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Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe [Two Blu-rays]
(Harry Keller, Franklin Adreon and Fred C. Brannon, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Average Chapter Runtime: 0:30:06.304 X 12
Disc One Size: 49,116,482,199 bytes
Disc Two Size: 49,116,816,228 bytes
Sample Epsiode Size: 7,577,929,728 bytes bytes X 6 X 2 Blu-rays
Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps
Chapters: 4 X 12
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 13th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1767 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1767 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English, None
Episode Sample Bitrate:
"Commando Cody, the venerable Sky Marshal of the Universe
(Judd Holdren, Captain Video, Master of the
Stratosphere), along with trusted aids Joan Gilbert (Aline
Towne, Radar Men from the Moon) and Ted Richards
(William Schallert, TV's The Patty Duke Show) and
later joined by Dick Preston (Richard Crane, The Eternal
Sea), must foil the various schemes of The Ruler
Flying Disc Man from Mars), an evil alien life form
hell-bent on taking over Earth.
A nefarious tyrant from outer space called The Ruler has his sights on
attacking and defeating the Earth. Only Commando Cody and his crew can
save the world.
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (or, informally,
Commando Cody) was a Republic Pictures multi-chapter movie serial
which began as a proposed syndicated television series. It consisted of
twelve 25-minute sequential episodes directed by Harry Keller, Franklin
Adreon, and Fred C. Brannon, starring Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Gregory
Gaye, William Schallert, Richard Crane and Craig Kelly.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. The 12 chapter serial/TV show is spread over two dual-layered discs with a high bitrate. The print used is in decent shape looking a shade fainter than the other serials we have seen (The Invisible Monster and Flying Disc Man from Mars). Density may have been compromised on the print affecting the contrast. I see some textures and the detail is reasonable. There is no real depth but this is all certainly watchable in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio as there are no detrimental flaws. It also looks quite consistent throughout. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over artifact-ridden DVDs of the past and this rendering looks solidg in-motion.
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Stanley Wilson composed for many 40's and 50's westerns like Woman They Almost Lynched and as well as Republic serials The Invisible Monster and Flying Disc Man from Mars. His score here is typically energetic - sounding rousing via in Olive's DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1767 kbps (24-bit). There are some sci-fi related effects and the audio exports some depth when called upon but it stays within the restraints of the era and original production. There are optional English subtitles (bright yellow font - see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.
NOTE: Since the episodes are 1/2 an hour my complaint of seeing the start-up (credits, main title etc.), and there is no text screen rehash, is not as big an issue. 6 hours of content here - stuff not as well represented in 1080P at present.
September 13th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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