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Professor Echo wrote:An in-depth, objective review of PANTHER GIRL by DVD Savant, which helped sway my decision to pass on this serial. I hope Olive doesn't gauge low potential for serials on Blu based on this release, which seemed to me a bit questionable from the start. This isn't a knock against anyone who wants to support the effort in the hopes it will encourage future serial releases nor those who enjoy this particular one, its reputed shortcomings notwithstanding. I'm still interested to hear from those who did purchase it if they at least had a fun time watching it.
Watched it. Being the next to last filmed Republic serial PANTHER GIRL suffers from a tight budget and mediocre cliffhangers. Phyllis Coates looks great and gives it her best, but the small cast, overused stock footage and an unmemorable score make this a pedestrian effort from a studio known to produce some of the finest serials ever made. Even though this was mastered for BD, it isn't one of Olive's best either.
Don't get me wrong, PANTHER GIRL has her moments, but I'd be hard pressed to recommend this as a first serial to someone curious about the genre.
The KINO-Lorber 4K mastered Republics, Daredevils of the Red Circle and The Adventures of Captain Marvel will be the bee's knees, night & day difference.