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King of the Rocket Men [DVD] [1949] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ZBVBI
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
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Although King of the Rocket Men has the reputation of being one of the best Republic serials, it really doesn't have that much going for it to raise it above the average. Its chief assets are some great car and truck crashes off cliffs and piers and the genuinely impressive flying sequences - the surprisingly convincing long shots of the Rocket Man flying across hills or towards and over the camera on truly invisible wires will have you wondering just how they managed it. Small wonder Republic would recycle them (and the rocket suit) a few years later for Radar Men from the Moon. The plot is the standard-issue serial number with a mysterious villain trying to get his hands on secret inventions and constantly thwarted by the anonymous Rocket Man, though for novelty value there's more than one person in the rocket suit in one episode: Superman could have saved a lot of running around if he had a buddy who could stand in for him to avoid suspicion like that.

Tristram Coffin is an unlikely hero, looking more like a bank manager than an amateur detective-cum-superhero, while Mae Clarke, a long way and a lot of miles from her encounter with James Cagney and that grapefruit, is an equally unlikely leading lady. There's not a lot of ingenuity in the plotting and most of the situations are well-used stock ones, but at little more than 13 minutes an episode it never outstays its welcome.
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A team of atomic researchers are being killed off, one by one, by a villain calling himself "Dr. Vulcan".

Jeff King is assigned to safeguard the remainder of the team.

With the aid of a secret experimental rocket suit, that enables him to fly, Jeff becomes Rocket Man and begins tracking Dr Vulcan

However, Dr. Vulcan has many deadly devices of his own to use against Rocket Man.

King must expose Vulcan without revealing to the world that he is the Rocket Man.

An excellent serial that has been long awaited on DVD
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Purchasing old movie serials on DVD can be a gamble. Some are very poor quality in the picture and sound department but you can buy this with confidence. The quality is very high and looks as good as it probably did on its original cinema release.

Add in the fact that it's very enjoyable, following all the usual cliches of serials and you've got almost three hours of entertainment.

Enjoy!!
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Remember this from my childhood and one of those cliffhanger serials. Great to see this released on DVD after so long. Fondly remember waiting for the new episode each week, eagerly waiting to see if Rocket Man managed to survive, but we know he always did!!!!
Great entertainment and well worthy of the purchase from the seller, Thanks you have made my day!!!
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Great serial, great transfer except, well I now have 3 copies all with a faulty last episode! The thing freezes after 2 minutes in. Just like having the last page of a thriller missing!!!!!
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