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Sos Coast Guard [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ralph Byrd , Bela Lugosi , Alan James , William Witney    DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Ralph Byrd, Bela Lugosi, Maxine Doyle, Richard Alexander, Lee Ford
  • Directors: Alan James, William Witney
  • Writers: Barry Shipman, Franklin Adreon, Morgan Cox, Ronald Davidson
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vintage Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02VN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOS Coastguard. 3 Jan 2013
By David
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I like Bela Lugosi and being a double feature DVD, I will watch the story in the summer. Having eight different chapters on one DVD I will look forward to watching it in epidsodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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very very good
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action...really! 13 Jun 2000
By Steven W. Hill - Published on
S.O.S. COAST GUARD is a flavorful 12-chapter serial featuring Ralph "Dick Tracy" Bird as eager Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent and Bela Lugosi as his adversary Boroff. The nasty Boroff has invented a disintegration gas and is trying desperately to sell it to foreign powers. Boroff employs the services of Thorg (Richard Alexander), a burly henchman with a good talent for swimming. On Kent's side, ace reporter Jean Norman (Maxine Doyle in a spirited performance) and photographer Snapper McGee (Lee Ford providing comic relief) help move things along.
The plot may be simple, but it's perfect serial stuff. Boroff is a clever foe, but human (in other words, he's not "supervillain" material) and almost likeable. Kent is a live wire, like a butterfly he never settles in one place very long. Along the way we're treated to wall-to-wall action, and that's really no exaggeration. Boat crashes, car and motorcycle chases, underwater fights, gunboats firing, buildings disintegrating... it's all here, along with more male fistfights than FIGHT CLUB.
In comparison with FLASH GORDON, another serial with which I am very familiar, S.O.S. COAST GUARD's action and adventure is just as exciting, just far less sci-fi-fantastic thanks to its earthbound setting. Whereas a boy could only imagine himself to be on one of Ming's spaceships, he could actually find himself on a boat, dock or in the mountain valley in which once stood Lt. Kent fighting the evil Boroff. Nevertheless, there is a certain element of science fiction in Boroff's disintegrator gas and Lugosi himself fulfills this standard "evil scientist" role more than admirably. I very much enjoyed the special effects showing the gas doing its work - the scene with the mountains melting, for example, is quite simply but very effectively done.
The chapter lengths vary; Chapter One is about thirty minutes long while later chapters can be as short as fifteen minutes. The total running time is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes and each chapter is presented with full opening titles, recaps and end cards. Chapters are spread over both sides of the single-DVD release. Picture quality is good; not as sharp as the FLASH GORDON serials but clear and with good contrast. I did notice a bit of pixelation at times, but it certainly did not detract from my enjoyment. Chapter stops are a bit odd - they use multiple titles (for example, the serial's Chapter 3 might be coded as Title 2, Chapter 1) but you have the option of selecting any chapter individually or playing them all straight through.
S.O.S. COAST GUARD is one of the best examples of the world of movie serials, full of excitement and adventure. With this DVD and the excellent Image FLASH GORDON discs leading the way, I'm hoping we'll see many more of the classic chapterplay films released in the future.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lugosi's Finest Serial 5 Oct 1999
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on
"S.O.S. Coast Guard" is a terrific showcase for Bela Lugosi. Most Lugosi serials were no-budget affairs, but this 1937 Republic effort remains a noted exception. Bela portrays the diabolical Boroff, who wants to control the world with his deadly disintegrating gas - giving the heroic Ralph Byrd a run for his money. Republic pulls out all the stops in a memorable finale. Lugosi never made a better chapterplay than this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the last six chapters? 13 Aug 2000
By John S. Marr MD - Published on
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This is one of the first cliff hangers available on DVD, and (I truly hope), one of many future Republic Studios serials. It is quite good for the genre and evokes the pre-War atmosphere of America, as well as the old autos, fashions, argot and naive fears of things scientific in the late 1930's. However, try as I may, I cannot access the last six chapters. I have checked the case the DVD came in for another disk, tried the single disk on the other side, tried to scroll down after Chapter six on the single disk, but I cannot (or do not have)the last six chapters.
The VHS reviews do not mention any trouble with subsequent chapters. I cannot locate a website for Roan Group Archival Entertainment. Has Roan neglected to add the last chapters, or am I a dolt? Please send advice to me at Thanks, jsmarr
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Version Available 28 Mar 2007
By G. Ratcheson - Published on
As far as picture quality goes, not only is this the best version of SOS I've seen, it's currently the best looking DVD of any Lugosi serial. Roan tends to do excellent work at great prices, I've never seen a Roan dvd with a bad picture. Mine does have all 12 chapters, the previous reviewer may have gotten a defective copy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "the King of Serials on DVD...VCI Entertainment ~ SOS Coast Guard (1937)" 5 Oct 2005
By J. Lovins - Published on
VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures present "SOS Coast Guard" (1937) (Dolby digitally remastered), with 12 Chapters of vintage serial episodes loaded with action sequences...story line involves integrating gas that a mad scientist is putting on the market to sell to the highest bidder even foreign powers...can Lt. Terry Kent stop this evil scheme that Boroff is cooking up...will the bone crusher Thorg do battle with our hero Kent leaving them both at the bottom of the ocean while the heroine Jean Norman struggles to stay alive from drowning on a sinking for "The Deadly Circle", the final chapter in this double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense serial...sail the ocean with excitement and adventure at every turn...don't miss a single spine-thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's William Witney and Alan James, associate producer Sol. C Siegel, original story by Morgan B. Cox and Ronald Davidson, screenplay by Barry Shipman and Franklyn Adreon, original music score by Alberto Colombo...the cast include Ralph Byrd (Lt. Terry Kent), Bela Lugosi (Boroff, alias M.A. Anderson), Maxine Doyle (Jean Norman), Richard Alexander (Thorg), Lee Ford (Snapper McGee), Herbert Rawlinson (Cmdr. Boyle), John Picorri (G.A. Rackerby), Thomas Carr (Ens. Jim Kent), Carleton Young (Dodds-henchman), Allen Connor (Dick Norman), Lawrence Grant (Rabinisi - Boroff's spokesman at screening), George Chesebro (L.H. DeGado-henchman), Roy Barcroft (Goebel-henchman), Earle D. Bunn (Kelp Plant heavy), Ed Cassidy (Patrol Boat Capt. Johnson), Jack Ingram (Seaman), Rex Lease ( Coast Guard orderly) ....with some of the best stuntmen in the business from Republic starting with Yakima Canutt, Earle D. Bunn, Loren Riebe and Duke Taylor...special behind the scenes note that actor Ralph Byrd starred in a number of comic strip films playing detective "Dick Tracy" during the '30s, '40s & '50s off and on, did some great serial work in "Dick Tracy's G-Men" (1939), "SOS Coast Guard" (1942) and "The Vigilante" (1947), was given character roles later in his career and after an auto accident returned to a TV series for another run at his "Dick Tracy" back to the feature as Repubic Pictures is always good till the last drop and this serial is no exception...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there...all courtesy of VCI Entertainment, who in my humble opinion is the best there is in restoring early serials and features.

