Flash Gordon (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 15, 2010
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Alex Ross, renowned comic artist, on Flash Gordon
- Writing a classic: screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr.
- First episode of the Flash Gordon 1936 serial
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sam J. Jones, Max Von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Mariangela Melato & Melody Anderson|
|Directed by||Mike Hodges|
|Composition by||Howard Blake|
4 stars out of 5 -- [D]elightfully unexpected....It's fast, fun, trashy in the best sense of the word, beautifully designed...
...It all balances out as a sort of WIZARD OF OZ adventure experience...
Rating: 3/5 -- Sci-fi comic-strip movie is too violent for younger kids. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 1/4 -- ...a terminally underwhelming sci-fi epic that may keep small children amused, admittedly, but will leave adults bored to tears. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
In between brittle skies and other galactic junk, the adults are likely to doze off. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 4/5 -- This is like a drug-induced sexy fever dream of what the 80s had turned into for much of science fiction cinema. Full Review
Though the special effects are on the cheesy side and the direction little more than workmanlike, Flash Gordon has the good, giddy grace never to take itself seriously. Full Review
New York football star Flash Gordon vaults into outer space to battle the nefarious Ming, supreme ruler of the planet Mongo. Ming intends to conquer planet earth, and hunky Flash teams up with several of his daring female admirers, as well as the brilliant Dr. Zarkov, in an effort to thwart the monomaniacal evil-doer. Features a fun score by rock group Queen.
Adventure | Big Battles | Campy | Cult Film | Futuristic | Science-Fiction | Swashbuckler | Good Vs. Evil | Heroes | Recommended | Space Opera | Theatrical Release
- Additional credits include: John Osborne (as an Arborian Priest); Richard O'Brien (as Fico); John Hallam (as Luro); Philip Stone (as Zogi, The High Priest); Denis Postle (Director of the Zarkov brain-drain sequence)
- Color by Technicolor; filmed in the Todd-AO 35 widescreen process.
- Estimated budget: $20,000,000 - $35,000,000
- Based on characters created by Alex Raymond for his long-running King Features comic strip.
- Previous Flash Gordon films include: "Spaceship to the Unknown" (1936); "The Deadly Ray from Mars" (1938; aka "Flash Gordon: Mars Attacks the World"); and "Purple Death from Outer Space" (1940). All three of these features were edited versions of longer serials released by Universal the same year. The serials are, respectively, "Flash Gordon" (1936), "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938), and "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" (1940). Former Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe played Flash Gordon in all of these early incarnations. In 1974 a soft-core parody of the Gordon films was released, entitled "Flesh Gordon". And Filmation Studios produced an animated version, "Flash Gordon to Save the Earth", in 1990.
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