimmy L. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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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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STUDIO: Cheezy Flicks Ent
RATED: Unrated
RUNNING TIME: 167 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES:
*Trailers
*Vintage commercials

Director: Fred C. Bannon
Writer: Ronald Davidson
Cast: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Wilson Wood, Lane Bradford, Stanley Waxman, John Crawford, Craig Kelly, Ray Boyle, Leonard Nimoy
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies Revived March 7 2010
By Stickmaker - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Campy Fun June 20 2000
By "agumon" - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the complete serial! June 21 2000
By memorymetropolis - Published on Amazon.com
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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