Great edit. I liked the serial when I bought the discs a while back, and the very impressive special effects and production values, both for the time, and in comparison with some other super hero and pulp serials of the time ("Batman and Robin," 1949, take a bow). There's a charming mix of goofiness and naivete (not least with Billy Batson) and compelling narrative. Like all serials, it suffered from the format's cliff-hangers, repetition and excessive exposition, and padding. Now we have a sleek movie that holds up amazingly well, respects the source material and really captures a world -- its frankly better than some of the cheesier low-budget Marvel and DC films of the 1970s-1990s (e.g. "Generation X," "Steel," the Captain America run) not to mention some of the more recent bigger budget misfires ("Ghost Rider," Jonah Hex," "Superman Returns"). My only wish is that editor would give some of the other 1930s and 1940s pulp and super hero serials the same treatment!
This was a true treat watch.
Easily one of the best (if not THEE BEST) cliffhanger serials ever made, our intrepid editor Billy Batson (hhmmm, any relation? lol) has crafted a fun 2 hour popcorn romp. Compared to his similar styled Flash Gordon fan edit, I found this one flowed much better. Even though still episodic in nature due to the source material, it feels more like a unified narrative with a definite beginning, middle and end.
A few audio pops and hiccups and a couple of cuts I would have done differently, but considering the immense challenge of distilling over 200 minutes down to 2 hours, I think he did a spectacular job!
The grump old fanboy in me wishes he kept the title CAPTAIN MARVEL ORIGIN instead of Shazam.... LOL!
But if you love old serial adventures, or are curious about the Big Red Cheese before the new move is released, I highly recommend checking this little gem out.
THUMBS UP! :)