1. Disaster at Sea
2. Barrage of Death
3. Tje Gas Cja,ner
4. The Fatal Shaft
5. The Mystery Ship
6. Deadly Cargo
7. Undersea Terror
8. The Crash
9. Wolves at Bay
10.The Acid Trail
11.The Sea Battle
12.The Deadly Circle

1. Ralph Byrd
Birth Date: 4/22/1909 - Dayton, Ohio
Died: 8/18/1952 - Tarzana, CA
2. Bela Lugosi
Birth Date: 10/20/1882 - Austria-Hungary
Died: 8/16/1956 - Los Angeles, CA
3. Maxine Doyle
Birth Date: 1/01/1915 - San Francisco, CA
Died: 3/08/1973
4. William Witney (Director)
Birth Date: 5/15/1910
Died: 3/17/2002 - Pioneer, CA
5. Alan James (aka Alvin J. Neitz) (Director)
Birth Date: 3/23/1890 - Washington
Died: 12/30/1952 - Los Angeles, CA

1. Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe)
2. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (Bobby Jordan)
3. Drums of Fu Manchu (Henry Brandon)
4. Jungle Girl (Frances Gifford)
5. The Phantom (Tom Tyler)
6. Zane Greys "King of the Royal Mounted" (Allan "Rocky" Lane)
7. Secret Agent X-9 (1945) (Lloyd Bridges & Keye Luke)
8. Adventures of Red Ryder (Don "Red" Barry)
9. Secret Agent X-9 (1937) (Scott Kolk & Henry Brandon)
10.Zorro's Cliffhanger Collection (Reed Hadley, John Carroll & Linda Stirling)
11.Dick Tracy's G-Men (Ralph Byrd)
12.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Buster Crabbe)
13.Jungle Jim (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)
14.Miracle Rider (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)

If you crave action, drama and plenty of adventure then this is the place for all of the above...check out another release from VCI Entertainment and Republic Pictures with J. Laurence Wickland's "The Painted Stallion" (1937) (Dolby digitally remastered), 12 thundering chapters of harding riding scouts and Indians attacking the wagon trains with great action sequences featuring Crash Corrigan a American Federal Agent and Hoot Gibson the wagonmaster as the good guys and Duncan Renaldo if you can believe it as the bad guy...don't take my word for it, get out there as they're going fast, this is the one you've been waiting for.

Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "SOS Coast Guard" (1937), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s, '40s & '50s...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just the way we like 'em!

Total Time: 302 mins on 2 DVD's ~ VCI Entertainment 8317 ~ (4/27/2004)
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