Flash GordonDirector: Mike Hodges
Flash Gordon, on DVD, is a colorful, bombastic, and hilarious ride. A mainstay on cable television in the 1980s, Flash Gordon has never looked as good on a home theater system as it does here. The transfer is awash with gorgeous colors via a crystal clear print. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio finally presents Mike Hodges' bold sci-fi vision as it was intended. There are no visible digital flaws. The Dolby Digital Sound presentation is also of a very high quality. All dialogue and sound effects are appropriately mixed. The guilty pleasure soundtrack by Queen (in a strange Pink Floyd style at times) comes across as bold and goofy as ever. Never has a big-budget B-movie created such a believable atmosphere, and the DVD presents it magnificently. As for special features -- well, there are none. The main menu exists only as the first screen of a series of "Scene Access" pages, allowing instant access to all 16 chapters. Flash Gordon is a joyous throwback to the breezy serials of the early 1900s. With its bold, though dated visuals, it's ultimately light and somewhat flirty fare for kids of all ages (and adults with a good sense of humor). Tacky? Infinitely. But just try to find a more enjoyable way to spend two hours with a DVD player.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Universal Studios
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital]
Cast & Crew
|Howard Blake||Score Composer|
|Derek Botel||Special Effects|
|Richard Conway||Special Effects|
|Brian Cook||Asst. Director|
|Dino de Laurentiis||Producer|
|Danilo Donati||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|George Gibbs||Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor|
|John Graysmark||Production Designer|
|Gerry Humphreys||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Robin O'Donoghue||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ferdinando Scarfiotti||Production Designer|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bernard Williams||Executive Producer|
2. Strangers on a Plane.
3. Crash Landing.
4. The Planet Mongo.
5. Ming the Merciless.
6. The Torture Chamber.
7. Tuning into Dale.
10. In Vultan's Lair.
11. The Wood Beast.
12. Trial By Combat.
13. Other Plans for Flash.
14. Rebellion in the Air.
15. Ming Gets the Point.
16. End Credits.
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A good popcorn movie, or even a couple of beers if thats your think. dont think to hard and just have some fun with it.
Definite "must" for my DVD collection. I've been waiting on this for years! I almost ordered a bootleg copy from England. With a soundtrack from Queen, how could you go wrong?
One of the most exciting movies, the characters are wonderful, and the music is great. A 'must have' for any collection.
I loved this film as a kid. It is an important addition to my movie collection.
Alot of action and good Quen music
I remember I liked this movie a lot... I wonder why it's not on sale on DVD. I would certainly get it!
My only real disapointment to this film is that it didn't follow up on any inspiration to make stories or short stories to explain some of the characters a bit more than explained in the movie. By far the best scene was when Flash and the Hawkmen attacked the pursuit ship AJAX and Flash crashes the ship into Ming's throne room.
Old geezers like me who remember the Flash Gordon comic strip of the 1930s and 1940s will find this movie essentially faithful to it, even though it adds elements of campy humor which were, of course, not in the original strip. The film's one weak point is the casting of the rather bland Sam Jones as the title character. The other actors are all perfect in their roles, and the sets are great, very colorful and atmospheric. Such special effects as are used are well done and appropriate, nothing like the overdone computerized effects that have become so trite in more recent science fiction movies. In this respect we are probably fortunate that the film was made more than 20 years ago. Great stuff from beginning to end, though it will perhaps not be fully appreciated by viewers too young to remember the old comic strip.
A nice Sci-fi fantasy film that really tries to duplicate the old style special effects from the 1940's/1950's and not the cleaner more convincing modern effects--and it's a good job.The whole cast(including pre-James Bond Timothy Dalton)put on good performances.The other major part of this film IS THE QUEEN MUSIC.With only two vocal tracks(''Flash'' and ''Hero'')and 15 instrumental tracks,the group hits the high and low points very well.In fact,they watched film clips when they were making the music(again, just like in the early days).A good sci-fi film and a must have for all Queen fans.