Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

DVD - 2007 | Saviour of the universe ed
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When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where, with the assistance from beautiful Dale Arden, he will take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Saviour of the universe ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 04, 2016

Actually, I enjoyed watching the 1936 Flash Gordon serial episode more than the campy 1980 remake. The 1936 serial episode was a black & white film and the actors had a serious tone.

The 1980 remake is a campy space fantasy. Mixing swords with ray guns does not work. Mixing birdman mythology with 1930s rocketship technology does not work in 1980 or later. I would rate the 1980 remake at 3.0 stars for the producer's efforts in trying to revive Flash Gordon.

Aug 16, 2016

I watched this about a year ago, and thought it the blueprint for the modern Marvel film, though Flash cultivates eroticism more candidly than some Hulk Smash moments of the Marvel films. Moreover, Alex Ross's gushing about this film and how important it is to him rings true for me also, now that he's articulated my own emotions as an adult watching this film; I never watched this as a kid in the 80s. Or, if I did, it didn't leave the kind of impression it does now in my adult years.

From the first frames that lovingly recreate the origin episode of the 1936 Flash Gordon serial, the feeling of respect is easy to see but hard to pin down. Of course, I'm referring to the "camp" aspects of this film. Considering its delivery date, I'd wonder if Mike Hodges ever spoke with Richard Lester (that's Superman II's director for this context, mostly).

Jul 09, 2016

I remember seeing this in the theater in 1980 at the height of the Star Wars craze and thought it would be another low budget knock off. Instead it was this weird, campy and garishly cartoonish take on the 1930s serial. They are very faithful to the look of the original movies and the cheesy special effects which has a strange charm compared to the sterile and lifeless CGI they use today. Love the Queen Soundtrack and Brian Blessed is truly funny as the leader of the Hawkmen. His "Gordon's Alive" has become his catchphrase.

May 11, 2011

Wow! I was about to attack Flash Gordon in review form as a stupid, poorly acted disaster of a film, but upon looking over what others had to say about it, I discovered there’s a whole lot of folks who love it for the very things that put me off! Again, wow! I was in high school when this came out in the wake of the Star Wars phenomenon and I remember reading articles in Starlog Magazine about it before it hit theaters. It left a generally positive impression on me, but I haven’t really thought a whole lot more about it for the past 30 or so years, although I credit this film with introducing me to Timothy Dalton, who I later became more aware of when he served his time as Bond (but he was better in The Rocketeer – which again puts him in a 1930s setting). I recently decided to see Flash Gordon again when a closeout sale presented a cheap copy of the DVD. To my older self, the best thing about this film is by far the theme song by Queen. The story is silly and ridiculous (what’s with the spaceship in the greenhouse? – but that’s literally just the beginning), the acting (especially that of lead Sam J. Jones) is awful, and the special effects are laughable (although there’s a couple of shots of the retro ships passing over the alien planetscapes which I kinda like). In this version, Flash is an American football hero who, through a series of highly unlikely events, ends up getting shot into space where he and companion Dale Arden have to stop Ming the Merciless by uniting the leaders of the kingdoms under Ming. In this viewing, it really struck me that the filmmakers were actively trying to emulate the 1930s origins of this property. In many ways, it looks more like a stage play. The set designs (which just look like big open sound stages to me), the costumes (the cobra snake people with their eyes and faces in their mouths are especially bad), and Ming’s planet-palace really look as if they could have been taken out of storage for this film after 70 years. This film really isn’t my thing and I doubt I’ll ever waste two hours of my life watching this again. If I’m looking for something silly and dumb, I’m more likely to seek out Hudson Hawk or Big Trouble in Little China. But if you’re one of those people who like camp or actually want to watch this over and over, enjoy yourself!

Sep 30, 2010

Not a particular movie with a lot of excellent actors (Max Von Sydow, Brian Bellows, Timothy Dalton) doing their best with a ridiculous script. Unfortunately the only really bad actor was the actor playing Flash Gordon. Actually you probably can't blame him completely, even an excellent actor can't make lemonade from manure


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